May 1, 2013

BALTIMORE – The Ohio State women’s lacrosse team is represented by four players on the postseason American Lacrosse Conference teams, released Wednesday by the league on the eve of its annual tournament. Katie Chase, Jackie Cifarelli, Tori DeScenza and Tayler Kuzma were each named to the ALC Second Team.

The fifth-seeded Buckeyes will take on fourth-seed and host Johns Hopkins at 4 p.m. Thursday on Homewood Field in the first of two quarterfinal contests.

Chase has scored at least one goal in every game this season, leading  the team with 42 and sitting in the Top 3 among conference players. She is ninth all-time at Ohio State in season goal scoring and has led the 20th-ranked scoring offense in the country since the start of the year. Equally dominant in the center circle, the Woodbine, Md., product holds the Ohio State record for draw controls in a season with 68, a mark which stands as second in the ALC and 16th in the NCAA after the regular season. Chase was the ALC’s offensive player of the week Feb. 27 after scoring seven goals in the Buckeyes’ wins over William and Mary and Boston College.

Cifarelli leads the Buckeyes in total points (61) and assists (44), ranking fourth all-time in career assists (76) as just a sophomore. The attacker from Rockville Center, N.Y., has been second in the ALC and in the Top 10 of the NCAA in assists throughout the season, currently holding the fourth spot all-time in single-season assists at Ohio State. With 48 percent of the Buckeyes’ total assists, Cifarelli directs the team offense which is ranked among the Top 20 in the NCAA.

DeScenza started all 16 games of the regular season in goal, tallying a 10.69 goals-against average and a save percentage (41.9) ranked in the top half of ALC goalies. She tallied double-digit saves in four games this season, including a season-high 13 in games against Stanford and High Point. The sophomore from Sea Bright, N.J., limited opponents to single-digit goals in five games, including a two-goal outing vs. Vanderbilt (45:45 of action).

Kuzma leads the team in groundballs (41) and caused turnovers (26), both of which are in the Top 3 in the ALC and Top 30 in the NCAA. She is the driving force in team groundball total which is 20th in NCAA and caused turnovers (32nd), 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.

For the major conference awards, Florida earned all four positional awards – offensive, defensive, midfielder and goalie – as well as the coach of the year. All six ALC schools are represented on the teams. Florida led the way with four first-team honorees and two players on the second team. Both Northwestern and Penn State have three first-team recipients and two second-team honorees. Johns Hopkins and Vanderbilt both have one player on the first team, while Ohio State leads all schools with three players on the ALC Second Team. 

Offensive Player of the Year
Kitty Cullen, Florida

Midfield Player of the Year: 
Brittany Dashiell, Florida

Defensive Player of the Year
Sam Farrell, Florida

Goalie of the Year
Mikey Meagher, Florida

Rookie of the Year
Dené DiMartino, Johns Hopkins

Coach of the Year
Amanda O’Leary, Florida

ALC First Team
Kitty Cullen, Florida
Taylor D’Amore, Johns Hopkins
Brittany Dashiell, Florida
Sam Farrell, Florida
Erin Fitzgerald, Northwestern
Gabrielle Flibotte, Northwestern
Shannon Gilroy, Florida
Katie Guy, Penn State
Kelly Lechner, Penn State
Carly Linthicum, Vanderbilt
Maggie McCormick, Penn State
Mikey Meagher, Florida
Taylor Thornton, Northwestern

ALC Second Team
Ashley Bruns, Florida
Paige Cahill, Vanderbilt
Ali Cassera, Northwestern
Sammy Cermack, Johns Hopkins
Katie Chase, Ohio State
Jackie Cifarelli, Ohio State
Mackenzie Cyr, Penn State
Tori DeScenza, Ohio State
Dene DiMartino, Johns Hopkins
Emily Dohony, Florida
Tayler Kuzma, Ohio State
Alyssa Leonard, Northwestern
Jenna Mosketti, Penn State