Year Rewind: 2013-14

July 22, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 13 Ohio State women’s lacrosse team finished its 2014 campaign with a 13-7 overall record and 4-2 mark in ALC play. It was a year to remember for the Scarlet and Gray led under fourth-year head coach Alexis Venechanos, who guided the Buckeyes to their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament in 11 years and second-most wins in school history. The future looks bright for the program as the team will return nine of its 12 starters from a year ago. Before moving forward, let’s take a look back on what the 2013-14 squad accomplished this past spring.

 OHIO STATE 2014 QUICK NOTES:

  • Appeared in the NCAA Tournament for the third time in school history
  • Collected 13 overall wins, which is second-best in the OSU record book behind the 2003 campaign (14)
  • Advanced to its fourth-consecutive ALC semifinals
  • Finished second in the ALC regular season with a 4-2 ledger
  • Posted a program-record nine home wins
  • Defeated back-to-back Top 10 opponents for the first time in school history
  • 2014 seniors set Ohio State class wins record with 42 career victories
  • No. 13 IWLCA ranking marked the second-best finish in school history in the national poll

BUCKEYES IN A NUTSHELL
Offensively, Ohio State had a balanced attack throughout the year with eight different Buckeyes collecting at least 20 points. Jackie Cifarelli led the way with 63 points, finishing third in the nation with 46 assists, while Katie Chase notched 52 points in 16 games played with 49 goals (third-most in ALC play). Chase also led the team with 54 draw controls. Cian Dabrowski had a breakout year on the attack, collecting a season-high 45 points with 32 goals. Three juniors followed with season highs in points, including Jennifer Porretto (39), Mary Kate Facchina (38) and Kelsea Ayers (38). Seniors Kaila Gottlick and Cara Facchina also had strong contributions with 24 and 23 points, respectively.  As a team, Ohio State ranked 17th in the country (350). Defensively, All-American Tori DeScenza combined with an experienced defense helped the Buckeyes ranked 13th in the nation in scoring defense (8.20). Heather Gravinese led the team with 15 caused turnovers, while Taylor Donahue and Tayler Kuzma combined for 56 groundballs.

DESCENZA NAMED ALL-AMERICAN, ALC GOALIE OF YEAR
Highlighting the Buckeyes’ postseason awards was junior goalie Tori DeScenza, who became Ohio State’s 13th overall and first goalie to earn All-American honors on the second team list. She also was named ALC Goalie of the Year during the ALC Tournament. DeScenza, the 2014 ALC Goalie of the Year, finished the season with 13 wins (second-most in school history), while leading the conference with a .492 save percentage. DeScenza’s 8.06 goals-against average is second-best in OSU single-season history behind former Buckeye Erin Forquer’s mark of 7.28 during the 2002-03campaign. Her 154 saves in 2014 is tied for fifth on the record book as well. Twice this year DeScenza was honored as ALC Defensive Player of the Week before earning first team All-ALC and All-West honors for the first time in her career. A native of Sea Bright, N.J., DeScenza also led the team with 38 groundballs.

OTHER POSTSEASON HONORS:

  • Four Buckeyes earned IWLCA region awards, including Tori DeScenca (first team), Jackie Cifarelli (first team), Katie Chase (second team) and Taylor Donahue (second team).
  • DeScenca named ALC first team along with Donahue and Cifarelli, while Chase picked up second team accolades.
  • Cifarelli also was named a Tewaaraton Award Nominee
  • Twenty Student-Athletes were honored as OSU Scholar-Athletes, while 19 members were named to the Academic All-Big Ten list.

2014 SENIOR CLASS SETS WINS RECORD
The 2014 senior class made up of Heather Gravinese, Tayler Kuzma, Kaila Gottlick and Cara Facchina collected 42 wins in the past four years at Ohio State, which is an Ohio State program record. The 2014 seniors past the previous record of 41 wins set by the 2003 and 2012 groups, respectively.

Gravinese, a native of Mullica, N.J., was a captain this past year and played in 70 career games with 60 starts in the Buckeye defense. She’s totaled 92 groundballs, 50 caused turnovers and 30 draw controls in her career. In 2014, she led the team with 15 caused turnovers and was tied for fourth with 26 groundballs. She earned Academic All-Big Ten and OSU Scholar-Athlete honors and graduated this past spring with a degree in criminology.

