No. 17 Ohio State Travels to Music City Sunday
Junior goalie Tori DeScenza
April 4, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 17th-ranked Ohio State women’s lacrosse team travels to Music City for an ALC contest with Vanderbilt at 2 p.m. ET (1 p.m. CT) Sunday at the Vanderbilt Lacrosse Complex. The Buckeyes are 9-4 on the season and are seeking their third league win of the year (2-1), while the Commodores are 4-7 overall and 1-1 in conference play.
- Heading to game No. 14 of the 2014 season, the Buckeyes have won seven out of their last eight games.
- Jackie Cifarelli (12g,34a), Katie Chase (37g, 3a), Kelsea Ayers, (16g, 9a) Mary Kate Facchina (18g, 3a), Kaila Gottlick (20g, 4a), Jennifer Porretto (17g, 6a), Cian Dabrowski (18g, 4a) are the leading point scorers heading to Nashville with Chase and Christine Easton holding a team-best draw controls with 42 and 33, respectively.
- Defensively, Taylor Donahue (8ct, 18gb), Heather Gravinese (7ct, 15gb), Easton (8ct, 11gb) and Tayler Kuzma (6ct, 15gb) have been the strongholds for Ohio State. Tori DeScenza has started all 13 games in goal with an 7.91 goals-against average and a .462 save percentage.
- DeScenza is second in the ALC in saves (86), third in saves per game (6.58) and fourth in goals-against average (7.91).
- 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. On the road, the Scarlet and Gray are 2-3.
- Cifarelli is second in the country and first in the American Lacrosse Conference (ALC) with 34 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 second in the conference standings with a 2-1 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 VANDERBILT
The Commodores have dropped five out of their last six games, but posted a 12-11 upset over No. 9 Johns Hopkins March 29 to claim their second win over a ranked opponent in 2014. Kelly Chandler scored four times and Mallory Schonk and Abby Wheeler each scored twice to give Hopkins its first loss of the year. Vanderbilt is fourth in the conference in draw controls (13.60), caused turnovers (8.10) and fifth in points (183). Schonk is fifth in the ALC in points with 35 (16g, 20a), while Wheeler has a team-best 29 goals on 32 points.
Multiple Buckeyes are on point streaks heading into the game vs. the Commodores:
- Katie Chase – 8 games (30 points)
- Jennifer Porretto – 5 games (8 points)
- Jackie Cifarelli – 4 games (16 points)
- Kelsea Ayers – 3 games (8 points)
- Cara Facchina – 3 games (5 points)
BUCKEYES DOMINATE MICHIGAN IN THE BIG HOUSE
Junior Kelsea Ayers tied her career high with five goals in a team-best six-point performance to help the Buckeyes defeat Michigan, 18-3, Wednesday under the lights at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor. The win marked the first victory over the Maize and Blue in the inaugural meeting between the Buckeyes and Wolverines. Senior Katie Chase added with four goals, while junior Jackie Cifarelli notched five assists to help fuel the offensive output production by a total of eight Buckeyes who found the back of net. Juniors Jennifer Porretto, Mary Kate Facchina and freshman Allie Ogilvie each had a pair of goals. Sophomores Christine Easton and Rainey Hodgson netted a score as well, while freshman Morgan Fee scored her first career goal.
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 37 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 30 points in her last eight games for the Scarlet and Gray. She is one point shy of 100-career points in her Ohio State career.
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 (46) and fourth in points per game (3.42). Cifarelli ranks first in assists (34) and assists per game (2.42). Senior Katie Chase is second in goals (37) and goals per game (3.00) and fourth in points (40) and points per game (3.27). Defensively, goalie Tori DeScenza is second in saves (86), fourth in goals-against average (7.91) and fifth in saves percentage (.462).
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 seven 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 22 points (18g, 4a) is a season best after collecting 10 points (8g, 2) in 15 games during her rookie campaign. Last time out, Dabrowski tallied a pair of assists in the win over Michigan.
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 47 assists in her Buckeye career. Facchina, a native of Glenwood, Md., has notched 12 points in nine contests this season. In 2013, Facchina tallied a season-best 53 points (27g, 26a), which was second-most on the team.
100 ASSISTS AND COUNTING
Junior attack Jackie Cifarelli, who leads the team with 46 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 assists an 12 of 13contests, including 10 games with multi-assists performances. Last time out, Cifarelli boasted five helpers in the win over Michigan.
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 44 of 48 games in her career, collecting 34 multi-point performances overall.
CIFARELLI CLIMBS CAREER POINTS LIST
With five assists against Michigan, Jackie Cifarelli is now tied for sixth in OSU career points record list with 169 points (56g, 113a). She passed former Buckeye Regina Oliver (2002-05) on the OSU record list and is one point shy of passing former Buckeye Tracey Bounds (2000-02) for sixth 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 37 goals, while Gottlick and Facchina are right behind with 20 goals each. Chase, a native of Woodbine, Md., has collected 91 goals in her career.
Mary Kate Facchina is having a solid season offensively through 13 games in her junior year. She is currently fifth on the squad with 23 points and is tied for second with 20 goals in 2014. The native of Woodbine,Md., Facchina is just three 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.
OWNING THE DRAW CONTROL
The Buckeyes own a 167-123 advantage in draw controls on the season. Katie Chase and Christine Easton are at the forefront, grabbing 42 and 33, respectively, this season. The Buckeyes have tied or out-drawn their opponent in nine of 13 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 13 games for the Buckeyes and is second in draw controls (33) and tied for first in caused turnovers (8).
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.
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