Ranked Lacrosse Programs Collide in the `Shoe

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Feb. 29, 2012

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State men's and women's lacrosse teams, who are both ranked in the Top 20 with a combined 8-1 record, will take the field against a pair of ranked opponents in Ohio Stadium this weekend. The No. 16-ranked men will take on No. 13 Penn State at 1 p.m. Saturday before the 10th-ranked and undefeated women welcome No. 14 Notre Dame at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Parking is available around the stadium for the games. Fans should enter through gate 7. Tickets for the men's game Saturday will be sold at the ticket office near gate 7 on game day 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. Admission to the women's game Sunday, and throughout the regular season, is 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.

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).

At 3-1, the 16th-ranked men are looking to rebound from their first loss of the season when they take the field Saturday in their third-consecutive game vs. a ranked opponent. Nick Myers, Ohio State head coach, led his squad to three wins in a row to start the year, including its conference opener vs. then-No. 5 Denver, before falling to eighth-ranked UMass last weekend.



Logan Schuss, a candidate for the Tewaaraton Trophy, is currently leading the Buckeyes in scoring four games into the season with 17 points off 12 goals and five assists. A total of 13 OSU players have found the back of the net for the attack which is producing 9.75 goals per game. 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.

Led by second-year head coach Alexis Venechanos, 10th-ranked Ohio State has jumped out a 5-0 start on the season, its best run to begin the year in a decade. After a 16-3 victory over Brown last Saturday, the Buckeyes are leading all Division I programs in total points and caused turnovers, while holding Top 5 rankings in scoring offense, defense and margin.

Alayna Markwordt, who also is a candidate for the Tewaartaon Trophy, is not only leading the team and league, but the nation in scoring with 28 points (13g, 15a). Gabby Capuzzi and Jackie Cifarelli each hold national Top 5 scoring totals to their credit as well. The Buckeye attack is averaging over 17 goals per game, while the defense is holding opponents to just over five on fewer than 16 shots per game.

The men's team continues a six-game homestand with a Friday, March 9 game against Robert Morris in Columbus, while the women's squad takes two weeks off before returning to action in a pair of games in the Empire State. The Buckeyes will travel to Canisius for a Sunday, March 18 contest before continuing on to St. Bonaventure for a game Monday, March 19.