April 15, 1999

Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s lacrosse team travels to Pennsylvania this weekend to take play the Penn State Nittany Lions and the Bucknell Bison. The Lions enter Friday’s game with a record of 9-4. The Bison enter Sunday’s game with a record of 4-6.


The Buckeyes outscored the Bobcats 19-1 in the first half on their way to a record setting victory. Ohio State scored 52 seconds into the game and never looked back. Lauren Cochran led the Buckeyes in scoring with four goals. However, freshman Kristin Jeschke came off the bench to lead all Buckeyes in total points. Jeschke tallied three goals and added five assists to finish with eight points.


The Buckeyes broke almost every single game record against Ohio University. The new record for goals scored in a game now stands at 23. The old record was 22 set back in 1997 against Earlham. The record for assists in a game was smashed. The new record is 16 assists in a game. The old record was 12 set against Earlham in 1996. Ohio State set a new record for points in a game with 39. The old record was 31 points set against Mercyhurst in 1997. The 19 goals scored in the first half sets a new record for goals in a half. the old record was 15 set in 1998 against Denison. The 20 goal margin of victory ties the record for largest margin of victory.


The victory over the Bobcats gave head coach Sue Stimmel her 100th career victory. Stimmel compiled a 76-24 record at Denison University and continues her winning tradition at Ohio State where she has a record of 24-25.


The Nittany Lions are under the direction of tenth year head coach Julie Williams. Penn State has scored 161 in 13 games, while holding their opponents to only 113. The attack is led by senior Jen Johnson who has 31 goals and 21 assists. Senior Colleen O’Brien has also contributed to the offense by scoring 29 goals. In goal the Lions are led by Megan Ames. has 105 saves in 13 games, posting a save percentage of .489.


Ohio State and have met on the lacrosse field twice. Penn State leads the series 2-0.


Bucknell is under the direction of third year head coach Barb Jordan. The Bison are led by attacker Heidi Hammes who has scored 24 goals in 10 games. Annie Richards has snagged 138 saves, posting a save percentage of .622.


Sunday’s game against Bucknell marks the first time the two programs have met.


Date Opponent Result 2/27 MERCYHURST 20-4 W 3/5 North Carolina! 5-19 L 3/7 Cornell ! 8-10 L 3/13 DAVIDSON 10-9 W (ot) 3/20 Mt. St. Mary’s 11-4 W 3/21 Boston Univ. * 6-11 L 3/26 Notre Dame 15-12 W 3/27 Connecticut # 20-6 W 4/3 VIRGINIA TECH 8-9 L 4/6 Duquense 13-12 W 4/10 OHIO UNIV. 23-3 W 4/16 Penn State 4/18 Bucknell 4/24 VANDERBILT 4/25 DENVER Home games in caps, ! games played in Baltimore, Md., * game played in Boyertown , Penn., # game played at Notre Dame


Ohio State has scored 139 goals in 11 games, while their opponents have only scored 99 goals. The Buckeyes have been led by a powerful attack of underclassmen. Sophomore Erin Andersen leads the team in goals with 26. Freshman Megan Mirick is a close second in scoring with 25 goals. Andersen also leads the team in total points with 39. Sophomore Celeste Cianfrani has also contributed to the offense with 30 total points, off of 19 goals and 11 assists. Megan Barnett has had a amazing freshman campaign in the cage. She has snagged 115 saves, posting a save percentage of .542. The Buckeyes as a team rank 12th in scoring offense, averaging 12.64 goals per game. The team ranks 16th in scoring margin, outscoring their opponents by 3.64 goals a game.


Sue Stimmel, a native of Boyertown, Pa., is entering her fourth season as head coach at Ohio State. She has compiled a 24-25 mark at OSU thus far, and is the only head coach in the brief history of the varsity women’s lacrosse program. Last season, against the toughest schedule ever assembled for an Ohio State women’s lacrosse team, the Buckeyes were extremely competitive in every game and lost four games by a total of nine goals. Stimmel came to Ohio State from Denison University where she guided the Big Red to a 76-24 record during her career. While at Denison, she was named NCAC Coach of the Year in 1990, 1992 and 1993. Denison won five NCAC championships and made five appearences in the NCAA Tournament during Stimmel’s tenure. Stimmel is a 1984 graduate of Temple University, where she received a degree in mathematics. She was a four-year varsity starter and a member of Temple’s national championship teams in 1982 and 1984.