Nov. 25, 2003

COLUMBUS, Ohio– Ohio State forward Vanessa Immordino (Sr., West Essex, N.J.) was named one of four finalists for the 2003 Honda Award by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association. Immordino is the first field hockey Buckeye to be nominated for this distinguished award, which has been given annually for the past 28 years.

The winner of the award will be eligible for the 2003 Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year and the Honda-Broderick Cup, which is given annually to the best collegiate female athlete.

Four players from across the country were selected by the NFHCA. The finalists are Wake Forest’s Kelly Doton, Northeastern’s Maria Creatini, Michigan’s Kelli Gannon and Ohio State’s Immordino. Honda grants each of the finalists’ women’s athletics departments $1,000 for the honor.

The balloting for the Honda Award begins Dec. 1 and involves all NCAA-member schools. The Honda Award winner will be announced Dec. 8.

Immordino’s 2003 honors included All-America, All-West Region, All-Big Ten and three Big Ten Player of the Week accolades after leading the Buckeyes in goals (22) and points (54). In the Big Ten regular season, the senior captain led the conference in five categories – points (54), points per game (2.70), goals (22), goals per game (1.10) and game-winning goals (5). Immordino consistently remained atop the national standings, as she placed fourth in points, fifth in points per game, sixth in goals per game and seventh in goals.