COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State women’s lacrosse team begins American Lacrosse Conference (ALC) action in 2008 when the Buckeyes (4-1) visit No. 12 Johns Hopkins (1-2) Sunday for a 1 p.m. match.
The Buckeyes are 4-1 overall this season after sweeping a West Coast trip last weekend. OhioState was an 18-7 winner Friday at Cal-Davis. The Buckeyes’ offensive attack had nine different players score at least one goal with senior Amanda Shimp and junior Rachel Hawes notching a team-high three each. Senior Kristen Slahor dished out eight helpers to tie the program record for assists in a single game set originally by Mara Simpson in 1998. Slahor also tied the record last year in the win over UC Davis in Columbus.
In the 10-7 win at Cal Berkeley, Ohio State got two goals each from Kristen Slahor, Kelly Haggerty and Maghan Beaudrault; Slahor also added three assists. The Golden Bears outshot the Buckeyes, 28-27, for the match, but OSU goalie Kristen Gilwee came up with 12 saves, including two critical second half grabs. Jessica Patane, Brittney Zerhusen and Beaudrault each had a team-best three ground balls. Patane also led the Buckeyes with three draw controls while Zerhusen caused three Cal turnovers.
So far in 2008, OhioState is outscoring its opponents 67-41, with freshman Maghan Beaudrault leading the team in scoring with 11 goals. Four other Buckeyes have accounted for nine goals each: Amanda Shimp, Jessica Patane, Kelly Haggerty and Brittney Zerhusen.
Senior Kristen Slahor is the Buckeye leader in points with 25 from 19 assists and six goals.
Beaudrault is the leader in ground balls with 16, while Shimp and Zerhusen show 13 each. Beaudrault has picked up 14 draw controls while Shimp and Beaudrault each have a Buckeye-high seven caused turnovers.
In the net, junior starting goalkeeper Kristen Gilwee owns a .471 save percentage and an 8.31 goals-against average in five games. Freshman goalie Annie Carruthers saw action time against Duquesne and made four stops on 10 shots while allowing only two goals.
IN THE RECORD BOOKS
At OhioState, senior Kristen Slahor is moving up on the all-time leaders list. Her 153 career points rank her fifth all-time in the record book, trailing Shannon Wilson (2000-03) in fourth with 154 points. Third is Regina Oliver, who scored 166 points from 2002-05. Slahorset OhioState season records in 2007 with 73 points and 45 assists.
ON JOHNS HOPKINS
The 12th-ranked Blue Jays are 1-2 this season, with a win at George Washington and losses to George Mason and No. 7 Princeton. Hopkins hosts Georgetown Friday before entertaining the Buckeyes Sunday. The OSU-JHU game will be the 2008 conference opener for both squads.
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 Cal Berkeley. 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 the Cal Berkeley, Slahor scored two goals and three assists, both team highs.
Two Buckeye seniors received preseason honors from the American Lacrosse Conference. 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.
COACH SUE STIMMEL
In her 13th season as head coach of the Buckeyes, Sue Stimmel holds a 96-91 record at OhioState. Her career coaching record is 172-109 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 return home for four home games during March. Next week, OhioState hosts defending national champion Northwestern Friday, March 14, at 3 p.m. and entertains Robert Morris Sunday, March 16, at 1 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Fans should note that because of the OHSAA boys’ basketball tournaments being held at the SchottensteinCenter, lacrosse parking will be easiest if they enter off Olentangy River Road into the parking lots adjacent to the WoodyHayesAthleticCenter.
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