May 28, 2004

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State ice hockey goaltender Melissa Glaser earned 2004 CoSIDA University Division Women’s At-Large Academic All-District IV First Team honors, while ice hockey defenseman Emma Laaksonen and golfer Kristen White were named to the second team. As a first-team honoree, Glaser moves on to the national ballot from which the Academic All-Americans will be selected.

The District IV team is made up of student-athletes from Division I schools in Alabama, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee. To be nominated, student-athletes must be a starter or important reserve and carry a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 or higher. Team members are selected by a vote of members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) within the district.

Glaser started 26-of-35 games in net for the Buckeyes. The Rockford, Ill., native and education major led the Buckeye defensive unit with a 2.66 goals-against average and a .910 save percentage. Glaser was named OSU’s Most Valuable Defenseman for the 2003-04 season. Nationally, Glaser was ranked 19th with a .910 save percentage and 23rd with a 2.66 goals-against average. She also received national recognition as she was named Player of the Week (Feb. 24). Glaser earned WCHA Defensive Player of the Week three times throughout this season (Dec. 15, Jan. 5, Feb. 23). She is OSU’s career leader in three categories – wins (35), goals-against average (2.68) and save percentage (.903). Glaser also was a participant at the 2000 and 2002 USA Hockey Women’s National Festival in Lake Placid, N.Y., and a member of the 2000 and 2002 U.S. Women’s Under-22 National Team. Glaser is a five-time OSU Scholar-Athlete, three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree and a two-time WCHA All-Academic Team selection.

Laaksonen, a business finance major making her second appearance on the all-district team, was named the 2004 Western Collegiate Hockey Association Student-Athlete of the Year, marking a first for the Buckeye program. The Espoo, Finland, native was fifth overall with 19 points, on three goals and 16 assists. Her 16 assists led the Buckeyes in the 2003-04 season. On the national scene, Laaksonen was ranked 22nd among defensemen for points per game. She also played for Team Finland during the Four Nations Cup and the 2004 World Championships. In 2002, Laaksonen was named a JOFA/AHCA Second Team All-American, marking a Buckeye first. She also was a Top 10 finalist for the 2002 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award and a two-time Olympian competing in the 1997 and 2002 games for Team Finland. Laaksonen was a 2003 Verizon Women’s At-Large Academic All-District IV Third Team member. She is a four-time OSU Scholar-Athlete, three-time WCHA All-Academic Team selection and an Academic All-Big Ten selection.

White, a junior marketing major from Doylestown, Pa., is a three-time All-Big Ten selection and was the 2003 Big Ten Player of the Year and the 2002 conference rookie of the year. She earned second team All-America honors in both the 2003 and 2004 seasons. A three-time OSU Scholar-Athlete, White earned academic all-district accolades last year as well. She is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and a three-time NCGA All-Academic selection. This season, White tied the school record she set last season with a round of 66 during a one-day quad match in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. She had four Top 5 finishes on the year and was the Buckeyes’ highest finisher at the 2004 NCAA Championships, tying for sixth place.