April 30, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s lacrosse team is the fifth seed in the American Lacrosse Tournament and will take on fourth-seeded Johns Hopkins at 4 p.m. Thursday in the first of two quarterfinals at Homewood Field in Baltimore, Md. The Buckeyes closed out the regular season with a 7-9 overall record (1-4 ALC) after falling to Hopkins, 11-10, last Sunday. The Blue Jays were 10-6 on the year, 2-3 in the ALC and are ranked No. 20 in the IWLCA poll released Tuesday.
All five tournament games will be streamed live free of charge through Hopkins All-Access. Additionally, live stats for all five games will be available, courtesy of GameTracker. For individual links, updated results, headlines and more, visit the Buckeye Lacrosse Gameday Page or the ALC Tournament Central. Also, be sure follow @OhioState_WLAX on Twitter for game updates, and search #ALCTourney for the latest news on the conference championship.
Fans may purchase either an all-session pass, good for all five games of the tournament, or a single-day ticket, which will allow admittance to both games on that given day. All-session and single-day passes will be available at the gate on game days. The prices are as follows:
All-Session/Single Day Prices
Senior Citizens: $12/$5
Children under 2: Free
Students (w/ school ID): Free
IN A NUTSHELL
- The Buckeyes and Blue Jays will face each other just four days after their previous meeting, an 11-10 win for Hopkins in Columbus.
- Ohio State has advanced to the semifinals in each of the last two ALC Tournaments.
- Ohio State has won four of its last seven games with the offense averaging 13.6 goals per game in that span, including 19 in back-to-back wins against San Diego State (April 3) and Vanderbilt (April 7). The Buckeyes are scoring at a 12.8 goals-per-game clip for the season
- The average margin of defeat is just over three goals (3.2), while the Buckeyes command their wins by over eight goals (8.6).
- Jackie Cifarelli (17g, 44a), Cara Facchina (25g, 26a) and Katie Chase (42g, 4a) have led Ohio State throughout the season with Chase also holding a program-record 68 draw controls.
- Cifarelli's 2.8 assists per game were second in the ALC and eighth in the NCAA at the start of the week. Her 44 rank fourth all-time at Ohio State in single-season totals and her career total (76) also is fourth.
- In five games of ALC play, Mary Kate Facchina is the team's leading goal scorer (15), while Cifarelli has the overall points leads with 18 (6g, 12a).
- Defensively, Tayler Kuzma (26ct, 41gb), Heather Gravinese (12ct, 23gb) and Taylor Donahue (14ct, 17gb) have been the strongholds for Ohio State. Tori DeScenza has started all 16 games in goal with a 10.69 goals-against average.
ALC TOURNEY SNAPSHOT
Johns Hopkins is hosting the seventh annual American Lacrosse Conference tournament May 2, 3 and 5 at Homewood Field in Baltimore, Md. Defending champ Florida earned the top seed in the tournament and will face the winner of the four-five game between Hopkins and Ohio State in the first semifinal Friday, May 3. Northwestern is the No. 2 seed and will take on the winner of the three-six game in the second semifinal. Penn State is the third seed, while Vanderbilt is the six. Quarterfinal action begins at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 2 with two games followed by two semifinal games starting at 4 p.m. Friday, May 3. The championship game will be played at noon Sunday, May 5.
BUCKEYES IN THE ALC TOURNEY
The ALC Tournament was instituted in the 2007 season and the Buckeyes have a 2-6 record in tourney action, earning wins in each of the last two quarterfinals. In each of the last two seasons, they have taken down Vanderbilt in quarterfinal action before falling to Florida in the semis. The previous four losses came at the hands of Penn State, three in the quarterfinal round. In 2009, Ohio State had a bye in the quarterfinals and fell to the Nittany Lions in the semifinal.
The Buckeyes ended the regular season at No. 29 in the Rating Percentage Index (RPI), based primarily on their tremendous strength of schedule. Ohio State played eight games – half of its schedule – during the regular season against teams ranked in the current IWLCA Top 20, including five among the Top 10 teams, all of which took away from Columbus. In ALC play alone, Ohio State faced three teams currently holding a Top 6 ranking. All but two of Ohio State's losses this season have come against teams ranked in the Top 20 and have been decided by an average of 3.2 goals (opposed to a +8.6 scoring margin in games won). The Buckeyes dropped out of the IWLCA seven weeks ago after spending 21-consecutive weeks among the Top 20.
Ohio State is third in the ALC and 19th in the NCAA in team groundballs (17.4 per game) and after their 13.0 goals per game the last four weeks, the Buckeyes also are in the Top 20 nationally in team offense (12.6 gpg, No. 20). Jackie Cifarelli, Katie Chase and Tayler Kuzma are among the top NCAA performers in four stat categories. Cifarelli's 2.8 assists per game are eighth in the nation and second in the ALC, while Chase averages 4.3 draws per game to own 16th place nationally and second in the ALC at the start of the week. Kuzma entered the Top 25 in groundballs and caused turnovers this week, sitting in No. 25 in the NCAA in GBs with 2.6 per game and No. 24 in CTs with 1.6 per game.
SCOUTING JOHNS HOPKINS
The Blue Jays enter the ALC Tournament with a 10-6 overall record and 2-3 mark in the ALC after defeating the Buckeyes last Sunday, 11-10. Following the win, the Blue Jays swept the ALC awards this week. Taylor D'Amore was named the Offensive Player of the Week, Dene' DiMartino was selected as the Rookie of the Week and Octavia Williams was honored as the Defensive Player of the Week.
