Ohio State Athletics Good Stuff

Here is a quick read on what's happening this week with OSU's various sports programs.

Athletes of the Week

Field hockey senior forward Vanessa Immordino (Sr., Roseland, N.J.) was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week and the womensfieldhockey.com Division I National Player of the Week for the week ending Oct. 26. Immordino led Ohio State to three wins last week, including two over Big Ten foes Indiana and No. 5 Michigan, which helped the Buckeyes climb into a tie for first place in the Big Ten standings with one game to play. The senior forward opened her week by equaling her career-best with six points, including two goals and two assists, against Miami (Ohio). She capped off her week with the game-winning goal on a penalty shot against nationally-ranked Michigan, handing the Wolverines their first conference loss this season and boosting the Buckeyes to the top of the league standings.

Football tailback Lydell Ross was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week following Saturday's 35-6 win over Indiana. Ross rushed for a career-high 167 yards and three touchdowns on 23 carries against the Hoosiers. Ross scored on runs of 11, 2 and 1 yards in helping the Buckeyes jump out to a 35-0 lead. In addition to recording the third 100-yard game of his career, Ross also caught three passes for 33 yards.

Athletics Good Stuff

* The women's soccer team (11-3-3, 4-3-3) stepped out of Big Ten play Monday, with a trip to Loyola-Chicago and Loyola Soccer Park, where the Buckeyes recorded their eighth shutout in 17 matches this season as Ohio State blanked the Ramblers by a 4-0 count. With the win, the Buckeyes improved to 7-0 in non-conference action. Six players recorded points as junior Liz Mumley led the way with a goal and an assist, while freshman goalkeeper Staci Sinkway grabbed a career-high 10 saves in the Buckeyes' next to last regular season match.

Ohio State concludes regular season action as the travel to Bowling Green at 2:30 p.m. Friday before heading the Big Ten tournament play Thursday, Nov. 6 with an opening round match against Michigan set for a 4:30 p.m. kickoff (CST).

* The men's golf team will compete in its fourth and final tournament of the fall season Oct. 31-Nov. 1 as it travels to Wilmington, N.C., to compete in the Landfall Classic.

* After a first-place finish at the 2003 Mercedes-Benz Championships in Knoxville, Tenn., the women's golf team returns to action Nov. 2-4 to compete in the Hooters Collegiate Match Play in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The three-day event will mark the final tournament for the Buckeyes this fall.

* The men's and women's cross country teams return to action Sunday as they travel to East Lansing, Mich., to compete in the 2003 Big Ten Championships. Last season the men posted their highest finish at the Big Ten championships since 1977 as they placed second. The No. 7-ranked men's 2003 resume includes Top 10 finishes at the 2003 Great American Cross Country Festival and the 2003 Pre-National Championships. The women enter the event in search of their third first-place finish of the season and first Big Ten title under head coach Chad Myers.

* The field hockey team walked away with three victories last week after defeating Miami, 8-0, Indiana, 2-1 in double overtime and No. 5 Michigan, 2-1. The Buckeyes improved their home record to 7-1 this season, which is their best home record since 1998 when they also went 7-1 at home. After creating a three-way tie in the Big Ten standings by upsetting No. 5 Michigan, the Buckeyes battle Michigan State for the Big Ten regular-season championship title at 5 p.m. Friday in East Lansing, Mich. Senior Vanessa Immordino earned Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week and Saskia Mueller received defensive player of the week for their performances. Immordino posted six points against Miami and scored the game-winning goal on a penalty shot against the Wolverines. Mueller led the defensive unit as it held the three teams to two goals combined. Mueller also recorded a defensive save and a goal in the victory over Michigan.

* The men's soccer team posted a 1-0-1 record last weekend as the Buckeyes notched a 1-0 win Friday at Pittsburgh and played to a 1-1 tie Sunday with Northwestern. Junior Sammy Tamporello scored Ohio State's goal Friday at Pitt, while freshman Taylor Korpieski knocked in the goal Sunday against the Wildcats. Ohio State is 2-2-1 in the Big Ten and will host Michigan at 7:30 p.m. Saturday on Senior Night as the Buckeyes play their final home and Big Ten match of the season.

* The men's tennis team is competing at the Midwest Regional Championships Oct. 23-28 in East Lansing, Mich. Jeremy Wurtzman (Sr., Rochester, N.Y.), the No. 1 seed of the event, advanced to the semifinal round after picking up four wins. He defeated the No. 8 seed, Ryler DeHeart of Illinois, 6-4, 2-6, 6-3, in the quarterfinal round. Wurtzman, ranked No. 20 in the nation (Sept. 3 preseason polls), will play Illinois' Pramod Dabir in semifinal action, Tuesday. Also advancing to the quarterfinal round in singles was Buckeye Dennis Mertens (So., Braaschaat, Belgium). Mertens fell to the No. 12 seed Chris Martin of Illinois, 6-4, 6-4, in quarterfinal play. The Ohio State duo of Scott Green (So., North Canton, Ohio) and Ross Wilson (So., Toledo, Ohio), the No. 9 seed, also advanced to quarterfinal action and will play Western Michigan's Brady Crosby and Ravi Pathanjali.

