Oct. 26, 2004
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State field hockey team concludes regular season action when it travels to Bloomington, Ind., to face Indiana and St. Louis for a two-game weekend. The Buckeyes (8-8; 1-4 Big Ten) battle the Hoosiers (10-7; 0-5 Big Ten) at 2 p.m. Friday at Mellencamp Pavilion before taking on the Billikens (5-8; 3-2 NorPac) at 2 p.m. Sunday.
After opening the season with a loss to No. 15 California, Indiana began an eight-game winning streak. Following the streak, the Hoosiers have loss to Big Ten rivals Michigan (4-1), Iowa (4-1), Penn State (1-0), Northwestern (2-1 OT) and Michigan State (5-2).
Leading IU in goals and points is Lydia Schrott. The senior forward has compiled six goals and nine assists for 21 points. Junior midfielder Lesley Wiler is second on the team with three goals and five assists for 11 points. In the net for the Hoosiers is Katie Kanara. The fifth-year senior has started 16 of 17 Indiana contests, posting 89 saves and yielding 30 goals.
In her fifth season at the helm of IU is Amy Robertson. The 2003 Big Ten Coach of the Year helped lead the Hoosiers to their best record in program history and is the only field hockey coach in the history of the school, as the program was inaugurated in 2000.
BUCKEYES VS. HOOSIERS
Ohio State holds a 3-2 lead over Indiana. Last season, the Buckeyes defeated the Hoosiers, 2-1, in double overtime.
SCOUTING ST. LOUIS
A pair of seniors in Ellen Rapp and Marissa Lynn lead the Billikens in goals, assists and points. Rapp has compiled six goals and three assists for 15 points, while Lynn has recorded three goals and six assists for 12 points. Compiling 53 saves and allowing 19 goals is St. Louis junior goalkeeper Julie Moeckel.
In her second season at the helm of St. Louis is Maria Whitehead. A member of the 2002 national championship team at Wake Forest, Whitehead was appointed to her first head coaching position in August 2003.
BUCKEYES VS. BILLIKENS
The Buckeyes all-time series record against the Billikens is 5-1-2. OSU and St. Louis last met in 1998 in which Ohio State shut out St. Louis, 6-0, at Anheuser-Busch Center in St. Louis.
IN THE LEAGUE Ohio State holds a 93-130-9 record vs. its Big Ten opponents, including a 5-3 record from last season. The Buckeyes posted a program-best 5-1 record against the Big Ten in 2001.
OSU owns a 19-13-2 record over the NorPac conference. Ohio State is undefeated vs. Radford (4-0) and leads St. Louis (5-1-2), Pacific (4-1) and Southwest Missouri State (4-2). The Buckeyes trail Stanford (1-4) and California (1-5).
The Buckeyes are 7-8 against their opponents based in the state of Indiana. Ohio State leads Indiana 3-2 and trails Ball State 4-6 in the all-time series.
SHOW ME STATE
OSU has garnered success against teams located in the state of Missouri. The Buckeyes lead both St. Louis (5-1-2) and Southwest Missouri State (4-2).
CENTRAL OHIO NATIVE
Indiana forward Erin Isler is a native of Westerville, Ohio, and attended Thomas Worthington High School. The freshman has played in four games for the Hoosiers, including one start.
LAST TIME OUT – CALIFORNIA
Ohio State fell, 4-2, to No. 14 California Oct. 24 at Phyllis Ocker Field in Ann Arbor, Mich. Sophomore Curlyne Wynn tallied both Buckeye goals.
OSU kept pace with Cal, as both teams went into the break tied 1-all. The Golden Bears struck first when Valentina Godfrid, with Maggie Grimes on the assist, redirected a shot just inside the right post at the 17:58 mark. Wynn answered with her sixth goal of the season off of a penalty corner awarded to the Buckeyes at 21:08. Teammates Saskia Mueller and Florencia Stier were credited with the assist.
In the second half California regained the lead when Grimes tipped the ball into the net off of a penalty corner at 44:57. Godfrid added two more goals to give Cal the 4-1 lead. With less than five minutes remaining in the contest, the Buckeyes were awarded another penalty corner and Wynn capitalized, scoring her second goal of the game. Mueller and Stier recorded the assist.
Ohio State goalkeeper, Lindsay Williams registered five saves and the Buckeyes compiled 10 shots and five penalty corners.
LAST TIME OUT – MICHIGAN
The Buckeyes suffered a 1-0 loss to then-No. 9 Michigan Oct. 23 at Phyllis Ocker Field in Ann Arbor, Mich. The Wolverines are the fifth Top 20 opponent the Buckeyes have faced.
