Field Hockey Opens Big Ten Play Against Northwestern
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.
LAST TIME OUT
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.
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.
BUCKEYES VS. WILDCATS
BIG TEN HONORS
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 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.
Buckeyes on THE NATIONAL SCENE
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
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.
STINGY, STINGY DEFENSE
WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES
A FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING
During the Southwest Missouri State match Sept. 22, defender Jessica Gofgosky and forward Florencia Stier tallied their first career goals as Buckeyes.
A CAREER DAY
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.
The National Coaches Poll is available on the NFHCA website at nfhca.com. The next poll will be released Sept. 30.
BIG TEN ACTION
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.
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