Feb. 21, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s lacrosse team will travel to face No. 13 Boston College at Noon ET Saturday in Newton, Mass. Live stats are available for the contest, linked above or on the Buckeyes’ Gameday page on OhioStateBuckeyes.com -- http://go.osu.edu/wlax_gameday.
IN A NUTSHELL
- Ohio State is off to a 2-1 start to the year after suffering its first loss at No. 14 Stanford last weekend, 11-9, in Stanford, Calif.
- Jackie Cifarelli (1g, 2a), Katie Chase (3g, 0a), and Jennifer Porretto (2g, 0a) drove the offensive effort last weekend vs. the Cardinal.
- Overall, Cifarelli leads the squad with 16 points on a team-best 13 assists and three goals followed by Chase with 10 points (9g, 1a) and Porretto with eight points (8g, 0a).
- Twelve different members have collected a point so far this year, including three seniors, four juniors, four sophomores and one freshman.
- In three-plus seasons under Alexis Venechanos, Ohio State is 10-5 in games played during the month of February.
- The Buckeyes finished the 2013 campaign with an 8-10 record and a third-consecutive appearance in the ALC tournament semifinals.
SCOUTING BOSTON COLLEGE
The Eagles opened the 2014 season with a victory over No. 11 Notre Dame, 15-10. Boston College is ranked No. 13 in the IWLCA rankings after claiming its second win of the year vs. UNH, 17-8. Boston College ended last season with a loss to Dartmouth, 11-8, in the first round of the NCAA tournament. On attack, junior Covie Stanwick returns after setting Boston College’s single-season record with 65 goals her sophomore season. The Eagles midfield made a large impact vs. the Fighting Irish, tallying 12 of the 15 goals, highlighted by a career-high six goals from junior Mikaela Rix. The veteran defense consists of eight returning players and junior Emily Mata in front of net.
The Buckeyes squared off against Boston College for the first time last season, Feb. 23, in Columbus. The then ranked No. 13 in the country, Ohio State notched a 15-8 victory over the No. 20 Boston College, highlighted by four goals from Katie Chase. Chase also contributed eight draw controls to the Buckeyes’ total of 19. Tori DeScenza played her first complete game, tallying six saves, two caused turnovers and three groundballs.
LAST TIME OUT
The Buckeyes fell short at No. 14 Stanford, 11-9, Feb. 15. Katie Chase led the team with three goals, while Jackie Cifarelli contributed three points of her own, one goal and two assists. Jennifer Porretto notched two goals, while Kelsey Ayers, Kaila Gottlick and Cian Dabrowski tallied one goal each to round out the Ohio State offensive effort. Junior Tori DeScenza earned five saves and three groundballs vs. the Cardinal. Ohio State edged Stanford in draw controls, 15-7, led by Gottlick with 4.
ALC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Christine Easton, a sophomore midfielder, was named American Lacrosse Conference Defensive Player of the Week, the conference office announced Monday evening. The recognition is the first weekly honor of her career.
The native of Eden Prairie, Minn., posted three groundballs and two draw controls, while causing a team-best three turnovers in the 11-9 loss vs. No. 14 Stanford last Saturday in California. Easton has started in all three games for the Buckeyes and leads the team with seven groundballs and has five caused turnovers in her third season at Ohio State.
A HELPING HAND
Junior attack Jackie Cifarelli, who leads the team with 16 points in 2014, posted an impressive 13 assists in the opening games of the season. Cifarelli, a native of Rockville Center, N.Y., began the year with five helpers vs. Detroit Feb. 7, followed with six more against Winthrop and two at Stanford. Cifarelli has now collected six assists in a single game three times in her career and is just the fourth Buckeye in program history to accomplish the feat.
THREE BUCKEYES NAMED TO ALC PREASEASON WATCH LIST
Katie Chase, Jackie Cifarell and Tayler Kuzma were each named to the ALC Preseason Watch List, the conference office announced Wednesday. Along with Penn State, the Buckeyes collected most selections in the conference. Ohio State, which received votes in the IWLCA coaches’ poll this week, was tabbed fifth in the preseason conference poll.
NEW TO THE STAFF
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 six games scheduled against teams ranked in the Top 20 of the IWLCA preseason poll. No. 4 Northwestern, No. 5 Florida and No. 7 Penn State account for the three conference matchups with an additional three on tap vs. No. 11 Notre Dame, No. 14 Stanford and No. 20 Boston College. After facing Boston College this weekend, Northwestern is the next ranked opponent in the Buckeyes’ first conference matchup of the 2014 season, March 9, in Columbus.
The Buckeyes will continue its non-conference road schedule next week, traveling to Canisius March 1 in Buffalo, N.Y.