April 23, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The tenth-ranked Ohio State women’s lacrosse team concludes the 2014 regular season with No. 9 Johns Hopkins at 2 p.m. ET Saturday at Homewood Field in Baltimore, Md. The Buckeyes (12-4, 4-1 ALC) have claimed the No. 2 seed in the ALC tournament next week and are winners in their last six contests, while the Blue Jays (12-3, 2-3 ALC) face Old Dominion on Wednesday before hosting the Scarlet and Gray this weekend.
LIVE ON ESPNU
The game Saturday will be broadcasted nationally on ESPNU. Matt Dixon (play-by-play) and Courtney Martinez Connor (analysis) will have the call live from Baltimore.
If you are unable to attend the game, watch live on ESPNU or follow on Gametracker, with both linked from the front page and women's lacrosse schedule page of OhioStateBuckeyes.com. The Ohio State lacrosse Twitter feed also will be updated during the contest (@OhioState_WLAX).
ALC TOURNAMENT NEXT WEEK
Defending champ Northwestern will host the final American Lacrosse Conference Tournament May 1, 2 and 4 at Lakeside Field in Evanston, Ill. Florida earned the top seed in the tournament will face the winner of the four-five game in the first semifinal Friday, May 2. The Buckeyes are the No. 2 seed and will face No. 7 seed Michigan regardless of the outcome on Saturday in the final quarterfinal game at 7 p.m. Thursday. Northwestern is the No. 3 seed followed by Penn State with the No. 4 seed. The five and six seeds will be determined after the Ohio State-Hopkins game Saturday. Quarterfinal action begins at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 1 with two games followed by two semifinal games starting at 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 2. The championship game will be played Sunday, May 4. Tickets will be available for purchase at Lakeside Field during the event. Tickets prices will be $8 for adults and $5 for senior citizens, students and children. All tickets will be sold as day passes.
- Heading to game No. 17 of the 2014 season, the Buckeyes have won 10 out of their last 11 games, including three wins over Top 10 opponents.
- Ohio State has won six-consecutive games and has outscored their opponents, 83-42, during the win streak.
- As a team, Ohio State is in the Top 25 in the nation in multiple categories, including 11th in scoring defense (8.00), 16th in points (295) and win percentage (.750) and 18th in scoring margin (4.38).
- Under head coach Alexis Venechanos, the 12 wins by the 2014 Buckeyes are second-most in OSU history behind the 2003 campaign when the squad won a school record 14 contests.
- Jackie Cifarelli (16g,42a), Katie Chase (42g, 3a), Cian Dabrowski (25g, 8a), Jennifer Porretto (24g, 8a), Kelsea Ayers, (21g, 11a) and Mary Kate Facchina (26g, 5a) are the leading point scorers with Chase and Christine Easton holding a team-best draw controls with 50 and 37, respectively.
- Defensively, Taylor Donahue (10ct, 25gb), Heather Gravinese (9ct, 20gb) and Tayler Kuzma (9ct, 20gb) have been the strongholds for Ohio State. Tori DeScenza has started all 16 games in goal and leads the ALC with a .488 save percentage.
- The Buckeyes were 9-1 at home this season – the most home wins in a season in school history.
- Ohio State has claimed three wins against Top 10 opponents this year, defeating No. 4 Northwestern (11-10 OT) March 9, No. 8 Penn State (10-9) April 13 and No. 9 Notre Dame (12-9) April 15 in Columbus.
- Cifarelli is second the country with 42 assists. She also is third the nation in assists per game (2.63).
- The Buckeyes moved up six spots in the latest IWLCA national poll this week to No. 10.
SCOUTING JOHNS HOPKINS
The Blue Jays are 12-3 overall and began the year winning 10-consecutive games. Last timeout, Hopkins fell, 12-10, at Penn State in State College, Pa. Just like the Buckeyes, the Blue Jays have been strong at home, posting an 8-1 record with the only loss against Florida April 5. Johns Hopkins is fifth in the country in scoring defense (7.07), 12th in scoring margin (6.13) and 19th in scoring offense (13.20). Senior attack Taylor D’Amore is third in the nation in points (78) and points per game (5.20), while fourth in assists (35). She is second in the conference in goals (43), while sophomore midfielder Dene’ DiMartino is fourth in the ALC (39). Defensively, junior goalie KC Emerson ranks second in the league in save percentage (.487) and goals-against average (7.01) in 12 starts for the Blue Jays.
SERIES HISTORY/LAST MEETING
Hopkins and Ohio State will meet for the 14th time in a series that began in 2002 with the inception of the American Lacrosse Conference. The Blue Jays lead the all-time series, 8-5. The series has been defined by home field advantage as the visiting team has won just three times in 13 meetings. After Hopkins knocked off Ohio State, 11-10, on Senior Day April 28, 2013, the Buckeyes struck back with a 10-9 comeback win in the opening round of the ALC Tournament May 2 in Baltimore. Eight different Buckeyes scored in the win with Jackie Cifarelli collecting three assists.
