Ohio State Good Stuff: Sept. 24-30

Each week, Ohio State's athletic communications office produces a report: Ohio State Good Stuff. We will share it with you for a quick read on all of the positive news surrounding OSU athletics each week (and can you believe it's hockey season already?). Enjoy!

Each week, Ohio State's athletic communications office produces a report: Ohio State Good Stuff. We will share it with you for a quick read on all of the positive news surrounding OSU athletics each week (and can you believe it's hockey season already?). Enjoy!

* Women's soccer forward Colleen Hoban netted two goals and assisted on two other scores as the Buckeyes (6-0-1, 0-0-1) remained unbeaten this weekend with a 1-1 draw vs. Iowa Friday and a 7-0 triumph over Youngstown State Sunday. On the season, Hoban leads the Buckeyes in scoring with 12 points on five goals and two assists.

* Senior field hockey forward Vanessa Immordino (Sr.; Roseland, N.J.) was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week for the week ending Sept. 21. Immordino was just one point shy of her career game high of seven points, as she recorded six points (2 goals and 2 assists) in the SMS contest. Immordino recorded the Buckeyes' only two goals in the Louisville game Sept. 20 and tallied an additional two goals in the Ohio contest, including the game winning overtime goal Sept. 16.

* Brutus Buckeye is on of 12 mascots in the running for Capital One Mascot of the Year. Fans may vote for Brutus daily by visiting http://ohiostatebuckeyes.ocsn.com/genrel/brutus2003.html. Voting will continue through Dec. 23. As of this morning, Brutus has a slim lead over "Cocky" the mascot from South Carolina.

* The No. 12/24 women's soccer team (6-0-1,0-0-1) solidified its finest start to a season in program history with a 1-1 tie last vs. Iowa in the Big Ten opener Friday and a dominating 7-0 victory over Youngstown State Sunday. Ohio State held a 1-0 lead until the 87th minute of play on a Colleen Hoban goal before the Hawkeyes knotted the score at 1-1, sending the match to overtime. Neither team was able to muster a scoring attack in the extra sessions as the Buckeyes suffered their first blemish of the season. Ohio State redeemed itself Sunday with a convincing 7-0 win over Youngstown State. Freshman Jackie Lafond netted two goals and assisted on one, while Hoban struck for the first goal of the match and added two assists in the Buckeyes fourth shutout in seven contests this season. This week, the Buckeyes travel to Indiana Friday and Purdue Sunday.

* The men's hockey team opens the 2003-04 season with an exhibition game against Wilfrid Laurier at 7:05 p.m. Friday at OSU Ice Arena. Admission is free and the first 1,000 fans will receive a free Baja Fresh burrito and Coke. There will be chances to win free prizes and fans can meet the team in a postgame autograph session.

* The field hockey team ended the week 2-1, including an overtime win against Ohio, 3-2, Sept. 16. The Buckeyes are 12-5-1 all-time against the Bobcats. OSU was unable to continue its winning streak when it fell, 3-2, in overtime to No. 14 Louisville Sept. 20. OSU dominated the Southwest Missouri State game, winning 8-1. Five different Buckeyes contributed to the scoring frenzy against SMS, including three goals and two assists by midfielder Lucy Clayton (Jr., Scarborough, England). Clayton's eight points in the SMS contest is a career game high. Forward Vanessa Immordino (Sr.; Roseland, N.J.) was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week for recording 14 points in three games.

* The men's golf team finished third in the Northern Intercollegiate this past weekend. Leading the way for the Buckeyes was senior Justin Collins, who fired a final round of one-over-par, 72 to finish the tournament with a three-round total of 218. The event was played at the University of Michigan Golf Course in Ann Arbor, Mich. and will be the site of the 2004 Big Ten Championships this spring. Up next, the Buckeyes travel to Dallas, Texas, Oct. 13-14 to compete in the SMU Invitational.

* The women's golf team will compete in its second tournament of the 2003-04 season as it plays host to the 2003 Lady Northern Intercollegiate Sept. 27-28, at the Ohio State University Golf Course, site of the 2004 Big Ten Championships. The event will feature every team in the Big Ten plus Oklahoma, Texas and Kent State.

* The men's and women's cross country team competed in their second meet of the season this past Friday at the Spartan Invitational in East Lansing, Mich. site of the 2003 Big Ten Championships. During the non-team scoring event, the Buckeyes received strong performances from Brian Olinger on the men's side and Lindsay Gay on the women's side. Olinger finished second in the men's 8-kilometer race a time of 24:45.7, while Gay clocked a time of 21:50.5 in the women's 6-kilometer race. Up next, the men travel to Raleigh N.C., this Sept. 26 to compete in the 2003 Great American Cross Country Festival.

