May 4, 2004

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State (5-10 overall, 1-4 American Lacrosse Conference) women’s lacrosse squad will close out the 2004 schedule with a road game at Ohio (7-8, 2-3). The American Lacrosse Conference game will begin at 4 p.m. at Pruitt Field.

Sue Stimmel coaches the Buckeyes. Ohio State is 5-10 overall and 1-4 in the American Lacrosse Conference. Last week the Buckeyes lost 9-8 to Duquesne in the final home game of the season. Ohio State’s Regina Oliver (Jr., Pottstown, Pa.) is the team leader in points with 34. She has 23 goals and a team-high 11 assists. Caroline Weatherill (Sr., Malvern, Pa.) ranks second with 28 points (team-high 25 goals, 3 assists). Ashley Evans (Jr., Ellicott City, Md.) is third with 21 from 18 goals and three assists. Oliver leads the team in ground balls (53) and caused turnovers (43). Evans is second in ground balls with 34 and Kathryn Kozlakowski (Jr., Towson, Md.) is third with 33. Kelly Cook (Sr., Downingtown, Pa.) is second in caused turnover with 18 and Brandie Williams (Jr., Hatboro, Pa.) is third with 15. Oliver leads the team with 26 draw controls with Weatherill second with 18 and KC Carter (So., Birchrunville, Pa.) third with 16. Kim Hastings (So., Sewickley, Pa.) and Taryn Bowen (Sr., Columbus, Ohio) have been splitting time in goal. Hastings has started 13 matches and has a 5-8 record. She has made 82 saves (.491) and has a 9.81 goals against average. Bowen has two starts with a 0-2 record. She has made 50 saves (.431) and has an 11.31 goals against average. A LOOK AT OHIO
Kate Brew coaches the Bobcats. Ohio has a 7-8 overall record and a 2-3 mark in the ALC. Last week in matches played at Northwestern, Ohio lost 25-7 to Northwestern and 9-8 to Denver. Prior to last weekend, Lynz Keys and Dana Dobbie were co-leaders for the team with 48 each. Keys has a team-high 40 goals and eight assists while Dobbie has 34 goals and 14 assists. Melissa Menna ranks third with 35 points from 28 goals and seven assists. In ground balls, Meg Ryan leads the team with 38. Menna ranks second with 37. Dobbie is the team leader in draw controls with 57. Caitlin Linke is second with 27. In caused turnovers, Keys has a team-high 15 with Liz Wilson second with 14. In goal, Jennifer Cassidy has started all 13 games and has a .506 saves percentage and a 10.59 goals against average.

Ohio State has won all five games with Ohio University. The first three games in the series were played in Columbus. Ohio State won 23-3 in 1999, 22-7 in 2000 and 18-6 in 2001. The 2002 game was played in Athens, with the Buckeyes winning, 12-6. Last season OSU won, 15-9, in Columbus.

Tenth-ranked Ohio State (13-3, 5-1 American Lacrosse Conference), with a 15-9 victory over Ohio University (5-10, 1-5) captured the American Lacrosse Championship Thursday night in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU’s Caroline Weatherill scored a season-high five goals in leading the Buckeyes to the win over Ohio University. Buckeye Regina Oliver added three goals and KC Carter and Brandie Williams scoring two each. Bobcat Lindsey Hart had a team-high three goals.

The Bobcats opened the score at 3:30 with a Kristen Gombeski goal, assisted by Oxman. OSU tied the game at one with a goal by Oliver at 3:43, assisted by Tracey Bounds. Bounds, at 4:50, gave the Buckeyes a 2-1 lead on a free position attempt. Oliver made it 3-1 with a score at 10:18. OSU’s Weatherill scored the next two goals, the first at 10:25 assisted by Carter and the second at 10:45, assisted by Bounds to open a 5-1 lead. Ohio University, at 12:51, cut the margin to 5-2 on a Keys goal. Oliver, with an assist from Bounds, scored at 15:53. On a free position attempt at 20:04, Shannon Wilson scored to make the lead 7-2. Weatherill, at 20:25 and 22:09 scored unassisted goals. Williams scored at 23:24 with an assist from Bounds to make the lead eight. OU’s Hart, on a free position attempt, scored at 25:00. Williams followed that with a free position score at 26:50. The Bobcats ended the scoring in the half at 27:15 with a goal by Alyssa Trocher, assisted by Melissa Menna.

The second half started with Taryn Bowen in goal for OSU, replacing starter Erin Forquer. Ohio State opened the scoring at 31:41 with a Carter goal, assisted by Bounds. Ohio University responded with three quick goals, the first at 32:50 by Oxman, assisted by Hart. Oxman scored again at 33:42 on a free position attempt and Keys added her second goal at 34:10 to cut the OSU lead to 12-7. At 35:36 Forquer returned to the goal as the Buckeyes began a three-goal run. Weatherill scored her fifth goal of the game at 39:34, unassisted. Carter added her second goal at 45:27 and Alexia Vogler scored at 48:43 to give OSU a 15-7. OSU’s Kim Hastings replace Forquer at 45:27 to close out the game in goal. The Bobcats added two late goals by Hart, at 50:00 and 53:09, to close out the scoring for a 15-9 Ohio State win.

