April 5, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s lacrosse team looks for its third win in a row as it takes on Vanderbilt at noon Sunday on Bert L. and Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in a nationally-televised ALC showdown on BTN. Both teams are looking for their first conference win of the year with the Buckeyes sitting at 5-6 overall and the Commodores holding a 2-11 record.
- The game vs. Vanderbilt will be televised live by BTN, with Dan Kelly and Kara Lentz on the call. Visit btn.com/about/btn-channelfinder to find the channel on a specific cable system.
- Game tracker live stats for the matchup between the Buckeyes and Commodores will be available on OhioStateBuckeyes.com. Updates will be available on the women's lacrosse Twitter feed: @OhioState_WLAX.
- 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).
Ohio State will welcome back members of the 2003 ALC Championship team for the game Sunday, who celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the program’s first conference title and NCAA tournament victory. The 2003 edition of the Buckeyes won a program-record 14 games en route to the ALC title and NCAA quarterfinals after upsetting fourth-seeded Duke. They also swept the conference’s major awards with ALC Player of the Year (Regina Oliver), Goalie of the Year (Erin Forquer), Rookie of the Year (KC Carter) and Coach of the Year (Sue Stimmel) honors.
Sunday also is the Buckeye women’s lacrosse program’s centennial game as the Ohio State Department of Athletics is celebrating its 100th year as a department and membership in the Big Ten Conference. Throughout the season for all sports, fans can log on to OhioStateBuckeyes.com/100 to learn more about the history of the Ohio State Athletics Department, including timelines, by the numbers, video and historical images from the past 100 years.
IN A NUTSHELL
- The Buckeyes sit at 5-6 on the season after downing San Diego State, 19-11, Wednesday night and 0-2 in the ALC. The Commodores are 2-11 on the season and also looking for their first conference win at 0-3.
- Jackie Cifarelli (13g, 26a), Katie Chase (30g, 4a) and Cara Facchina (19g, 12a) are the leading point scorers after the midpoint of the season with Chase also holding a team-leading 47 draw controls.
- Cifarelli's assists and Chase’s draw controls both were second in the ALC and are 16th in the NCAA at the start of the week.
- Defensively, Tayler Kuzma (15ct, 24gb) and Taylor Donahue (13ct, 14gb) have been the strongholds for Ohio State. Tori DeScenza has started all 11 games in goal, playing the full 60 minutes in each of the last nine.
BUCKEYES GO PINK
In Ohio State’s continued effort to draw attention to breast cancer awareness, the Buckeyes will be going pink in their game against Vanderbilt Sunday. Players will wear pink armbands and the first 200 fans will get a FREE pink headband from Buffs.
The Buckeyes will be hosting a FREE postgame clinic for youth in eighth grade or younger. Participants must bring their own stick, goggles and mouthguard. To register, contact Jacqui Sharpee (email@example.com).
LIVE ON BTN
The matchup today is being shown on Big Ten Network, the second of three live appearances for the Buckeyes this season. The next one will be at No. 8 Penn State at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 14. Ohio State’s win over San Diego State Wednesday night was streamed live on BTN.com and aired on the linear network via tape delay at 10 a.m. Thursday. In all, the Buckeyes are expected to have five regular-season games aired on national TV.
ALC AT A GLANCE
Northwestern sits atop the rankings at 3-0, followed by Penn State at 1-0. Defending league champion Florida is in a tie for third (1-1) with Johns Hopkins after suffering its first conference loss since 2010 (16-11, at Penn State). Ohio State (0-2) and Vanderbilt (0-3) are all looking for their first ALC win. Now in its 12th year of existence, the American Lacrosse Conference continues to be one of the most challenging conferences in Division I women's lacrosse with four teams currently holding Top 20 spots in the IWLCA poll and another (Ohio State) receiving votes after spending 21-consecutive weeks among the Top 20.
At the 46th-annual Ohio State Scholar-Athlete Dinner Monday, 22 members of the Buckeye lacrosse program were recognized, including two seniors – Rachel Blue (molecular genetics) and Rachel Wiederkehr (nursing) – who earned the honor all four seasons. Joining the duo were: Kelsea Ayers (exercise science), Emi Breakey (exploration), Katie Chase (sport and leisure studies), Cian Dabrowski (psychology), Alli Dawson (marketing), Tori DeScenza (nutrition), Olivia DiCarlantonio (exploration), Taylor Donahue (nutrition), Christine Easton (exploration), Cara Facchina (industrial and systems engineering), Mary Kate Facchina (nutrition), Kelsey Gallagher (exploration), Kaila Gottlick (nutrition), Bridget Instrum (exploration), Hallie Keselman (sport industry), Tayler Kuzma (sport and leisure studies), Morgan Obendorfer (sport and leisure studies), Jennifer Porretto (sport industry), Emily Valli (exploration) and Bridget Vilbig (special education).
Ohio State is third in the ALC and 20th in the NCAA in team groundballs (18.2 per game). Katie Chase and Jackie Cifarelli are among the top NCAA performers in draw controls and assists, respectively. Chase averages 4.3 draws per game to own 17th place nationally and second in the ALC at the start of the week, while Cifarelli’s 2.3 assists per game are 15th in the nation and second in the ALC.
LAST TIME OUT
Kaila Gottlick and Katie Chase produced four goals apiece as the Buckeyes rolled over San Diego State, 19-11, Wednesday night at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Winners in each of their last two games, the Buckeyes (5-6) withstood a second-half comeback attempt by the Aztecs (7-4) and tallied six of the last seven goals of the game to put away the win. After being held without a point for the first time this season in the win over Hofstra last Saturday, Jackie Cifarelli exploded for a team-high five points off three assists and two goals to lead all eight Buckeye point scorers.
The Commodores have struggled in 2013, tallying a 2-11 record and 0-3 start in the ALC. They have had four one-goal losses this season, including two against ranked foes Notre Dame and Penn State. Accounting for 32 percent of her team’s goals, Carly Linthicum leads the ALC and is third in the nation with 46 tallies on the season to go with 11 assists. Mallory Shonk (20g, 9a) and Abby Wheeler (22g, 3a) join her as the driving forces of Vandy’s attack.
The ‘Dores are coming off their second win this season, a 15-11 victory over Harvard Monday afternoon – their first win since Feb. 10 and the second game of the season. Linthicum had five goals in the win, including a pair of free-position goals. Vanderbilt converted six of its 11 free-position shots on the day.
The Buckeyes are 6-13 all-time vs. Vanderbilt, though they have won each of the last four meetings -- the last two regular-season contests and the ALC quarterfinal matchups the past two seasons. Among current players, Cara Facchina is the leading scorer against the Commodores. In four previous meetings, the junior midfielder has seven points off six goals and one assists, including the game-winner in overtime of the 2012 ALC quarterfinals.
LAST TIME VS. THE COMMODORES
Cara Facchina scored the game-winning goal with 11 seconds remaining in overtime to seal the fourth-seeded Ohio State women's lacrosse team's come comeback win over fifth-seeded Vanderbilt, 10-9, in the ALC Quarterfinal May 3, 2012, at Dizney Stadium in Gainesville, Fla. Alayna Markwordt finished the Vanderbilt with five points off two goals and three assists, while Gabby Capuzzi and Facchina both had a game-high tying three goals. Between the pipes, Tori DeScenza made nine saves, including one with :01 remaining in regulation to force Ohio State's second overtime of the season and first in postseason play.