SENIOR CLASS RISES IN CAREER WINS
The 2014 senior class made up of Heather Gravinese, Tayler Kuzma, Kaila Gottlick and Cara Facchina have collected 40 wins in the past four years at Ohio State, which is tied for third-most all-time with the 2011 class. The 2014 seniors are just one win away from tying the Ohio State senior class wins record of 41 victories held by the 2003 and 2012 groups, respectively.
OHIO STATE IN THE RANKINGS
Ohio State enters the week at No. 10 in the IWLCA national poll. The Buckeyes have been ranked for seven-consecutive weeks after cracking the Top 20 March 10 during week No. 5 of 2014. In 11 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. The Buckeyes are back in the Top 10 since being ranked No. 10 during the 2012 campaign.
HOME SWEET HOME
The 2014 Buckeyes won a program-record nine home games this year highlighted by wins over Northwestern (March 9), Penn State (April 13) and Notre Dame (April 15). The previous record was held by six different OSU squads with six wins each (last in 2011 season).
Last time out, the Buckeyes defeated then-No. 9 Notre Dame, 12-9, to conclude the home slate, marking the first time in program history Ohio State has defeated back-to-back Top 10 opponents. Junior midfielder Kelsea Ayers (3g, 2a) and sophomore attack Cian Dabrowski (2g, 3a) had five points (tied her career high), while junior midfielder Mary Kate Facchina (3g, 1a) had four points. Jackie Cifarelli notched a pair of goals, while senior attack Katie Chase and junior midfielder Christine Easton each netted scores. Defensively, junior goalie Tori DeScenza once again had a strong performance for the Buckeyes in front of net, collecting 11 saves, including seven stops in the first half.
Multiple Buckeyes are on point streaks heading into the game vs. the Blue Jays:
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 (58) and third in points per game (3.63). Cifarelli ranks first in assists (42) and assists per game (2.63). Senior Katie Chase is third in goals (41) and fifth in points (45). Defensively, goalie Tori DeScenza is first in save percentage (.488), second in saves (117) and third in saves per game (7.31).
OHIO STATE DOWNS PENN STATE ON SENIOR DAY
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, April 13 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.
CHASE CLAIMS 100 CAREER POINTS
With her first of four goals in the home win against 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 35 points in a 10-game point streak. She currently has 104 career points (96g, 8a).
PORRETTO GUIDES BUCKEYES IN ROAD WIN AT VANDY
From start to finish, Ohio State was in total control in Nashville, defeating Vanderbilt, 16-5, at Vanderbilt Lacrosse Complex. 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 earnined 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 42 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.
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 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 58 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 16 contests, including 12 games with multi-assists performances. 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 has had a breakout year, scoring 21 of her 25 goals in the last 10 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 33 points (25g, 8a) is a season best after collecting 10 points (8g, 2) in 15 games during her rookie campaign. Last time out, she tied her career high with five points with career-best three assists in the win over then No. 9 Notre Dame April 15.
DESCENZA RECOGNIZED BY ALC TWICE
Tori DeScenza has been honored twice by the ALC after being named conference defensive player of the week on Tuesday. She collected 11 saves, including seven stops in the first half in the team's third Top 10 win of the year last week in Columbus against the Fighting Irish. She earned her first ALC weekly laurel on 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 58 (16g, 42a). Cifarelli has collected points in 47 of 52 games in her career, collecting 37 multi-point performances overall.
CIFARELLI CLIMBS CAREER POINTS LIST
With two points against Notre Dame, Jackie Cifarelli remains sixth in OSU career points record list with 181 points (60g, 121a). She passed former Buckeye Tracey Bounds (2000-01) on the OSU record list and is one points shy of tying former Buckeye Megan Mirick (1999-02) for fifth on the all-time list.
TOP GOAL SCORERS
Seniors Katie Chase, Mary Kate Facchina and Jennifer Porretto are the top goal scorers for the Buckeyes so far this year. Chase leads the way with 42 scores, while Facchina has notched 26 goals. 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 three shy of tying her season-best mark from a year ago.
Mary Kate Facchina is having a solid season offensively through 16 games in her junior year. She is currently sixth on the squad with 31 points and is second with 26 goals in 2014. The native of Woodbine,Md., Facchina also has a season-high 32 points (26g, 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. Last time out, Facchina struck the net three times for four points in the win over the Fighting Irish April 15.
OWNING THE DRAW CONTROL
The Buckeyes own a 200-156 advantage in draw controls on the season. Katie Chase and Christine Easton are at the forefront, grabbing 50 and 37, respectively, this season. The Buckeyes have tied or out-drawn their opponent in 11 of 16 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 16 games for the Buckeyes and is second in draw controls (37) tied for second 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.
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.