Ohio University’s Jen Cassidy took the loss in goal giving up 15 goals and recording 10 saves. OSU’s Forquer played 40:00 while recording five saves and giving up four goals. Bowen played 5:36 and gave up three goals while Hastings played 14:24, recording one save and giving up two goals.

Ohio State fell, 9-8, to Duquesne in the final 20 second of the game after building a 6-0 halftime lead. Laura App’s free position attempt at 59:40 won the game. It was App’s third goal of the game while teammate Ginger Flocco scored a game-high four. OSU’s Caroline Weatherill had a team-high three goals. Leading, 7-3, in the second half, a yellow card to OSU goalie Kim Hastings gave Duquesne an open goal shot to Flocco cut the margin to 7-4. Weatherill scored at 52:56 to give OSU an 8-6 lead, but free position goals by Krista Mann (54:52), Flocco (57:36) and App (59:40) gave the win to Duquesne. Sarah Pacini had eight saves for Duquesne in goal, while OSU’s Kim Hastings had four saves while giving up six goals. Taryn Bowen was in goal while Hastings served her penalty. Bowen gave up three goals.

With three goals against Duquesne last week, Caroline Weatherill has scored 12 goals in her last three games. Previously she had six against Penn State and three against Lafayette. Weatherill has a team-high 25 goals for the Buckeyes and ranks second in points with 28.

With two goals and an assist against Duquesne, Regina Oliver has scored one or more goals in her last six games and produced one or more points the in the last nine games. She is the team leader in points with 34 with 23 goals and a team-high 11 assists.

Kim Hastings and Taryn Bowen have been sharing the goal keeping duties for the Buckeyes. Hastings has played in all 15 games and has started in 13 games and has a 5-8 record in playing 520 minutes. Bowen has seen action in all 15 games with two starts (0-2) and has 350 minutes. Hastings has a .491 saves percentage (82 saves) and has a 9.81 goals (85) against average. Bowen has 50 saves (.431) and has an 11.31 goals (66) against average.

With a combined seven ground balls against Penn State and Lafayette, Regina Oliver has become the Ohio State career leader with 164. Oliver picked up four ground balls against Penn State and another three in the Lafayette to reach 164. She passes previous leader Shannon Wilson (2000-03) who had 159. Oliver currently has 165 career ground balls.

With a 10-9 overtime win at Stanford, Ohio State extended its regular season road-winning streak to 10 games. The streak ended two days later with a 10-6 loss at California. OSU won all eight regular season road games last season including wins at Penn State and Notre Dame. The streak included a 2002 victory at Ohio.

Ashley Evans had her goal scoring streak ended against Penn State at 11 games. She failed to score against the Nittany Lions but came back with a goal and an assist against Lafayette and a goal against Duquesne. She had four multiple goal games during the streak. She had scored two goals against Cornell, at Virginia Tech and at Vanderbilt. She equaled her career-high with three goals against Notre Dame.

At the end of the 2003 ALC season, Ohio State and Penn State were tied with 5-1 records. Based upon the league bylaws, Ohio State’s 10-9 win at Penn State made the Buckeyes the outright champion of the conference. They bylaw was written to select the league’s automatic berth into the NCAA Championship, which takes effect this season.

Ohio State, the defending American Lacrosse Conference Champion, has been picked as the preseason favorite to win the league championship by a vote of the conference coaches. OSU received four of the seven first place votes and 46 total points. Penn State was ranked second with two first place votes and 43 points. The Buckeyes and Nittany Lions finished the 2003 conference season with 5-1 records but Ohio State won the championship based upon the bylaws of the conference.

By a vote of the conference coaches, Ohio State midfielders Regina Oliver (Jr., Pottstown, Pa.) and KC Carter (So., Birchrunville, Pa.) have been named to the 12-player 2004 American Lacrosse Conference Preseason All-Conference Team. Oliver was further honored as the 2004 Preseason Player of the Year. She was the 2003 ALC Player of the Year and the 2002 Rookie of the Year. Carter was the 2003 Rookie of the Year.

The 8,000-seat Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium arguably is one of the finest multi-sport facilities in the country, hosting track and field and lacrosse in the spring and soccer in the fall. Over the last three years, the Buckeyes are 13-7 (.650) at the facility.

HEAD COACH Sue Stimmel
Sue Stimmel is in her ninth season as the head coach for the Ohio State women’s lacrosse team. A 1984 graduate of Temple University, Stimmel is the only coach that the Buckeye program has had. She spent six years has the head coach of Denison prior to coming to Ohio State. Stimmel is 73-60 (.549) at Ohio State and is 149-78 (.656) in her 15-year career. The 2003 season was her most successful with a program-high 14 wins, finishing the regular season ranked 11th nationally and making the school’s second consecutive appearance in the NCAA Championship, advancing to the quarterfinals. Her squad won the 2003 American Lacrosse Conference Championship and she was named the ALC Coach of the Year and was later named the 2003 Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association Regional Coach of the Year.