Feb. 22, 2005
Complete Release in PDF Format
Download Free Acrobat Reader
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s lacrosse squad begins the 2005 season by hosting Duquesne Saturday, Feb. 26. The game is scheduled to begin 30 minutes after the completion of the men’s lacrosse game against Navy that starts at Noon. The two games will be played at the Woody Hayes Athletic Complex North Turf Field.
A LOOK AT OHIO STATE
The head coach for the Buckeyes is Sue Stimmel. Ohio State is opening the 2005 season against Duquesne. Last season, OSU had a 5-11 overall record.
OHIO STATE BY THE NUMBERS
Ohio State’s Regina Oliver (Sr., Pottstown, Pa.) is the Buckeyes’ top returning scorer from last season with 36 points. She had 25 goals and 11 assists. She was also the team leader in ground balls (54), draw controls (28) and caused turnovers (46). Ashley Evans (Sr., Ellicott City, Md.) had 21 points last season with 18 goals and three assists. She added 19 ground balls, 19 draw controls and eight caused turnovers. KC Carter (Jr., Birchrunville, Pa.) contributed 18 points with 12 goals and six assists. Carter added 22 ground balls, 16 draw controls and 10 caused turnovers. In goal, Kim Hastings (Jr., Sewickley, Pa.) had 14 starts last season, recording a 5-9 record. She had a .483 saves percentage and a 9.52 goal against average.
A LOOK AT DUQUESNE
The head coach for the Dukes is Kim Eldridge. Duquesne is 1-1 on the season prior to a Friday game at Ohio University. The Dukes lost 16-4 at Duke and then defeated Denver, 12-10 in a match played at Duke.
DUQUESNE BY THE NUMBERS
Ginger Flocco scored a team-high two goals in the Duke contest with Kelly Mulford and Krista Mann adding one each. Goalkeeper Sarah Pacini had 12 saves in the game. Flocco had five goals and two assists in the victory over Denver. Laura App added two goals and an assist in the contest.
OHIO STATE – DUQUESNE SERIES
Ohio State leads the series with Duquesne, 6-2. In games played in Columbus, OSU has won three of four having lost, 9-8 last season to the Dukes
OLIVER AN INSIDE LACROSSE PRESEASON ALL-AMERICAN
Ohio State’s Regina Oliver has been named a first team preseason All-American by Inside Lacrosse as announced on their web site.
OLIVER NAMED TO AMERICAN LACROSSE CONFERENCE PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM
Regina Oliver has been named to the 2005 Preseason All-Conference Team of the American Lacrosse Conference by a vote of the league’s head coaches. She is a three-time first team ALC all-conference selection and was the 2002 ALC Rookie of the Year and the 2003 ALC Player of the Year. The ALC Preseason Team follows: Kristen Burke, Penn State; Dana Dobbie, Ohio; Lindsay Frank, Davidson; Lori Havrilla, Penn State; Lacey-Leigh Hentz, Johns Hopkins; Kate Hickman, Vanderbilt; Mary Key, Johns Hopkins; Kristen Kjellman, Northwestern; Ashley Koester, Northwestern; Courtney Koester, Northwestern; Regina Oliver, Ohio State; Lee Tortorelli, Penn State.
BUCKEYES PICKED TO FINISH SIXTH IN CONFERENCE PLAY
Ohio State has been picked to finish sixth in the ALC. The Buckeyes were 1-5 last season in the ALC, finishing sixth. Northwestern was picked to finish first by the coaches. The projected order of finish follows (first place votes): 1. Northwestern 47 (5); 2. Johns Hopkins 42 (2); 3. Penn State 31; Vanderbilt 31; 5. Ohio 19; 6. Ohio State 18; 7. Davidson 8.
OLIVER NAMED TO PRESEASON TEWAARATON AWARD WATCHLIST
Regina Oliver has been named to the Spring 2005 preseason watchlist of the Tewaaraton Award Foundation. The award, considered the Heisman Award of lacrosse, will be voted upon by coaches and narrowed as the season progresses, ultimately reaching a final list of five women and five men who will constitute the award’s finalist. Oliver, a midfielder for the Buckeyes, is a two-time Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association/U.S. Lacrosse All-American receiving second team honors in 2003 and a third team selection in 2004. She is a three-time American Lacrosse Conference first team selection and was named the 2002 ALC Rookie of the Year and the 2003 ALC Player of the Year. Oliver is the Ohio State career leader in caused turnovers with 150 and in ground balls with 166. She ranks fourth in career goals (96), seventh in assists (36), sixth in points (132) and second in draw controls (94).
REVIEWING THE 2004 SEASON
Ohio State began the 2004 season ranked ninth in the preseason Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association Poll. The Buckeyes opened the season at 14th-ranked Stanford with a 10-9 overtime victory. OSU then dropped a 10-6 decision at California. Returning home, Ohio State opened conference play with a 9-6 loss to No. 20 Northwestern. The following week OSU lost 13-5 at No. 17 Johns Hopkins. The Buckeye then won at home with a 10-7 victory over No. 18 Richmond. The Buckeyes then defeated Cornell, 14-11, in a match played at Vanderbilt. At the ALC/ACC Challenge, hosted by North Carolina, OSU lost 16-8 to 14th-ranked North Carolina and 14-4 to No. 8 Maryland. The Buckeyes then suffered a 10-6 loss at Virginia Tech. OSU then collected a 17-10 home victory against Davidson before dropping a 14-6 decision against No. 3 Notre Dame in Columbus. Playing at No. 10 Vanderbilt, Ohio State fell, 12-9. In a three-match home stand, Ohio State lost to No. 19 Penn State, 13-10, in a live College Sports Television broadcast. OSU then defeated Lafayette, 18-1 and lost, 9-8, to Duquesne to close out the home schedule. The Buckeyes closed out the season with a 7-4 loss at Ohio University.
JESSE OWENS MEMORIAL STADIUM, HOME OF THE BUCKEYES
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 14-7 (.667) at the facility.
HEAD COACH Sue Stimmel
Sue Stimmel is in her 10th 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 73-61 at Ohio State and is 149-79 in her 16-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.
BUCKEYE HAVE TWO APPEARANCES ON CSTV THIS SEASON
Ohio State will have its final two regular season games telecast by College Sports Television (CSTV) this season. OSU’s game at Northwestern Thursday, April 5 (4 p.m. start) will be a delayed telecast that will be seen at 8 p.m. that night. The Buckeyes will face Notre Dame Saturday, April 7 in a live telecast at 1 p.m.
UP NEXT FOR OHIO STATE
The Buckeye will play at Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, Pa.) at 1 p.m., Saturday, March 5.