March 8, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 15th-ranked Ohio State women’s lacrosse team returns to action at noon Sunday against Canisius in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. At 3-2 on the season, the Buckeyes are looking to rebound from back-to-back losses, while the Golden Griffins enter the contest at 2-2 with their wins coming in the last two games.
IN A NUTSHELL
- Five games into the season, the Buckeyes are 2-3 on the season after falling to Stanford, 12-10, last Saturday.
- Jackie Cifarelli (5g, 14a), Cara Facchina (10g, 7a) and Katie Chase (15g, 1a) are the leading point scorers in the early goings of the season with Chase also holding a team-leading 27 draw controls.
- Defensively, Taylor Donahue (10ct, 11gb) and Tayler Kuzma (9ct, 9gb) have been the strongholds for Ohio State. Tori DeScenza has started all five games in goal, playing the full 60 minutes in each of the last three, with a 10.67 goals-against average.
- This is the first of five planned appearances at JOMS this season after Ohio State opened the year with two games on the turf field at the Harmon Family Football Complex.
The game between the Buckeyes and Griffs will be streamed live through the Buckeye Vision subscription package on OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
Matchup information, as well as links to follow each game, both home and away, through available live stats, audio and video, are updated prior to each contest on the Buckeye Lacrosse Gameday page (go.osu.edu/wlax_gameday).
JAMMIN’ IN THE JESSE
Make sure you’re following @OhioState_WLAX on Twitter and tweet your song requests throughout the game Sunday, using the hashtag #JOMSjams.
The Griffs have a 2-2 record entering the game Sunday with their wins coming in the last two games over Binghamton, 13-7, and Robert Morris, 16-5. They started the season with back-to-back losses to Louisville, 13-3, and Cornell, 16-10. Three Canisius players sit above 10 points: Maria Kotas (8g, 6a), Tori Quinn (8g, 6a) and Morgan Leonard (8g, 4a). In goal, Kayla Scully has pulled the majority of time between the pipes and has seen action in all four games with a 8.90 goals-against average and .500 save percentage.
The Buckeyes are 4-0 all-time vs. the Griffs after defeating them 14-11 a season ago. Alayna Markwordt posted a season-high tying nine points as then-No. 12 Ohio State defeated Canisius 14-11 March 18, 2012, at Demske Sports Complex in Buffalo, N.Y. Markwordt had three goals and six assists to notch her fourth career outing with nine or more points, while Gabby Capuzzi and Jackie Cifarelli combined for 10 of the team's 14 total goals, scoring five apiece.
IN THE POLLS
Ohio State slipped down two spots to No. 15 in the IWLCA poll released this week. The Buckeyes have been ranked in the Top 20 of the coaches’ poll in each of the last 20 weeks, dating back to the 2011 season. There are five ALC teams among the current Top 15, the most of any conference, and six of Ohio State’s 2013 opponents.
LAST TIME OUT
Katie Chase scored a game-high four goals and Tori DeScenza made a season-high 13 saves, but the 13th-ranked Buckeyes were edged by Stanford, 12-10, March 2 at the Harmon Family Football Complex. Ohio State trailed by as much as five in the first half, but battled back in the second to out-score Stanford 5-3 in the period. The comeback remained incomplete, however, as the Buckeyes were unable to overcome the Cardinal's strong start to the contest.
The Buckeyes have three-consecutive road games coming up on the schedule, including two against Top 4 and ALC foes No. 2 Florida (March 23) and No. 4 Northwestern (March 27). The road swing begins March 16 at Boston University. The next home game is not until 11 a.m. Saturday, March 30 when Ohio State meets Hofstra in the opener of a doubleheader with the OSU men’s team vs. Loyola (Md.).
Ohio State has six games scheduled against teams ranked in the current Top 20 of the IWLCA poll with an 0-1 record after a loss to No. 10 Notre Dame. In the American Lacrosse Conference, No. 2 Florida, No. 4 Northwestern, No. 7 Penn State and No. 12 Johns Hopkins are all on the Buckeye schedule. In addition to the Irish, Ohio State will face No. 6 Duke in non-conference action. Four 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.
The Buckeyes are fifth in the nation in caused turnovers, forcing 68 percent of their opponents’ errors with 63 causes on 92 turnovers. Taylor Donahue leads the team with 2.0 per game and is tied for 24th in NCAA Division I.
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 and ALC-leading and NCAA third-ranked 14 assists through the first five 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.
CHASE, DABROWSKI EARN POW HONORS
Katie Chase and Cian Dabrowski each were recognized as players of the week by the American Lacrosse Conference Feb. 27 after leading the Buckeyes to back-to-back wins over William & Mary Feb. 20 and No. 20 Boston College Feb. 23. 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
Juniors Cara Facchina and Katie Chase are the leading goal scorers in the early part of the season. Chase has a team-best 15 goals, while Facchina is not far behind with 10 and an additional seven assists to her credit.
WIN, LOSE OR DRAW CONTROL
The Buckeyes own a 69-56 advantage in draw controls on the season. Katie Chase is at the forefront, grabbing 5.4 per game to own the No. 11 spot in the nation. The Buckeyes have tied or out-drawn their opponent in three of five 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.email@example.com).
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