April 26, 2000

COLUMBUS, Ohio— The Ohio State women’s lacrosse team will take on the No. 12 Syracuse Orangewomen at 8 p.m. Friday at Coyne Field. The Buckeyes will take on Colgate at 1 p.m., Sunday at Tyler’s Field in Hamilton, N.Y. Ohio State enters the game with an 8-6 overall record. Syracuse is 10-3, while the Colgate Red Raiders are 7-5 before their game against Albany on April 29.

The Buckeyes Last Week
On Friday, April Tellam scored two goals and added three assists to lead No. 12 Vanderbilt to a 9-7 victory over Ohio State at Vanderbilt Lacrosse Field. The first half could have been a shootout, but Vandy goalie Shana Crabtree recorded eight saves to keep the Commodores down by one at the half, 3-2. A goal by Amanda Rice sparked a Vanderbilt comeback early in the second half, but Ohio State continued to keep the game close. Kylee Reade (So., London, Ont./Sir Fredrick Banting) led the Buckeyes with two goals, both of which came with less than four minutes remaining. Buckeye goalie Megan Barnett (So., Charlottesville, Va./Albemarle) played all 60 minutes and finished with eight saves.

Head Coach Sue Stimmel
Sue Stimmel is in her fifth season as head lacrosse coach at Ohio State. Last season, Stimmel led OSU to a stellar 10-5 finish, marking the first 10-win season in the history of Ohio State women’s lacrosse. With a 23-3 win over the Ohio Bobcats, April 10, 1999, Stimmel earned her 100th career victory.

Scouting Syracuse
The Orangewomen are currently on a ten-game winning streak after a 6-5 victory over No. 10 Boston University. With the win Syracuse’s record improved to 10-3 on the season and the team moved to No. 12 in the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association Poll. The Orangewomen are led by Katrina Hable and Lauren Brady who are first and second on the team in total points. Hable has recorded 41 points off 31 goals and 10 assists, while Brady has 36 goals and two assists. In goal Syracuse is led by Carla Gigon with 64 saves and a save percentage of .552. Syracuse Coach Miller
In two seasons at Syracuse, Lisa Miller has guided the Orangewomen to a 22-7 overall record. Last season she earned the North Region Coach of the Year award from the IWLCA. In 1998, the program’s first year, Syracuse finished the season with a 9-4 record and possessed the most potent offense in the country, leading the nation in scoring, averaging 15.08 goals per game. Last season Syracuse made its first post-season appearance and had its first national All-America selection. SU won the ECAC Championship by defeating Boston University and Yale. Miller began her collegiate coaching career on the sidelines of Wheaton College. As a player at the College of William & Mary, Miller left her mark. She was captain of her team, the 1987 Outstanding Female Senior Athlete, an All-American, third on the all-time scoring list and a member of the U.S. Lacrosse Team as a senior. She continued to compete for the U.S., finishing her playing career as an alternate for the 1989 World Cup Team.

The Series
Friday’s matchup with Syracuse will be the first time these two programs have met on the lacrosse field.

Scouting Colgate
The Red Raiders enter the weekend with a 7-5 record, including wins over Hofstra, Vermont and Bucknell. Colgate is led by Kate Manzella and Columbus native Anne Curier. Manzella has scored 43 goals and added 11 assists for a team-leading 54 points. Currier, who played at Columbus School for Girls, has recorded 31 goals and 13 assists. In goal the Red Raiders are led by Jane Murray who has recorded 102 saves and a save percentage of .512.

Colgate Coach Silva
Katrina Silva, head lacrosse coach at Roanoke College and former Colgate assistant, enters her first season as the women’s lacrosse coach at Colgate University. Silva compiled a 37-12 mark in three seasons as the Roanoke College head coach, including a 14-3 mark in her final season. In 1999, she guided the Maroons to their second Old Dominion Conference crown in three seasons with an 11-8 win over Randolph-Macon on April 25. Roanoke ranked sixth among Division III schools in scoring defense and seventh in winning percentage. Silva was a four-year starter in goal for Towson’s field hockey team and lettered three seasons as the starting goalkeeper for the nationally ranked lacrosse team. She was named the Southeast’s Field Hockey Defensive Player of the Year in 1993 and helped lead her team to three ECC Championships.

The Series
Sunday’s matchup will be the third time these programs have met on the lacrosse field. Colgate leads the series, 2-0. In 1998, Colgate defeated the Buckeyes 11-6 in Notre Dame, Ind.

Cianfrani Making Her Move
Celeste Cianfrani ranks second all-time in career goals in Ohio State women’s lacrosse history. She has scored 80 goals in her career. She needs only four more goals to tie the record of 84 set by Mara Simpson from 1996-1999. She also is second, behind Simpson with 133, in career points. Cianfrani has recorded 121 points in her career.

Barnett Building a Lead
Megan Barnett now ranks first in career saves with 258. She passed Nicole Morris who finished with 174 saves in 1997.

Buckeyes in the NCAA Rankings
No Buckeyes were ranked in the individual NCAA statistics this week. The Buckeyes as a team are ranked in two of the team statistics categories. They are No. 6 in scoring offense, having scored 189 goals, an average of 13.50 a game. The Buckeyes are No. 11 in scoring margin, outscoring their opponents by 4.79 goals.