May 8, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State women’s lacrosse players Jackie Cifarelli and Tayler Kuzma each were named Second Team All-West/Midwest Region selections by the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA), the organization announced Tuesday. The pair of Buckeyes was instrumental in guiding the team to its third-consecutive appearance in the American Lacrosse Conference (ALC) semifinals.

Cifarelli led the Buckeyes in total points (65) and assists (47), ranking fourth all-time in career assists (79) as just a sophomore. The attacker from Rockville Center, N.Y., was second in the ALC and in the Top 10 of the NCAA in assists throughout the season, finishing the year third all-time in single-season assists at Ohio State after producing 49 percent of the team’s total helpers.

Kuzma had the team high in groundballs (42) and caused turnovers (28), the latter of which stands in the Top 3 in the ALC and Top 30 in the NCAA. She is the driving force in team groundball total which is 21st in NCAA and caused turnovers (35th), helping herself to multiple forced turnovers in eight games, including a career-high five against High Point April 21. The defender from Bel Air, Md., earned conference defensive player of the week honors after nabbing career-best six groundballs and causing two turnovers vs. Vanderbilt April 7.

Both Cifarelli and Kuzma earned ALC Second Team honors on the eve of the conference tournament last week. The Buckeyes defeated host Johns Hopkins, 10-9, May 2 to advance to the semifinals where they fell to second-ranked and top-seeded Florida. Ohio State ended its season with an 8-10 overall record and 1-4 mark in the power-packed ALC.

In all, the IWLCA honored 128 student-athletes in Division I with a selection on one of the all-regional teams for 2013. These athletes are now eligible for inclusion on the IWLCA All-American teams, which will be announced on May 17.