No. 17 Ohio State Under the Lights at Michigan Stadium Wednesday
Junior Taylor Donahue
April 1, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – For the first time in school history, an Ohio State team will play under the lights at Michigan Stadium. The No. 17 Ohio State women’s lacrosse team travels to face Michigan at 7 p.m. Wednesday, in the first meeting between the two programs. The Buckeyes (8-4, 1-1 ALC) have won back-to-back contests against Oregon and William & Mary, while the Wolverines (1-8, 0-4 ALC) claimed their first win in school history last time out against UC Davis.
- Twelve games into the season, the Buckeyes are 8-4 overall and have won six out of their last seven games.
- Jackie Cifarelli (12g,29a), Katie Chase (33g, 3a), Kaila Gottlick (20g, 4a), Mary Kate Facchina (18g, 3a), Jennifer Poretto (15g, 6a), Cian Dabrowski (18g, 2a), Kelsea Ayers, (11g, 8a) are the leading point scorers heading into the eighth week of the 2014 campaign with Chase and Christine Easton holding a team-best draw controls with 38 and 32, respectively.
- Defensively, Taylor Donahue (6ct, 16gb), Heather Gravinese (7ct, 14gb), Easton (8ct, 11gb) and Tayler Kuzma (4ct, 12gb) have been the strongholds for Ohio State. Tori DeScenza has started all 12 games in goal with an 8.39 goals-against average and a .444 save percentage.
- DeScenza is second in the ALC in saves (79), third in saves per game (6.58) and fourth in goals-against average (8.39).
- The Buckeyes are 7-1 at home this season highlighted by an 11-10 upset victory over fourth-ranked Northwestern March 9 in Ohio Stadium.
- Cifarelli is second in the country and first in the American Lacrosse Conference (ALC) with 29 assists. She also is second in nation in assists per game (2.42).
- Ohio State went 6-2 in the month of March and currently tied for third in the conference standings with a 1-1 mark.
- The Buckeyes finished the 2013 campaign with an 8-10 record and a third-consecutive appearance in the ALC tournament semifinals.
A LOOK AT MICHIGAN
The Wolverines (1-8, 0-4 ALC) claimed their first win in school history after defeating UC Davis, 13-12, in double overtime last Sunday in Michigan Stadium. Freshman Anna Schueler put the game-winning goal away with 1:07 remaining in the second sudden-death period. Schueler leads the Wolverines with 23 points on 19 goals and four assists, while Tess Korten follows with 14 points on 11 goals and three assists. Michigan is guided by Jennifer Ulehla, who was an assistant coach at Florida from 2008-10, while also being the head coach at James Madison from 1994-2002.
Multiple Buckeyes are on point streaks heading into the game vs. the Wolverines
- Katie Chase – 7 games (26 points)
- Jennifer Porretto – 4 games (6 points)
- Jackie Cifarelli – 3 games (11 points)
LAST TIME OUT
A team game that saw eight Buckeyes post a point and a strong second-half performance helped the No. 18 Ohio State women’s lacrosse team to a 14-7 win over William & Mary (2-8) on a not-so spring like day at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium last Saturday. Leading the way offensively for the Buckeyes (8-4) in the non-conference matchup was junior Jackie Cifarelli with a game-high five points, while senior Katie Chase and freshman Allie Ogilvie each had three goals each vs. the Tribe.
Also scoring points for the Scarlet and Gray were sophomores Cian Dabrowski (2g, 1a) and Olivia DiCarlantonio (2g) and juniors Jennifer Porretto (1g, 1a), Kelsea Ayers (1a) and Mary Kate Facchina (1g). It was a memorable afternoon for Ogilvie and DiCarlantonio, who each collected first-collegiate scores for the Buckeyes during the team’s second-half push vs. the Tribe.
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, March 26 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.
Chase, who leads the team with 33 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.
Chase has been one of the top scorers in the country in the past three weeks, collecting 26 points in her last seven games for the Scarlet and Gray.
SEVERAL BUCKEYES RANK IN TOP TEN IN CONFERENCE STATS
Several Buckeyes rank in the Top Ten of the American Lacrosse Conference in individual statistics. Jackie Cifarelli earned the No. 3 spot in the conference in points (41) and fourth in points per game (3.42). Cifarelli ranks first in assists (29) and assists per game (2.42). Senior Katie Chase is second in goals (33) and goals per game (3.00) and fourth in points (35) and points per game (3.27). Defensively, goalie Tori DeScenza is second in saves (79), fourth in goals-against average (8.39) and fifth in saves percentage (.444).
DABROWSKI ON THE ATTACK
Sophomore Cian Dabrowski had a strong month of March for the Buckeyes, scoring 14 of her 18 goals in the last six games. The native of Amaranth, Ontario Canada, boasted a career-high five points on four goals and an assist in the 13-5 win over High Point March 10 at Ohio Stadium. She has collected at least three points in four of the last seven contests – the first time she’s accomplish such feat in her OSU career. Dabrowkski’s 20 points (18g, 2a) is already a season best after collecting 10 points (8g, 2) in 15 games during her rookie campaign. Last time out, Dabrowski scored a pair of goals and an assist in the win over William & Mary.
Cara Facchina HITS 100-POINT MARK
With two assists against Florida March 22, senior attack Cara Facchina hit the 100 career-point mark. She currently has tallied 57 goals and 45 assists in her Buckeye career. Facchina, a native of Glenwood, Md., has notched 10 points in eight contests this season. In 2013, Facchina tallied a season-best 53 points (27g, 26a), which was second-most on the team.
