Sept. 27, 2004

Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio State field hockey team (4-3; 0-1 Big Ten) will travel to Louisville, Ky., to face the Louisville Cardinals (3-6; 1-1 MAC) at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Trager Stadium. It is the Buckeyes’ first road game since Sept. 7 when they faced Kent State in Kent, Ohio.

The Louisville Cardinals have a 3-6 record, including a Mid-American Conference record of 1-1. The Cardinals opened the season with losses to No. 5 Duke, 2-1, and No. 14 Delaware, 1-0 (OT), before clinching a 2-1 overtime victory over No. 15 California. Louisville also dropped games against No. 3 Wake Forest, 6-1, and No. 17 Indiana, 2-1 (OT).

The goal and points leaders for the Cardinals are sophomore Jessica Javelet with six and 13, respectively, and senior forward Suzanne Irwin with five and 10.

Sophomore Jenna Halulko and freshman Marie-Claire Heller share time in the net for Louisville. Halulko (1-4) has allowed nine goals and has 22 saves. Heller also has yielded nine goals and has made 23 saves.

In her seventh season at the helm of the Cardinals is Pam Bustin. Last season the Massachusetts graduate helped lead the Cardinals to their first MAC tournament title in program history with a 2-1 win over Ohio. With the conference tournament title, Louisville embarked on its first NCAA tournament where it was defeated by Michigan State, 2-0, in the first round.

The Buckeyes have a 10-3-0 lead over the Cardinals, including wins in six of the last 10 meetings.

Last season, Ohio State dropped a 3-2 overtime decision to then-No. 14 Louisville at North Turf Field. Vanessa Immordino tallied both OSU goals, while Deen Rebstock and Laura Rosenwinkel were credited with the assists.

Ohio State owns a 15-4 record against schools in Kentucky. The Scarlet and Gray have all-time series leads on Eastern Kentucky, 2-1, Kentucky, 3-0 and Louisville 10-3. OSU VS. MAC
Ohio State holds a 72-27-2 (.723) record over its Mid-American Conference opponents, including wins over Kent State, 3-1, and Ball State, 2-1, earlier in the season.

The last time OSU completed a MAC sweep was 1999. The Buckeyes defeated Miami (Ohio), 3-1, Kent State, 3-0, Louisville, 4-1 and Central Michigan, 9-0.

Head coach Anne Wilkinson earned her 100th Buckeye victory when Ohio State defeated Ball State, 2-1, Sept. 19. Wilkinson is second in winning percentage in the field hockey record books, compiling a percentage of .613. Since her arrival at OSU in 1996, Wilkinson owns a 100-63-0 record. Over 16 years, Wilkinson’s career record stands at 179-146-8.

In the national statistics Ohio State is tied for 18th in winning percentage (.667), while goalie Lindsay Williams is tied for eighth in save percentage (.814).

In the Big Ten Ohio State is ranked second in saves (48) and is tied for third in only allowing 12 goals. Individually, Yesenia Luces is ranked in the Top 10 in four categories. As OSU’s leading scorer, Luces is tied for eighth in goals (4) and sixth in goals per game (.80). Luces also is 10th in points (9) and sixth in points per game (1.80). Team co-captain Saskia Mueller is tied for seventh in assists (3).

Both Mueller and forward Cammie Trainer are tied for fifth in assists per game (.50). Florencia Stier is eighth in shots per game, compiling 23 (3.83) over six games. Goalkeeper Lindsay Williams is second in both saves (48) and saves per game (8.0). The Harrisburg, Pa., native also is fifth in goals against average (1.62).

In the second edition of the NFHCA poll (Sept. 21), Ohio State received 27 points. Since the release of the first NFHCA poll (Sept. 14), the Buckeyes have notched a 3-0 record.

Ohio State suffered a 3-1 loss to No. 17 Penn State Saturday at North Turf Field. The game marked the first Big Ten contest of the season for both teams.

In the first half each squad forced turnovers causing the game to become a back and forth affair. Penn State put the first goal on the scoreboard as forward Shaun Banta stole the ball in the middle of the pitch for a breakaway score at the 9:17 mark. Banta recorded PSU’s second goal of the game at 26:58 when she fired the ball into the back of the net from the left side of the goal post. The Nittany Lions led 2-0 at the break.

In the second stanza OSU’s Lauren Kruse, with the assist from Florencia Stier, pulled the Buckeyes within one goal as she pushed the ball through a cluster of Nittany Lions at the 55:08 mark. Ohio State was unable to even up the score, as PSU’s midfielder Michele Rigby netted a goal off of a penalty corner awarded at 65:19, taking a 3-1 lead.

Ohio State goalie Lindsay Williams compiled eight saves. OSU registered five shots and garnered four penalty corners.

Since her arrival at Ohio State in 2002, junior midfielder Leticia Fragapane has played in all 43 Buckeye contests, including 42 starts. Seven games into the season, Fragapane has compiled two assists for two points.

Scoring her second goal of the 2004 season, sophomore Lauren Kruse already has tied her total goals output from her freshman campaign. Last year, the Toledo, Ohio native registered two goals for four points. In 2004, Kruse has recorded two goals and one assist for five points seven games into the season.

Freshman Kelly Terwilliger has seen action in all seven Buckeye contests and in doing so she has recorded one defensive save for the Scarlet and Gray.

Seven games into the season junior goalkeeper Lindsay Williams has compiled 56 saves for OSU. Williams needs 44 saves to tie her mark of 101 saves from last year.

After seven starts in 2003, Williams registered 25 saves. The Harrisburg, Pa. native is ahead of her previous mark by 31 saves.

For the third-consecutive year, the Buckeyes’ seventh game of the season is against the Cardinals.

The seven sophomores of the 2004 field hockey team are leading the squad in goals (8), assists (5) and points (21). The group of six freshman are second in the goals and points categories, registering five and 11, respectively. The college rookies also have one assist. A trio of seniors have posted two goals and two assists for six points, while lone junior Leticia Fragapane has notched two assists and two points.

Forward Curlyne Wynn earned Offensive Big Ten Player of the Week accolades for the week of Sept. 13 following strong acts against Kent State (Sept. 7) and Miami (Ohio) (Sept. 10). The 2003 Big Ten Freshman of the Year helped lead the Buckeyes to a spotless week in which they defeated the Golden Flashes, 3-1, and RedHawks, 4-0. Wynn scored the Buckeyes’ final goal in the 3-1 victory over Kent State. After scoring her first goal of the 2004 season against KSU, Wynn followed with a two-goal performance against Miami (Ohio), marking the second-consecutive year she has netted two goals against the RedHawks. Wynn is second on the team in goals (3) and points (6) and has started every 2004 Buckeye contest. The Big Ten weekly honor is the first of her career.

Ohio State’s sudden death shootout against Maine is the first in program history. OSU has reached double overtime 17 times since its inception in 1971.

After compiling 13 saves in the Wake Forest contest, junior Lindsay Williams equaled her career best. Last season, Williams recorded 13 saves on two occasions- Oct. 5 at Maryland and Oct. 10 at Penn State.

Ohio State returns to North Turf Field when it faces the Michigan State Spartans at 1 p.m. Saturday. The Buckeyes follow their game against the Spartans with a contest against the Central Michigan Chippewas at 2 p.m. Sunday.

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