March 14, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 20 Ohio State women’s lacrosse team travels for a non-conference contest at Noon Saturday at Hofstra in Hempstead, N.Y. The Buckeyes (5-3) have won three-consecutive games, while the Pride (5-2) hosts its fifth home contest after capturing a pair of victories last week. 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.
BUCKEYES IN A NUTSHELL
- Ohio State is 5-3 this season after three-consecutive contests at home last week, including an 11-10 upset OT win over Northwestern March 9 at Ohio Stadium.
- Jackie Cifarelli (8g,22a), Katie Chase (17g, 2a), Kaila Gottlick (15g, 3a), Mary Kate Facchina (14g, 3a), Cian Dabrowski (14g, 1a), Jennifer Porretto (12g, 3a) and Kelsea Ayers, (9g, 5a) and are the leading point scorers in the early goings of the season with Christine Easton holding a team-leading 23 draw controls.
- Defensively, Easton (7ct, 10gb), Heather Gravinese (7ct, 8gb) and Taylor Donahue (4ct, 10gb) have been the strongholds for Ohio State. Tori DeScenza has started all eight games in goal with an 8.44 goals-against average and a .421 save percentage.Cifarelli is second in the country and first in the American Lacrosse Conference (ALC) with 22 assists. She also is first in the ALC in assists per game (3.00).
- In the win vs. High Point, Dabrowski had a career-high five points (4g, 1a) in the 13-5 win March 10 at the ‘Shoe.
- Ohio State will return home next week for a three-game homestand at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, hosting No. 4 Florida at 1 p.m. ET March 22 in Columbus.
- The Buckeyes finished the 2013 campaign with an 8-10 record and a third-consecutive appearance in the ALC tournament semifinals.
The Pride hold a 5-2 record, going 3-1 at home in 2014. Last time out, Hofstra defeated Quinnipiac, 13-7, on the road March 9 in Hamden, Conn. The Pride also has wins over Fairfield, Colgate, Central Connecticut State and Marist this season. Offensively, Brittain Altomare leads the team with 16 goals and 14 assists for 30 points (ranks third in CAA), while also guiding the Pride on draw controls with 19. Junior defender April Lannetta has notched 32 draw controls, 10 groundballs and eight caused turnovers. In goal, Kelsey Gregerson is 5-2 with a 7.34 goals-against average and a .500 save percentage.
BUCKEYES VS. PRIDE
Ohio State leads the series, 2-0, vs. the Pride. Last year, the Buckeyes won in overtime, 11-10, in Columbus following a gamewinning goal by Kaila Gottlick with 1:24 remaining in the extra period. The Buckeyes battled back from a five-goal deficit in the first half off the strength of Katie Chase's career-high, five-point (4g, 1a) performance. In 2012, the Scarlet and Gray won, 15-9, in Hempstead, N.Y., led by a four-point game by Jackie Cifarelli.
OHIO STATE UPSETS NO. 4 NORTHWESTERN IN OT
Led by a season-high 13 saves by junior goalie Tori DeScenza and four goals by senior Katie Chase, the Buckeyes posted an 11-10 upset overtime victory against then-No. 4 Northwestern March 9 at Ohio Stadium. The ranked win marked the first victory against Northwestern since the 2003 campaign.
Sophomore midfielder Cian Dabrowski, who scored three goals vs. the Wildcats, tallied the eventual gamewinner in overtime when she found the back of the net at 5:06 on an unassisted score after blasting a shot into the top right of the net. Defensively, DeScenza looked stronger and stronger in front of goal after every shot she denied, collecting nine saves in the second half and three in the overtime period. She collected back-to-back saves at 3:46 and 3:12, respectively, in the overtime session following a free position shot before collecting her last stop of the contest with 2:07 remaining on the Wildcat's 10th free position shot overall (2-of-10).
DABROWSKI ON THE ATTACK
Sophomore Cian Dabrowski has been strong on the attack recently for the Buckeyes, scoring 10 of her 14 goals in the last three games. Last time out, the native of Amaranth, Ontario Canada, boasted a career-high five points on four goals and an assist in the 13-5 win over High Point at Ohio Stadium. She has collected at least three points in the last three contests – the first time she’s accomplish such feat in her OSU career. Dabrowkski’s 15 points (14g, 1a) is already a season best after collecting 10 points (8g, 2) in 15 games during her rookie campaign.
CIFARELLI HITS THE 100-CAREER ASSISTS MARK
Junior attack Jackie Cifarelli, who leads the team with 30 points in 2014, posted a pair of assists in the OT win over Northwestern March 9 to cap the 100-career assists total, becoming the fourth Buckeye in OSU history to do so. Following another helper in the win over High Point March 10, Cifarelli passed former Buckeye Kelly Haggerty for third on the OSU all-time list. In 2014, she’s collected an assist in all eight games this year, including six contests with multi-assists performances
Her six-assist performance against Winthrop Feb. 9 was the third time she has done so in her career and is just the fourth different Buckeye in program history to accomplish the feat.
DESCENZA RECOGNIZED BY ALC
Tori DeScenza earned her first American Lacrosse Conference weekly honor of her career after being named ALC Defensive Player of the Week last Tuesday. The native of Sea Bright, N.J., DeScenza helped lead the Buckeyes to wins over Louisville and Northwestern last week at Ohio Stadium. DeScenza, a 2012 ALC second team honoree, notched three groundballs and five saves in the win vs. the Cardinals, while collecting a season-high 13 saves with two groundballs in the upset win over the Wildcats.
Jackie Cifarelli is among the 50 collegiate players named to the Tewaaraton Trophy Watch List, released March 3 by the Tewaaraton Foundation. The list includes the top players across all three divisions of NCAA lacrosse and highlight the early contenders for the 2014 Tewaaraton Award. Cifarelli is first on the team in points with 30 (8g, 22a). Cifarelli has collected points in 40 of 43 games in her career, collecting 30 multi-point performances overall.
CIFARELLI CLIMBS CAREER POINTS LIST
With her assist last time out against the Panthers, Cifarelli is ninth on the all-time OSU list with 153 career points (52g, 101a). She is one points shy of tying Shannon Wilson (2000-03) for eighth in the record book.
SEVERAL BUCKEYES RANK IN TOP TEN IN CONFERENCE STATS
Several Buckeyes rank in the Top Ten of the American Lacrosse Conference in individual statistics. Jackie Cifarelli earned the No. 4 spot in the conference in points (30) and points per game (3.71). Cifarelli ranks first in assists (22) and assists per game (3.00). Senior Katie Chase is seventh in goals (17), fourth in goals per game (2.50) and tenth in points per game (2.67). Defensively, goalie Tori DeScenza is first in saves (48), third in goals-against average (8.44) and fourth in saves percentage (.500).
TOP GOAL SCORERS
Seniors Katie Chase and Kaila Gottlick and are the leading goal scorers in the early part of the season. Chase has a team-best 17 goals, while Gottlick is right behind with 15. Chase, a native of Woodbine, Md., has collected 71 goals in her career.
WIN, LOSE OR DRAW CONTROL
The Buckeyes own a 112-69 advantage in draw controls on the season. Christine Easton and Katie Chase are at the forefront, grabbing 23 and 22, respectively, this season. The Buckeyes have tied or out-drawn their opponent in six of eight games this season.
ALC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
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.
THREE BUCKEYES NAMED TO ALC PREASEASON WATCH LIST
Katie Chase, Jackie Cifarelli 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.
NEW TO THE STAFF
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.