Joe Bonanni & Alayna Markwordt
Feb. 22, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State lacrosse programs, a combined 7-0 this season, will host a doubleheader Saturday in Ohio Stadium. The No. 14-ranked women’s team, 4-0 on the year, opens the day vs. Brown at 11 a.m., followed by the No. 11/12-ranked men, 3-0 to open the campaign, hosting No. 8/10 UMass at 1 p.m. The game is the first doubleheader for the teams in Ohio Stadium.
Parking is available around the stadium for the games. Fans should enter through gate 7. Admission to the women’s game Saturday, and throughout the regular season, is free. For the men’s game, tickets will be sold at the ticket office near gate 7 on game day beginning at halftime of the women’s contest, or they can be pre-purchased through OhioStateBuckeyes.com. Ohio State students with a valid BuckID and children 6 and younger will be admitted free.
For fans unable to make the games, both contests will be streamed through the Buckeye Vision subscription service on OhioStateBuckeyes.com. Scarlet and Gray Sports Radio will have an audio-only feed at OhioStateSports.net. Live stats for both games can be linked from the teams’ respective pages on OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
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Keep up with the Ohio State men’s and women’s lacrosse teams throughout the year on OhioStateBuckeyes.com, the official website of the Ohio State Department of Athletics. In addition, the teams are on Twitter (@OhioState_MLAX and @OhioState_WLAX) and facebook (facebook.com/OhioStateMensLacrosse and facebook.com/OhioStateWomensLacrosse).
A Brief Look at the 3-0 Men’s Squad
The Buckeye men, under fourth-year head coach Nick Myers, are 3-0 to start the year. After opening with two wins in three days, topping Detroit at home 11-6 and winning at Mercer, 15-8, the squad upset then-No. 5 ranked Denver, 10-9, last Sunday in Jacksonville, Fla., to open ECAC Lacrosse League play. The squad, which began the year receiving votes in the national polls, is now ranked 10th in the USILA coaches poll and 12th in the Inside Lacrosse media poll.
Junior Logan Schuss, who was recently named to the Tewaaraton Watch List for national players of the year, leads the Buckeyes with 10 goals and 15 points. He was named the ECAC Offensive Player of the Week and the IL Nike Player of the Week after a five-goal game in the win over Denver. Sophomore Tyler Frederick is tied with Schuss for the team assist lead with five helpers each. Senior Brock Sorensen is second on the team with seven goals this year.
A Glance at the 4-0 Women’s Program
Led by second-year head coach Alexis Venechanos, the Ohio State women are 4-0 on the season for the first time since 2002. The Buckeyes opened up the 2012 campaign by defeating San Diego State, 19-4, and No. 6-ranked Stanford, 14-10, before returning to Columbus for wins over Robert Morris, 16-2, and Louisville, 21-7, last weekend. They were ranked No. 18 in the IWLCA Preseason Poll and have since moved up to No. 14 in the deBeer Media Poll (the IWLCA will not begin regular-season polls until Feb. 27).
A candidate for the Tewaaraton Trophy and the current American Lacrosse Conference Offensive Player of the Week, Alayna Markwordt recently broke the OSU records for career goals and points just a few games into her senior season and now leads the team in 2012 with 11 goals and 12 assists. Gabby Capuzzi (13g, 5a) and Jackie Cifarelli (8g, 10a) are tied for second with 18. As a team, the Buckeyes are out-scoring opponents 70-23 and allowing an average of fewer than 16 shots per game.
The game vs. UMass opens a six-game homestand for the men’s program. The team will take on Penn State at 1 p.m. next Saturday (March 3). The women will host Notre Dame next Sunday (March 4) at 1 p.m.
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