Ohio State Athletics Good Stuff

Here is a quick read on what is happening this week in Ohio State University athletics.

Each week, we share this column, produced by OSU's Athletic Communications office, on what is going on with the school's various athletic programs.

Good Stuff Athletes of the Week

Men's hockey senior goalie Mike Betz (Elizabeth, Pa.) was named the INCH (insidecollegehockey.com) National Player of the Week and the Central Collegiate Hockey Association Defensive Player of the Week after leading the Buckeyes to a road sweep of Michigan State last weekend. Betz allowed just one goal in two games, a goals-against average of .50, and stopped 47-of-48 MSU shots on the weekend for a save percentage of .979. Betz leads the CCHA in goals-against average in league play at .67, while his save percentage is a league-best .974.

Freshman Melissa Miller was named Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of the Week Monday after helping the 16th-ranked Buckeyes remain unbeaten at home with shutout wins over Wisconsin, 2-0, and Minnesota, 1-0. Miller led the OSU attack in Friday's win over Wisconsin with a game-winning goal in the first half and later assisted on Ohio State's second goal of the night. Sunday, she helped the Ohio State defensive unit post its seventh shutout of the season as Miller and company held the Golden Gophers to just one shot on goal and zero corner kick opportunities.

Aaron Fisher (Jr., Indianapolis, Ind./Franklin Central) finished 10th to help lead the Ohio State men's cross country team to a third-place finish at the Pre-National Cross Country Meet in Waterloo, Iowa. The site will also serve as host to the NCAA championships November 24. Fisher turned in a season-best time of 23:42 on the 8-kilometer course.

Ohio State Athletics Good Stuff

The No-7 men's cross country team posted an impressive third-place finish Saturday as the Buckeyes defeated No. 7 ranked Oregon and Big Ten foe Iowa in their final meet before the Big Ten championships. The 8-kilometer event was held in Waterloo, Iowa, site of the 2003 NCAA Championships. The squad's ranking of seventh in the nation is the highest in program history. The Ohio State women's cross country returns to action this Saturday in Ypsilanti, Mich. as they compete in the Eastern Michigan Invitational.

The No. 12 men's hockey team went on the road and swept Michigan State in two games, winning the opener, 5-0, for the first shutout over the Spartans in program history, and the second, 4-1. The Buckeyes extended their winning streak over MSU to six (4-0-2). Michigan native Dan Knapp led the way in the opening game, posting two points, including the gamewinning goal, while goalie Mike Betz posted 24 saves for his ninth career shutout. In the finale, Scott May had two goals and an assist and Lee Spector scored the gamewinner for the win. The Buckeyes return home to play host to non-conference opponent Mercyhurst Friday at 7:05 p.m.

The No. 16-ranked women's soccer team (10-2-3, 4-2-3) remained unbeaten at home this season with a pair of shutout wins over Wisconsin, 2-0, and Minnesota, 1-0, this weekend. Sophomore Colleen Hoban tallied one goal and assisted on a game-winning score against Minnesota, while freshman defender Melissa Miller scored a match-winner of her own in Friday's win over Wisconsin. Junior Kathy Fulk netted the game-winner in Sunday's contest vs. the Golden Gophers in the 96th minute of play.

The Buckeyes look to conclude their home slate with an 8-0-2 mark when they welcome No. 5 Penn State to Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at 7:30 p.m. Friday night.

The No. 18 field hockey team pulled off a 2-1 upset victory over the No. 9 Iowa Hawkeyes Oct. 17. Forwards Vanessa Immordino (Sr.; Roseland, N.J.) and Curlyne Wynn (Fr.; Trincity, Trinidad and Tobago) fired in both scores for the Buckeyes and helped catapult the team to an 9-5 overall record, including a 2-1 record in the Big Ten. The Buckeyes are in action this weekend as they take on the Indiana Hoosiers at noon Saturday on North Turf Field. Senior day Sunday concludes weekend play when OSU battles the No. 5 Michigan Wolverines at 2 p.m. The squad entered the national rankings for the first time this year, coming in at No. 18.

The men's tennis team will compete at the ITA Midwest Regional Championships Oct. 23-28 in East Lansing, Mich. In singles action, Jeremy Wurtzman (Sr., Rochester, N.Y./Brickhouse), the No. 1 seed of the tournament, will begin action in the main draw Oct. 25. Other Buckeyes competing in the singles draw are Joey Atas (Fr., Baltimore, Md/Calvert Hall), Brenton Contini (Sr., Dover, Ohio/Dover), Dennis Mertens (So., Braaschaat, Belgium/Koninkiljk) and Ross Wilson (So., Toledo, Ohio/Toledo St. Francis de Sales). The OSU tandem of Wurtzman and Atas is the No. 2 seed in doubles. Wilson and Scott Green (So., North Canton, Ohio/Hoover) are also seeded in the doubles bracket at the No. 9 position. Doubles play will commence Oct. 25 in East Lansing.