* The men's hockey team fell to non-conference foe Mercyhurst, 3-2, Friday. This weekend the team returns to conference play, as it hosts Alaska Fairbanks for a two-game series. The Buckeyes and Nanooks will face off at 7:05 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Value City Arena.

* The fencing team will play host to the OSU Duals Saturday at French Field House in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State will compete against eight squads in seven rounds at the all-day event. Other schools competing are: Bowling Green, Case Western Reserve, Chicago, Cleveland State, Michigan State, Northwestern, Purdue and Wayne State. Key returnees for the 2003-04 Buckeyes are, Adam Crompton (So., Newark, N.J.), the 2003 national men's sabre champion, Jason Rogers (Jr., Los Angeles, Calif.), a men's sabre bronze medalist at the 2003 Pan American Games, Hanna Thompson (Jr., Rochester, N.Y.), Metta Thompson (Jr., Rochester, N.Y.), Alexandra Shklar (Sr., Jerusalem, Israel) and Louise Bond-Williams (Jr., Gloucestershire, England). At the conclusion of the 2003 season, the Ohio State fencing squad finished fourth overall in the NCAA.

* Outfielder Steve Caravati (Jr., Dover, Ohio/Dover), shortstop Brett Garrard (Sr., Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg), catcher Derek Kinnear (Sr., Kenton, Ohio/Kenton) and left-handed pitcher Josh Newman (Sr., Wheelersburg, Ohio/Wheelersburg) have been voted by their teammates as baseball team captains for the 2004 season. Ohio State opens the season Feb. 13-15 at the Minute Maid Park College Classic in Houston, Texas against Texas, Kansas State and Texas Tech.

* The women's tennis team wrapped up play at the ITA Midwest Regional Championships in Kalamazoo, Mich., over the weekend. Erica Fisk and Jackie Leskovar both reached the round of 32 in singles. Leskovar's win came over No. 66-ranked Michelle Dacosta of Michigan. The Buckeye doubles duo of Fisk and Leskovar won two matches to advance to the round of 16 before falling to the No. 3 seed from Illinois.

* The rowing team swept varsity eight and pair competition on Saturday at the Speakmon Head Race. The three eight boats all finished under 17 minutes taking the No. 1, 2 and 3 positions. OSU also entered five pair boats into the competition, which took the Top 5 spots out of 11 boats. Ohio State's final fall competition will be the Rivanna Romp Nov. 16 in Charlottesville, Va. Regular season action begins March 27 against Princeton and Brown in Princeton, N.J.

* The women's ice hockey team fell one goal short to No. 5 Minnesota-Duluth in both games of the series over the weekend. OSU took the lead in the contest Friday but fell to UMD, 4-3. After being down 2-0 Saturday, the Buckeyes attempted a come back in the third period, but fell 2-1. Sophomore Jana Harrigan led the squad with two goals and nine shots over the weekend. Harrigan guiding the Buckeyes with three points this season. Ohio State travels to Madison, Wis., to face No. 6 Wisconsin at 3:05 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Kohl Center.

* Women's volleyball (8-10 overall, 2-8 Big Ten) will host 7 p.m. home matches this weekend. OSU will face Illinois, Friday, Oct. 31 and Northwestern, Saturday, Nov. 1 in St. John Arena. Ohio State lost at Penn State (0-3) and at Wisconsin (1-3) last weekend. Stacey Gordon ranks second nationally in kills per game with a 6.33 average. She has had double-figure kills in her last 66 matches.

* 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 leads "Cocky" the mascot from South Carolina by over 15 percent.

Ohio State Athletics Schedule

Tuesday, Oct. 28 - Sunday, Nov. 2

All Times Eastern

Tuesday, Oct. 28

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

Friday, Oct. 31

Women's Soccer at Bowling Green, 2:30 p.m., Bowling Green, Ohio

Women's Swimming at Bowling Green, 4 p.m., Bowling Green, Ohio

Field Hockey at Michigan State, 5 p.m. East Lansing, Mich.

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

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

Men's Golf at Landfall Classic, Wilmington, N.C.

Saturday, Nov. 1

Women's Ice Hockey at Wisconsin, 3:05 p.m., Madison, Wis.

Football at Penn State, 3:36 p.m., University Park, Pa.

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

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

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

Fencing - OSU Duals, French Field House

Men's Golf at Landfall Classic, Wilmington, N.C.

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

Sunday, Nov. 2

Women's Ice Hockey at Wisconsin, 3:05 p.m., Madison, Wis.

Women's Golf at Hooters Collegiate Match Play, Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Fencing - OSU Duals, French Field House

Men's Golf at Landfall Classic, Wilmington, N.C.

Cross Country at Big Ten Championships, East Lansing, Mich.

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