April 16 - 22, 2013
April 9-15. 2013
April 2 - April 8, 2013
Nine Buckeyes score in team's first conference win of the season.
Eight players tally points as Buckeyes win back-to-back games
Alexis Venechanos enters her fifth season at the helm of the Ohio State women's lacrosse team in 2015 and has turned the program into one of the nation's best during her tenure. She has amassed a record of 42-30 at Ohio State and boasts a career record of 78-68 as a head coach.
A winner on every level, Venechanos (pronounced: ven-eh-CHAN-ohs) has been a part of four NCAA titles (as a player and coach) and a total of eight conference championships and she has now brought those winning ways to Ohio State.
Last season, the Buckeyes finished the 2014 campaign with a 13-7 overall record with a 4-2 mark in ALC play, ending the year with a No. 13 national ranking by the IWLCA -- the second-best finish in school history in a national poll. It was a year to remember for the Scarlet and Gray as the Buckeyes earned their first trip to the NCAA tournament in 11 years and recorded the second-most wins in school history. Ohio State also advanced to its fourth-consecutive ALC tournament semifinal and posted a program-record nine home victories. In addition, Ohio State defeated back-to-back Top 10 opponents for the first time while the 2014 seniors set Ohio State class wins record with 42 career victories.
Prior to her arrival in Columbus, Venechanos spent four seasons at UMass where she inherited a UMass program in August 2006 that had not been to the NCAA tournament in over 20 years. Within three seasons, she took the Minutewomen back to the postseason for the first time in a quarter century. They went on to make a second consecutive NCAA trip in 2010, punctuating a career already marked by a pair of Atlantic 10 championship tournament titles (2009, 2010), an Atlantic 10 regular-season title (2009) and three appearances in the A-10 Tournament championship game.
In all, Venechanos registered an overall record of 36-38, including double-digit wins in each of the last two years, an Atlantic 10 regular-season record of 18-10 and an A-10 tournament record of 5-1. Prior to taking over the program at UMass, Venechanos served as the first assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Northwestern for the 2004-06 seasons, helping the Wildcats to the first two of five-consecutive national championships. They posted a 56-4 record during that span, winning 93 percent of their games, including a 41-1 record in her last two years.
Venechanos primarily mentored the goalies and defense at Northwestern, placing the defensive unit among the nation's best. In her final season in 2006, the Wildcats led the nation in scoring margin and were in the Top 5 in scoring defense, all with a rookie goalie. In the undefeated season of 2005, Venechanos tutored NU goalkeeper Ashley Gersuk as she posted the NCAA-best GAA and earned ALC Goalie of the Year honors, while helping the team become the top scoring defense and hold the largest scoring margin in the nation.
As a player, Venechanos was an All-America goalie at the University of Maryland, the winningest women's lacrosse program of all-time, where she captured two national championships in 2000 and 2001. The Terps went 73-15, an 83 percent win mark, during her four seasons in College Park, including a 23-0 mark in 2001, Venchanos' first as starting goalie.
As a senior captain in 2003, Venechanos was the recipient of the Ensign C. Markland Kelly Award, given to the nation's top goalkeeper. She also was a consensus first team All-American, as well as first team All-Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and ACC Tournament MVP. Despite playing the second half of the season with a torn ACL, Venechanos posted 164 saves vs. 121 goals allowed and was in the Top 10 nationally in both save percentage (.575) and goals-against average (6.62).
The 33-year old Venechanos (born Feb. 23, 1981) is a native of Yorktown, N.Y. where she was a three-sport athlete at Yorktown High School in lacrosse, basketball and soccer. She holds a bachelor's degree in communications from Maryland.
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING
"It was my pleasure to work with Alexis Venechanos during her time at Northwestern. Alexis is a proven coaching talent and she will bring great vision to the Ohio State women's lacrosse program. It is an honor to have her join our conference." - Kelly Amonte-Hiller, Northwestern head coach
"Alexis Venechanos is a proven winner, a great motivator and has great character. She knows what it takes to be the best and I know that she is going to do great things at Ohio State." - Angela McMahon, UMass head coach (former UMass assistant coach)