April 30, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 10 Ohio State women’s lacrosse team is the second seed in the American Lacrosse Tournament and will take on seventh-seeded Michigan at 7 p.m. CT Thursday in the final quarterfinal at Lakeside Field in Evanston, Ill. The Buckeyes closed out the regular season with a 12-5 overall record (4-2 ALC) after falling to Hopkins, 8-7, last Saturday in Baltimore. The Wolverines were 4-12 overall and 0-6 in conference play in their inaugural year as a varsity program.
All six tournament games will be streamed live on the Big Ten Digital Network, a subscription streaming video serviced that be purchased at the monthly rate of $14.95. Additionally, live stats for all six 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.
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ALC TOURNEY SNAPSHOT
Defending champ Northwestern is hosting the tournament for the first time since 2008. Florida earned the top seed in the tournament and will face the winner of the four-five game between Penn State and Hopkins in the first semifinal at 4:30 p.m. Friday, May. 2. No. 3 seed Northwestern will play No. 6 seed Vanderbilt in the following quarterfinal at 4:30 p.m. Thursday with the winner taking on the winner of No. 2 seed Ohio State and No. 7 seed Michigan at 7 p.m. Friday in the final semifinal contest. The championship game will be played at 11 a.m. CT Sunday, May 4.
BUCKEYES IN THE ALC TOURNEY
The ALC Tournament was instituted in the 2007 campaign and the Buckeyes have a 3-7 record in tourney action, earning wins in each of the last three quarterfinals. In each of the last three seasons, they have defeated its quarterfinal opponent before falling to Florida in the semifinals. 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 No. 2 seed this year is the highest seed in tournament history for the Buckeyes.
The Buckeyes ended the regular season at No. 13 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. In ALC play alone, Ohio State faced four teams currently holding a Top 8 ranking. All but one of Ohio State’s losses has come against teams ranked in the Top 20 and have been decided by an average of 1.2 goals (opposed to a +6.3 scoring margin in games won). The Buckeyes have been ranked in the IWLCA rankings for eight-consecutive weeks this year.
Ohio State is second in the ALC and 12th in the nation in scoring defense (8.00) and 19th in the country in scoring margin (4.06). Jackie Cifarelli, Katie Chase and Tori DeScenza are among the top NCAA performers in six stat categories. Cifarelli’s 43 assists and 2.53 assists per game are second in the country and first in the ALC. Chase is 12th in the nation in goals per game (3.00), which is second-best in the conference, while DeScenza ranks eighth in the country in save percentage (.496) – league best – and tenth in the nation in goals-against average (7.89) and 21st in saves (129).
The Wolverines enter the ALC Tournament with a 4-12 overall record and 0-6 mark in ALC and are winners of three of their last four contests. Offensively, Jess Angerman is first on the team with 42 points (29g, 13a) followed by Anna Schueler with 41 points (31g, 10a) and Tess Korten with 37 points (27g, 10a). Goalie Allison Silber is 4-12 this year with a .361 save percentage. Last timeout, Michigan claimed 19-6 win over Fresno State in the regular-season finale at Michigan Stadium. The 19 goals were a program-best led by Angerman and Korten with four goals and an assist each. The Wolverines are guided by head coach Jennifer Ulehla after spending three years as an assistant coach at Florida.
LAST TIME VS. THE WOLVERINES
Ohio State claimed the first win between the two programs, beating the Wolverines, 18-5, April 2 in Michigan Stadium. Junior Kelsea Ayers had a team-high six points on five goals and an assist to lead the Buckeyes offensively. Senior Katie Chase added with four goals, while junior Jackie Cifarelli notched five assists to help fuel the offensive output production by a total of eight Buckeyes who found the back of net.
DOWN THE STRETCH
In the last five contests of the regular season, three players have scored more than 10 goals apiece. Junior Jennifer Porretto has collected 11 goals followed by sophomore Cian Dabrowski and junior Kelsea Ayers with 10 each. Junior Jackie Cifarelli has notched 18 points on the last five contests, including 14 assists. The four have combined for 53 percent of the team’s offense heading into the postseason.
