March 1, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 13th-ranked Ohio State women’s lacrosse team returns to action at noon Saturday when it hosts Stanford on the turf field at the Harmon Family Football Complex outside Woody Hayes Athletic Center. The Buckeyes are 2-2 on the season, while Cardinal enter the matchup at 1-1 overall.
IF YOU GO
Fans attending the game vs. Stanford are asked to park in the “Gray Lots” around Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The main entrance for guests will be the gate leading to Buckeye Field, Ohio State’s softball stadium. Admission to the game, and to all regular-season home games this season, is free. On the CAMPUS MAP, the field is located south of building 270 with parking available adjacent to #092 and the field entrance accessible through #108.
Unable to make it to the game? Live stats can be followed via Gametracker and Twitter updates can be received from @OhioState_WLAX. All means of live action can be found on the Buckeyes’ GAMEDAY page, updated prior to each contest. No video stream will be available for this game.
IN A NUTSHELL
- Four games into the season, the Buckeyes sit at 2-2 overall after dropping a 13-8 decision to No. 9 Notre Dame Wednesday evening.
- Jackie Cifarelli (4g, 12a), Cara Facchina (9g, 5a) and Katie Chase (11g, 1a) are the leading point scorers in the early goings of the season with Chase also holding a team-leading 23 draw controls.
- Defensively, Taylor Donahue (9ct, 11gb), Tayler Kuzma (6ct, 7gb) and Kaila Gottlick (5ct, 10gb) have been the strongholds for Ohio State. Tori DeScenza has started all four games in goal, playing the full 60 minutes in each of the last two, with a 10.24 goals-against average and a .315 save percentage.
The Buckeyes are remain 13th in the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches’ Association (IWLCA) Poll released Feb. 26 after starting the season in the same spot on the preseason poll. Ohio State is one of five American Lacrosse Conference teams in the Top 20, the most teams from one league. In other rankings, the Buckeyes are selected 18th in the deBeer Media Poll. IWLCA rankings will be acknowledged as the official poll position throughout the season.
Stanford (1-1) split its first two matches on the season, dropping the season opener to No. 9 Notre Dame, 12-10, and earning an 18-13 victory over Harvard. Rachel Ozer leads the team in points (9) and assists (5), while Lucy Dikeou is the leading goal scorer with five. The Cardinal is averaging 14.0 goals per game, while holding opponents to 12.5. On the draw, Stanford is third in the nation after winning 18.5 per game after two contests, helped along by Megan Lerner, who is averaging 6.0 per game and is eighth in the NCAA.
Stanford has a narrow lead in the all-time series, 5-4, although the Buckeyes captured the last meeting ,14-10, Feb. 12, 2012 in Palo Alto, Calif. Gabby Capuzzi, who is now a volunteer coach with the program, had a game-high four goals and an assist as the 18th-ranked Buckeyes topped No. 6 Stanford. Capuzzi also added five draw controls and a trio of groundballs and caused turnovers to her stat line, as the then-senior captain extended her early-season team leads in goals (7), draws (8) and caused turnovers (6). In total, seven Buckeyes found the back of the net, while goalie Tori DeScenza highlighted the opposite end of the field by finishing her first complete game with 12 saves.
LAST TIME OUT
Despite three goals from freshman Cian Dabrowski for the second-consecutive game, the No. 13 Ohio State fell to No. 9 Notre Dame, 13-8, Wednesday evening at the Loftus Center in South Bend, Ind. In addition to Dabrowski’s tallies, Mary Kate Facchina supported the Buckeye effort with a pair of goals and Katie Chase, Jessica Hassett and Cara Facchina each added one.
CHASE, DABROWSKI EARN FIRST POW HONORS
Katie Chase and Cian Dabrowski each were recognized as players of the week by the American Lacrosse Conference Wednesday after leading the 13th-ranked Buckeyes to back-to-back wins over William & Mary and No. 20 Boston College. The offensive player of the week pick, Chase had seven goals between the two games, including a career-high four in the win over the Eagles. The junior attacker also picked up eight of the team’s 19 draw controls vs. Boston College and ended the week with a team-high 11.
