April 6, 2000
COLUMBUS, Ohio— This weekend the Ohio State women’s lacrosse team will face the Davidson Wildcats at 1 p.m. Saturday. The Buckeyes enter the weekend with a 6-4 record. The Wildcats enter the weekend with a 3-5 record.
The Buckeyes Last Week
On Saturday, the Buckeyes fell to the Delaware Blue Hens, 20-12, at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The squad was led by Megan Mirick (So., Burke, Va./Robinson) who tallied three goals and one assist in the game. However, Megan Fortunato scored four goals to lead the Blue Hens. Delaware used a balanced attack of 11 scorers to defeat the Buckeyes. OSU goalie Megan Barnett (So., Charlottesville, Va./Albemarle) played the whole 60 minutes and made 19 saves.
On Saturday, Penn State used 10 different scorers to top Ohio State, 16-5, at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes were led by Tracey Bounds (So., Ellicott City, Md./Mt. Hebron) who scored three goals and added one assists. Julie Tice led the Lions by scoring two goals and adding two assists. Barnett played 60 minutes and recorded 14 saves.
Head Coach Sue Stimmel
Sue Stimmel is in her fifth season as head lacrosse coach at Ohio State. Last season, Stimmel led OSU to a stellar 10-5 finish, marking the first 10-win season in the history of Ohio State women’s lacrosse. With a 23-3 win over the Ohio Bobcats, April 10, 1999, Stimmel earned her 100th career victory.
The Wildcats are 3-5 this season and return 20 letterwinners from the 7-9 team last season. This year, the squad has recorded wins over Division II powerhouse Limestone, American, and California. The team is led by Molly Cherington and Stephanie Hunter. Both have recorded 23 points on the season. Hunter leads the team in goals with 16. Lisa Benjamin leads the defense from the goal. She has recorded 84 saves with a save percentage of .472.
Davidson Coach Schwartz
The 2000 season is the fifth year at the helm for Wildcat head coach Mary Schwartz . She led the Wildcats to its lone winning season in program history, 9-7 in 1997, and is also the leader in victories with 30. She has a career mark of 30-37. Schwartz attended the University of Maryland, where she was a Division I scholarship athlete on both the lacrosse and field hockey teams. She played goalie for both squads from 1980-1985. While playing lacrosse, she was a three time participant in the NCAA Tournament, advancing to the championship game in 1982, 1984 and 1985. In 1985, Schwartz was named to the All-ACC Tournament Team.
Saturday’s matchup with Davidson will be the fifth overall. The series is tied at two apiece, however Ohio State has won the last two contests in the series. The Buckeyes earned a 10-9 victory in Columbus last year.
Buckeyes in the NCAA Rankings
One Buckeye made an appearance in the NCAA statistics this week. Celeste Cianfrani is ranked No. 20 on the assists list with 14, an average of 1.40 per game. The Buckeyes as a team are ranked in every team statistics category. They are No. 5 in scoring offense, having scored 143 goals, an average of 14.30 a game. The Buckeyes are No. 17 in scoring defense. They have allowed opponents to score 83 goals, an average of 8.30 goals per game. The Buckeyes are also No. 5 in scoring margin, outscoring their opponents by 6.00 goals. Ohio State is ranked No. 19 in winning percentage with a 6-4 record.
Barnett Now Saves Leader
Megan Barnett now ranks first in career saves with 236. She passes Nicole Morris who finished with 174 saves in 1997.
Young, But Experienced
Through 10 games the Buckeyes have been led by underclassmen. Sophomore Megan Mirick leads the Buckeyes in scoring with 33 points, 24 goals and nine assists. In fact, six of the top seven scorers for Ohio State are freshmen or sophomores. Sophomore Megan Barnett has also played a key part in the season for the Buckeyes. She has recorded 85 saves for a save percentage of .505.
More on Sue Stimmel
Sue Stimmel is entering her fifth season as head women’s lacrosse coach at Ohio State. She has compiled a 27-26 mark at OSU, the only head coach in the brief history of the varsity women’s lacrosse program. Stimmel came to Ohio State from Denison University where she guided the Big Red to a 76-24 record during her career. She took over the Big Red program in 1989 and was named the IWLCA Regional Coach of the Year in 1991, 1992 and 1994. Stimmel was honored as the NCAC Coach of the Year in 1990, 1992 and 1993. Denison won five NCAC championships and made four appearances in the NCAA tournament during Stimmel’s tenure. She also coached the North Team in the Division III North/South All-Star Game in 1995. Her coaching career began in 1984 when she was named an assistant coach at the University of Massachusetts, where she stayed until 1986. Stimmel is a 1984 graduate of Temple University, where she received a degree in mathematics. She was a four-year varsity starter and a member of Temple’s national championship teams in 1982 and 1984. She was named a Regional All-American in 1984 and was invited to the U.S. team tryouts.