April 23, 1999

Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s lacrosse team returns home this weekend to play host to the Vanderbilt Commodores and the Denver Pioneers. Both games will be played on the practice field on the west side of Fred Taylor Drive, across from the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.


The Buckeyes are 8-5 overall. Ohio State has won three of its last four games and five of its last seven. The only setbacks were a 9-8 loss to Virginia Tech and a 10-8 loss to Penn State. Ohio State, in its fourth year as a varsity program, is guaranteed its first winning season.

VANDERBILT QUICK FACTS Location: Nashville, Tenn. Enrollment: 5,818 Athletic Director: Todd Turner Colors: Black and Gold Founded: 1873 Nickname: Commodores Head Coach: Kathy Swezey Record at Vanderbilt: 12-17 (2nd year) SCOUTING VANDERBILT

The Vanderbilt women’s lacrosse team is in its fourth year as a varsity program. Under the direction of head coach, Kathy Swezey. The Commodores have compiled a record of 5-8 this season. The Commodores are led by sophomore April Tellam and senior Kristin Ehst. Tellam leads the team with 60 points, off 38 goals and 22 assists. Ehst is second in total points with 40, off 32 goals and eight assists. Goalie Emily Lough leads the defense with 142 saves for a save percentage of .574.


This weekend’s game marks the fourth time Ohio State and Vanderbilt have met on the lacrosse field. Vanderbilt leads the series, 3-0.

DENVER QUICKFACTS Location: Denver, Co. Enrollment: 8,847 Athletic Director: Dianne Murphy Colors: Crimson and Gold Founded: 1864 Nickname: Pioneers Head Coach: Deanna Blood Record at Vanderbilt: 6-14 (2nd year) SCOUTING DENVER

The Denver Pioneers, under the direction of coach Dianne Blood, will conclude their first season of NCAA Division I play against the Buckeyes. The Pioneers are led by sophomore Nicole Wittelsberger, who has scored 49 goals and added nine assists. Sarah Hazard and Gemma McDonald split time in the goal. Hazard has 45 saves, while McDonald has 101 saves.


This weekend’s game marks the first time Ohio State and Denver have met on the lacrosse field.


The Buckeyes fell short to Penn State on Friday evening, 10-8. The Buckeyes had a lead late in the second half, but couldn’t hold off the powerful attack of the Nittany Lions. Erin Andersen led the Buckeyes with three goals and one assist. Megan Barnett added to her save total by snagging 11 shots. Sunday, the Buckeyes took on the Bucknell Bison at Bucknell. The Buckeyes topped the Bison, 12-3. Celeste Cianfrani, Megan Mirick and Laurie Rybak led the Buckeyes with three goals each. Rybak also added three assists to lead the Buckeyes in total points.

BUCKEYES SEASON RESULTS 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 (ot) 10-9 W 3/20 Mt. St. Marys 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 10-8 L 4/18 Bucknell 12-3 W 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 159 goals in 13 games, while their opponents have only scored 112 goals. The Buckeyes have been led by a powerful attack of underclassmen. Sophomore Erin Andersen leads the team in goals with 30. Freshman Megan Mirick is a close second in scoring with 29 goals. Andersen also leads the team in total points with 46. Sophomore Celeste Cianfrani has also contributed to the offense with 37 total points, off 24 goals and 13 assists. Megan Barnett has had an amazing freshman campaign in the cage. She has snagged 131 saves and she also ranks 20th in the nation for goals-against average, allowing only 8.80 goals per game. The Buckeyes as a team rank 13th in scoring offense, averaging 12.23 goals per game. The Buckeyes are also ranked 14th in scoring margin, averaging 3.62 more goals per game than their opponents.


During the 23-3 win against Ohio University the Buckeyes re-wrote their own record book. 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 goals margin of victory ties the record for largest margin of victory.


Sue Stimmel, a native of Boyertown, Pa., is entering her fourth season as head coach at Ohio State. She has compiled a 22-24 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 appearances in the NCAA Tournament during Stimmels 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 Temples national championship teams in 1982 and 1984. Stimmel is a member of the mid-Atlantic NCAA Regional Advisory Committee and the IWLCA Rules Committee.