COLUMBUS, Ohio The nationally ranked OhioState women’s lacrosse team faces Bucknell Friday, March 28, in a 7 p.m. match at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The 6-2 Buckeyes are ranked No. 22 in this week’s Inside Lacrosse poll.


Friday is a Scarlet and Gray Game, and the first 250 fans will receive Rally Towels courtesy of Nationwide.



OhioState is 6-2 overall and 4-2 at home. The Buckeyes are 0-1 in American Lacrosse Conference action and 6-1 in non-conference play for 2008.



Bucknell comes to Columbus with a 3-3 record, with wins over Long Island (17-5), Lafayette (20-11) and LaSalle (16-10) and losses to American (16-9), Duquesne (12-9) and Holy Cross (16-6). The Buckeyes are 3-0 in the all-time series against Bucknell.



Senior Kristen Slahor, who has 28 assists through eight games, is ranked first among the NCAA leaders in that category this week. Her average of 3.5 per game puts her ahead of Denver’s Steph Coyne, who has a 3.22 average through nine games. Slahor is also 10th in the nation in scoring.


So far in 2008, OhioState is outscoring its opponents 102-70. Brittney Zerhusen leads the team with 14 goals scored; behind her with 13 goals each are Maghan Beaudrault, Amanda Shimp, Jessica Patane and Kelly Haggerty.


Senior Kristen Slahor is the Buckeye leader in points with 39 from 28 assists and 11 goals.

Beaudrault is the leader in ground balls with 22, while Shimp has 20 and Zerhusen 17. Beaudrault has picked up 16 draw controls while Beaudrault (13) and Shimp (11) lead the Buckeyes in caused turnovers.

In the net, junior goalkeeper Kristen Gilwee owns a .481 save percentage and an 9.69 goals-against average in seven games. Freshman goalie Annie Carruthers has seen action in five games, making 12 stops.



At OhioState, senior Kristen Slahor is moving up on the all-time leaders list. Her 167 career points rank her third all-time in the record book, passing Regina Oliver (166 points from 2002-05) and just shy of the totals of Tracey Bounds (169 points from 2000-02). Current assistant coach Megan Mirick is the OhioState career scoring leader with 182 points (1999-2002).


Slahor set OhioState season records in 2007 with 73 points and 45 assists. The Ellicott City, Md., product has 11 goals and 28 assists this season.


Jessica Patane is now ninth in career goals scored among OhioState’s all-time leaders. Patane has 75 goals to date. The Ohio State career top 10: 1) Megan Mirick (143); 2) Regina Oliver (125); 3) Shannon Wilson (110); 4) Tracey Bounds (107); 5) Celeste Cianfrani (87); 6) Lauren Cochran (86); 7) Mara Simpson (84); 8) Erin Andersen (83); 9) Jessica Patane (75); 10) Caroline Weatherill (74).



The Buckeye scoring attack has plenty of weapons; seven different OhioState players have scored at least 10 points through the first half of 2008. Leading that list is Kristen Slahor, with 39 points (11 goals and 28 assists).


Kelly Haggerty (13 goals, eight assists) and Brittney Zerhusen (14 goals, seven assists) each show 21 points scored. Next in scoring are Maghan Beaudrault (17 points), Amanda Shimp (16), Jessica Patane (15) and Rachel Hawes (11).



OhioState will play at Johns Hopkins Monday, April 28, in a 3 p.m. ALC game rescheduled from March 9. The original date was postponed because of the blizzard that hit Columbus that weekend, making travel impossible for the Buckeyes. The game at Johns Hopkins will be the regular season finale for OhioState before the Buckeyes begin ALC tournament play May 2 at Northwestern.



Senior Kristen Slahor was selected as the American Lacrosse Conference’s player of the week for March 4 after two exceptional performances against Cal-Davis and California. The Ellicott City, Md., native tied an OhioState game record with eight assists in the 18-7 win at Davis; six of those assists were in the first half. In the 10-7 win over California, Slahor scored two goals and three assists, both team highs.


Two Buckeye seniors received preseason honors from the ALC. Attackers Slahor and Jessica Patane (Farmingdale, N.Y.) were part of the 14-player squad selected by the ALC’s head coaches prior to 2008 conference play.



In her 13th season as head coach of the Buckeyes, Sue Stimmel holds a 98-92 record at OhioState. Her career coaching record is 174-110 including six years at Denison. Stimmel was president of the Midwest Lacrosse Association from 1991-98, serving as a member of the executive board for the USWLA.  She is a past chair of the mid-Atlantic NCAA Regional Advisory Committee and the Division I Vice-President of the IWLCA. Stimmel is the current chair of the IWLCA Ethics Committee. In 2000, Stimmel was inducted into the Ohio Lacrosse Foundation Hall of Fame.


OhioState’s assistant coaches are prominent alums of the Buckeye lacrosse program: Megan Mirick (2003) and Kylee White (2002).



The Buckeyes have four road games coming up at Virginia Tech (March 30), North Carolina (April 4), Maryland (April 6) and Vanderbilt (April 11). OhioState returns home for a 1 p.m. match Sunday, April 13, with Davidson at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.