March 20, 2013
Ohio State (3-4) at No. 2 Florida (12-0)
Saturday, March 23 | 1 p.m.
Donald R. Dizney Stadium | Gainesville, Fla.
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s lacrosse team will travel to second-ranked and undefeated Florida to open its ALC season at 1 p.m. Saturday at Donald R. Dizney Stadium in Gainesville, Fla. The Buckeyes are in their 12th season as a charter member of the American Lacrosse Conference and open their conference slate with the Gators for the third year in a row.
The game between Ohio State and Florida can be followed via live video or audio through GatorVision for a fee. 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).
IN A NUTSHELL
ALC AT A GLANCE
- The Buckeyes are coming off a loss to Boston University last weekend and sit at 3-4 on the season.
- The 2013 campaign marks the 12th season in the American Lacrosse Conference for Ohio State, who has one ALC title to its credit (2003).
- Jackie Cifarelli (9g, 21a), Cara Facchina (14g, 9a) and Katie Chase (18g, 1a) are the leading point scorers near the midpoint of the season with Chase also holding a team-leading 37 draw controls.
- Cifarelli’s assists top the ALC and are fifth in the NCAA, while Chase’s draw controls are second in the league and ninth in the nation.
- Defensively, Taylor Donahue (11ct, 12gb) and Tayler Kuzma (11ct, 13gb) have been the strongholds for Ohio State. Tori DeScenza has started all seven games in goal, playing the full 60 minutes in each of the last five.
With three conference games in the books around the league, Northwestern is atop the charts with a 2-0 mark. Penn State also has a win to its credit. Ohio State and Florida are the final two teams to start play, while Johns Hopkins (0-1) and Vanderbilt (0-2) are seeking their first wins. Florida (No. 2), Northwestern (No. 4), Penn State (No. 11) and Johns Hopkins (No. 12) are all ranked in the IWLCA Top 20. The ALC is in its 12th season of existence and has had an automotive bid to the NCAA Tournament since 2004.
The Gators are 12-0 on the season, wrapping up their non-conference schedule with a 22-1 win over Stetson Tuesday in Gainesville in which 18 of 22 goals were scored by bench players. Despite the large scoring output the last time out, defense has been the mainstay this season. At 6.09 goals per game, Florida’s scoring defense tops the ALC and was fourth in the nation to start the week. The offense, which is rated fourth in the ALC and 12th in the NCAA, is led by Shannon Gilroy Kitty Cullen with their 29 and 26 goals, respectively. UF’s goalie Mikey Meagher had a 5.74 goals-against average and .527 save percentage to start the week, marks which both top the conference charts and rank in the Top 3 in the national ranks.
SERIES HISTORY/ LAST TIME VS. THE GATORS
Florida holds a 4-1 advantage in the series, dating back to the 2010 season. In the last meeting, Ohio State pulled even with third-ranked and top-seed Florida midway through the second half before eventually dropping a 5-4 decision in the ALC Tournament semifinals May 4 at Dizney Stadium in Gainesville, Fla. Tori DeScenza was brilliant between the pipes, stopping 15 shots, including four on free-position opportunities, to finish one off her career high. Offensively, Alayna Markwordt scored the first three of Ohio State's four goals, while Gabby Capuzzi added the fourth which pulled the Buckeyes within one in the final seconds of the game.
Ohio State is leading the ALC in team groundballs (19.9 per game) and caused turnovers (10.48 per game), also coming in among the Top 10 in Division I in both categories. Katie Chase and Jackie Cifarelli are among the top NCAA performers in draw controls and assists, respectively. Chase averages 5.3 draws per game to own ninth place nationally at the start of the week, while Cifarelli’s 3.0 assists per game are fifth in the nation and first in the ALC.
LAST TIME OUT
The 15th-ranked Buckeyes dropped a 16-11 decision to Boston University March 16 at Nickerson Field in Boston, Mass. Jackie Cifarelli led the charge with five points off three goals and two assists and four others added a pair of goals apiece, but Ohio State was never able to gain momentum on the Terriers. Led by an eight-goal, four-assist performance by Danielle Etrasco, BU used a pair of 5-0 runs in each half to keep the game out of reach
Ohio State continues ALC play with fourth-ranked Northwestern at 6:30 p.m. ET at Lakeside Field in Evanston in the first of three BTN-televised contests this season. Mike Wolf and Kara Kentz will call the conference showdown live on BTN. The Wildcats are 7-1 on the season, up 2-0 in the ALC race and off until they host the Buckeyes next week. The next home game is 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.).
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/ohiostate_wlax). 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).