Feb. 19, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 13th-ranked Ohio State women’s lacrosse team will face William & Mary at 3 p.m. in Martin Family Stadium at Albert-Daly Field in historic Williamsburg, Va. Live video and stats are available for the contest, linked above or on the Buckeyes’ Gameday page on OhioStateBuckeyes.com — http://go.osu.edu/wlax_gameday.
IN A NUTSHELL
The Tribe is 1-1 on the season after defeating American in its season opener and falling at No. 7 Duke, 15-8, Sunday afternoon in Durham, N.C. Taelor Salmon leads the team with nine points (7g, 2a), including four off three goals and an assist in the loss to the Blue Devils. William & Mary averages 12.5 goals per game with seven players who have found the back of the goal two games into the season. In goal, Colleen Nofi is coming off a 19-save performance at Duke, and is holding a 14.0 goals-against average in the early part of the season. W&M is coached by second-year head coach Brooke Ireland, who led the squad to a 4-13 record last season.
W&M and Ohio State have met just once before, with the Tribe taking a 15-14 victory in Williamsburg in 2010. The Buckeyes’ three seniors – Rachel Blue, Kelsey Heine and Rachel Wiederkehr – were all freshmen on the roster, but did not see playing time in the loss.
LAST TIME OUT
The 13th-ranked Ohio State women’s lacrosse team was edged by Louisville, 12-11, in its season opener last Saturday at UofL Lacrosse Stadium in Louisville, Ky. Katie Chase and Cara Facchina led the Buckeyes’ offensive efforts with three goals and two goals, two assists, respectively, as the team battled through seven ties and three lead changes.
Seven of the Buckeyes’ 11 goals scored in the Louisville loss came from members of the junior class. Katie Chase (3g), Cara Facchina (2g) and Kaila Gottlick (2g) drove the offensive effort last Saturday.
The OSU starting lineup for the game Saturday was comprised of six underclassmen (2 freshmen, 4 sophomores) and six upperclassmen (5 juniors, 1 senior). The rookies to get the starting nod were Cian Dabrowski and Casey Lyons, both of whom scored in their Scarlet & Gray debuts.
RANK AND FILE
The Buckeyes are ranked 13th in the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches’ Association (IWLCA) Preseason Poll released Feb. 6. Ohio State is one of five American Lacrosse Conference teams to begin the season in the Top 20, tying the ACC for the most teams from one league. In other polls, the Buckeyes also were selected 13th by Lacrosse Magazine and came in 20th in the preseason deBeer Media Poll. IWLCA rankings will be acknowledged as the official poll position throughout the season with the first regular-season edition to be released Monday, Feb. 25.
Ohio State has seven games scheduled against teams ranked in the Top 20 of the IWLCA preseason poll, beginning Saturday vs. No. 20 Boston College in the team’s home opener. No. 1 Northwestern, No. 3 Florida, No. 10 Penn State and No. 19 Johns Hopkins account for the four conference matchups with an additional three on tap vs. No. 7 Duke, No. 9 Notre Dame and No. 20 Boston College. Five of these games will take place on the road.
The Buckeyes open the home portion of their schedule by hosting 20th-ranked Boston College at 1 p.m. Saturday. The Eagles are 1-0 on the year after downing Holy Cross 17-8 last weekend and have their home opener against fellow ALC program Vanderbilt on tap Wednesday.
The game Saturday will be played on the football practice turf field located behind the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Fans are asked to park in the lots around Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium and enter through Buckeye Stadium, home of Ohio State softball. Admission to the game, and to all seven regular-season home games, is free.
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.
Join the Buckeyes for a 10-year anniversary celebration of the 2003 ALC Championship season as they take on Vanderbilt at noon April 7. There will be a banquet in Ohio Stadium at the conclusion of the contest, for the cost of $40 per ticket. For more information, contact Gabby Capuzzi (Capuzzi.firstname.lastname@example.org).