Sept. 6, 2004

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State field hockey team (1-2; 0-0 Big Ten) will face the Kent State Golden Flashes (2-1; 0-0 MAC) at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Dix Stadium in Kent, Ohio. The Buckeyes then will make their first home appearance at North Turf Field when they play Miami (Ohio) (1-1; 0-0 MAC) at 3 p.m. Friday.

Kent State has recorded a 2-1 record, defeating James Madison, 2-0, falling to Northwestern, 2-4, and topping Dartmouth, 4-1, last Saturday. Leading goal scorer, Kate McGowan, has recorded two goals in two games and teammates Berber Rischen and Kate Perry have added to the Kent State offense by scoring a goal apeice.

At goalie, Linz Markwart has started both KSU contests and spent all 140 minutes in the net. In two games Markwart has allowed four goals, while compiling 13 saves.

Entering her seventh season at the helm of Kent State, Kerry DeVries is the winningest coach in Golden Flashes history. In 2003 DeVries led KSU to an 8-2 record and the regular-season MAC title. DeVries’ efforts earned her the 2003 MAC Coach of the Year Award.

Ohio State owns the all-time series lead over Kent State 13-5.

Last season the Buckeyes used a four-goal surge in the second half to defeat the Golden Flashes, 6-2, at North Turf Field in Columbus, Ohio. Senior Vanessa Immordino scored a season-high three goals for the Buckeyes, while Lucy Clayton chipped in two goals and Deen Rebstock scored her first collegiate goal to round out the Buckeye scorers. Recording six saves, Lindsay Williams served as goalkeeper for the Buckeyes.

Miami owns an 1-1 record as of Sept. 3 after defeating West Chester, 2-1, and dropping a 2-4 decision to Villanova. In the RedHawks’ two-game split, Meghan McMurtry recorded two goals, and Danielle Perrecone and Alyssa Nye are even at one goal each.

Starting in goal for the RedHawks is Kerri Orr. Orr has allowed five goals and has compiled 13 saves.

Jill Reeve is embarking on her first season at the helm of the RedHawks. Prior to her newly appointed head coaching stint, Reeve was an assistant at William and Mary (2000-02), Penn State (1996-00) and Dartmouth (1993-95).

In between her coaching duties, Reeve spent time as a member of the U.S. National squad where she competed in three World Cups and and the 1996 Summer Olympic games in Atlanta,

In 2004 Ohio State shutout the Redhawks at Miami Turf Field in Oxford, Ohio, taking a 20-4-0 series lead. Lucy Clayton led the team in scoring with three goals, while forwards Lauren Kruse, Vanessa Immordino and Curlyne Wynn added to the Buckeye scoring offense. OSU goalie Lindsay Williams posted five saves on the afternoon.

Ohio State owns an eight-year winning streak in home openers. The Buckeyes were last defeated in a season home opener Oct. 22, 1995 against Iowa.

Ohio State holds a 70-27-2 (.717) record over its Mid-American conference opponents, including a 3-1 record from last 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.

In its 32-year history, the Ohio State field hockey team has compiled a 84-25-5 (.758) record against other Ohio field hockey programs.

The Buckeyes are currently undefeated against Ashland (1-0), Bowling Green (7-0), Kenyon (8-0-1), Marietta (2-0), Muskingum (3-0) and Youngstown State (1-0).

Ohio State suffered a 6-0 loss to Wake Forest, the two-time defending national champions, Friday at Kentner Stadium in Winston-Salem, N.C. Junior Lindsay Williams made 13 saves, tying her career best last set Oct. 10, 2003 against Penn State.

Wake Forest came out strong in the first half, scoring two goals within the first 10 minutes. The Buckeyes attempted to stave off the Demon Deacon defense, but were only able to connect with the ball for a shot once in the first stanza. Before halftime, Wake Forest scored three more goals, going into the break, 5-0.

OSU’s defense stepped up in the second half, limiting Wake Forest to one goal. Ohio State had another scoring attempt, but was unsuccessful in the second stanza.

The Buckeyes compiled two shots and was not awarded a penalty corner.

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.

All six Buckeye freshmen have made a gameday appearance in 2004. Mara Adelman, Jamie Gofgosky, Dana Greenhut, Honor Hansen, Yesenia Luces and Kelly Terwilliger have combined for four goals, one assist and 12 shots.

Three games into the season freshman Yesenia Luces leads the squad with three goals and seven points.

Last season, as a freshman, Curlyne Wynn led the Buckeyes in goals following the first two games. Making a steady contribution throughout the rest of the 2003 season, Wynn concluded her campaign earning Big Ten Freshman of the Year accolades.

After compiling 13 saves in the Wake Forest contest, junior Lindsay Williams equaled her career best.

Last season, Williams recorded 13 saves on two occassions – Oct. 5 at Maryland and Oct. 10 at Penn State.

Ohio State’s 2004 schedule features several top perennial teams in the nation, including many squads in the Big Ten. During the past three years at least one Big Ten team has made an appearance in the NCAA championship semifinals.

“If you can put yourself at the top of the Big Ten, you can put yourself in the position to compete in the championships,” Wilkinson said. “Top to bottom every team in the Big Ten is strong and this season anything can happen.”

Before conference play commences, the Buckeyes will have begun the regular season with four road contests – Maine, Vermont, Wake Forest and Kent State. OSU then returns to North Turf Field for a three-game homestand vs. Miami (Ohio), Ball State and Penn State before traveling to Louisville, the 2003 MAC champions. The Scarlet and Gray then will play host to Michigan State, the 2003 Big Ten Champions, and Central Michigan. OSU is on the road for seven of its remaining eight games, meeting Northwestern at home, but traveling to Ohio, Iowa, Michigan and Indiana. Ohio State also faces non-conference opponents Pacific at Iowa, California at Michigan and St. Louis at Indiana.

The 2004 Big Ten Tournament returns to Northwestern University Nov. 5-7, the site of Ohio State’s last conference title (2001).

Ohio State continues its homestand at North Turf Field when it faces Ball State at 2 p.m. Sept. 19 and Penn State at 1 p.m. Sept. 25.

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