Ohio State Opens 2014 Season this Weekend

Feb. 6, 2014


COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State women's lacrosse team begins its 19th season this weekend, hosting Detroit at 7 p.m. Friday and Winthrop at 1 p.m. Sunday at the indoor field in the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. The Buckeyes have 10 home games slated this campaign and have eight NCAA tournament opponents from a year ago on the 2014 schedule.

Friday, February 7th- Detroit

  • Home Opener
  • Post-game meet and greet

Sunday, February 9th- Winthrop

  • Free magnets to fans

Ohio State fans can watch the OSU home women’s lacrosse games by logging on to OhioStateBuckeyes.com for live video streaming on Buckeye Vision. Packages available for purchase include a one-month subscription for Buckeye Vision for $9.95 or a yearly all-inclusive pass for $79.95. Sign up today and watch the Buckeyes from anywhere. 

Led by veteran defenders Tayler Kuzma and Heather Gravinese, along with junior attacker Jackie Cifarelli and classmate Tori DeScenza in goal, Ohio State has 10 starters and 20 letterwinners returning from a year ago. The Buckeyes finished the campaign with an 8-10 mark and advanced to their third-consecutive trip to the ALC Tournament semifinals.

The Buckeyes are 11-7 all-time in season starters and 7-2 when playing in Columbus. Last season, Ohio state fell short, 12-11, at Louisville. Katie Chase and Cara Facchina led the Buckeyes' offensive efforts with three goals and two goals, two assists, respectively, at the team battled through seven ties and three lead changes.

Gabby Capuzzi, a former All-American on the Ohio State women's lacrosse team, was named an assistant coach, Buckeye head coach Alexis Venechanos announced in August. Capuzzi wrapped up her career in 2012 as one of the most successful midfielders in program history and spent last season as a volunteer assistant.

In addition, Nora Boerger was hired as a coordinator of performance analysis, while Emily Boerger will serve as a volunteer assistant coach. The twin sisters wrapped up playing careers at Division II Urbana last season and are familiar with the Buckeye program through working several camps.

Ohio State has five games scheduled against teams ranked in the Top 20 of the IWLCA preseason poll. No. 4 Northwestern, No. 5 Florida account for the two conference matchups with an additional three on tap vs. No. 11 Notre Dame, No. 14 Stanford and No. 20 Boston College. The Buckeyes will play the Cardinal and the Eagles in back-to-back weeks on the road later this month.

Keep up with the Ohio State women's lacrosse team throughout the year on OhioStateBuckeyes.com, the official website of the Ohio State Department of Athletics. In addition, the team is on Twitter (@OhioState_WLAX), facebook (facebook.com/OhioStateWomensLacrosse) and Instagram (instagram.com/ohiostatewlax). In addition, make sure to bookmark - http://go.osu.edu/wlax_gameday - for information in advance of each of the Buckeyes' games this season.