No. 16 Buckeyes Close Home Schedule vs. No. 9 Notre Dame
April 14, 2014
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 16th-ranked Ohio State women’s lacrosse team conclude its home schedule with No. 9 Notre Dame at 6 p.m. ET Tuesday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes (11-4, 4-1 ALC) have claimed wins in five-consecutive contests, while the Fighting Irish (9-5, 2-4 ACC) travel to Columbus after defeating seventh-ranked Duke last weekend in South Bend.
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HOME SWEET HOME
The 2014 Buckeyes have won a program record eight home games this year highlighted by wins over Louisville (March 4), Northwestern (March 9) and Penn State (April 13). The previous record was held by six different OSU squads with six wins each (last in 2011 season).
SET YOUR DVRs
The Buckeyes will round out the 2014 regular season at 2 p.m. ET April 26 at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Md. The ALC contest vs. Blue Jays will be broadcast live on ESPNU.
- Heading to game No. 15 of the 2014 season, the Buckeyes have won nine out of their last 10 games.
- Ohio State has won five-consecutive games and has outscored their opponents, 71-33, during the win streak.
- As a team, Ohio State is in the Top 25 in the nation in multiple categories, including tenth in points (261), 11th in scoring defense (7.86), 15th in scoring margin (4.71) and 25th in scoring offense (12.57).
- Jackie Cifarelli (14g,42a), Katie Chase (41g, 3a), Jennifer Porretto (24 g, 8a),Mary Kate Facchina (23g, 4a), Kelsea Ayers, (18g, 9a) and Cian Dabrowski (23g, 5a) are the leading point scorers with Chase and Christine Easton holding a team-best draw controls with 46 and 37, respectively.
- Defensively, Taylor Donahue (8ct, 21gb), Heather Gravinese (8ct, 18gb) and Tayler Kuzma (8ct, 18gb) have been the strongholds for Ohio State. Tori DeScenza has started all 15 games in goal with an 7.79 goals-against average and a .483 save percentage.
- The Buckeyes are 8-1 at home this season – the most home wins in a season in school history.
- DeScenza also is second in the ALC in saves (106) and fourth in saves per game (7.07).
- Ohio State has claimed two wins against Top 10 opponents this year, defeating No. 4 Northwestern March 9 and No. 8 Penn State April 13 in Columbus.
- Cifarelli is first the country with 41 assists. She also is first in the nation in assists per game (2.80).
- Ohio State went 6-2 in the month of March and currently second in the conference standings with a 4-1 mark.
- The Buckeyes finished the 2013 campaign with an 8-10 record and a third-consecutive appearance in the ALC tournament semifinals.
SCOUTING NOTRE DAME
The Fighting Irish are 9-5 overall and 2-4 in ACC play this season. Last time out, Notre Dame claimed a 12-10 win over No. 7 Duke last Friday in Notre Dame, Ind. Freshman Courtney Fortunato had a season-best five goals and senior Kaitlyn Brosco tallied four scores. Offensively, Fortunato leads the team with 49 points (38g, 11a) followed by Rachel Sexton (26g,5a) and Caitlin Gargan (21g, 12a). Goalie Allie Murray is 7-4 with a .443 save percentage and 10.28 goals-against average.
OHIO STATE VS. THE FIGHTING IRISH
Notre Dame leads the all-time series vs. the Buckeyes, 11-7. Last year, the Buckeyes fell, 13-8, on the road despite three goals by Cian Dabrowski, while Mary Kate Facchina scored a pair of goals. The Buckeyes last defeated the Fighting Irish during the 2011 campaign.
LAST TIME OUT
Led by six points by Jackie Cifarelli and four goals by Katie Chase, the Buckeyes rallied with five unanswered goals in the second half to defeat eighth-ranked Penn State, 10-9, last Sunday on Senior Day. The win marks the first over the Nittany Lions since the 2008 season. Chase scored the gamewinning goal with 1:37 to play when Cifarelli found her open inside from the 12-meter mark and buried in a shot into the bottom of the net. Chase and Cifarelli combined to score four goals vs. the Lions, including two in the final 10 minutes of play. Chase, who leads the team with 41 goals in 2014, capped the 100-career point milestone following her first goal of the afternoon. Also having big days on the attack were junior Jennifer Porretto, who had three goals, while Cian Dabrowski had a pair of scores for the Scarlet and Gray. Junior goalie Tori DeScenza had eight saves to improve to a season-high 11 wins. Porretto and junior defense Emily Valli also collected four groundballs each.
