Four Buckeyes Named to All-Big Ten Team
Chase, Cifarelli, Donahue and Porretto were named to the 2015 All-Big Ten team.
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Four members of the Ohio State women's lacrosse team have been named to the inaugural All-Big Ten team, the conference office announced Wednesday. Among the honorees were four seniors: Jackie Cifarelli, Kate Chase, Jennifer Porretto and Taylor Donahue.
Chase (46g, 8a) ranks fourth in the Big Ten with 2.8 goals, sixth with 3.3 points and second with 4.3 draw controls per game. A native of Woodbine, Md., Chase has recorded at least one point in 27 of her last 28 games dating to last season and enters the Big Ten tournament with 149 career goals, needing more to become just the second Buckeye to score 150 goals. She also is Ohio State's all-time leader with 211 draw controls. Off the field, Katie was a finalist for the Big Ten Medal of Honor.
A native of Rockville Center, N.Y., Cifarelli (16g, 46a) leads the Big Ten and ranks second in the NCAA with 2.7 assists per game. Twice this season she tied a career high with six assists: in the win at Winthrop and vs. Rutgers on senior night. She also is third in the Big Ten with 3.6 points per game. She has recorded at least two points in 15 of 17 games this season, including 11 games with three or more. She also is Ohio State's all-time leader with 171 assists and is second with 248 career points, needing two more to become the second Buckeye to tally 250 points.
Donahue, a tri-captain from Shamong, N.J., ranked third in the Big Ten with 22 caused turnovers from her defender position. She had six games this year with multiple caused turnovers, including five in the win over Niagara. Donahue also recently scored her first career goal in the win over Rutgers on senior night. She has started every game in which she has played in her Buckeye career, recording 90 ground balls, 37 draw controls and 60 caused turnovers.
A two-time captain, Porretto is third on the team and ninth in the Big Ten with 49 points and was named the Big Ten offensive player of the week March 16 after recording a career-high 10 points and seven assists in the victory at Canisius. She also has 16 assists, which is tied for sixth best in the conference. Porretto has scored a goal in 15 of 17 games this season, including three games with four goals in wins over Winthrop and Duquesne and the one-goal loss at Penn State. The Smithtown, N.Y., native also recorded 17 GBs and 14 DCs.
Senior Mary Kate Facchina was Ohio State recipient of the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award.
Big Ten Coach of the Year, Freshman of the Year, Attack Player of the Year, Midfielder of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year and Goaltender of the Year will be announced next Monday.
2015 WOMEN'S LACROSSE ALL-BIG TEN TEAM
All-Big Ten Team
BROOKE GRIFFIN, A Maryland
SELENA LASOTA, A, Northwestern
MAGGIE MCCORMICK, A, Penn State
TAYLOR CUMMINGS, M, Maryland
Zoe Stukenberg, M, Maryland
TATUM COFFEY, Penn State
MEGAN DOUTY, Maryland
ALICE MERCER, Maryland
ABBY SMUCKER, Penn State
Alex Fitzpatrick, Maryland
Megan Whittle, Maryland
CASEY PEPPERMAN, Maryland
Sheila Nesselbush, Northwestern
Katie Chase, Ohio State
Jackie Cifarelli, Ohio State
Taylor Donahue, Ohio State
Jennifer Porretto, Ohio State
Madison Cyr, Penn State
Emi Smith, Penn State
Lauren Sbrilli, Rutgers
Unanimous selections in ALL CAPS
Sportsmanship Award Honorees:
Casey Pepperman, Sr., Maryland
Sophie duPhily, So., Michigan
Brooke Jones, Sr., Northwestern
Mary Kate Facchina, Sr., Ohio State
Maggie McCormick, Sr., Penn State
Melissa Arthur, Sr., Rutgers
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