* The men's soccer team will host Evansville at 7:30 p.m. Friday before traveling to Wisconsin Sunday to begin Big Ten play. The Buckeyes, which boast the Big Ten's best defense, tied Valparaiso last Friday, 0-0, and fell to Duquesne Sunday, 1-0.

* Former Ohio State basketball standout Katie Smith, a two-time All-American and three-time All-WNBA player for Minnesota, will be returning to Ohio State as a student assistant in the women's basketball office. Smith, who will be taking classes in preparation for application to dental school, will assist in the daily operational aspects of the office, among other responsibilities. A four-time WNBA All-Star, she recently finished her fifth season with the Lynx and averaged 18.2 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.5 assists per outing. Smith played at Ohio State from 1992-96 and averaged 20.8 points per game on her way to becoming the Big Ten's all-time leading scorer. As a freshman, Smith was a member of the Buckeye squad that made it to the NCAA Final Four, losing in the finals to Texas Tech, 84-82.

* Women's volleyball (6-2) opens Big Ten Conference play this weekend at Michigan Friday and Michigan State Saturday. Last week the Buckeyes won at Miami (Ohio), 3-1 (22-30, 30-24, 30-17, 30-21) and defeated Bowling Green, 3-0 (30-26, 30-25, 30-27). OSU's Stacey Gordon had 23 kills and 11 digs against the RedHawks and added 19 kills and 14 digs against the Falcons. She now ranks No. 3 on OSU career kills list with 1,448. Gordon needs 16 kills to move to the No. 2 spot. She also has moved to 20th in career aces with 100 and career digs with 861. For the two matches, Gordon averaged 6.00 kills, 3.57 digs and 1.29 blocks per game. Last week the OSU outside hitter was ranked second in the country in kills per game at 6.32. Buckeye middle blocks D'wan Shackleford had a career-high nine blocks (2 solos and 7 assists) in the Bowling Green match. In that match, setter Briana McCarthy recorded a career-high eight assist blocks.

* The women's tennis team opened fall tournament play over the weekend and brought home two flight titles. Competing at the St. Mary's Fall Classic in Knoxville, Tenn., Lindsey Adams (Jr./Mercer Island, Wash.) was victorious in the championship match in Flight Seven on the final day of competition at the tournament. Adams defeated Tanya Markovic of North Carolina in three sets to take the title. To reach the final Adams defeated Texas A&M's Seva Iwinski in the first round and Tennessee's Erin Cohn in the second round, both in three sets. Also over the weekend, Lindsay Williams (Sr./Beverly Hills, Mich.) and Sonia Ruzimovsky (Fr./Brooklyn, N.Y.) claimed the championship of Flight Two in the second day of doubles competition. In a close match that came down to a tiebreaker Williams and Ruzimovsky defeated Roberta Spencer and Lauren Walker of Texas A&M to win their flight. The squad will travel to Philadelphia for the Cissie Leary Invitational this weekend.

Ohio State Athletics Schedule

Tuesday, Sept. 23 - Sunday, Sept. 28

All Times Eastern

Friday, Sept. 26

Women's Soccer at Indiana, 6 p.m. Bloomington, Ind.

Women's Volleyball at Michigan, 7 p.m. Ann Arbor, Mich.

Men's Hockey vs. Wilfrid Laurier, 7:05 p.m. OSU Ice Arena

Men's Soccer vs. Evansville, 7:30 p.m. Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium

Women's Tennis at Cissie Leary Invitational Philadelphia, Pa.

Cross Country at Great American Cross Country Festival Raleigh, N.C.

Saturday, Sept. 27

Football vs. Northwestern, 12:02 p.m. Ohio Stadium

Women's Volleyball at Michigan State, 8 p.m. East Lansing, Mich.

Women's Tennis at Cissie Leary Invitational Philadelphia, Pa.

Women's Golf - Lady Northern Invitational Ohio State University Golf Course

Sunday, Sept. 28

Women's Golf - Lady Northern Invitational Ohio State University Golf Course

Men's Soccer at Wisconsin, 1 p.m. Madison, Wis.

Women's Soccer at Purdue, 2 p.m. West Lafayette, Ind.

Field Hockey at Northwestern, 2 p.m. Evanston, Ill.

Women's Tennis at Cissie Leary Invitational Philadelphia, Pa.

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