Ohio State Women's Soccer Gathers Numerous Big Ten Postseason Honors
Nov. 3, 2004
Columbus, Ohio - Several members of the Ohio State women's soccer team (13-3-3, 6-1-3 Big Ten) were awarded postseason awards by the Big Ten Wednesday night at its annual banquet in the Huntington Club at Ohio Stadium. Freshman standout Lara Dickenmann was named 2004 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, while teammate Melissa Miller joined her with first team all-conference distinction. Lisa Grubb, Ohio State's last freshman of the year winner in 2001, was named second team at forward. Senior co-captain Erica Nollen was nominated for the Big Ten sportsmanship award.
Dickenmann, a native of Kreins, Switzerland, also headed the 2004 Big Ten All-Freshman squad and all-conference first team. She finished the regular season with 24 points on a team-best eight assists and eight goals in 17 matches. Her eight assists tied an Ohio State single-season standard, while her eight goals ranked third on the team. Dickenmann, who was named Big Ten Player of the Week Oct. 18 after a five-point weekend at Minnesota and Iowa, tallied points in 12 of 17 matches, including a run of seven straight as the Big Ten season came to a close. Dickenmann finished the season with four game-winning goals, coming in victories at Iowa and at home vs. Illinois, Virginia Tech and Kent State. She is the first OSU freshman to make first-team all-league since Jennifer Plante (1995-98) in 1995.
Miller, who gained all-league and all-freshman status in 2003, teamed with Nollen to solidify the OSU backline and helped the Buckeye defense limit opponents to just 15 goals in 19 matches (0.76 goals against average). The 2003 All-America honoree from Cincinnati also contributed offensively with the game-winning score in overtime at Michigan State, while also recording assists vs. Indiana, Loyola and Kent State. Dickenmann and Miller mark the first time the Buckeyes earned two first-team honorees in the same season since 1996 when Bree Blakely (1993-96) and Jodie Stranges (1994-97) were named to the team.
Grubb, who is in contention to become Ohio State's most prolific scorer by the end of the season, leads the Buckeye attack with 26 points on 10 goals and six assists. Grubb's 10 scores match her season total as a freshman and falls just one goal shy of tying the Ohio State record for single season goals of 11. The Portage, Mich. product also ranks just two goals short of the Ohio State all-time record of 30 held by Lisa Suttmiller (1994-97). Grubb, who missed all but one game in 2003 after suffering a knee injury, leads the Buckeyes with five game-winning strikes against Xavier, Northwestern, LSU, Loyola and Toledo. The award is the second time Grubb has been named to the second team by league coaches.
Nollen, from West Chester, Ohio, was honored at Ohio State's top sportswoman of the year. Not only has she captained a record-setting defense for Ohio State in the last two seasons, but also netted her first two career goals in OSU's win over Toledo last week. Nollen has started 82 straight matches in the Buckeye backline.
Ohio State serves as host to the 2004 Big Ten Women's Soccer Tournament. The event kicks off Thursday with No. 1-seed Penn State facing No. 8 Indiana. The No.2-seeded Buckeyes take the field at 4:30 Thursday vs. Purdue. The official website of Ohio State athletics www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com will provide live scoring for all matches in the tournament.
2004 Women's Soccer All-Big Ten Teams Position First Team Second Team Forward Tara Hurless, ILL Kelsey Hans, NU TIFFANY WEIMER, PSU Lisa Grubb, OSU Amy Vermeulen, WIS Katy Lindenmuth, WIS
Midfield Kim Grodek, IND Jamie Artsis, MICH Lara Dickenmann, OSU Shannon Schneeman, NU Ali Krieger, PSU Amanda Lentz, PSU Kara Kabellis, WIS
Defense Kelly Campbell, ILL Christen Karniski, ILL Melissa Miller, OSU Brenna Mulholland, MICH Natalie Jacobs, PSU Denay Riley, PSU Meghan Dybvig, PUR
Goalkeeper Erin McLeod, PSU *Megan Tuura, MICH *Whitney Jones, NU
2004 Women's Soccer All-Freshman Team Position Forward Melissa Dobbyn, MICH Kelsey Hans, NU Parrissa Eyorokon, PUR
Midfield Jamie Artsis, MICH Kelly Sitkowski, NU Lara Dickenmann, OSU
Defense Mary Therese McDonnell, ILL Beverly Markwort, IND Erin Doan, MSU Denay Riley, PSU
Goalkeeper LYNN MURRAY, WIS
Sportsmanship Award Honorees Rachel Frank, ILL Kristen Zmijewski, IND Britta Vogele, IOWA Laura Tanchon, MICH Abby Shepherd, MSU Regina Moench, MINN Carolyn Hack, NU Erica Nollen, OSU Erin McLeod, PSU Kristin Lichtenberg, PUR Jess Ring, WIS
Offensive Player of the Year: TIFFANY WEIMER, PSU Defensive Player of the Year: Natalie Jacobs, PSU Freshman of the Year: Lara Dickenmann, OSU Coach of the Year: Paula Wilkins, PSU