Ohio State Athletics Good Stuff

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

Athletes of the Week

* Sophomore Jennifer Desson led the women's ice hockey team with four goals including a hat trick in the Buckeyes' first sweep of the season over St. Cloud State Nov. 14-15. The Niagara Falls, Ontario native scored her second career hat trick including the game-winning goal in the 5-2 victory Nov. 14. Desson also recorded the game-winning goal in the 3-0 shutout Nov. 15. Desson is tied for 13th in the nation averaging 0.75 goals per game. She also leads the team with six goals this season and is tied for second with six points.

* Punter B.J. Sander earned Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week honors Monday after his performance in the Buckeyes' 16-13 victory over Purdue. Sander, who also claimed the conference weekly award Nov. 3, placed seven of his 10 punts inside Purdue's 20-yard line, forcing the Boilermakers to an average starting field position at the 15-yard line on the day. The senior totaled 413 yards on his 10 punts, including five kicks downed inside the 10-yard line.

Athletics Good Stuff

* The men's cross country team qualified for the 2003 NCAA Championships in Waterloo, Iowa. The Buckeyes will make their second-consecutive trip to the NCAA championships and third appearance under the guidance of head coach Robert Gary. The men's 10-kilometer race will be held at 11 a.m., Monday Nov. 24.

The men's and women's cross country teams finished third and 11th, respectively at the 2003 Great Lakes Regional Cross Country Championships Saturday in Terre Haute, Ind. The event was held at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course. The men finished the event with 116 total team points, while the women finished with 338 points. During the men's 10-kilometer event the Buckeyes placed three runners in the Top 20. Leading the way for the men was senior co-captain Rob Myers (Fairfield, Ohio/Fairfield). Myers placed fifth overall in a time of 30:44.6 to pace the Buckeyes for the second-consecutive week. On the women's side, junior Robyn Detty (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawerance North) led the way for the Buckeyes in the women's 6-kilometer event. Detty finished in 35th-place as she clocked a time of 21:53.5.

* A trio of men's soccer student-athletes have earned postseason All-Big Ten awards. Ohio State senior midfielder AJ Weber (Aurora, Colo./Smoky Hill) has been named second team All-Big Ten, freshman midfielder Taylor Korpieski (Westerville, Ohio/Thomas Worthington) has been named to the All-Freshman Team and senior defender David Ridenhour (Germantown, Tenn./Houston) has been named to the All-Big Ten tournament team. The fourth-seeded Buckeyes were knocked out of the Big Ten tournament last Thursday, 2-0, by Wisconsin to see their season come to a close with a 4-12-4 overall record and a 2-3-1 mark in the Big Ten.

A total of 14 Ohio State opponents appeared in the national polls at some point this season, while seven are among the field of 48 schools that have been selected for the NCAA tournament, which begins this weekend and will conclude Dec. 12 and 14 in Crew Stadium as the College Cup returns to Columbus.

* The football team (10-1, 6-1) concluded its second consecutive unbeaten season at home with the 16-13 win over No. 10/11 Purdue Saturday. The Buckeyes travel north to face Michigan this Saturday seeking their first outright Big Ten crown since the 1984 season. Ohio State also looks to claim a third straight victory over Michigan for the first time since 1961-63.

* In the opening leg of the men's basketball team's four-game season-opening road stretch, the Buckeyes travel to San Francisco to take on the Dons of USF Friday. The two squads have never met on the hardwood. The team then will depart for Hawaii Saturday to play in the E.A. Sports Maui Invitational Nov. 24-26.

