Freshman women's ice hockey goaltender Erika Vanderveer earned her second consecutive shutout in only her second game in goal for the Buckeyes Saturday as she blanked Bemidji State Saturday. Vanderveer never has allowed a goal as a Buckeye, tallying 49 saves in two games this season. She was named WCHA Defensive Player of the Week for her performance against the Beavers.
Senior heavyweight Tommy Rowlands was named Big Ten Wrestler of the Week Nov. 19 after claiming first place at the Oklahoma Gold Classic in Brockport, N.Y. The tournament title was Rowlands' second this season and second at the Oklahoma Gold Classic in the last two seasons.
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* The men's cross country team concluded the 2003 season as it finished 15th at the 2003 NCAA Championships at Northern Iowa's Irv Warren Memorial Golf Course in Waterloo, Iowa. The Buckeyes, who made their second-consecutive NCAA championships appearance, finished the event with 418 total team points.
* Field hockey senior forward Vanessa Immordino was named to the 2003 STX/NFHCA Division I All-American First Team Monday. After receiving second-team honors the last two seasons, this marks Immordino's third consecutive All-America honor and first first-team award. Immordino also was named a finalist for the Honda Award, given annually to the top field hockey player in the nation, this week.
* The women's ice hockey is on a four-game winning streak after their sweep over Bemidji State last weekend. OSU clipped BSU, 2-1, Nov. 21 and shut out the Beavers, 4-0, Nov. 22. With the Buckeyes' second consecutive series sweep, they improve to 5-5-0 on the season. Freshman goaltender Erika Vanderveer earned her second consecutive shutout in only her second game in goal for the Buckeyes Saturday. Vanderveer never has allowed a goal as a Buckeye, tallying 49 saves in two games this season and was named WCHA Defensive Player of the Week for her performance. Senior captain Erin O'Grady led the Buckeyes with three points in the 4-0 shutout Saturday. The Buckeye penalty-killing unit held the Beavers in eight-of-nine power play opportunities last weekend. OSU is tied for 12th in the nation stopping 36-of-41 of their opponents' power plays. Ohio State plays host to the Niagara Purple Eagles at 2:05 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in its first non-conference series of the season at the OSU Ice Rink. The series marks the first meeting between the Buckeyes and Purple Eagles.
* The No. 8/9 men's hockey (10-5-0, 7-3-0 CCHA) team went east and brought home two wins, topping Colgate, 2-1, and then-No. 11 Cornell, 4-3. Against the Raiders, Paul Caponigri scored the gamewinner shorthanded in the second period. In the game against the Big Red, Dave Steckel scored twice, including the gamewinner with 53 seconds remaining, to give OSU the win. The squad, on a three-game winning streak and in first place in the CCHA, travels to Bowling Green Saturday to face the Falcons at 7:05 p.m. in BGSU Ice Arena.
* Senior HWT Tommy Rowlands was named Big Ten Wrestler of the Week Nov. 19 after claiming first place at the Oklahoma Gold Classic in Brockport, N.Y. The tournament title was Rowlands' second this season and second at the Oklahoma Gold Classic in the last two seasons. Rowlands, now 9-0 on the season and 129-13 for his career, advanced through the bracket with falls in each of his first two matches before recording a decision in the semifinal and a 3-2 win over fourth-ranked Leonce Crump of Oklahoma in the final. With the points from his first round pin, Rowlands became the first Buckeye in program annals to record 500 team points in his career.
* The fencing squad wrapped up preseason play as they hosted the Ohio State Alumni Meet Nov. 22 at Steelwood Athletic Facility in Columbus, Ohio. The men's and women's teams are undefeated and combine for 21 victories after wins at the OSU and Northwestern Duals. The Buckeyes are back in action at the New York University Duals, Jan. 25 in New York, N.Y.
* Women's Volleyball (10-16 overall, 4-14 Big Ten) lost home matches to No. 15 Penn State (3-1) and Wisconsin (3-0) last week. Against Penn State, Stacey Gordon had a match-high 30 kills while Anna Tengnas posted a career-high 22 digs. Heather Whalen hit a career-high .650 hitting percentage against Wisconsin with a team-high 13 kills with no errors in 20 attempts. Gordon had 11 kills against the Badgers to extend her streak of double-figure kill matches to 74. OSU closes out the season with road matches at Iowa on Friday and at Minnesota Saturday. The Minnesota match will be delayed telecast by ESPN2 at 2 p.m. ET, Sunday, Nov. 30.
* The rifle team lost to Nebraska, 6,152 to 6,035 Sunday in Converse Hall. Abhijeet Konduskar won the smallbore competition with a score of 1,178. The Buckeyes return to action at Akron on Jan. 10.
* The women's basketball team continued its unbeaten home streak with wins vs. Ohio (83-50) and vs. Florida A&M (71-56) last weekend. Under Jim Foster, Ohio State is 16-0 in Columbus dating back to the beginning of the 2002-03 season. Additionally, the current Buckeye win streak is 18 consecutive games, dating back to the final two games of the 2001-02 season. Ohio State plays host to UNC Wilmington at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25, in Value City Arena.
* Former Buckeye women's tennis All-American Kristy Dascoli (1999-2001) has been named the assistant coach for the squad. OSU's all-time singles wins leader with 104, Dascoli was named Ohio State's Player of the Century for women's tennis and is one of the best players ever to play in the Big Ten. She was honored as the Big Ten Player of the Year following both the 2000 and 2001 seasons and is the only player in conference history to win the award outright in back-to-back seasons.
* The women's gymnastics squad will compete in a series of intrasquad tune-ups as the start of the 2004 season approaches. After four separate event trials in the Steelwood Training Facility, the Buckeyes will compete in a mixed pairs competition at 6 p.m., Dec. 6 in St. John Arena. Returning All-Big Ten selections Tiffanie Janke, Elizabeth Meaney, Kaylin Schlecht and Jill Weber aim to lead Ohio State in 2004 for head coach Larry Cox.
* 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 almost 15 percent.
Ohio State Athletics ScheduleFriday, Nov. 26 - Sunday, Nov. 30 All Times Eastern
Friday, Nov. 28 Women's Volleyball at Iowa, 8 p.m.Iowa City, Iowa
Saturday, Nov. 29Women's Ice Hockey vs. Niagara, 2:05 p.m. OSU Ice Rink
Women's Volleyball at Minnesota, 8 p.m.Minneapolis, Minn.
Men's Hockey at Bowling Green, 7:05 p.m.Bowling Green, Ohio
Sunday, Nov. 30Women's Ice Hockey vs. Niagara, 2:05 p.m. OSU Ice Rink