Ohio State - Good Stuff

What else is happening in the world of Ohio State athletics? Check it out in this week's "Good Stuff".

Good Stuff Athletes of the Week
In Ohio State's 3-1 win over Penn State Sunday, junior Peter Withers (Portland, Ore./Jesuit) scored a goal and provided an assist as the Buckeyes improved to 2-1 in the Big Ten. The points were Withers' first of the season as his play helped Ohio State knock off the defending Big Ten champions.  The Buckeyes are 2-2-1 in their last five games.

Field hockey forward Vanessa Immordino was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week for having a hand in six of Ohio State's seven goals during a 1-1 week against Ball State and Penn State. The senior opened the week with her first hat trick of season, as she tallied three goals and an assist in the 5-2 win at Ball State. Her seven points in the game equaled the career high she set against Iowa Sept. 23, 2001. Immordino followed with a goal and an assist as the unranked Buckeyes pushed No. 8 Penn State into overtime before falling, 3-2. The award is Immordino's second this season, as she also was selected Sept. 22.

Women's ice hockey wing Meaghan Mulvaney received WCHA Offensive Player of the Week honors for recording back-to-back hat tricks as she led the Buckeyes to a sweep over Toronto in exhibition action last weekend. The junior captain scored one even-strength and two power-play goals in the 5-2 victory Friday. Mulvaney duplicated her success Saturday, as she tallied one power-play and two even-strength goals. Mulvaney tallied 13 shots and ended the weekend with a +4 rating.

Ohio State Athletics Good Stuff
The men's soccer team knocked off defending Big Ten champion Penn State Sunday, 3-1, as the Buckeyes set a season-high in goals scored and moved into a second place tie in the Big Ten with a 2-1 conference record. Junior Peter Withers and freshman Taylor Korpieski each collected a goal and an assist, while freshman Brent Rohrer also added a goal. Sophomore Ray Burse, Jr., notched four saves as the Buckeyes improved to 3-8-2 overall on the season. Ohio State dropped a 1-0 match at Louisville last Wednesday. Ohio State will host Oakland at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, before traveling to Indiana at 2:30 p.m., Sunday.

The men's hockey team split a two-game series with Notre Dame last weekend, falling in the first game, 5-2, before rebounding for a 3-1 victory in the finale. OSU captain JB Bittner scored the third-period gamewinner Saturday, while Daymen Bencharski and Dave Steckel also scored for the squad in the win. The Buckeyes travel to East Lansing, Mich., this weekend for a two-game series with Michigan State. The teams will face off at 7:05 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Munn Ice Arena.

Women's volleyball (7-7 overall, 1-5 Big Ten) lost 2-3 at Northwestern and 1-3 at Illinois last weekend. Stacey Gordon put up big numbers with 33 kills and 18 digs at Northwestern and 30 kills and 13 digs at Illinois. Ohio State will host Minnesota (televised by Fox Sports Chicago) at 7 p.m. Friday and Iowa at 2 p.m. Sunday in St. John Arena.

The rifle team lost to Kentucky, 6,195 to 6,034 Saturday in Converse Hall. OSU's Abhijeet Konduskar finished second in both air rifle and smallbore rifle. OSU will compete at the Boilermaker Invitational Saturday.

The softball team concluded a perfect 9-0 fall campaign with a 4-0 record Saturday and Sunday at the Raider Fall Classic hosted by Wright State University. Freshman Jamee Juarez pitched Ohio State to a pair of wins, while sophomores Chelsea Baker and Andrea Tribuzi picked up a win each. Offensive leaders during the weekend included freshmen Megan Schwab,
Nycole Koyano, Christina Douglas, sophomores Billie Jo Carder and Stacy Hibma, junior Natalie Hales and senior Breana Pozzi. Ohio State will play its Scarlet and Gray Series Oct. 15-21 at Buckeye Field.

The women's ice hockey team swept Toronto in a two-game exhibition series Friday and Saturday in Columbus, Ohio. The squad is 4-1 all-time against the Varsity Blues in exhibition action. In both of the exhibition games over the weekend, OSU outshot Toronto, 46-16 Friday and 41-21 Saturday. Ohio State begins the regular season and WCHA action against Minnesota at 7:05 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Ridder Arena. The Buckeyes and Golden Gophers will be meeting for the 19th time in the history of the programs. OSU trails Minnesota 3-15-0.

