April 2, 2013
Ohio State (4-6, 0-2 ALC) vs. San Diego State (7-3, 2-1 MPSF)
Wednesday, April 3 | 7 p.m.
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium | Columbus, Ohio
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s lacrosse team will take on San Diego State at 7 p.m. Wednesday under the lights on Bert L. and Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
IN A NUTSHELL
- The Buckeyes sit at 4-6 on the season after a come-from-behind, overtime win against Hofstra last Saturday, while the Aztecs enter the game at 7-3 on the season. They defeated Detroit 14-6 Monday in a neutral site game here at JOMS.
- This is the second meeting all-time between Ohio State and San Diego State. The Buckeyes recorded a 19-4 victory in the 2012 season opener, the Aztecs’ first season as a varsity program.
- The Aztecs are coached by Ohio State alumnus and four-year letterwinner Kylee (Reade) White. White graduated in 2002 after helping the Buckeyes to an 11-5 mark, runner-up finish in ALC and Ohio State's first NCAA bid.
- Jackie Cifarelli (11g, 23a), Katie Chase (26g, 4a) and Cara Facchina (17g, 10a) are the leading point scorers after the midpoint of the season with Chase also holding a team-leading 43 draw controls.
- Cifarelli's assists and Chase’s draw controls both are second in the ALC and are 16th in the NCAA.
- Defensively, Taylor Donahue (13ct, 14gb) and Tayler Kuzma (15ct, 20gb) have been the strongholds for Ohio State. Tori DeScenza has started all 10 games in goal, playing the full 60 minutes in each of the last eight.
The Ohio State-San Diego State game will be streamed live on BTN.com with Neil Sika (play-by-play) and former Buckeye All-American Kimberly Lowe (expert analysis) on the call. It is expected to be replayed at 10 a.m. Thursday on BTN. BTN.com games are available to BuckeyeVision subscribers 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
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 – Wednesday 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.
SCOUTING THE AZTECS
The Aztecs (7-3, 2-1 MPSF) have won five of their last six games and are coming off a neutral-site win over Detroit, 14-6, on Monday at Ohio State’s JOMS. Against the Titans, Bailey Ewing led SDSU with three goals, while Michaela Jarvis finished with a goal and five assists. San Diego State entered the week fifth in the nation in scoring offense, averaging 15 goals per game, and is 17th in scoring defense, allowing 8.5 goals per game. Jarvis has 46 points (18g, 28a) and is joined by Ewing (28g, 10a) and Meris Walsh (23g, 1a) as the team’s offensive leaders. Sammy Slattery has played all 10 games in goal and has a 9.01 goals-against average.
SERIES HISTORY/LAST MEETING
This is the second meeting all-time between Ohio State and San Diego State. The then-No. 18 Buckeyes recorded a 19-4 victory in the 2012 season opener, the Aztecs’ first season as a varsity program, in Palo Alto, Calif., in a neutral site game at Stanford. Kirsten Donahue led the charge with four goals, while Alayna Markwordt and Gabby Capuzzi, along with Jackie Cifarelli, each added three. Goalies Caitlin Hester and Tori DeScenza split time between the pipes, each allowing a pair of goals and combining for six saves in their respective halves of work.
The game Wednesday will be in familiar territory for San Diego State head coach Kylee White. White, the former Kylee Reade, was a four-year letterwinner (1999-2002), graduating from Ohio State in 2002 . As a senior co-captain in 2002, she led the squad to an 11-5 mark, runner-up finish in the American Lacrosse Conference, and Ohio State's first NCAA bid. White returned to her alma mater as an assistant coach in 2008 following a stint at Stanford and preceding three seasons at Loyola(Md.) before taking the SDSU head coaching spot in June 2010.
HURRICANE SANDY RELIEF
In the Buckeyes’ game against Hofstra last Saturday, the team worked to raise money for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts by asking fans to donate a dime after each OSU score. Every cent of the monies collected will go towards the cause held close to the hearts of several Buckeye players, including Tori DeScenza who house in Sea Bright, N.J., was damaged in the super storm. In November, seven lacrosse team members – Kelsea Ayers, DeScenza, Taylor Donahue, Mary Kate Facchina, Jessica Hassett, Hallie Keselman and Jennifer Porretto – participated in storm cleanup efforts in Sea Bright.
LAST TIME OUT
Kaila Gottlick scored with 1:24 remaining in overtime to send Ohio State over Hofstra, 11-10, last Saturday. The Buckeyes (4-6) battled back from a five-goal deficit in the first half off the strength of Katie Chase's career-high, five-point (4g, 1a) performance. In Ohio State's first overtime contest of the season, Gottlick caused a turnover on the defensive end and took the ball coast-to-coast, finishing off the game-winning score with a rocket by the Pride goalie. The junior midfielder finished with two goals, along with Jennifer Poretto and Hallie Keselman, while Cara Facchina added the final tally to go along with an assist.
The Buckeyes are in the middle of a three-game homestand after knocking off Hofstra last weekend and before taking on Vanderbilt at noon Sunday, April 7, also scheduled for Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Commodores are 2-11 on the season and 0-3 in the ALC.
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).