Jan. 9, 2012

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Highlighted by a pair of contests in famed Ohio Stadium, the Ohio State women’s lacrosse team opens a challenging 15-game schedule Feb. 11. The Buckeyes, led by Alexis Venechanos, second-year head coach, will host Louisville (Feb. 19) and Brown (Feb. 25) in the home of Scarlet and Gray football, the latter of which will be a doubleheader with the OSU men’s team.

“We could not be more thrilled and honored to be playing the first women’s lacrosse game in the ‘Shoe,” Venechanos said. “The players understand the rich tradition of the stadium and what it represents to Buckeye Nation. We are very thankful of this opportunity for our program.”

The Buckeyes will open the 2012 slate with a neutral site game vs. San Diego State, coached by former OSU player Kylee (Reade) White, Feb. 11 at Stanford and follow it up with a Feb. 12 contest vs. the Cardinal. They then will return to Columbus for the home opener against Robert Morris Feb. 17 in the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.

Following the pair of home games in Ohio Stadium, the Buckeyes will close out a four-game homestand with Notre Dame March 4 with the location to be determined depending on weather.

With five of the next six games away from home, the Buckeyes close out the first half of the season with games at Canisius (March 18) and St. Bonaventure (March 19) before opening the ALC schedule in Columbus. A home game at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium vs. Florida, the defending ALC champion, March 24 breaks up the road swing and marks the beginning of Ohio State’s 11th season in the conference.

Ohio State heads back East for the second of three trips, taking on Hofstra in Hempstead, N.Y., March 29 before taking on defending national champion Northwestern in another storied venue.

On March 31, the Buckeyes and Wildcats take their ALC clash to Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., home of the three-time Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, coached by Bill Belichick, the father of Ohio State assistant coach Amanda Belichick.

“Foxboro Stadium is another exciting opportunity for our players and program,” Venechanos said. “To be playing in the home of a former Super Bowl champion, the New England Patriots, will be a very special and memorable experience.”

A road game at Vanderbilt April 8 ends the long stretch away from home and the Buckeyes will then host Penn State (April 15) and American (April 21), both scheduled for Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The final regular-season game of the year will pit Ohio State against Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Md. April 28.

League teams will convene in Gainesville, Fla., May 3-5 for the annual ALC Tournament, hosted by Florida for the first time since the Gators joined the conference in 2010. Early rounds of the NCAA Tournament are scheduled for May 12-13 and May 19-20 at campus sites, while Stony Brook on Long Island will serve as the site of the NCAA Semifinals and Final during Memorial Day weekend.

Ohio State welcomes back five starters from the 2011 team which finished 10-7, including senior captains Alayna Markwordt, an Inside Lacrosse Preseason All-American, Gabby Capuzzi and Kirstern Donahue.