* The women's ice hockey team (3-5-0 overall, 3-5-0 WCHA) earned its first sweep, including its first shutout of the season against St. Cloud State last weekend. The Buckeyes downed the Huskies 5-2 Nov. 14 and 3-0 Nov. 15. Sophomore Jennifer Desson led the team with four goals, including both game-winning goals against St. Cloud State. Desson recorded her second career hat trick Friday and tallied an additional goal in the shutout Saturday. Junior Melissa Glaser and freshman Erika Vanderveer split the series in goal for the Buckeyes. Glaser recorded 28 saves in the contest Friday. In her first game in net for the Buckeyes this season, Vanderveer stopped 16 shots and earned her first shutout to garner WCHA Rookie of the Week accolades. The Buckeyes return home to face WCHA foe Bemidji State at 7:05 p.m. Friday and 4:05 p.m. Saturday in a two-game series at the OSU Ice Rink. The Buckeyes lead the Beavers 9-6-3 in the all-time series.

* The No. 15/17 women's basketball team opens its season this Friday, Nov. 21, at 7 p.m. in Value City Arena against the Bobcats of Ohio. The Buckeyes then take on Florida A&M at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23, in Value City Arena and complete their initial three home game swing with a contest against UNC Wilmington at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25.

* The men's and women's fencing squads went undefeated this weekend at the Northwestern Duals in Evanston, Ill. Both teams are undefeated on the season with 21 victories combined. The women Buckeyes swept opponents Lawrence, Fairleigh Dickinson, Temple and North Carolina while the men went unbeaten against Michigan, Michigan State, Detroit-Mercy, Lawrence, North Carolina and Johns Hopkins. The Buckeyes will host the OSU Alumni Meet Saturday, Nov. 22 at the Steelwood Athletic Facility in Columbus, Ohio. The squad will not see action again until the start of the new year as Ohio State travels to the New York University Duals Jan. 25 in New York, N.Y.

* The men's tennis team competed in the Big Ten Singles Championship Saturday, Nov. 15 through Monday, Nov. 17 in Ann Arbor, Mich. Buckeye sophomore Dennis Mertens (So., Braaschatt, Belgium) advanced to the quarterfinal round where he fell, 6-2, 6-3, to the No. 2 seed Andrew Formanczyk of Michigan State. Mertens went 3-1 in the event and extended his tournament record to 9-3 this season. The Buckeyes are back in action at the Milwaukee Tennis Classic Jan. 6-11 in Milwaukee, Wis. Ohio State plays host to Xavier and Cleveland State in the home opener Jan. 23.

* Women's Volleyball (10-14 overall, 4-12 Big Ten) closes out the home schedule with No. 16 Penn State Wednesday and No. 23 Wisconsin Friday. Both matches begin at 7 p.m. Last week the Buckeyes dropped 3-1 decisions to Michigan State and Michigan. OSU's Stacey Gordon had 30 kills against the Spartans and came back with 28 against Michigan. Her 6.55 kills per game average ranks second in the country behind Hawaii's Kim Willoughby at 6.59.

* The women's soccer team completed its 2003 season with a 3-0 loss to West Virginia in the second round of the NCAA tournament Sunday in Morgantown, W.Va.. The loss to the Mountaineers followed a 3-0 Buckeye win over Dayton in the opening round Friday evening, where three OSU juniors - Kathy Fulk, Liz Mumley and Jen Heaney - all tallied scoring strikes to lead the Buckeyes to their first NCAA win in the 10-year history of women's soccer at Ohio State. The Buckeyes conclude the season with the best mark in team annals at 13-5-3.

* The wrestling team claimed a second place standing at the 2003 Oklahoma Gold Classic in Brockport, N.Y. The No. 10 -ranked Buckeyes followed Oklahoma with 135.5 team points as four individuals claimed titles in their respective weight classes. Seniors HWT Tommy Rowlands and 184 Blake Kaplan recorded their second tounament crowns in the last two events, while fellow senior John Clark added his first of 2003 at the 165-pound class. Senior Jeff Ratlif competed in his first event of the season and recorded a title-winning effort at 149. A trio of Ohio State freshman earned placing honors as Jermaine Jones scored fourth at 125, while Alex Picazo also placed fourth 174. James King posted a sixth place bid in the 157 class.

With a pin in his first round match, Rowlands became the first Buckeye to eclipse 500 team points in OSU history.