OHIO STATE IN THE RANKINGS
Ohio State enters the week at No. 16 in the IWLCA national poll. The Buckeyes have been ranked for six-consecutive weeks after cracking the Top 20 March 10 during week No. 5 of 2014. In 10 editions of the IWLCA poll this year, including each of the last six, five of seven ALC teams have been ranked in the Top 20.
Multiple Buckeyes are on point streaks heading into the game vs. the Fighting Irish:
- Katie Chase – 9 games (34 points)
- Jennifer Porretto – 7 games (17 points)
- Jackie Cifarelli – 6 games (26 points)
- Cian Dabrowski – 4 games (11 points)
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 (56) and third in points per game (3.73). Cifarelli ranks first in assists (42) and assists per game (2.80). Senior Katie Chase is second in goals (41) and goals per game (3.15) and fourth in points (44) and points per game (3.38). Defensively, goalie Tori DeScenza is second in saves (106), fourth in goals-against average (7.79) and third in saves percentage (.482).
CHASE CLAIMS 100 CAREER POINTS
With her first of four goals in the home win last time out vs. Penn State, senior Katie Chase capped the 100-career point mark. The memorable goal happened in the opening moments of the ALC contest when she struck at 28:25 in the first half with the assist from Jackie Cifarelli. Chase has been one of the Top scorers in the last three weeks, collecting a combined 34 points in a nine-game point streak. She currently has 103 career points (95g, 8a).
PORRETTO GUIDES BUCKEYES IN ROAD WIN AT VANDY
From start to finish, Ohio State was in total control last Sunday, defeating Vanderbilt, 16-5, at Vanderbilt Lacrosse Complex in Nashville, Tenn. Junior Jennifer Porretto led the offensive charge posting a career-high six points (4g, 2a). For the second-consecutive game, eight different Buckeyes had a point, including five members who notched at least four points. Along with Porretto, senior Cara Facchina (2g, 2a), juniors Jackie Cifarelli (1g, 3a) and Mary Kate Facchina (3g, 1a) and sophomore Cian Dabrowski (3g, 1a) each had four points. Defensively, junior goalie Tori DeScenza improved to 10-4 this year, earning 12 saves and five groundballs. Ohio State held Vanderbilt to a season-low five goals.
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, April 2 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 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.
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 59 goals and 49 assists in her Buckeye career. Facchina, a native of Glenwood, Md., has notched 16 points in ten 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 56 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 in 14 of 15 contests, including 12 games with multi-assists performances. Last time out, Cifarelli boasted five helpers in the win vs. Vanderbilt.
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).
DABROWSKI ON THE ATTACK
Sophomore Cian Dabrowski had a strong stretch for the Buckeyes, scoring 19 of her 23 goals in the last nine 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 five of the last eight contests – the first time she’s accomplish such feat in her OSU career. Dabrowski’s 28 points (23g, 5a) is a season best after collecting 10 points (8g, 2) in 15 games during her rookie campaign. Last time out, Dabrowski tallied two goals in the win over the Nittany Lions.
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 56 (14g, 42a). Cifarelli has collected points in 46 of 50 games in her career, collecting 36 multi-point performances overall.
CIFARELLI CLIMBS CAREER POINTS LIST
With six points against Penn State, Jackie Cifarelli remains sixth in OSU career points record list with 179 points (58g, 121a). She passed former Buckeye Tracey Bounds (2000-01) on the OSU record list and is three points shy of tying former Buckeye Megan Mirick (1999-02) for fifth on the all-time list.
TOP GOAL SCORERS
Seniors Katie Chase and Jennifer Porretto are the top goal scorers for the Buckeyes so far this year. Chase leads the way with 41 scores, which is 13th-best in the country. Porretto has 24 goals, which is a career high for the third-year Buckeye after collecting 18 in 2013 and 12 in 2012, respectively. Chase has had back-to-back years with 40 or more goals and is four shy of tying her season-best mark from a year ago.
Mary Kate Facchina is having a solid season offensively through 15 games in her junior year. She is currently tied for fifth on the squad with 27 points and is third with 23 goals in 2014. The native of Woodbine,Md., Facchina also has a season-high 27 points (23g, 4a) after collecting 26 points (26g, 0a) in her sophomore season. She tied her career high with five points in the win over Winthrop Feb. 9 and also claimed her first-career assist at Canisius March 1.
OWNING THE DRAW CONTROL
The Buckeyes own a 189-144 advantage in draw controls on the season. Katie Chase and Christine Easton are at the forefront, grabbing 46 and 37, respectively, this season. The Buckeyes have tied or out-drawn their opponent in 11 of 15 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 14 games for the Buckeyes and is second in draw controls (35) is first in caused turnovers (9).
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.
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