April 9, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Tayler Kuzma, a junior defender on the Ohio State women’s lacrosse team, earned ALC Defensive Player of the Week honors Monday after helping the Buckeyes to a pair of resounding wins last week and holding the NCAA’s third-leading goal scorer off the scoresheet. Ohio State now has won each of its last three games after securing a 19-11 decision over San Diego State April 3 and a 19-4 downing of ALC foe Vanderbilt April 7.
With the help of the three-year starter, the Buckeyes held Vanderbilt’s Carly Linthicum without a point for the first game this season. Linthicum entered the game with an ALC-leading 46 goals on the year and the No. 3 spot in the NCAA in scoring. Kuzma forced two turnovers by Linthicum and limited her to just two shots in the game. The Tewaaraton Trophy Watch List member also grabbed six groundballs in the Buckeyes’ win over Vandy, their first conference win of the season.
Earlier in the week vs. the Aztecs, Kuzma had four groundballs and a team-high tying four draw controls.
A native of Bel Air, Md., Kuzma has started all 44 career games at Ohio State, tallying 87 groundballs, 52 draw controls and 43 caused turnovers over the last three seasons. She currently leads the Buckeyes in groundballs (30) and caused turnovers (17), while holding the No. 2 spot in draw controls (23).
ALC weekly accolades also were awarded to Florida’s Sydney DuPre (Rookie of the Week) and Northwestern’s Erin Fitzgerald (Offensive Player of the Week).
The Buckeyes return to action against eighth-ranked Penn State Sunday, April 14 at noon on Jeffrey Field in University Park, Pa. The game will be televised live on BTN, the fourth appearance on national TV for Ohio State this season. The Nittany Lions are 7-4 on the season and 2-1 in the ALC after falling to Northwestern last Friday night.