Ohio State Athletics Good Stuff

Here is quick read on headlines surrounding all aspects of OSU athletics this week.

Here is a look at some of the things making headlines in OSU athletics this week:

Good Stuff Athletes of the Week

* Women's soccer sophomore Danielle Dietrich fueled the Buckeye attack with two first half goals in Ohio State's 2-1 win at No. 24 Purdue Sunday. The game marked Dietrich's first two-goal match of her career and now gives her three scores on the season. Dietrich is the fourth Buckeye this season to score to goals in a match.

* Women's golfer Allison Hanna tied for first place at the 2003 Lady Northern Intercollegiate this past weekend at the Ohio State University Scarlet Golf Course. Hanna fired a three-round total of two-over-par, 218. She then was eliminated in the first hole of a two-hole playoff.

* Sophomore linebacker A.J. Hawk led the Buckeye defense in the 20-0 win over Northwestern last week. Hawk's career-high 13 tackles helped earn Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of the Week accolades.

Ohio State Athletics Good Stuff

* The men's swim team will be recognized at the Special Olympics Ohio Fall Leadership Conference Friday at the Easton Hilton. The Buckeyes will be named the 2002-03 Outstanding Support Organization, a statewide award recognizing achievement and contribution to the Special Olympics. This past spring, six Ohio State men's swimming student-athletes worked with Jason Andrus to help him train for the 2003 World Special Olympics in Dublin, Ireland. Blake Foltz (So., Colorado Spring, Colo./Cheyenne Mountain), Tommy Seay (Jr., Buffalo, N.Y./McKinley), Logan Westcott (Jr., Sugar Land, Texas/Kempner), Matt Chute (So., Cincinnati, Ohio/Anderson) and Chris Stoneberg (So., Copley, Ohio/Akron Firestone) worked with Andrus once a week this past spring, assisting and training Andrus in competitive style swimming. Andrus won two gold medals.

* The field hockey team upset No. 20 Northwestern 1-0 in overtime Sunday in Evanston, Ill. The Buckeyes improved their record to 6-3 overall and 1-0 in the Big Ten. Senior forward Vanessa Immordino scored the gamewinning goal on a penalty stroke in overtime to lead the team to a victory. Sophomore goalkeeper Lindsay Williams recorded six saves and her second shutout of the season. The squad returns to action this weekend when it travels to College Park, Md. where the Buckeyes face Maine at 2 p.m. Saturday and No. 3 Maryland at 2 p.m. Sunday. A tape delay broadcast of the OSU vs. Maryland game will be shown at 8 p.m. Oct. 14 on College Sports Television Network (CSTV).

* The football team takes a week off as the No. 3 squad in both major college football polls this week. The Buckeyes, 5-0 overall and 1-0 in the Big Ten, were led defensively by sophomore linebacker A.J. Hawk in the 20-0 win over Northwestern last week. Hawk's career-high 13 tackles helped earn Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of the Week accolades. He is the third Ohio State defensive player, and fourth player overall, to be so recognized this season. The Buckeyes will take to the road for the first time this season Oct. 11 for a battle with Wisconsin in Madison. That game will be televised nationally by ESPN. Kickoff is scheduled for 9 p.m.

* Women's golf placed second at the 2003 Lady Northern Intercollegiate this past weekend at the Ohio State University Scarlet Golf Course, site of the 2004 Big Ten Championships. Allison Hanna fired a three-round total of two-over-par, 218 and led the way for the Buckeyes as she tied for first to force a two-hole playoff. In the playoff, Hanna was eliminated in the first hole of the two-hole playoff. Up next the Buckeyes travel to Knoxville, Tenn., Oct. 19-21 to compete in the Mercedes-Benz Championships.

* The No. 14-ranked men's hockey team opened its season with an exhibition win over Wilfrid Laurier, 4-1, in Friday in the OSU Ice Rink. The squad opens its regular season at 5 p.m. Friday against Denver in the Lefty McFadden Invitational at the E.J. Nutter Center in Dayton, Ohio. The Buckeyes will face either host Miami or St. Lawrence Saturday in the championship (7:30 p.m) or consolation (4:30 p.m.) game.

* The 2003 Ohio Collegiate Charity Classic will take place Oct. 4-5 at Fred Beekman Park at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. Ten of the 11 Division I softball teams in the state of Ohio - Akron, Bowling Green, Cleveland State, Dayton, Kent State, Ohio University, Ohio State, Toledo, Wright State and Youngstown State - will compete in the third annual tournament benefiting the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research at the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute. Concessions will be available and bleacher seating is limited. Admission to the event will be a $5 donation and all proceeds go directly to the charity. For directions, a schedule of events and additional information about the Ohio Charity Classic, please go to the softball page at www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com and click on the Ohio Charity Classic link.

* The men's cross country team placed third at the prestigious Great American Cross Country Festival in Raleigh, N.C. Junior Aaron Fisher paced the Buckeyes as he clocked a time of 26:18.6 and finished 20th. Up next the men will travel to Delaware, Ohio, Oct. 12 to compete in the All-Ohio Invitational.

* The women's cross country team will travel to Terre Haute, Ind., this Friday to compete in the Indiana State Invitational.