Kuzma, a native of Bel Air, Md., boasted 71 career starts and only missed two games as a defender in four years in the Scarlet and Gray. She collected 122 groundballs and 65 caused turnovers – both ranked in the Top 10 in the OSU record book. This past year, she was sixth on the team with 23 groundballs and tied for fourth with 11 caused turnovers.  A Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and three-time OSU Scholar-Athlete

Gottlick, from Madison, Conn., spent three years at Ohio State playing in 47 games and 30 starts. The OSU midfielder collected back-to-back seasons with 20 goals. In 2014, she was eighth on the squad with 24 points with 20 goals and four assists. She began the year with a team-best 11-game point streak. An OSU Scholar-Athlete, Gottlick graduated this spring with a degree in human nutrition.

Facchina, native of Glenwood, Md., was a captain in 2014 and had 53 starts to her credit. In her career, Facchina tallied 108 points, 59 goals and 49 assists on the OSU attack. She surpassed the 100-point milestone with a pair of helpers in the home contest vs. Florida. In 2014, she picked up five goasl and 11 assists in 10 games and has helped lead an offense that ranked in the Top 20 in points. A five-time OSU Scholar-Athlete, Facchina will graduate this December with a degree in industrial and systems engineering.

TEWAARATON NOMINEE
Jackie Cifarelli was named a Tewaaraton Nominee, released April 25 by the Tewaaraton Foundation. The list included the top players across all three divisions of NCAA lacrosse and highlight the top contenders for the 2014 Tewaaraton Award. Cifarelli was first on the team in points with 63 (17g, 46a). Cifarelli has collected points in 51 of 56 games in her career, collecting 40 multi-point performances overall.

DABROWSKI ON THE ATTACK
Sophomore Cian Dabrowski had a breakout year, scoring 16 of her 32 goals in the last nine games of the season. 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 six of the last 10 contests – the first time she’s accomplish such feat in her OSU career. Dabrowski’s 45points (32g, 13a) was a season best after collecting 10 points (8g, 2) in 15 games during her rookie campaign. Against Notre Dame, she tied her career high with five points with career-best three assists in the win over then No. 9 Notre Dame April 15. Dabrowski posted a team-best four points on three goals and an assist in the road loss at Hopkins April 26 before adding eight postseason points to her credit.

CIFARELLI CLIMBS CAREER POINTS LIST
Jackie Cifarelli is tied for fourth in OSU career points record list with 186 points (61g, 125a) with former Buckeye Brittney Zerhusen (2007-10). She will have a great shot to finish her Buckeye career in the Top 2 in career points as well as the all-time career assists leader.

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 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 finished the year with a team-best 12-game point streak, tallying an impressive 42 points in that span.  She will head into her senior year with 111 career points (103g, 8a).

ALC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Christine Easton 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 started all 20 for the Buckeyes and was second in draw controls (77) and tied for fifth in caused turnovers (11).

SCHOLAR-ATHLETES
At the 47th-annual Ohio State Scholar-Athlete Dinner April 10, 22 student-athletes were recognized, including Cara Facchina (mechanical engineering) – who earned the honor all four seasons. Joining Facchina were: Kelsea Ayers (sport industry), Emi Breakey (animal sciences), Morgan Castelein (exploration), Katie Chase (sport & leisure studies/human development and family science), Paulina Constant (health professions exploration), Cian Dabrowski (psychology), Tori DeScenza (human nutrition), Olivia DiCarlantonio (exercise science education), Taylor Donahue (geography), Christine Easton (accounting), Mary Kate Facchina (early childhood education), Kelsey Gallagher (exploration), Heather Gravinese (criminology), Rainey Hodgson (athletic training), Hallie Keselman (sport industry), Tayler Kuzma (sport & leisure studies), Allie Ogilvie (radiologic sciences and therapy), Jennifer Porretto (sport industry), Christina Turner (logistics management), Emily Valli (animal sciences) and Bridget Vilbig (special education).