March 22, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The 12th-ranked Ohio State women's lacrosse team will open its ALC season against fifth-ranked Florida at 1 p.m. Saturday in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes are 7-1 on the season, coming off a pair of road wins against Canisius and St. Bonaventure last weekend, while the Gators are 9-2 following a win over No. 10 Dartmouth Tuesday. Admission to game against Florida, and to all Ohio State's regular-season home games, is free.
IN A NUTSHELL
Ohio State started off the season 5-0, its best start since the 2002 season, before dropping its first game of the year to undefeated Notre Dame March 4., but after two off weeks, the Buckeyes returned to action with a pair of resounding wins last weekend in New York. Alayna Markwordt leads the team with 49 points (22g, 27a), while Jackie Cifarelli (17g, 16a) and Gabby Capuzzi (23g, 8a) are second and third with 33 and 31 points, respectively. Capuzzi leads the team in draw controls (30), caused turnovers (22) and groundballs (21). Freshman goalie Tori DeScenza has made seven of eight starts and has an 8.03 goals-against average and .490 save percentage.
For fans unable to make the game, it will be streamed through the Buckeye Vision subscription service on OhioStateBuckeyes.com. Scarlet and Gray Sports Radio will provide the audio on the webcast, in addition to providing an audio-only feed at OhioStateSports.net. S&G Radio's Sam Obermeyer will provide play-by-play for the game Saturday, with former OSU All-American Kimberly Lowe adding expert analysis. Live stats will be linked from the front page and women's lacrosse schedule page on OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
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).
Saturday will mark the Buckeyes' Go Pink game of the season. The first 100 fans will receive pink sweatbands, while the team will also don pink accessories, all in an effort to continue Ohio State's effort to increase breast cancer awareness.
Following the Buckeyes' next home game against Penn State April 15, there will be a postgame skills clinic for girls in eighth grade or below. Registration is online and limited to the first 50 participants at http://go.osu.edu/wlaxskillsclinic.
LAST TIME OUT
Paced by Alayna Markwordt's nine points, the No. 12 Ohio State women's lacrosse team downed St. Bonaventure 15-8 Monday afternoon at McGraw-Jennings Field in St. Bonaventure, N.Y. Eight Buckeyes scored in the win, as the team improved to 7-1 on the season, while handing the Bonnies their first loss of the year at 2-1. The nine points tied Markwordt's season high for the second game in a row as she increased her team-leading point total to 49 (22g, 27a). St. Bonaventure led twice early in the first half and stayed within one for much of the opening period before an eight-goal OSU scoring barrage gave the Buckeyes the momentum and a lead they would not give up.
The Buckeyes will head east for two games, taking on Hofstra on Long Island at 4 p.m. Thursday before going on to face Northwestern in a neutral site game at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., Saturday, March 31 as part of a women's lacrosse doubleheader with Harvard and Syracuse. The Crimson and Orange will take the field at noon with Ohio State and Northwestern at approximately 2 p.m. Tickets are good for both games and can be purchased through Ticketmaster or at the gate the day of the game.
Humphrey Highlights | Mackenzie Maring