Field Hockey Opens Big Ten Play Against Northwestern

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Sept. 25, 2003

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State field hockey team (5-3; 0-0 Big Ten) travels to Evanston, Ill., for its first Big Ten match-up against the Northwestern Wildcats (4-3; 0-0 Big Ten) at 1 p.m. EDT Sunday at the Leonard B. Sports Complex. The Buckeyes' trip to Evanston is the first of five games the squad will play on the road.

Ohio State recorded a season-high eight goals in its win over Southwest Missouri State (1-5; 0-0 NorPac) Sunday at North Turf Field in Columbus, Ohio.

Midfielder Lucy Clayton led the squad with three goals. Forward Vanessa Immordino chipped in two goals, while forwards Curlyne Wynn and Florencia Stier, along with midfielder Jessica Gofgosky contributed a goal each to drive the OSU offense.

Ohio State took 26 shots, while the defense proved strong, holding SMS to four shots on the day. OSU Goalie Tory Krauss, who now has a 2-1 record, posted one save.

The Wildcats, under the direction of Marisa Didio, are 4-3 on the season. The Northwestern roster is comprised of three players who have gathered three goals so far this season, including junior midfielder Candice Cooper. Her three assists and nine points currently leads the team. Ohio native Megan Sieberg also has contributed to the Wildcats' growing offense as she has tallied a goal and an assist for NU in six games. The freshman forward is a graduate of Maumee Valley Country Day High School in Toledo where she was a four-year varsity field hockey letterwinner.

Goalkeeper Sherri-Anne Nyberg is another freshman addition who has started five of Northwestern's seven games and has compiled a 3-2 record in the process. In Nyberg's 350 minutes of action she has been credited with 41 saves, which leads the Big Ten.

In 2003, Northwestern has accumulated 15 goals, while allowing 13. The Wildcats have been outshot by their competitors 91 to 56. NU has collected more saves (52-21).

This season, Northwestern has defeated Boston College, Central Michigan, Ball State and Kent State. The Wildcats have not been so lucky against New Hampshire, Delaware and Iowa, who they fell to 1-0 in a non-conference game.

In their 43rd meeting, OSU looks to close the gap on NU's 16-26-1 lead in the series. The Buckeyes shutout the Wildcats, 3-0, last year in Columbus, Ohio.

The Big Ten announced Ohio State Vanessa Immordino has been named Offensive Player of the Week for the week ending Sept. 21.

Helping OSU achieve a 5-3 overall record, Immordino tallied six total goals in the Buckeyes' three games last week, including two scores in the win over Southwest Missouri State Sunday. With her two goals and two assists vs. SMS, Immordino was just one point shy of tying her career high of seven points in a game, as she collected six points on the day.

Immordino scored an additional two goals in the 3-2 overtime loss to No. 14 Louisville Saturday.

During the Sept. 16 game against Ohio, Immordino finished the day with eight shots and two goals, including the overtime game-winner to propel the Buckeyes to a 3-2 win.

The Buckeyes' eight goals in the Southwest Missouri State contest is the highest output by the team this season. The last offensive explosion of this caliber came in the Central Michigan game when OSU posted nine goals Aug. 30, 2000, in Columbus, Ohio.

The team witnessed five different players score in the SMS game. Lucy Clayton, Jessica Gofgosky, Vanessa Immordino, Florencia Stier and Curlyne Wynn knocked in goals for the Buckeyes, including three for Clayton and two for Immordino in their 8-1 victory.

One has to go back to August 27, 2000 in Columbus to recount the last time the squad had five different scorers in a game. Just like in the 2003 season, the SMS Bears became victims to the scoring frenzy of Jenee Doto, Haley Fox, Marije van Nouhuys, Mariana Solorzano and Aubrey Stock.

Ohio State currently stands at 13th in scoring offense in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association rankings.

Individually, junior standout Lucy Clayton is ranked third in points and second in goals in the NFHCA, while Big Ten Player of the Week Vanessa Immordino placed fifth in points and seventh in goals.

Midfielder Jenee Doto and defenseman Cammie Trainer tied for the tenth spot in assists, rounding out the Buckeyes who earned top 20 standings.

Buckeyes vs. Big Ten
In the Big Ten, OSU continues to lead the conference in penalty corners and assists, collecting 73 and 30, respectively. The team is second in points with 86, while third in goals (28) and shots (147).

Clayton still remains atop the Big Ten in shots (52), points (26) and goals (11), while Immordino currently is third with 24 points and 10 goals.

Consistently passing off the ball, Doto and Trainer, with six assists each, rank No. 1 in the Big Ten.

Ohio State held Southwest Missouri State to an astounding four shots Sept. 21. That statistic bests the six shots the Buckeyes limited the Radford Highlanders to.

Eight games into the season, midfielder Deen Rebstock already has topped her career marks. After tallying just 11 shots in the 2002 year, Rebstock has posted two goals and three assists for a total of seven points. Rebstock has given her best performance during both the Kent State and Ohio contests. She tallied one goal and one assist in the Sept. 6 game against the Golden Flashes, while scoring a goal against the Bobcats.

Defender Laura Rosenwinkel registered her first career assist at Ohio State Sept. 20 against the Louisville Cardinals.

During the Southwest Missouri State match Sept. 22, defender Jessica Gofgosky and forward Florencia Stier tallied their first career goals as Buckeyes.

Lucy Clayton continues to make an offensive impact for the squad as she compiled a career high eight points against Southwest Missouri State, Sept. 22.

In addition to her offensive progress, Clayton was head coach Anne Wilkinson's nominee for the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week for the week ending Sept. 21 because of her defensive prowess in the neutral zone.

With the Buckeyes 3-0 win over Radford Sept. 7, OSU improves to a perfect 4-0 record against the Highlanders. Radford is the sixth team OSU has a spotless record against when playing two or more games. Ohio State has posted a perfect record against Bowling Green (7-0), Kentucky (3-0), Kenyon (8-0-1), Muskingum (3-0) and Villanova (3-0).

In the second STX/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll, the Buckeyes received one vote, following last week's 2-1 effort.

The National Coaches Poll is available on the NFHCA website at The next poll will be released Sept. 30.

Iowa begins weekend action traveling to Berkeley, Calif., where they will face California at 3 p.m. Thursday.

Michigan and Northwestern open Big Ten play when they square off at 3 p.m. Friday in Evanston, Ill., in addition to Indiana vs. Michigan State, who are scheduled to start at 6 p.m. in East Lansing, Mich.

Indiana goes to St. Louis, Mo., to face St. Louis at noon Sunday, while Penn State vs. California also is scheduled for a start time of noon. Michigan State wraps up the weekend when they play Ohio at 1 p.m.

CSTV Showcases OSU
The College Sports Television Network will broadcast the Oct. 4 Ohio State game at Maryland. The game will be televised on tape delay at a time to be announced.

Continuing with their five-game road trip, OSU travels to College Park, Md. where it will face Maine at 2 p.m. Oct. 4 and Maryland at 2 p.m. Oct. 5.

At the end of every win at the North Turf Field, the Buckeye squad will throw Ohio State beanie bears to the crowd in thanks for supporting the Ohio State field hockey team.

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