Buckeyes after cleaning up debris in Sea Bright, N.J.
March 29, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - After three-consecutive road games, the Ohio State women's lacrosse team will return to Columbus to take on Hofstra at 11 a.m. Saturday on Bert L. and Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The game will serve as a fundraiser for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts with fans being asked to Donate a Dime for each Buckeye score.
The game between the Buckeyes and Pride will be streamed live through the BuckeyeVision subscription package on OhioStateBuckeyes.com. 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
- The Buckeyes sit at 3-6 on the season after a tough one-goal loss at Northwestern, 9-8, while the Pride enter the game with a 6-3 record and wins in each of the last two games.
- This is the second meeting all-time between Ohio State and Hofstra.
- Jackie Cifarelli (11g, 23a), Katie Chase (22g, 3a) and Cara Facchina (16g, 9a) are the leading point scorers after the midpoint of the season with Chase also holding a team-leading 42 draw controls.
- Cifarelli's assists top the ALC and are eighth in the NCAA, while Chase's draw controls are second in the league and 11th in the nation.
- Defensively, Taylor Donahue (12ct, 13gb) and Tayler Kuzma (15ct, 18gb) have been the strongholds for Ohio State. Tori DeScenza has started all nine games in goal, playing the full 60 minutes in each of the last seven.
DONATE A DIME
During the game Saturday, the team will work to raise money for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, a cause close to the hearts of many OSU players from the Northeast, especially Tori DeScenza whose hometown of Sea Bright, N.J., was estimated to have some 1,028 homes damaged. Fans are encouraged to "Donate a Dime" after each Buckeye goal with 100 percent of the proceeds going to an organization dedicated to hurricane relief efforts. Players and coaches also are wearing black armbands in honor of their friends, families and neighbors in affected areas. In November, seven players - Kelsea Ayers, Tori DeScenza, Taylor Donahue, Mary Kate Facchina, Jessica Hassett, Hallie Keselman and Jennifer Porretto - participated in storm cleanup efforts in Sea Bright.
SCOUTING THE PRIDE
Hofstra enters the game Saturday with wins in each of its last two games. The Pride started the season with a 4-0 record, tying the best start in program history, before going on a three-game losing skid and rebounding with two wins in a row. Brittain Altomaire leads the team with 35 points off 17 goals and 18 assists, while three of her teammates also have double-digit points. With 20 caused turnovers, April Iannetta leads the squad and is 11th in the NCAA, helping Hofstra to a 12th-place ranking in the stat category as a team. The Pride is steered by first-year head coach Shannon Smith, who was a three-time All-American at Northwestern.
SERIES HISTORY/LAST MEETING
The teams have met just once with Ohio State capturing a 15-9 win on the road last season. Alayna Markwordt led all players with six points (4g, 2a). Among returning players, Jackie Cifarelli (3g, 1a), Cara Facchina (1g, 2a) and Katie Chase (1g, 1a) each had multi-point games. Caitlin Hester was between the pipes for Ohio State, tallying a team-best five groundballs to go with five saves.
As of the start of the week, Ohio State is second in the ALC in team groundballs (18.8 per game) and caused turnovers (9.5 per game), also coming in among the Top 20 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 4.9 draws per game to own 11th place nationally and second in the ALC at the start of the week, while Cifarelli's 2.9 assists per game are eighth in the nation and first in the ALC.
Starting Saturday, the Buckeyes have each of their next three games at home, taking on Hofstra, San Diego State (7 p.m., April 3) and Vanderbilt (Noon, April 7), all scheduled for Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Additionally, they will host San Diego State and Detroit in a neutral site game in JOMS beginning at 4 p.m. Monday.
BIG GAMES, SMALL SCREEN
The Buckeyes will make at least three appearances on BTN this season in a trio of televised American Lacrosse Conference matchups, beginning with their game last Wednesday at Northwestern. The Buckeyes also will appear on the national network April 7 against Vanderbilt in Columbus and April 14 at Penn State. The three live regular-season broadcasts are the most for Ohio State since the network was launched in 2007.
Additionally, two home games - April 3 vs. San Diego State and April 28 against Johns Hopkins - will be streamed on BTN.com with the opportunity to be shown on the linear network at a later date. The BTN.com broadcasts will be available to subscribers of the Buckeye Vision package on OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
LAST TIME OUT
Ohio State was edged by No. 4 Northwestern, 9-8, Wednesday evening at Lakeside Field in Evanston, Ill., in a BTN-televised contest. The Buckeyes led by as many as three goals in the first half and did not trail for over 54 minutes of game action before Northwestern finished off a 4-1 second-half run for the win. Kelsea Ayers (2g, 1) and Katie Chase (1g, 2a) each had a team-high three points in the game, while Cara Facchina and Mary Kate Facchina added two goals apiece. Tori DeScenza made eight saves, including six in the first half.
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).