No. 14 Ohio State Heads East, Takes on Hofstra and No. 1 Northwestern
March 28, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 14-ranked Ohio State women’s lacrosse team will take on Hofstra and No. 1 Northwestern this week. The Buckeyes travel to Hempstead, N.Y., to face the Pride at 4 p.m Thursday before continuing on to Foxborough, Mass., for a neutral site contest vs. the undefeated Wildcats in Gillette Stadium at 3 p.m. Saturday. The latter is part of a doubleheader with No. 2 Syracuse and Harvard, who will take the field at noon. Tickets for the first women’s lacrosse event at Gillette Stadium, home of the three-time Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, can be purchased through Ticketmaster or at the gate the day of the game.
IN A NUTSHELL
SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS
Hofstra: The Pride is 2-7 on the season after dropping each of its last five games, including two last week to Denver (8-5) Friday and California (15-11) Sunday. Jill Maier and Maryann Miller are tied for the team lead in scoring with 15 points this season with Maier holding 14 goals and one assist and Miller tallying 10 goals and five assists. Series history: This is the first meeting between Ohio State and Hofstra.
Northwestern: The Wildcats are undefeated through nine games, including five victories over Top 20 opponents. Shannon Smith is leading the scoring charge with 32 goals and 11 assists for the NU scoring offense which is second in the ALC and fourth in the nation. As a team, the Wildcats average 16 goals per game, while allowing a national-low 6.33 per game. Brianne LoManto leads the NCAA with a 5.7 goals-against average and is ninth in save percentage at .511. Series history: Northwestern holds an 8-2 advantage in the all-time series, winning each of the last eight meetings. Ohio State last defeated the Wildcats during the 2002 and 2003 seasons.
Playing for Venechanos her first two seasons, Finch was a four-time national champion with the Wildcats (2005-08) and was named the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Defensive Player of the Year and an All-America selection in 2007 and 2008. As a senior, Finch led the nation in caused turnovers with 70 and was honored as a Tewaaraton Trophy finalist, Defender of the Year by Inside Lacrosse, Womenslacrosse.com and WomensLax.com.
Gillette Stadium will be a familiar venue for assistant coach Amanda Belichick, daughter of New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick. Prior to leading coaching in various roles in the NFL since 1975, the Belichick patriarch played lacrosse at Wesleyan in the early 1970s.
LAST TIME OUT