April 2, 2008


COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State women’s lacrosse team (7-3; 0-1 ALC) faces North Carolina at 7 p.m. Friday and Maryland at noon Sunday in a pair of games this weekend held at Chapel Hill, N.C.



OhioState is 7-3 overall and 4-3 at home. The Buckeyes are 0-1 in American Lacrosse Conference action and 7-2 in non-conference play for 2008.



Senior Kristen Slahor, who has 34 assists through 10 games, is ranked first among the NCAA leaders in that category this week. Her average of 3.4 per game through 10 contests put her ahead of Denver’s Steph Coyne, who had a 3.1 average through 10 games. Slahoris also fifth in the nation in scoring.



Sophomore Brittney Zerhusen set an OhioState single-game with seven goals against Bucknell, all coming in the first half. Zerhusen finished the evening with eight points.


So far in 2008, OhioState is outscoring its opponents 131-97. Brittney Zerhusen leads the team with 23 goals scored; behind her are Kristen Slahor (17), Jessica Patane (16), Amanda Shimp (16), Kelly Haggerty (15), Rachel Hawes (14) and Maghan Beaudrault (13). Slahoris the Buckeye leader in points with 51 from 34 assists and 17 goals.

Beaudraultis the leader in ground balls with 25, while Shimp has 22 and Zerhusen 18. Zerhusen has picked up a team-best 18 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 seven games, making 31 stops with a 9.73 goals-against average.



At OhioState, senior Kristen Slahor is moving up on the all-time leaders list. Her 179 career points rank her second all-time in the record book, passing Regina Oliver (166 points from 2002-05) and Tracey Bounds (169 points from 2000-02). Current assistant coach Megan Mirick is the OhioState career scoring leader with 182 points (1999-2002).


Slahorset OhioState season records in 2007 with 73 points and 45 assists. The Ellicott City, Md., product has 17 goals and 34 assists this season.


Jessica Patane is now ninth in career goals scored among OhioState’s all-time leaders. Patane has 78 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 (78); 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 51 points (17 goals and 34 assists).


Brittney Zerhusen (23 goals, eight assists) has 31 points scored. Next in scoring are Kelly Haggerty (26), Amanda Shimp (19), Jessica Patane (18), Maghan Beaudrault (17) and Rachel Hawes (15).



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 Slahorand 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 99-93 record at OhioState. Her career coaching record is 175-111 including six years at Denison.


Coach Stimmel’s first Buckeye win was a 7-6 victory at Mt. St. Mary’s March 30, 1996. Her 50th win at OhioState was a 12-11 decision at Maryland March 31, 2002.


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 continue on the road with a match at Vanderbilt at 4 p.m. Friday, April 11. OhioState then returns home for a 1 p.m. match Sunday, April 13 vs. Davidson at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.