The men's soccer team tied regionally ranked Oakland, 2-2, Wednesday and was defeated, 3-0, at regionally ranked and Big Ten leader Indiana Sunday. Junior Peter Withers and senior David Ridenhour scored Ohio State's goals against Oakland. The Buckeyes (3-9-3, 2-2 Big Ten), owners of the Big Ten's second-ranked defense, will travel to Pittsburgh Friday night before returning to Columbus to host their final two Big Ten regular season matches, Oct. 26 vs. Northwestern and Nov. 1 vs. Michigan.

Women's volleyball (8-8 overall, 2-6 Big Ten) lost 3-2 to Minnesota and defeated Iowa 3-0 last week. OSU plays at No. 13 Penn State Wednesday and at No. 23 Wisconsin Saturday. Stacey Gordon had 28 kills against Minnesota and added 27 against Iowa last week. Libero Rebecca Kastein had a match-high 15 digs against the Hawkeyes

Rifle finished second in the 13-team Boilermaker Invitational last Saturday. Abhijeet Konduskar took top honors in air rifle (382) and smallbore rifle (1,156). Jessica Sears had the second best air rifle (371) mark for Ohio State while Linnea Nygren was second for Ohio State in smallbore with a 1.121. The squad returns to the road next Saturday to compete at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

The pistol team opens the season by hosting the Buckeye Cup. Ohio State finished fourth at the National Collegiate Championships last season. Buckeye Jessica Marshall won both the women's sport and air pistol national championships with Jennifer Trickett taking third in women's air and fourth in women's sport.

The Gray squad won game three, 3-1, of the annual intrasquad Scarlet-Gray Softball Series Friday night at Buckeye Field. Under new lights for the first time at Buckeye Field, freshman Nycole Koyano (Walnut, Calif./Walnut), sophomore Nicole Lancaster (Magnolia, Ohio/Sandy Valley) and sophomore Stacy Hibma (Buena Park, Calif./Valley Christian) all crossed the plate at the top of the fifth inning to secure the win and the series for the Gray team. Softball will officially resume play in the Spring at the Arizona State Fiesta Bowl Classic Feb. 13-15.

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, Brutus has the lead over "Cocky" the mascot from South Carolina.

The women's golf team sits atop the leaderboard as they head into the final round of the 2003 Mercedes-Benz Championships, with a two-round total of 588. Senior Allison Hanna, leads all individuals with a two-round total of 142. The event is being held at the par 72, 6,201-yard Fox Den Country Club in Knoxville, Tenn.

The men's golf team concludes competition today at the 2003 Barona Intercollegiate in San Diego, Calif. The event is being held at the par 72, 7,088-yard Barona Creek Golf Club.

The women's ice hockey team lost two games last weekend to the No. 1 Minnesota Golden Gophers. Five Buckeyes tallied one point each in the contests, marking their first points of the season - Tessa Bonhomme, Jennifer Desson, Heather Farrell, Jana Harrigan and Meaghan Mulvaney. OSU faces WCHA foe No. 5 Minnesota-Duluth in its home opener at 7:05 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the OSU Ice Rink.

The women's tennis team resumes play Wednesday at the ITA Midwest Regional Championships in Kalamazoo, Mich. Draws for the tournament are scheduled to be released Tuesday night.

Ohio State Athletics Schedule

Tuesday, Oct. 21 - Sunday, Sept. 26

All Times Eastern

Wednesday, Oct. 22

Women's Volleyball at Penn State, 7 p.m., State College, Pa.

Women's Tennis at Midwest Regional, Kalamazoo, Mich.

Thursday, Oct. 23

Women's Tennis at Midwest Regional, Kalamazoo, Mich.

Men's Tennis at Midwest Regional, East Lansing, Mich.

Friday, Oct. 24

Men's Soccer at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m., Pittsburgh, Pa.

Men's Hockey vs. Mercyhurst, 7:05 p.m., Value City Arena

Women's Ice Hockey vs. Minnesota-Duluth, 7:05 p.m., OSU Ice Rink

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

Women's Tennis at Midwest Regional, Kalamazoo, Mich.

Men's Tennis at Midwest Regional, East Lansing, Mich.

Saturday, Oct. 25

Field Hockey vs. Indiana, noon, North Turf Field

Football at Indiana, 12:10 p.m., Bloomington, Ind.

Women's Volleyball at Wisconsin, 8 p.m., Madison, Wis.

Women's Ice Hockey vs. Minnesota-Duluth, 7:05 p.m., OSU Ice Rink

Women's Tennis at Midwest Regional, Kalamazoo, Mich.

Men's Tennis at Midwest Regional, East Lansing, Mich.

Cross Country at Eastern Michigan Invitational, Ypsilanti, Mich.

Pistol - Buckeye Cup, Hugh Wylie Rifle Range, Converse Hall

Rifle at Rose Hulman Invitational, Terre Haute, Ind.

Women's Rowing at Speakmon Head Race, Columbus, Ohio

Sunday, Oct. 26

Men's Soccer vs. Northwestern , Noon, Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium

Field Hockey vs. Michigan, 2 p.m., North Turf Field

Women's Tennis at Midwest Regional, Kalamazoo, Mich.

Men's Tennis at Midwest Regional, East Lansing, Mich.

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