D’Amore had two goals, including the game-winner, and two assists vs. Ohio State, while DiMartino had a pair of goals and controlled a career-high-tying six draws. Williams tallied a career-high five ground balls and a pivotao late-game caused turnover.
For the season, D’Amore leads the team and league in scoring with 75 points (28g, 47a), while Sammy Cermack is next, 30 points behind, with 45 points (27g, 18a). D’Amore is responsible for over 25 percent of Hopkins’ total points and 47 percent of all assists. Cosette Larash has started all 16 games in goal for Hopkins, tallying a 10.44 goals-against average and helping Hopkins to the third-best team defense in the ALC.
Hopkins and Ohio State will meet for the 13th time – first in the ALC Tournament – in a series that began in 2002 with the inception of the American Lacrosse Conference. The Blue Jays lead the all-time series, 8-4 and are 6-0 on their home field. The series has been defined by home field advantage as the visiting team has won just twice in 12 meetings. Hopkins defeated Ohio State in Columbus during the 2007 and 2013 regular seasons.
LAST TIME VS. THE BLUE JAYS
Despite nine combined points between Mary Kate Facchina and Cara Facchina, the Buckeyes were edged by Johns Hopkins, 11-10, last Sunday on a rain-soaked Bert L. and Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Mary Kate Facchina led the charge with a career-high five goals, while older sister Cara had a game-high four assists and Jackie Cifarelli also had four points off two goals and two assists.
DOWN THE STRETCH
In the last five games of the regular season, three players have scored more than 10 goals apiece. Kelsea Ayers (14), Mary Kate Facchina (12) and Katie Chase (12) have accounted for over 58 percent of the team’s offense heading into the postseason, while accounting for just about 47 percent of the total goals scored for the overall season.
In American Lacrosse Conference play, Mary Kate Facchina has more than semi-automatic. She is leading the Buckeyes with 14 goals vs. ALC foes, including a career-high five against Johns Hopkins last Sunday. The sophomore midfielder tallied four goals in a row for the Buckeyes, a hat trick in the first half and the opening tally in the second that helped Ohio State stay in the lead or tied until nearly three minutes into the second period.
WHEN IT COUNTS
Junior midfielder Kaila Gottlick may be fifth on the team in total scoring, but she is first in game-winning tallies. Three of her 21 goals this season have been the deciding score for the Buckeyes, including an overtime tally vs. Hofstra with 1:24 remaining in extra time. It was her second of the game. A transfer from Stony Brook who is in her second season in Columbus, Gottlick also was credited with the GWGs vs. Canisius (March 10) and San Diego State (April 3).
CIFF-ING OUT THE ASSIST
With an average of 2.8 assists per game, Jackie Cifarelli is up to 44 on the season, moving into fourth place all-time in single-season assists. She also already holds fourth place in career assists at Ohio State with 76 as just a sophomore. An attacker from Rockville Center, N.Y., Cifarelli’s average of 2.6 helpers per game ranks second in the ALC and eighth in the NCAA at the start of the week. She has tallied at least one point in all but one game this season and in 31 of 34 career contests.
THE AYERS UP THERE
Kelsea Ayers has scored nearly 60 percent (17 of 29) of her goals this season in the last six games. She has had the team high in three of the last five games and sits in second on the team in goals scored behind Katie Chase (34). The sophomore from Mt. Airy, Md., had just three goals in 14 games last season. She now has tallied goals in 11 games in 2013, including five with at least three scores.
Three Buckeyes have collected ALC Player of the Week honors to date this season, the most recently being Tayler Kuzma with defensive POW accolades April 8. With the help of the junior defender, the Buckeyes held Vanderbilt's Carly Linthicum without a point for the first game this season. Linthicum entered the game with an ALC-leading 46 goals on the year and the No. 3 spot in the NCAA in scoring. Kuzma forced two turnovers by Linthicum and limited her to just two shots in the game. The Tewaaraton Trophy Watch List member also grabbed six groundballs in the Buckeyes' win over Vandy, their first conference win of the season. Earlier in the week vs. the Aztecs, Kuzma had a career-high four groundballs and a team-high tying four draw controls. On Feb. 27, Katie Chase (offensive) and Cian Dabrowski (rookie) also collected player of the week honors from the ALC.
BIG GAMES, SMALL SCREEN
The Buckeyes made four appearances on BTN during the regular season with their games against Northwestern, San Diego State, Vanderbilt and Penn State all being shown on national television. The four regular-season broadcasts were the most for Ohio State since the network was launched in 2007. The game vs. the Aztecs was part of the StudentU productions on BTN.com which have the opportunity to be shown on the linear network at a later date.
ALC CHAMPIONSHIP REUNION
During the weekend of April 7, surrounding the Buckeyes' 19-4 win over Vanderbilt, members of the 2003 ALC Championship descended upon Columbus for the 10-year reunion of Ohio State's first ALC Championship and NCAA tournament victory. Thirteen members of the team were on hand for a weekend of receptions, gatherings and a halftime recognition.
At the 46th-annual Ohio State Scholar-Athlete Dinner April 1, 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).
HURRICANE SANDY RELIEF
In the Buckeyes' game against Hofstra March 30, the team worked to raise money for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts by asking fans to donate a dime after each OSU score. Every cent of the $120 in collected spare change will go towards the cause held close to the hearts of several Buckeye players, including Tori DeScenza who house in Sea Bright, N.J., was damaged in the super storm. In November, seven lacrosse team members - Kelsea Ayers, DeScenza, Taylor Donahue, Mary Kate Facchina, Jessica Hassett, Hallie Keselman and Jennifer Porretto - participated in storm cleanup efforts in Sea Bright.