* The No. 12 men's hockey team split a two-game series with then-No. 5 Michigan last weekend, falling in the opener, 4-0, before rebounding for a 5-2 victory. The win stopped an eight-game (0-6-2) winless streak for Ohio State against the Wolverines. Buckeye goalie Mike Betz was named the CCHA Defensive Player of the Week after posting a season-high 44 saves in the win. The Buckeyes (8-5-0, 7-3-0 CCHA) will travel to New York for two non-conference games this weekend. The Buckeyes will face Colgate (4-3-1, 2-2-0 ECAC) at 7 p.m. Friday in Starr Rink in Hamilton, N.Y. Saturday, Ohio State will take on Cornell (3-1-2, 3-0-1 ECAC) at 7 p.m. in James Lynah Rink in Ithaca, N.Y.

* The women's swimming and diving team was narrowly defeated by No. 16 Michigan Friday at the Mike Peppe Aquatic Center 153.5-146.5, with the Buckeyes entering the final event in the lead. Breaking a pool record set by Michigan in 1994, Rebekah Rychvalsky won her third consecutive 200-yard breaststroke event with an NCAA B qualifying time of 2:18.79. Gulsah Gunenc also took her third consecutive win in the 200-yard fly with a time of 2:03.26, setting a season's best time, while Julie Broms placed first in both the 1-meter dive with a score of 281.70 and the 3-meter dive with a score of 293.63, both NCAA zone diving qualifying marks. Broms has placed first in all but one of the diving events so far in the dual meet season.

* Three field hockey Buckeyes were named to the 2003 STX/NFHCA Division I All-Region Team. Senior forward Vanessa Immordino, junior midfielder Lucy Clayton and freshman midfielder Curlyne Wynn received first-team honors. Immordino ended the season compiling 54 points, 22 goals and 10 assists. Clayton tallied 37 points, while Wynn, Big Ten Freshman of the Year, posted 21 points during the season.

* The rowing team finished first in varsity eight and pair competitions at the Rivanna Romp in Charlottesville, Va. The first varsity eight boat finished first out of 17 crews at 13:07.6, earning its third-consecutive Rivanna Romp title. The Buckeye first varsity pair boat finished first at 16:09.1, 18.4 seconds ahead of Duke, who came in second. The OSU first varsity four took first at 15:17.4. Other teams at the regatta included Tennessee, Virginia, Buffalo, Duke and Cincinnati. The Buckeyes return to action March 27 when they travel to Princeton, N.J. to take on Princeton and Brown.

* 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. Brutus leads "Aubie" the mascot from Auburn, by over 15 percent.

Ohio State Athletics Schedule

Tuesday, Nov. 18 - Sunday, Nov. 23

All Times Eastern

Wednesday, Nov. 19

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

Friday, Nov. 21

Women's Swimming at Northwestern Invitational, 6 p.m., Evanston, Ill.

Women's Basketball vs. Ohio, 7 p.m., Value City Arena

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

Men's Hockey at Colgate, 7 p.m., Hamilton, N.Y.

Women's Ice Hockey vs. Bemidji State, 7:05 p.m., OSU Ice Rink

Men's Basketball at San Francisco, 11 p.m., San Francisco, Calif.

Men's Swimming at Purdue Invitational, West Lafayette, Ind.

Saturday, Nov. 22

Women's Swimming at Northwestern Invitational, 10 a.m., Evanston, Ill.

Football at Michigan, 12:10 p.m., Ann Arbor, Mich.

Men's Hockey at Cornell, 7 p.m., Ithaca, N.Y.

Women's Ice Hockey vs. Bemidji State, 4:05 p.m., OSU Ice Rink

Fencing Alumni Meet, Steelwood Training Center

Men's Swimming at Purdue Invitational, West Lafayette, Ind.

Sunday, Nov. 23

Women's Basketball vs. Florida A&M, 2 p.m., Value City Arena

Men's Swimming at Purdue Invitational, West Lafayette, Ind.

Rifle vs. Nebraska, TBA, Hugh Wylie Rifle Range

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