No. 18 Buckeyes Face William & Mary Saturday
Junior Jackie Cifarelli is first on the team with 26 assists
March 28, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 18 Ohio State women’s lacrosse team concludes a three-game homestand, hosting William & Mary at Noon Saturday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes (7-4) have won five of their last six contests, including a 13-9 win last time out against Oregon on Wednesday. Ohio State is 6-1 in Columbus in 2014. 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.
IN A NUTSHELL
- Eleven games into the season, the Buckeyes are 7-4 overall and hold a 1-1 mark in ALC action.
- As a team, Ohio State is 21st in the country in points (164) and scoring defense (8.60).
- Jackie Cifarelli (10g,26a), Katie Chase (30g, 3a), Kaila Gottlick (20g, 4a), Mary Kate Facchina (17g, 3a), Jennifer Poretto (14g, 5a), Kelsea Ayers, (11g, 7a) and Cian Dabrowski (16g, 1a) are the leading point scorers in the seventh week of the 2014 campaign with Chase and Christine Easton holding a team-best draw controls with 35 and 29, respectively.
- Defensively, Easton (7ct, 11gb), Taylor Donahue (6ct, 15gb), Heather Gravinese (7ct, 9gb) and Tayler Kuzma (3ct, 11gb) have been the strongholds for Ohio State. Tori DeScenza has started all 11 games in goal with an 8.51 goals-against average and a .456 save percentage.
- Last time out, Katie Chase led the Buckeyes to a 13-9 win posting a career-high eight points on seven goals and an assist.
- The Buckeyes are 6-1 at home this season highlighted by an 11-10 upset victory over fourth-ranked Northwestern March 9 in Ohio Stadium.
SCOUTING WILLIAM & MARY
The Tribe is 2-7 overall heading into the contest vs. the Buckeyes, earning victories over Coastal Carolina and Longwood. Senior Taelor Salmon currently leads W&M with 19 points (16g, 3a), while junior Alexi Farmakis (9g, 4a) has 13 points followed by junior Ellen Shaffrey (9g, 3a) and classmate Kaleigh Noon (8g, 4a) with 12 points each. Shaffrey has also recorded a team-leading 27 draw controls, while senior Hannah Clarke leads the squad in ground balls (20) and caused turnovers (15). As a team, W&M currently ranks 21st nationally in caused turnovers per game (9.63).
CAREER PERFORMANCE FOR Katie Chase
Led by senior attack Katie Chase, the Buckeyes won their sixth home contest of 2014 after defeating Oregon, 13-9, Wednesday afternoon at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Chase, a native of Woodbine, Md., tallied a career-high eight points on seven goals (career-high) and one assist to help the Buckeyes improve to 7-4 overall and 6-1 at home this year.
Chase, who leads the team with 30 goals, collected three goals in the first half and erupted for four scores in the second stanza as the Scarlet and Gray extended their lead to as much as six goals in the final seven minutes of the contest to help seal the win in the first meeting between the Buckeyes and Ducks. The seven-goal performance for Chase tied for second on the OSU single-game goals list – one shy of tying the Buckeye record held by Kelly Haggerty, who scored eight goals vs. California during the 2009 season.
Multiple Buckeyes are on point streaks heading into the game vs. the Tribe:
Kaila Gottlick – 11 games (24 points)
Katie Chase – 6 games (23 points)
Cara Facchina – 3 games (6 points)
Jennifer Porretto – 3 games (4 points)
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/ohiostatewlax). In addition, make sure to bookmark - http://go.osu.edu/wlax_gameday - for information in advance of each of the Buckeyes’ games this season.
Ohio State heads back to conference play next week, traveling to play the Wolverines under the lights at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Michigan Stadium.
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