As the rookie of the week, Dabrowski produced her first career hat trick in the Buckeyes’ win over 20th-ranked Boston College. The freshman from Orangeville, Ontario, tallied her three goals on four shots vs. the Eagles, including two a minute apart in the first half as Ohio State built its 8-2 halftime lead. Her third was the final score of the day at 1:38, cementing the 15 goals as the most scored against Boston College in the span of 13 games, dating back to March 17, 2012
FIRST TO STRIKE
The Buckeyes are out-scoring opponents 30-18 in the first half and have a 51-34 advantage in shots over the first 30 minutes.
The Buckeyes have a week off before returning to action at noon, March 10, against Canisius. The game currently is scheduled to be played in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Griffs are 0-2 on the season with losses to Louisville and Cornell and have two games scheduled before meeting the Buckeyes in Columbus.
Ohio State has seven games scheduled against teams ranked in the current Top 20 of the IWLCA poll with an 0-2 record after losses to No. 20 Louisville and No. 9 Notre Dame. In the American Lacrosse Conference, No. 2 Florida, No. 5 Northwestern, No. 10 Penn State and No. 17 Johns Hopkins are all on the Buckeye schedule. In addition to the Cardinals and Irish, Ohio State will face No. 8 Duke in non-conference action. Five of these games vs. ranked foes will take place on the road with the Nittany Lions and Blue Jays being the only teams to come to Columbus.
Tayler Kuzma is among the 50 collegiate players named to the Tewaaraton Trophy Watch List, released Feb. 22 by the Tewaaraton Foundation. The list includes the top players across all three divisions of NCAA lacrosse and highlight the early contenders for the 2013 Tewaaraton Award. The Buckeyes' No. 1 shutdown defender, Kuzma has started all 34 games played in her career. Four games into the season, the Bel Air, Md., native has eight draw controls, seven groundballs and six caused turnovers to her credit.
Jackie Cifarelli has produced a team-leading and NCAA fourth-ranked 12 assists through the first four games of the year, including a career-high tying six in the win over William & Mary Feb. 20. The sophomore attacker finished last season with the most assists (32) of any freshman in Division I and was second on the team in points and assists, behind Ohio State’s all-time leading scorer Alayna Markwordt.
Juniors Cara Facchina and Katie Chase are the leading goal scorers in the early part of the season. Chase has a team-best 11 goals, while Facchina is not far behind with nine and an additional five assists to her credit.
WIN, LOSE OR DRAW CONTROL
The Buckeyes own a 58-44 advantage in draw controls on the season. Averaging 16.3 per game at the start of this week, Ohio State sits in eighth in the NCAA and third among ALC programs. Katie Chase is at the forefront, grabbing 5.67 per game to own the No. 10 spot in the nation. The Buckeyes have tied or out-drawn their opponent in three of four games this season.
The 2013 roster features three seniors, six juniors, 11 sophomores and 12 freshmen, hailing from 12 states and Canada. There are nine attackers, 13 midfielders, seven defenders and three goalies.
Keep up with the Ohio State women’s lacrosse team throughout the year on OhioStateBuckeyes.com, the official website of the Ohio State Department of Athletics. In addition, the team is on Twitter (@OhioState_WLAX), facebook (facebook.com/OhioStateWomensLacrosse) and Instagram (instagram.com/ohiostatewlax). In addition, make sure to bookmark - http://go.osu.edu/wlax_gameday - for information in advance of each of the Buckeyes’ games this season.
Join the Buckeyes for a 10-year anniversary celebration of the 2003 ALC Championship season as they take on Vanderbilt at noon April 7. There will be a banquet in Ohio Stadium at the conclusion of the contest, for the cost of $40 per ticket. For more information, contact Gabby Capuzzi (Capuzzi.firstname.lastname@example.org).