May 24, 2012

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Gabby Capuzzi and Alayna Markwordt, both senior captains on the 13th-ranked Ohio State women’s lacrosse team, were named First Team All-West/Mid-West Region selections by the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA), the organization announced Thursday. In addition, fellow senior Kirsten Donahue and sophomore Tayler Kuzma each garnered second-team recognition.

In all, the IWLCA honored 128 student-athletes in Division I with a selection on one of the All-Regional teams for 2012. The athletes on the first team now are eligible for inclusion on the IWLCA All-American teams, which will be announced Sunday as part of the women’s lacrosse national semifinals and finals in Stony Brook, N.Y.

Capuzzi had team-best 42 goals, 52 draw controls, 38 ground balls and 31 caused turnovers, leading the ALC with an average of 1.82 CT per game, a mark which also ranked 14th in the nation. The Broomall, Pa., native is the OSU record holder for career draws (166) after tying the single-season draw record in 2012 and owning two of the Top 3 positions. Capuzzi was a member of the Second Team All-West/Mid-West Region a year ago and adds the first-team nod to her list of senior year accolades along with being First Team All-ALC.

An IWLCA Second Team All-American and First Team All-Midwest/West Region in 2011, Markwordt ended her career as the most prolific scorer in Ohio State history. The attacker from Woodbine, Md., ended the regular season fourth in the NCAA in points per game (5.29) and fifth in assists per game (2.88) and total points (90) and assists (49), all totals which topped the ALC. Markwordt is the Ohio State record holder in career goals (181) and points (314), while finishing second all-time in assists (133). She scored at least one point in 65-consecutive games, dating back to fourth game of freshman season.

Donahue was one of the top defensive midfielders in the conference this season, generally marking up on opposing team’s top midfielder. She finished second on the team in draw controls (27) and caused turnovers (18), while scoring at least one goal in the first 14 games of the season to finish with 34 goals and three assists. Her points total placed the Shamong, N.J., product fourth on the team in total scoring.

The Buckeyes’ No. 1 shutdown defender, Kuzma marked the opposing team’s top scoring threat throughout the season. She anchored 12th-ranked scoring defense in the country, finishing the season with 35 groundballs, good for second on the team, and 16 caused turnovers. A native of Bel Air, Md., Kuzma also scored first career goal at Hofstra this season.

As tri-captains, Capuzzi, Markwordt and Donahue wrapped up their careers as the winningest class in program history, procuring 41 victories over the last four years. Ohio State now has 18 selections to the IWLCA all-region first team, while bringing their total number of honorees to 30. Markwordt is the second OSU player to be recognized after all four seasons, joining Regina Oliver (2002-05).

The 2012 Buckeyes finished the season 11-6 overall with their second-consecutive trip to the semifinals of the ALC Tournament. Ohio State reached double-digit victories for the seventh time in 17 seasons after starting the year 5-0 for the first time in a decade.

West/Mid-West Region
First Team
Dana Cahill, Penn State, Sr., G
Paige Cahill, Vanderbilt, Jr., D
Gabby Capuzzi, Ohio State, Sr., M
Ally Carey, Vanderbilt, Sr., M
Lizzy Carney, Penn State, So., D
Tatum Coffey, Penn State, Fr., M
Erin Fitzgerald, Northwestern, Sr., A
Alex Frank, Northwestern, Sr., D
Alayna Markwordt, Ohio State, Sr., A
Maggie McCormick, Penn State        , Fr., A
Shannon Smith, Northwestern, Sr., A
Margaret Smith, Notre Dame, So., M
Barbara Sullivan, Notre Dame, Fr., D
Megan Takacs, California, Jr., A
Maggie Tamasitis, Notre Dame, Sr., A
Taylor Thornton, Northwestern, Jr., D

Second Team
Emilie Boeri, Stanford, Sr., A
Nikki Boltja, Louisville, So., A
Mackenzie Cyr, Penn State, So., A
Elizabeth Datino, UC Davis, Jr., A
Kirsten Donahue, Ohio State, Sr., M
Jana Drummond, Oregon, Sr., M
Caroline Federighi, Oregon, So., G
Kate Henrich, Denver, Jr., D
Taylor Kuzma, Ohio State, So., D
Monica Negron, Louisville, So., D
Megan Oosting, Canisius, Sr., M
Lindsay Powell, Notre Dame, So., A
Caitlin Prince, Duquesne, So., A
Megan Sullivan, Notre Dame, Sr., M
Lacey Vigmostad, Northwestern, Sr., D
Liz Walker, Duquesne, Sr., G