No. 10/12 Ohio State Hosts Binghamton Saturday
Senior Mary Kate Facchina.
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio State, ranked No. 10 in the Inside Lacrosse preseason Top 20 poll and No. 12 in the IWLCA coaches poll, welcomes the Binghamton Bearcats to the Woody Hayes Athletics Facility indoor field Saturday for a 1 p.m. matinee. Admission is free for the match, which also will be streamed live on Buckeye Vision. The match will be the first meeting between the two programs.
A Look at Binghamton
Saturday will mark the season opener for the Bearcats, who are a member of the America East Conference. They were 7-9 last season with a 1-4 record in conference play. They return their top-three scorers, including sophomore Brianne Arthur, whose 34 goals last year set a Binghamton record for freshman goals in a season.
Stephanie Allen is in her third season as head coach after leading the Bearcats to their most wins in a season in 2014. A Columbus, Ohio native she guided the Bearcats to a 7-9 record last year and her team again produced a first team all-conference selection and two all-rookie players.
Looking Back at Last Week
Behind six goals from senior Katie Chase and a suffocating defense, No. 10 Ohio State cruised to a 19-4 win against visiting Detroit-Mercy last Saturday while improving to 5-0 in home openers under head coach Alexis Venechanos.
The Buckeyes scored the games' first 15 goals and didn't allow a Titan score until midway through the second half. In all, Ohio State outshot UDM, 37-12, including 24-4 in the first half. Chase scored all six of her goals in the first half, which is tied for the second-most goals in a half in program history.
Senior goalkeeper Tori DeScenza (1-0) recorded three saves and did not allow a goal in her 32 minutes of play. On the other end of the field, Ohio State's attack was clicking on all cylinders, assisting on 11 of its 19 goals, four of those from junior Rainey Hodgson who also led Ohio State with three ground balls. Senior Jackie Cifarelli registered three goals and two assists on the afternoon.
Also scoring for the Buckeyes were Mary Kate Facchina and Molly Wood with two goals each, while Jennifer Porretto, Cian Dabrowski, Christina Turner, Olivia DiCarlantonio, Morgan Castelein and Katie Kerrigan all added one apiece. Overall, 10 different Buckeyes found the back of the net, with 12 registering at least one point.
Buckeyes Sweep Weekly B1G Awards
In honor of their performance last week, Ohio State swept the first-ever Big Ten weekly lacrosse awards with Katie Chase (Offensive), Tori DeScenza (Defensive) and Molly Wood (Freshman) all taking home the weekly honors.
Below is a breakdown of each individual's performance:
Offensive Player of the Week - Katie Chase
Scored six goals in No. 10 Ohio State's 19-4 season-opener win over Detroit
Scored on all six shots in the first half, tying for the second-most goals in a single half in program history
Defensive Player of the Week - Tori DeScenza
Recorded three saves in the season-opening win over Detroit
Did not allow a goal in 32 minutes of action
Freshman of the Week - Molly Wood
Scored two goals on three shots in Ohio State's 19-4 victory over Detroit
Totaled three draw controls
Head Coach Alexis Venechanos
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 43-30 at Ohio State and boasts a career record of 79-68 as a head coach.
New Faces on the Coaching Staff
Jill Byers and Christie Kaestner joined the Ohio State coaching staff in July as assistant coaches, replacing Christy Leach, who was named the head coach at Stetson University, and Gabby Capuzzi, who was named an assistant coach at Navy. Byers, a standout All-American at Notre Dame (2006-09), came to Columbus after spending the last five seasons as an assistant coach, including last year at Stony Brook, while Kaestner, who also was an All-American at Duke (2007-11), joins the Buckeye program after two seasons as an assistant at Coastal Carolina.
Buckeyes Tied for Third in Big Ten Preseason Poll
Ohio State has been picked to finish third (tied with Penn State) in the inaugural season of Big Ten women's lacrosse. In addition, seniors Katie Chase, Jackie Cifarelli and Tori DeScenza have been voted Players to Watch in 2015. DeScenza claimed first-team preseason All-America honors, Cifarelli was named a second-team preseason All-American and Chase was chosen as an honorable mention preseason All-American.
Maryland was the unanimous choice by the conference coaches as the preseason favorite to claim the first Big Ten Championship. The coaches voted in the preseason poll and selected three players from their own team to a Players to Watch list. The Terrapins were followed in the preseason poll by Northwestern in second place, Ohio State and Penn State tied for third place, Rutgers in fifth place and Michigan in sixth place.
2015 Big Ten Women's Preseason Poll
(T-3) Ohio State
(T-3) Penn State
CAPS denote a unanimous selection
2015 Big Ten Players to Watch
Megan Douty, Sr., D, Maryland
Brooke Griffin, Sr., A, Maryland
Kelly McPartland, Sr., M, Maryland
Jess Angerman, So., A, Michigan
Kim Coughlan, So., M, Michigan
Anna Schueler, So., M, Michigan
Bridget Bianco, Sr., G, Northwestern
Kaleigh Craig, Jr., M, Northwestern
Kara Mupo, Sr., A, Northwestern
Katie Chase, Sr., A, Ohio State
Jackie Cifarelli, Sr., A, Ohio State
Tori DeScenza, Sr., G, Ohio State
Tatum Coffey, Sr., M, Penn State
Madison Cyr, Jr., M, Penn State
Maggie McCormick, Sr., A, Penn State
Kristin Kocher, Jr., M, Rutgers
Lauren Sbrilli, Sr., M, Rutgers
Erin Turkot, Sr., D, Rutgers
Inaugural Season of B1G Lacrosse
In June 2013, the Big Ten announced the addition of men's and women's lacrosse as the conference's 27th and 28th sports. Big Ten women's lacrosse features teams that have won 24 national championships and 20 of the 33 NCAA Championships, including nine of the last 10.
The inaugural Big Ten Women's Lacrosse Tournament will be hosted by Rutgers from April 30 to May 3. The tournament will include all six conference programs, with two quarterfinal matches on Thursday. The top two seeds will receive byes to Friday's semifinals, followed by the championship match on Sunday
A Quick Look Back at 2014
Ohio State finished its 2014 campaign with a 13-7 overall record and 4-2 mark in ALC play. It was a year to remember as the Buckeyes made their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament in 11 years. Let's take a look at what else the Buckeyes did in 2014:
Appeared in the NCAA Tournament for the third time in school history.
Won 13 games, the second-most in school history behind the 2003 team.
Advanced to its fourth-consecutive ALC semifinals.
Finished second in the ALC regular season with a 4-2 record.
Posted a program-record nine home wins.
Defeated back-to-back Top 10 opponents for the first time in school history.
The 2014 seniors set Ohio State class wins record with 42 career victories.
The No. 13 IWLCA ranking marked the second-best finish in school history in the national poll.
Ohio State hits the road for the first time this season when it heads east to face Winthrop (Feb. 13) and Virginia Tech (Feb. 15) for two games in three days Friday and Sunday.
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