SENIOR CLASS RISES IN CAREER WINS
The 2014 senior class made up of Heather Gravinese, Tayler Kuzma, Kaila Gottlick and Cara Facchina have collected 40 wins in the past four years at Ohio State, which is tied for third-most all-time with the 2011 class. The 2014 seniors are just one win away from tying the Ohio State senior class wins record of 41 victories held by the 2003 and 2012 groups, respectively.
HOME SWEET HOME
The 2014 Buckeyes won a program-record nine home games this year highlighted by wins over Northwestern (March 9), Penn State (April 13) and Notre Dame (April 15). The previous record was held by six different OSU squads with six wins each (last in 2011 season). The wins over the Nittany Lions and Fighting Irish marked the first time in program history that Ohio State has defeated back-to-back Top 10 opponents.
Multiple Buckeyes are on point streaks heading into the game vs. the Wolverines:
Jackie Cifarelli was named a Tewaaraton Nominee, released April 25 by the Tewaaraton Foundation. The list includes the top players across all three divisions of NCAA lacrosse and highlight the top contenders for the 2014 Tewaaraton Award. Cifarelli is first on the team in points with 59 (16g, 43a). Cifarelli has collected points in 48 of 53 games in her career, collecting 37 multi-point performances overall.
DABROWSKI ON THE ATTACK
Sophomore Cian Dabrowski has had a breakout year, scoring 24 of her 28 goals in the last 11 games. 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 five of the last eight contests – the first time she’s accomplish such feat in her OSU career. Dabrowski’s 37 points (28g, 9a) is 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. Last time out, Dabrowski posted a team-best four points on three goals and an assist.
CIFARELLI CLIMBS CAREER POINTS LIST
With one point against Hopkins, Jackie Cifarelli is tied for fifth in OSU career points record list with 182 points (60g, 122a) tying former Buckeye Megan Mirick (1999-02). She is four points shy of moving up to fourth overall with former Buckeye Brittney Zerhusen (2007-10) who notched 186 career points.
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, who leads the team with 41 goals in 2014, 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 has been one of the Top scorers in the last three weeks, collecting a combined 35 points in a 10-game point streak. She currently has 104 career points (96g, 8a).
PORRETTO GUIDES BUCKEYES IN ROAD WIN AT VANDY
From start to finish, Ohio State was in total control in Nashville, defeating Vanderbilt, 16-5, at Vanderbilt Lacrosse Complex. Junior Jennifer Porretto led the offensive charge boasting a career-high six points (4g, 2a). For the second-consecutive game, eight different Buckeyes had a point, including five members who notched at least four points. Along with Porretto, senior Cara Facchina (2g, 2a), juniors Jackie Cifarelli (1g, 3a) and Mary Kate Facchina (3g, 1a) and sophomore Cian Dabrowski (3g, 1a) each had four points. Defensively, junior goalie Tori DeScenza earned 12 saves and five groundballs. Ohio State held Vanderbilt to a season-low five goals.
CAREER PERFORMANCE FOR CHASE
Led by senior attack Katie Chase, the Buckeyes won their sixth home contest of 2014 after defeating Oregon, 13-9, March 26 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Chase, a native of Woodbine, Md., tallied a career-high eight points on seven goals (career-high) and one assist.
Chase, who leads the team with 42 goals, collected three goals in the first half and erupted for four scores in the second stanza as the Scarlet and Gray extended their lead to as much as six goals in the final seven minutes of the contest to help seal the win in the first meeting between the Buckeyes and Ducks. The seven-goal performance for Chase tied for second on the OSU single-game goals list – one shy of tying the Buckeye record held by Kelly Haggerty, who scored eight goals vs. California during the 2009 season.
Cara Facchina HITS 100-POINT MARK
With two assists against Florida March 22, senior attack Cara Facchina hit the 100 career-point mark. She currently has tallied 60 goals and 50 assists in her Buckeye career. Facchina, a native of Glenwood, Md., has notched 18 points in 13 contests this season. In 2013, Facchina tallied a season-best 53 points (27g, 26a), which was second-most on the team.
100 ASSISTS AND COUNTING
Junior attack Jackie Cifarelli, who leads the team with 59 points in 2014, posted a pair of assists in the OT win over Northwestern March 9 to cap the 100-career assists total, becoming the fourth Buckeye in OSU history to do so. Following another helper in the win over High Point March 10, Cifarelli passed former Buckeye Kelly Haggerty for third on the OSU all-time list. In 2014, she’s collected assists in 15 of 17 contests, including 12 games with multi-assists performances. Her six-assist performance against Winthrop Feb. 9 was the third time she has done so in her career and is just the fourth different Buckeye in program history to accomplish the feat.
