No. 12 Ohio State Readies for Two Road Contests

Go Buckeyes! Jackie Cifarelli is one of four players who will return to home state this weekend.
Go Buckeyes!
Jackie Cifarelli is one of four players who will return to home state this weekend.
Go Buckeyes!

March 17, 2012

Game 7: Ohio State at Canisius
Sunday, March 18 | 1 p.m.
Buffalo, N.Y. | Demske Sports Complex
Live Stats | Live Video

Game 8: Ohio State at St. Bonaventure
Monday, March 19 | 3 p.m.
St. Bonaventure, N.Y. | McGraw-Jennings Field

COLUMBUS, Ohio - After a four game homestand and a two-week break, the 12th-ranked Ohio State women’s lacrosse team returns to action this weekend with a pair of road contests at Canisius and St. Bonaventure. The Buckeyes (5-1) will meet the Golden Griffs at 1 p.m. Sunday in Buffalo, N.Y., before continuing on to St. Bonaventure, N.Y., to face the Bonnies at 3 p.m. Monday.

IN A NUTSHELL
The Buckeyes started the season 5-0 before dropping their first game of the season two weeks ago against Notre Dame. Alayna Markwordt, a candidate for the 2012 Tewaaraton Trophy, leads the teams with 31 points off 14 goals and a team-leading 17 assists, while Gabby Capuzzi is next with a team-high 17 goals and seven assists for 24 points. Capuzzi, a senior captain along with Markwordt and Kirsten Donahue, also leads the squad in draw controls (21), groundballs (16) and caused turnovers (15). Freshman goalie Tori DeScenza has started five of six games between the pipes, holding a .734 goals-against average and .508 save percentage.


 

 

LIVE ACTION
Live stats and video (subscription) will be available for the Canisius game Sunday, linked at the top of the article or through http://www.gogriffs.com. No live action is currently listed for the game Monday at St. Bonaventure.

SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS
Canisius is 2-4 on the season after dropping its fourth game in a row Tuesday to undefeated Cornell. Carly Quinn is the leading point scorer with 18 off nine goals and nine assists, while Megan Oosting is the team leader in goals (15g, 2a). Gina Molfetta has played the bulk of time in goal, tallying a 13.10 goals-against average and a .292 save percentage. The Buckeyes are 3-0 all-time vs. the Griffs after defeating them 23-7 a season ago.

St. Bonaventure is 2-0 on its young season, defeating Niagara and Detroit on the road. Monday will mark the home opener at McGraw-Jennings Field for the Bonnies and first-year head coach Ryan Lynn. Danielle Drabin (7g, 1a) and Erin Thomas (6g, 2a) each have a team-high eight points after two games, while nine total players have managed to find the back of the net. Ohio State is 6-0 in the all-time series with the Bonnies, including a 19-4 win during the 2011 season.

BEING SOCIAL
In addition to the official website of Ohio State athletics, OhioStateBuckeyes.com, the women’s lacrosse team can be followed through social media outlets Facebook (facebook.com/ohiostatewomenslacrosse) and Twitter (twitter.com/OhioState_WLAX).

LAST TIME OUT
The 10th-ranked Ohio State women's lacrosse team lost its first game of the 2012 season, falling to No. 14 Notre Dame 16-7 March 4 at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes dropped to 5-1 on the season, while the Irish improved to 3-0 on their campaign. Alayna Markwordt finished with a team-high three points off one goal and two assists, while Kirsten Donahue led the way with two goals.

UP NEXT
Following the pair of road games, Ohio State returns to Columbus to open the ALC season against sixth-ranked Florida at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 24 in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Gators are 7-2 on the season and will play Dartmouth mid-week before traveling to Ohio.