Much of the first 35 minutes of action was a defensive battle, as neither team was able to get the ball into the net. It was not until the 29:49 mark that Michigan’s Jessica Blake scored the lone goal of the contest. Blake, with Katie Morris on the assist, redirected the ball to the inside left post to record the eventual gamewinner. OSU registered one shot and one penalty corner to Michigan’s five and two, respectively.
The second half played out similarly to the first stanza. Both teams were on the defensive attack and Michigan ultimately was able to hold off Ohio State, recording the 1-0 win. OSU notched two shots and UM had six. The Buckeyes and the Wolverines were statistically even in penalty corners, as they both had two.
Buckeye goalie, Lindsay Williams compiled four saves on the afternoon and OSU tallied a total of three shots and three penalty corners.
Goalkeeper Lindsay Williams is 18th in the nation in saves. The Harrisburg, Pa., native has registered 124 saves over 16 games.
IN THE BIG TEN
Ohio State leads the league in saves, compiling 124. Individually, Saskia Mueller is sixth and seventh in assists (8) and assists per game (.44), respectively.
Curlyne Wynn recorded her second two-goal day against California Oct. 24. Wynn notched both Buckeye goals in the team’s 4-2 loss to the Golden Bears. The Trincity, Trinidad and Tobago, native previously registered two goals in OSU’s 4-0 shutout over Miami (Ohio) Sept. 10.
Freshman midfielder Yesenia Luces also recorded a two-goal game against Vermont Aug. 30. Luces helped lead the Buckeyes to a 4-2 victory over the Catamounts in Durham, N.H.
Thirteen games into the 2004 season junior goalkeeper Lindsay Williams broke her previous career record of 101 saves in a season as she has compiled 124 saves for OSU.
ON THE THIRD DAY…
Ohio State currently is undefeated when playing on Tuesday in 2004. The Buckeyes defeated Kent State (Sept. 7), 3-1, Louisville (Sept. 28), 5-4 and Ohio (Oct. 5), 2-1.
The Buckeyes were victorious on their lone Monday game, topping Vermont, 4-2, Aug. 29.
OSU is 1-1 when playing on a Friday, as the squad lost to No. 2 Wake Forest, 6-0, Sept. 3 and shut out Miami (Ohio), 4-0, Sept. 10.
The Scarlet and Gray are 2-3 in games played on Sunday. They defeated Ball State (Sept. 19) and Pacific (Oct. 10), but fell to Maine (Aug. 29), Central Michigan (Oct. 3) and California (Oct. 24).
Lastly, Ohio State is 1-4 on a Saturday, defeating Northwestern, 2-1 (Oct.16), but losing to Penn State (Sept. 25), Michigan State (Oct. 2), Iowa (Oct. 9) and Michigan (Oct. 23).
AT THE HALF
When leading at the half in 2004, the Buckeyes are 6-1. Ohio State is 1-2 when tied with its opponents at the break.
SETTING THE PACE
Sophomore Curlyne Wynn leads the squad in goals and points, notching seven and 15, respectively. Freshman Yesenia Luces is second on the team in goals with six, and is tied for third, with teammate Florencia Stier, in points with 13. Compiling three goals and eight assists, sophomore Saskia Mueller is second with 14 points.
Saskia Mueller leads the team with eight assists. A trio of Buckeyes in Leticia Fragapane, Florencia Stier and Cammie Trainer have three assists a piece.
WILKINSON’S 100TH WIN
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 104-69-0 record. Over 16 years, Wilkinson’s career record stands at 181-151-8.
Saskia Mueller was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week for the week of Oct. 19 after she led the Buckeyes to their first Big Ten victory of the season and 16th consecutive win over Northwestern.
The Zurich, Switzerland, native was key to Ohio State’s offensive attack as they defeated Northwestern, 4-2. Mueller scored the game-winning goal to secure the Buckeyes’ victory. She also assisted on a goal by Lauren Kruse to finish the day with a total of three points.
The award marks Mueller’s second in her Buckeye career after earning defensive player of the week honors last season.
Forward Curlyne Wynn earned Offensive Big Ten Player of the Week accolades earlier in the season for her efforts 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 (Sept. 13) 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.
WHAT’S UP NEXT?
Ohio State travels to Evanston, Ill., for the 2004 Big Ten Tournament. All seven Big Ten teams will be in action at Leonard B. Thomas Athletic Complex beginning Oct. 5. The championship game will be held Oct. 7.