OHIO STATE UPSETS NO. 4 NORTHWESTERN IN OT
Guided by a season-high 13 saves by junior goalie Tori DeScenza and four goals by senior Katie Chase, the Buckeyes posted an 11-10 upset overtime victory against then-No. 4 Northwestern March 9 at Ohio Stadium. The ranked win marked the first victory against Northwestern since the 2003 campaign.
Sophomore midfielder Cian Dabrowski, who scored three goals vs. the Wildcats, tallied the eventual gamewinner in overtime when she found the back of the net at 5:06 on an unassisted score after blasting a shot into the top right of the net. Defensively, DeScenza looked stronger and stronger in front of goal after every shot she denied, collecting nine saves in the second half and three in the overtime period. She collected back-to-back saves at 3:46 and 3:12, respectively, in the overtime session following a free position shot before collecting her last stop of the contest with 2:07 remaining on the Wildcat’s 10th free position shot overall (2-of-10).
DESCENZA RECOGNIZED BY ALC TWICE
Tori DeScenza has been honored twice by the ALC after being named conference defensive player of the week on Tuesday. She collected 11 saves, including seven stops in the first half in the team’s third Top 10 win of the year last week in Columbus against the Fighting Irish. She earned her first ALC weekly laurel on March 11. The native of Sea Bright, N.J., DeScenza helped lead the Buckeyes to wins over Louisville and Northwestern March 9 at Ohio Stadium. DeScenza, a 2012 ALC second team honoree, notched three groundballs and five saves in the win vs. the Cardinals, while collecting a season-high 13 saves with two groundballs in the upset win over the Wildcats.
Mary Kate Facchina is having a solid season offensively in her junior year. She is currently sixth on the squad with 31 points and tied for third with 26 goals in 2014. The native of Woodbine,Md., Facchina also has a season-high 31 points (26g, 4a) after collecting 26 points (26g, 0a) in her sophomore season. She tied her career high with five points in the win over Winthrop Feb. 9 and also claimed her first-career assist at Canisius March 1. Facchina struck the net three times for four points in the win over the Fighting Irish April 15.
OWNING THE DRAW CONTROL
The Buckeyes own a 209-164 advantage in draw controls on the season. Katie Chase and Christine Easton are at the forefront, grabbing 50 and 40, respectively, this season. The Buckeyes have tied or out-drawn their opponent in 12 of 17 games this season.
ALC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Christine Easton, a sophomore midfielder, 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 has started in all 16 games for the Buckeyes and is second in draw controls (37) tied for second in caused turnovers (9).
THREE BUCKEYES NAMED TO ALC PREASEASON WATCH LIST
Katie Chase, Jackie Cifarelli and Tayler Kuzma were each named to the ALC Preseason Watch List, the conference office announced Wednesday. Along with Penn State, the Buckeyes collected most selections in the conference. Ohio State, which received votes in the IWLCA coaches’ poll this week, was tabbed fifth in the preseason conference poll.
NEW TO THE STAFF
Gabby Capuzzi, a former All-American on the Ohio State women’s lacrosse team, was named an assistant coach, Buckeye head coach Alexis Venechanos announced in August. Capuzzi wrapped up her career in 2012 as one of the most successful midfielders in program history and spent last season as a volunteer assistant.
In addition, Nora Boerger was hired as a coordinator of performance analysis, while Emily Boerger will serve as a volunteer assistant coach. The twin sisters wrapped up playing careers at Division II Urbana last season and are familiar with the Buckeye program through working several camps.
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 (expoloration), 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 Tuner (logistics management), Emily Valli (animal sciences) and Bridget Vilbig (special education).
Keep up with the Ohio State women’s lacrosse team throughout the year on OhioStateBuckeyes.com, the official website of the Ohio State Department of Athletics. In addition, the team is on Twitter (@OhioState_WLAX), facebook (facebook.com/OhioStateWomensLacrosse) and Instagram (instagram.com/ohiostatewlax). In addition, make sure to bookmark – http://go.osu.edu/wlax_gameday – for information in advance of each of the Buckeyes’ games this season.