CIFARELLI HITS THE 100-CAREER ASSISTS MARK
Junior attack Jackie Cifarelli, who leads the team with 41 points in 2014, posted a pair of assists in the OT win over Northwestern March 9 to cap the 100-career assists total, becoming the fourth Buckeye in OSU history to do so. Following another helper in the win over High Point March 10, Cifarelli passed former Buckeye Kelly Haggerty for third on the OSU all-time list. In 2014, she’s collected an 11 of 12 contests, including nine games with multi-assists performances. Last time out, Cifarelli boasted three helpers vs. the Tribe.
Her six-assist performance against Winthrop Feb. 9 was the third time she has done so in her career and is just the fourth different Buckeye in program history to accomplish the feat.
OHIO STATE UPSETS NO. 4 NORTHWESTERN IN OT
Led by a season-high 13 saves by junior goalie Tori DeScenza and four goals by senior Katie Chase, the Buckeyes posted an 11-10 upset overtime victory against then-No. 4 Northwestern March 9 at Ohio Stadium. The ranked win marked the first victory against Northwestern since the 2003 campaign.
Sophomore midfielder Cian Dabrowski, who scored three goals vs. the Wildcats, tallied the eventual gamewinner in overtime when she found the back of the net at 5:06 on an unassisted score after blasting a shot into the top right of the net. Defensively, DeScenza looked stronger and stronger in front of goal after every shot she denied, collecting nine saves in the second half and three in the overtime period. She collected back-to-back saves at 3:46 and 3:12, respectively, in the overtime session following a free position shot before collecting her last stop of the contest with 2:07 remaining on the Wildcat's 10th free position shot overall (2-of-10).
DESCENZA RECOGNIZED BY ALC
Tori DeScenza earned her first American Lacrosse Conference weekly honor of her career after being named ALC Defensive Player of the Week last March 11. The native of Sea Bright, N.J., DeScenza helped lead the Buckeyes to wins over Louisville and Northwestern March 9 at Ohio Stadium. DeScenza, a 2012 ALC second team honoree, notched three groundballs and five saves in the win vs. the Cardinals, while collecting a season-high 13 saves with two groundballs in the upset win over the Wildcats.
Jackie Cifarelli is among the 50 collegiate players named to the Tewaaraton Trophy Watch List, released March 3 by the Tewaaraton Foundation. The list includes the top players across all three divisions of NCAA lacrosse and highlight the early contenders for the 2014 Tewaaraton Award. Cifarelli is first on the team in points with 33 (9g, 24a). Cifarelli has collected points in 43 of 47 games in her career, collecting 33 multi-point performances overall.
CIFARELLI CLIMBS CAREER POINTS LIST
With five points against Florida, Jackie Cifarelli is now eighth on the all-time OSU list with 164 career points (56g, 108a). She passed former Buckeye Shannon Wilson (2000-03) on the OSU record list and is two points shy of tying former Buckeye Regina Oliver (2002-05) for seventh all-time.
TOP GOAL SCORERS
Seniors Katie Chase, Kaila Gottlick and Mary Kate Facchina and are the leading goal scorers in the early part of the season. Chase has a team-best 33 goals, while Gottlick and Facchina are right behind with 20 and 18, respectively. Chase, a native of Woodbine, Md., has collected 87 goals in her career.
Mary Kate Facchina is having a solid season offensively through 12 games in her junior year. She is currently fourth on the squad with 21 points and third with 18 goals in 2014. The native of Woodbine,Md., Facchina is just five points of tying her season-high set last year with 26 points (26g, 0a). She tied her career high with five points in the win over Winthrop Feb. 9 and also collected her first-career assist at Canisius March 1.
DRAW CONTROL LEADERS
The Buckeyes own a 154-113 advantage in draw controls on the season. Katie Chase and Christine Easton are at the forefront, grabbing 38 and 32, respectively, this season. The Buckeyes have tied or out-drawn their opponent in eight of 12 games this season.
ALC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Christine Easton, a sophomore midfielder, was named American Lacrosse Conference Defensive Player of the Week, the conference office announced Feb. 17. The recognition is the first weekly honor of her career.
The native of Eden Prairie, Minn., posted three groundballs and two draw controls, while causing a team-best three turnovers in the 11-9 loss at No. 14 Stanford Feb. 15 in California. Easton has started in all nine games for the Buckeyes and is second in groundballs and has seven caused turnovers in her second season at Ohio State.
THREE BUCKEYES NAMED TO ALC PREASEASON WATCH LIST
Katie Chase, Jackie Cifarelli and Tayler Kuzma were each named to the ALC Preseason Watch List, the conference office announced Wednesday. Along with Penn State, the Buckeyes collected most selections in the conference. Ohio State, which received votes in the IWLCA coaches’ poll this week, was tabbed fifth in the preseason conference poll.
NEW TO THE STAFF
Gabby Capuzzi, a former All-American on the Ohio State women's lacrosse team, was named an assistant coach, Buckeye head coach Alexis Venechanos announced in August. Capuzzi wrapped up her career in 2012 as one of the most successful midfielders in program history and spent last season as a volunteer assistant.
In addition, Nora Boerger was hired as a coordinator of performance analysis, while Emily Boerger will serve as a volunteer assistant coach. The twin sisters wrapped up playing careers at Division II Urbana last season and are familiar with the Buckeye program through working several camps.
Ohio State has six games scheduled against teams ranked in the Top 20 of the IWLCA preseason poll. No. 4 Northwestern, No. 5 Florida and No. 7 Penn State account for the three conference matchups with an additional three on tap vs. No. 11 Notre Dame, No. 14 Stanford and No. 20 Boston College. Northwestern is the next ranked opponent in the Buckeyes’ first conference matchup of the 2014 season, March 9, in Columbus.
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.