Ohio State Travels to Canisius Saturday

Junior goalie Tori DeScenza
Junior goalie Tori DeScenza

Feb. 27, 2014


COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State women's lacrosse team wraps up a three-game road swing this weekend, traveling to face Canisius at 1 p.m. ET Saturday in Buffalo, N.Y. Live video and stats are available for the contest, linked above or on the Buckeyes' Gameday page on OhioStateBuckeyes.com -- http://go.osu.edu/wlax_gameday.


  • Ohio State is 2-2 this season after suffering its second loss at No. 13 Boston College, 9-7, on Feb. 22.
  • Ohio State has traveled coast-to-coast in the past two weeks, flying a combined 4,900 miles to Stanford/Columbus, while traveling a combined 1,500 miles to Boston and back.
  • Jackie Cifarelli leads the team with 21 points, posting five goals and 16 assists. She is second in the country and first in the American Lacrosse Conference (ALC) with 16 helpers.  Last weekend, Cifarelli collected a team-best five points on a pair of goals and three assists.
  • Katie Chase is first in goals (9) and second in points (10).
  • Against the Eagles, Mary Kate Facchina and Hallie Keselman both contributed two goals to the Buckeye offense, while Kelsea Ayers and Kaila Gottlick notched one assist each.
  • Tori DeScenza tied her season-high of seven saves vs. the Eagles.
  • Following its match at Canisius, Ohio State will play six of its next seven contests in Columbus during the month of March.
  • The Buckeyes finished the 2013 campaign with an 8-10 record and a third-consecutive appearance in the ALC tournament semifinals.



SCOUTING CANISIUS                      
The Golden Griffins (1-2) opened the 2014 season with two losses vs. No. 2 Syracuse, 18-6, and vs. No. 1 North Carolina, 24-6. Last season, Cansius won its third-straight MAAC Championship earning an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament where it faced a narrow loss to No. 7 Penn State, 14-13. MAAC Preseason Co-Player of the Year Maria Kotas leads the team with nine draw controls and four caused turnovers. On attack, MAAC Preseeason Co-Player of the Year Tori Quinn leads the team with seven points. 2013 MAAC Defensive Player of the Year Kayla Scully is 1-1 with 25 saves.

Last time out, the Golden Griffins claimed their first win of the year, defeating Colgate, 12-11, on Tuesday. Kotas and Quinn led the way with four goals each.

The Buckeyes are undefeated in the series vs. Canisius, 5-0. Last season, Ohio State topped Canisius, 16-5, highlighted by six-point games from Jackie Cifarelli and Cara Facchina, at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes outscored the Golden Griffins, 11-1, in the second half and outshot Canisius 36-18 overall.  

Ohio State suffered its second close loss of the season at No. 13 Boston College, 9-7, Feb. 22 in Newton, Mass. Junior Jackie Cifarelli tallied five points, improving her total to a team-high 21 points. Mary Kate Facchina and Hallie Keselman contributed a pair of goals each, while Kaila Gottlick posted one goal to round out the Buckeyes' seven goals. Kelsea Ayers and Gottlick both notched one assist. Junior goaltender Tori DeScenza tied her season-high of seven saves.

Junior attack Jackie Cifarelli, who leads the team with 21 points in 2014, posted an impressive 13 assists in the opening weekend of the season. Cifarelli, a native of Rockville Center, N.Y., is ranked No. 2 in the nation and No. 1 in the conference in assists at 16, two behind the national leader. She also leads the ALC in assists per game (4) and is ranked fourth nationally. Her six-assist performance against Winthrop was the third of her career and is just the fourth different Buckeye in program history to accomplish the feat.

Cifarelli has collected 95 assists in her career, which is fourth best in Ohio State history. She is five shy of tying former Buckeye Kelly Haggerty for third on the all-time list.

With her five-point performance last time out at Boston College, Cifarelli passed former Buckeye All-American and current assistant coach Gabby Capuzzi (123g, 20a) for ninth on the all-time OSU list with 144 career points (49g, 95a). She is 11 points shy of moving up to eighth in the record book.

Several Buckeyes rank in the Top Ten of the American Lacrosse Conference in individual statistics. Jackie Cifarelli earned the No. 3 spot in the conference in points (21) and points per game (5.25). Cifarelli ranks first in assists and assists per game, while Kelsea Ayers is sixth in both categories and Cara Facchina is ninth in season helpers. Katie Chase is ninth in goals, while teammates Mary Kate Facchina and Jennifer Porretto are tied for the eighth with eight goals each. Tori DeScenza has 21 saves to earn the No. 3 spot. DeScenza also ranks third in goals-against average (7.70) and fifth in saves per game, 5.25.  

Christine Easton, a sophomore midfielder, was named American Lacrosse Conference Defensive Player of the Week, the conference office announced Feb. 17.  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 at No. 14 Stanford Feb. 15 in California. Easton has started in all three four for the Buckeyes and leads the team with seven groundballs and has five caused turnovers in her third season at Ohio State

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.

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. Northwestern is the next ranked opponent in the Buckeyes' first conference matchup of the 2014 season, March 9, in Columbus.

The Buckeyes open up a three-game home swing, hosting Louisville at 3 p.m. March 4 in Columbus.