April 10, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Alayna Markwordt, a senior attacker on the 10th-ranked Ohio State women's lacrosse team, was named Offensive Player of the Week by the American Lacrosse Conference. She tallied a season-high 10 points, one off a career high, with five goals and five assists in the Buckeyes' 13-11 win over then-No. 15 Vanderbilt Sunday in Nashville.
The Buckeyes jumped out to a 3-0 lead over the first 7:32 of action as Markwordt's first two tallies sandwiched one scored off her first assist to Mary Kate Facchina. The senior attacker would have a hand in seven of Ohio State's eight first-half goals, helping the team maintain at least a two-goal lead for the balance. In the second half, Markwordt assisted on three-consecutive goals as the Buckeyes were building their largest lead of the contest.
The Tewaaraton Trophy candidate now has 32 goals and 37 assists on the season, a point total which already ranks seventh all-time for a single season at Ohio State with at least four more games to go. She also currently is fourth in the NCAA in points and assists.
This was Markwordt's second Offensive Player of the Week recognition this season. She was joined on the list of weekly award winners by Florida's Nora Barry, who earned her third ALC Rookie of the Week honor and Brianne LoManto from Northwestern, a two-time Defensive Player of the Week.
Markwordt and the Buckeyes return to action at noon Sunday against 13th-ranked Penn State in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The game will be televised on Big Ten Network. Admission to the game, and to all regular-season women's lacrosse home games, is free.
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