Feb. 21, 2007

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s lacrosse squad opens the 2007 season on the road this week playing at Robert Morris Friday. The Buckeyes were 4-12 in 2006 while the Colonials finished at 3-14. The game will be played in Joe Walton Stadium with a 3:30 p.m. start time.

The head coach for the Buckeyes is Sue Stimmel. Ohio State finished the 2006 season, 4-12. In goal, the Buckeyes return Kristen Gilwee (So., Hunt Valley, Md.) and Joy DeMarco (Sr., Hudson, Ohio). Gilwee had a 4-7 record last season, a 10.94 goals against average and a .526 saves percentage. DeMaro played in three games last season with an 0-1 record. She had a 12.37 goals against average and a .478 saves percentage. Offensively, Jessica Patane (Jr., Farmingdale, N.Y.) is the top returning scored from 2006 with 28 points. She had 22 goals and six assists. Kristen Slahor (Jr., Ellicott City, Md.) had 26 points last season with 13 goals and a team-high 13 assists. Defensive leaders returning for Ohio State include Kacie Caldwell (Jr./So., Lutherville, Md.) with 17 ground balls and six draw controls, Kendall Gysin (So., Noblesville, Ind.) with 16 draw controls and 12 ground balls, Danielle Gibson (Sr., Springfield, Pa.) with 11 ground balls and six draw controls and Bethany Carey (Jr., Eldersburg, Md.) with 11 draw controls and eight ground balls. A LOOK AT ROBERT MORRIS
The head coach for the Colonials is Katy Phillips. Robert Morris finished the 2006 season with a 3-14 record. In goal, Robert Morris returns Kate Dunlap and Lauren Hartsfield from last season. Dunlap played in 11 games and had a 1-1 record. She had a 15.14 goals against average and a .450 saves percentage. Hartsfield played in 10 games and was 0-5. She had a 16.90 goals against average and a .337 saves percentage. Offensively, the Colonials have their top scorer from 2006 returning in Jennifer Collins with 57 points. She had a team-high 45 goals and 12 assists. Ashley Levering was second on the squad in points with 42. She had 35 goals and seven assists. Emily Tomlinson ranked third in points with 29 with 11 goals and a team-high 18 assists. Defensively, Collins had a team-high 34 draw controls, adding 23 ground balls. Tomlinson posted 26 caused turnovers, 28 ground balls and 29 draw controls. Nicole Runfola contributed team-highs of 40 ground balls and 31 caused turnovers. Evie Cutshaw had 25 ground balls, 20 caused turnovers and 15 draw controls during the 2006 season.

Ohio State won the only meeting with Robert Morris in 2006. The Buckeyes, in Columbus, won that game, 20-3. OSU’s Kelyn Laws, Lauren Traficant and Andrea Fischer each scored three goals in the game while Kristen Gilwee picked up the win in goal. She played the first 30 minutes, recording two saves and did not surrender a goal.

Ohio State women’s lacrosse Kristen Gilwee (So., Hunt Valley, Md.) has been selected to the 2007 American Lacrosse Conference Preseason All-Conference Team by a vote of the league’s five head coaches. Gilwee played in 13 games as a freshman, starting 11. She had a 4-7 record averaging a 10.94 goals against average and a .526 saves percentage. She was named to the 2006 second team ALC All-Conference Team. Ohio State was picked to finished fifth in the Conference by a vote of the coaches. Two-time defending NCAA champion Northwestern was picked to win their third ALC title in a row.

HEAD COACH Sue Stimmel
Sue Stimmel is in her 12th 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 OSU. Stimmel is 83-83 at Ohio State (11 years) and is 159-101 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.

Kristen Slahor enters the 2007 season with 33 career assists ranking her ninth on the Ohio State career list. She produced 20 assists as a freshman and 13 in her sophomore season. Slahor needs two assists to move past No. 8 Alexia Vogler (2000-03) with 34.

Natale Miller has 41 career draw controls and stands 10th on the Ohio State career list. She recorded 18 ground balls during her freshman season and added 10 in both her sophomore and junior seasons. Miller needs five ground balls to move past No. 9 Brandie Williams (2002-05) with 45.

Kristen Gilwee, after her freshman season, is ranked sixth in three categories on the OSU career records list. She ranks sixth in saves with 111, goals against average at 10.94 and in wins with four. Gilwee played in 13 games last season and started the final 11 games of the season.

Ohio State returns home in March for a two-game home stand. The Buckeyes will host Duquesne, Wednesday, March 7 at 4 p.m. and then face American Lacrosse Conference rival Johns Hopkins, Sunday, March 11 at 1 p.m.