* Men's soccer began Big Ten play Sunday with a 1-0 win at Wisconsin as the Buckeyes, owners of the Big Ten's best defense, shut down Wisconsin, owners of the Big Ten's best offense. OSU out-shot the Badgers 9-8 and held Wisconsin scoreless for the second year in a row despite going without three starters because of injury. Sophomore Dana York scored the game-winning goal in the first half off an assist from freshman Dustin Kirby. Friday night, the Buckeyes tied a talented Evansville squad, 1-1. Ohio State is now 2-6-2 overall and will travel to Michigan State at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5.

· No. 12/20 women's soccer team (7-1-1, 1-1-1) improved to 2-0 this season vs. ranked opponents with a 2-1 win Sunday at No. 24 Purdue. Sophomore Danielle Dietrich fueled the Buckeye attack with two first half goals and goalkeeper Emily Haynam notched her third win of the season as the Buckeyes won their first Big Ten match of the season. Ohio State returns home this weekend to play host to Michigan at 7:30 p.m. Friday night and Michigan State Sunday starting at 2 p.m.

* Women's volleyball (6-4 overall, 0-2 Big Ten) dropped its first two Big Ten Conference matches last weekend. The Buckeyes lost 0-3 (35-37, 24-30, 24-30) at Michigan and 1-3 (25-30, 24-30, 33-31, 22-30) at Michigan State. OSU's Amanda Miller had a match-high 15 kills against the Wolverines. Against the Spartans, D'wan Shackleford recorded a career-high eight assist blocks and is the top blocker in the Big Ten (1.54 blocks per game overall and 1.86 blocks per game in the Big Ten). Stacey Gordon added a match-high 25 kills against Michigan State and has extended her streak of double-figure kill matches to 57. This week Ohio State will host conference leaders Indiana (9-4, 2-0) Friday and Purdue (9-3, 2-0) Saturday. Both matches will begin at 7 p.m. in St. John Arena.

* 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.

* Women's tennis competed in the Cissie Leary Invitational over the weekend, with Jackie Leskovar leading the way by reaching the Round of 16. The squad returns to action this week at the Kentucky Fall Tournament in Lexington, Ky.

* Tia Battle, a junior transfer from Vanderbilt University, will join the women's basketball team. Battle, a six-foot guard/forward from Plymouth, Minn., spent two seasons with the Commodores. She started in 16-of-30 games last year and averaged 5.5 points, 2.3 rebounds and 18.5 minutes per game. A 2001 Minnesota Gatorade Player of the Year and 2000 NIKE All-American, Battle also was a three-time Street & Smith Honorable Mention All-America selection. Battle will sit out the 2003-04 campaign per NCAA transfer requirements, but will have two years of eligibility remaining when she begins competing with the Buckeyes next season.

* The women's ice hockey team opens its season with a two-game exhibition series vs. the Toronto Varsity Blues at 7:05 p.m. Oct. 10 and at 2:05 p.m. Oct. 11 at the OSU Ice Rink in Columbus, Ohio. Regular season action kicks off Oct. 17 and 18 as the Buckeyes travel to Minneapolis, Minn., to take on the Minnesota Golden Gophers.

Ohio State Athletics Schedule

Tuesday, Sept. 30 - Sunday, Oct. 5

All Times Eastern

Friday, Oct. 3

Men's Hockey vs. Denver, 5 p.m. Lefty McFadden Invitational, E.J. Nutter Center, Dayton, Ohio

Women's Volleyball vs. Indiana, 7 p.m., St. John Arena

Women's Soccer vs. Michigan, 7:30 p.m., Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium

Men's Tennis at All-American Championships, Chattanooga, Tenn.

Women's Tennis at Kentucky Fall Tournament, Lexington, Ky.

Saturday, Oct. 4

Softball Ohio Charity Classic, Ohio State vs. Wright State, 11 a.m.; Ohio State vs. Bowling Green, 3 p.m., Fred Beekman Park

Field Hockey vs. Maine, 2 p.m., College Park, Md.

Women's Volleyball vs. Purdue, 7 p.m., St. John Arena

Women's Cross Country at Indiana State Invitational, Terre Haute, Ind.

Men's Hockey vs. Miami or St. Lawrence, 4:30 or 7:30 p.m., Lefty McFadden Invitational, E.J. Nutter Center, Dayton, Ohio

Men's Tennis at All-American Championships, Chattanooga, Tenn.

Women's Tennis at Kentucky Fall Tournament, Lexington, Ky.

Sunday, Oct. 5

Softball Ohio Charity Classic, Ohio State vs. Youngstown State, 11 a.m.; Ohio State vs. Ohio, 1 p.m.; Ohio State vs. Kent State, 3 p.m., Fred Beekman Park

Men's Soccer at Michigan State, 1 p.m., East Lansing, Mich.

Field Hockey at Maryland, 2 p.m., College Park, Md.

Women's Soccer vs. Michigan State 2 p.m., Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium

Men's Tennis at All-American Championships, Chattanooga, Tenn.

Women's Tennis at Kentucky Fall Tournament, Lexington, Ky.


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