Markwordt and Zerhusen Named IWLCA All-Americans

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Brittney Zerhusen and Alayna Markwordt were named Second Team All-Americans by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) in conjunction with the national championship festivities over Memorial Day weekend. Zerhusen and Markwordt are the ninth and 10th Buckeyes to earn All-America honors from the IWLCA and the first since the 2009 season when Kelly Haggerty was named to the second team.

This is just the third time Ohio State has had multiple selections, joining the 2002 and 2003 NCAA Tournament participant teams. The pair previously was named First Team All-West/Midwest Region selections, while teammates Gabby Capuzzi and Lindsey Gysin were second team regional honorees.

A senior attacker, Zerhusen concluded her OSU career in fourth-place all-time in career scoring with 193 points and career goals with 132. She was second on the team in scoring on the season, tallying 47 goals and 27 assists and posting at least one point in 16 of 17 contests. The Sykesville, Md., native had five or more points in seven games on the year, including a career-high tying 10 vs. Vanderbilt April 10 off five goals and five assists, and finished the year ranked in the Top 25 nationally in total and per game points, goals and assists.

Markwordt, a fellow attacker, led Ohio State in goals (52), assists (27) and points (79) and finished the year in the NCAA Top 10 in total and per game points and in the Top 20 in both categories of goals and assists. A native of Woodbine, Md., she holds the No. 2 position in all-time scoring at Ohio State with 224 career points as just a junior and also is third in the record books in goals (140) and assists (84). Markwordt has tallied at least one goal or assist in 48-consecutive games, dating back to March 1, 2009, and the fourth game of her freshman season.

Paced by the All-American duo on the attack and led by first-year head coach Alexis Venechanos, the 2011 Buckeyes finished the season 10-7 overall and 2-3 in the ALC, advancing to the semifinals of the conference tournament with the program's first ALC postseason victory. Ohio State reached double-digit victories for the sixth time in 16 seasons and earned multiple ALC wins for the fifth time in nine conference campaigns.

The IWLCA will honor all 51 All-Americans at the IWLCA All-American banquet June 11, 2011, at the Crowne Plaza Valley Forge in King of Prussia, Pa.

2011 IWLCA ALL-AMERICANS
FIRST TEAM
Allyson Carey, Jr., Vanderbilt, Midfield
Kitty Cullen, So., Florida, Attack
Brittany Dipper, Jr., Maryland, Goalkeeper
Jackie Doherty, Sr., Notre Dame, Defense
Corey Donohoe, Sr., North Carolina, Attack
Leslie Foard, Sr., Stanford, Midfield
Grace Gavin, Sr., Loyola, Attack
Emma Hamm, Jr., Duke, Attack
Mia Hurrin, Sr., North Carolina, Defense
Kristin Igoe, Sr., Boston College, Midfield
Christie Kaestner, Sr., Duke, Attack
Logan McCraw, Sr., Georgetown, Defense
Laura Merrifield, Sr., Maryland, Midfield
Sarah Mollison, Sr., Maryland, Attack
Katie Schwarzmann, So., Maryland, Midfield
Shannon Smith, Jr., Northwestern, Attack
Taylor Thorton, So., Northwestern, Defense

SECOND TEAM
Shaylyn Blaney, Sr., Notre Dame, Midfield
Nikki Branchini, Sr., Albany, Defense
Erin Brennan, Jr., Pennsylvania, Attack
Kat Collins, Sr., Dartmouth, Attack
Liz Downs, Sr., Virginia, Defense
Lizzie Drumm, Sr., Princeton, Midfield
Taylor Frink, Sr., Albany, Attack
Katie Gallagher, Sr., Maryland, Defense
Kristen Giovanniello, Fr., Dartmouth, Goalkeeper
Grace Golden, Sr., William & Mary, Midfield
Becky Lynch, Jr., North Carolina, Attack
Shannie MacKenzie, Sr., Dartmouth, Defense
Alayna Markwordt, Jr., Ohio State, Attack
Abby Rehfuss, Sr., Loyola, Midfield
Kat Thomas, Jr., Duke, Midfield
Kim Wenger, Jr., Duke, Midfield
Brittney Zerhusen, Sr., Ohio State, Attack

THIRD TEAM
Casey Ancarrow, So., James Madison, Attack
Ashley Bruns, So., Florida, Attack
Lindsey deButts, Jr., Princeton, Defense
Lauren Dykstra, Sr., Lehigh, Midfield
Bergan Foley, Sr., Louisville, Attack
Alex Frank, Jr., Northwestern, Midfield
Julie Gardner, Jr., Virginia, Attack
Ana Heneberry, Jr., Loyola, Defense
Sarah Jonson, Sr., William & Mary, Defense
Jackie Lyons, Sr., Massachusetts, Attack
Colleen Magarity, Sr., Northwestern, Defense
Lauren Schmidt, Sr., Stanford, Midfield
Maggie Tamasitis, Jr., Notre Dame, Attack
Sophia Thomas, So., Georgetown, Midfield
Erin Tochihara, Sr., Princeton, Goalkeeper
Brittany Wilton, Jr., Boston College, Attack
Laura Zimmerman, Jr., North Carolina, Midfield