The field hockey team (8-5, 1-1 Big Ten) fell to No. 8 Penn State (12-3; 2-1 Big Ten), 3-2, in overtime Friday in University Park, Pa. Senior forward Vanessa Immordino and junior defenseman Cammie Trainer each registered one goal for the Buckeyes. Sophomore goalie Lindsay Williams continued her defensive prowess making 13 saves for the Buckeyes for a second game this season. The Buckeyes return home to North Turf Field, where they will take on the Iowa Hawkeyes at 3 p.m. Oct. 17 in Columbus, Ohio.

The No. 21-ranked Ohio State women's soccer team (8-2-3, 2-2-3) returns to Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium this week after suffering its first losing weekend series this season. After dropping a 2-0 contest at Illinois and matching Northwestern in a 1-1 stalemate Sunday, the Buckeyes look to regroup against Wisconsin Friday night at 7:30 p.m. and will honor seniors Jackie Shirer and Tara Latella Sunday in a 2 p.m. match with Minnesota.

The Ohio State men's tennis team competed in the ITA All-American Championships in Chattanooga, Tenn. and the Michigan Invitational in Ann Arbor, Mich. Jeremy Wurtzman (Sr., Rochester, N.Y./Brickhouse Academy) advanced to the quarterfinals at the ITA All-American Championships in Chattanooga, Tenn. He was defeated in quarterfinal action by the No. 1 seed of the bracket, Baylor's Benedikt Dorsch, 6-1, 6-4. Wurtzman, ranked No. 20 in the nation, finished the tournament with a 2-1 singles record. In doubles competition at the All-American Championships, the OSU pair of Wurtzman and Joey Atas (Fr., Baltimore, Md./Calvert) fell 8-5 to UC-Irvine's Jon Endrikat and Brian Morton in the Round of 16. Wurtzman and Atas went on to claim the doubles consolation title after winning three matches and defeating Mississippi's Paul Ciorascu and Claes Lindholm due to the Rebels' injury in the finals. Other members of the Buckeye squad competed at the Michigan Invitational in Ann Arbor, Mich Oct. 10-12. The invitational was based on hidden-dual matches where scoring was on an individual basis. Buckeyes who competed in the event were Brenton Contini (Sr., Dover, Ohio/Dover), Scott Green (So., North Canton, Ohio/Hoover), Ben Kirksey (Sr., Canton, Ohio/McKinley), Dennis Mertens (So., Braaschatt, Belgium/Koninkiljk) and Ross Wilson (So., Toledo, Ohio/Toledo St. Francis de Sales).

The men's golf team will conclude its second tournament of the season today as it competes in the final round of the SMU Invitational, in Dallas, Texas.

This past Friday the men's and women's cross country teams competed in the All-Ohio Invitational with the men finishing fifth and the women finishing second. Leading the way for the men was freshman Glenn Collins as he clocked a time of 26:04.8 to finish third. Leading the way for the women was senior Lyndsi Gay as she clocked a time of 18:21.6 to finish third. The men will return to action Oct. 18 at the Pre-National Championships in Waterloo, Iowa. The women's team will return to action Oct. 25, in Ypsilanti, Mich., to compete in the Eastern Michigan Invitational.

Brutus Buckeye is one 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, leads "Cocky" the mascot from South Carolina.

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
Tuesday, Oct. 14 - Sunday, Sept. 19
All Times Eastern

Tuesday, Oct. 14
Men's Golf at SMU Invitational
Dallas, Texas

Wednesday, Oct. 15
Men's Soccer vs. Oakland, 7:30 p.m.
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium

Friday, Oct. 17
Field Hockey vs. Iowa, 3 p.m.
North Turf Field

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

Women's Ice Hockey at Minnesota, 8:05 p.m.
Minneapolis, Minn.

Men's Hockey at Michigan State, 7:05 p.m.
East Lansing, Mich.

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

Saturday, Oct. 18
Men's Swimming Alumni Meet, 10 a.m.
Mike Peppe Aquatic Center

Softball Alumni Game, 10 a.m.
Buckeye Field

Football vs. Iowa, 3:30 p.m.
Ohio Stadium

Women's Hockey at Minnesota, 8:05 p.m.
Minneapolis, Minn.

Men's Hockey at Michigan State, 7:05 p.m.
East Lansing, Mich.

Rifle at Boilermaker Invitational
West Lafayette, Ind.

Cross Country at Pre-Nationals
Waterloo, Iowa

Sunday, Oct. 19
Women's Volleyball vs. Iowa, 2 p.m.
St. John Arena

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

Men's Soccer at Indiana, 3:30 p.m.
Bloomington, Ind.

Women's Golf at Mercedes-Benz Championship
Knoxville, Tenn.


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