COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State women's lacrosse team opens the home portion of its schedule at 2 p.m. Sunday against St. Bonaventure on the indoor turf field in the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. The Buckeyes enter the game vs. the Bonnies at 1-2 on the young season after dropping decisions to Duke and Navy before defeating American last weekend. This is the second time the Buckeyes have played a full scheduled game in the Woody Hayes Athletic Center - they began the 2010 campaign with a win over American on the turf field. Admission to the contest, and to all regular-season home women's lacrosse games, is free.
If you cannot make it to the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, watch the game live online through BuckeyeVision on OhioStateBuckeyes.com (subscription rates apply) or follow live stats, linked from the front page or the women's lacrosse schedule page of OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
Junior Alayna Markwordt, a preseason All-ALC selection, leads the team after three games with 12 points off eight goals and four assists. Brittney Zerhusen and Jayme Beard are tied for second at seven points, both off five goals and a pair of assists. Defensively, Kirsten Donahue holds an early narrow lead in caused turnovers (4) and groundballs (6). In the center circle, Gabby Capuzzi has grabbed a team-high 12 draw controls, while Beard is not far behind with 10.
IN THE ALC
Alayna Markwordt's 12 points stand as second in the American Lacrosse Conference, behind Florida's Kitty Cullen with 14 goals and two assists. Gabby Capuzzi and Jayme Beard are first and second, respectively, in draw controls.
SCOUTING THE BONNIES
St. Bonaventure returns to action for the first time since it defeated Bucknell in its season opener Feb. 13. Cara Callahan and Christine Hanley each scored four goals to lead the Bonnies to a 14-10 season-opening victory over the Bison. Rookie goalie Karly Kocis made nine second-half saves to preserve the victory between the pipes, while classmate Sara Schlagenhauf earned the start and was credited with the win (1-0). St. Bonaventure is predicted to finish in 8th place in the Atlantic 10 conference according to the preseason coaches poll.
LAST TIME OUT
Ohio State dominated American last Sunday, defeating the Eagles 16-4 to give head coach Alexis Venechanos and her staff their first win as Buckeye coaches. Three OSU players - Alayna Markwordt, Brittney Zerhusen and Jayme Beard - scored three goals apiece as the Buckeyes improved to 1-2 on the season and American began its year 0-1. The Buckeyes finished the day with a 24-14 advantage in shots and a 14-8 margin in draw controls, marking the third game in a row they have out-drawn the opponent. Annie Carruthers played 53 minutes in goal, making six saves with three goals-against, before giving way to Megan Fiorito who made one stop in the final seven minutes.
Following the game vs. St. Bonaventure, the Buckeyes are home for a pair of games next weekend outdoors in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. They host Stanford at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 5 before welcoming Canisius at 1 p.m. Monday, March 7. The Cardinal and Golden Griffs will play each other at the Jesse at noon Sunday.
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Humphrey Highlights | Mackenzie Maring