March 13, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 15th-ranked Ohio State women’s lacrosse team begins a three-game road stretch with Boston University at 1 p.m. Saturday at Nickerson Field. The Buckeyes are 3-3 on the season after a resounding 16-5 victory over Canisius last Sunday, while the Terriers are 1-2 overall entering their game at Denver Wednesday night.
The game between the Buckeyes and Terriers will be streamed live through the Terriers’ All-Access service for a fee. Matchup information, as well as links to follow each game, both home and away, through available live stats, audio and video, are updated prior to each contest on the Buckeye Lacrosse Gameday page (go.osu.edu/wlax_gameday).
IN A NUTSHELL
The Terriers enter the week at 1-2 on the season and have a midweek game at Denver Wednesday night. Prior to the meeting with the Pioneers, Danielle Etrasco was leading the BU offense in goals (8) and points (10) and was tied for the team lead in draw controls (five) with Nell Burdis. Kristen Mogavero started the week second on the team with six goals, while Jenna Boarman led the team with four assists.
Ohio State trails in the all-time series with the Terriers, 1-3, though the teams have not met since the 2002 season when the Buckeyes came away with a 16-7 win.
IN THE POLLS
The Buckeyes remain No. 15 in the IWLCA poll released this week, extending their streak to 21-consecutive weeks ranked in the national Top 20. Five ALC teams sit in the Top 15 positions, the most of any league.
LAST TIME OUT
With six-point games from sophomore Jackie Cifarelli and junior Cara Facchina, along with four goals from sophomore Jennifer Porretto, the Buckeyes downed Canisius, 16-5, last Sunday on Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes (3-3) led by just one at halftime ,5-4, but outscored the Golden Griffins (2-3), 11-1, in the second half for the non-conference victory.
Ohio State will play its next three games on the road, beginning with the game Saturday vs. the Terriers. The team will then open its ALC schedule with games at No. 2 Florida March 23 and No. 4 Northwestern March 27. The game vs. the Wildcats will be the first of at least three scheduled appearances on the Big Ten Network this season.
Ohio State is leading the ALC in team groundballs (20.5 per game) and caused turnovers (10.8 per game), also coming in among the Top 10 in Division I in both categories. Katie Chase and Jackie Cifarelli are among the top NCAA performers in draw controls and assists, respectively. Chase averages 5.33 draws per game to own eighth place nationally at the start of the week, while Cifarelli’s 19 assists are sixth in the nation and first in the ALC.
Ohio State has six games scheduled against teams ranked in the current Top 20 of the IWLCA poll with an 0-1 record to date after a loss to No. 10 Notre Dame. In the ALC, No. 2 Florida, No. 4 Northwestern, No. 7 Penn State and No. 12 Johns Hopkins are all on the Buckeye schedule. In addition to the Irish, Ohio State will face No. 6 Duke in non-conference action. Four of these games vs. ranked foes will take place on the road with the Nittany Lions and Blue Jays being the only teams to come to Columbus.
Tayler Kuzma is among the 50 collegiate players named to the Tewaaraton Trophy Watch List, released Feb. 22 by the Tewaaraton Foundation. The list includes the top players across all three divisions of NCAA lacrosse and highlight the early contenders for the 2013 Tewaaraton Award. The Buckeyes’ No. 1 shutdown defender, Kuzma has started all 36 games played in her career. Six games into the season, the Bel Air, Md., native has 10 draw controls, 10 groundballs and nine caused turnovers to her credit.
Jackie Cifarelli has produced a team and ALC-leading and NCAA sixth-ranked 19 assists through the first six games of the year, including a career-high tying six in the win over William & Mary Feb. 20. The sophomore attacker finished last season with the most assists (32) of any freshman in Division I and was second on the team in points and assists, behind Ohio State’s all-time leading scorer Alayna Markwordt.
Juniors Cara Facchina and Katie Chase are the leading goal scorers in the early part of the season. Chase has a team-best 16 goals, while Facchina is not far behind with 14 and an additional nine assists to her credit.
CHASE, DABROWSKI EARN POW HONORS
Katie Chase and Cian Dabrowski each were recognized as players of the week by the American Lacrosse Conference Feb. 27 after leading the Buckeyes to back-to-back wins over William & Mary Feb. 20 and No. 20 Boston College Feb. 23. The offensive player of the week pick, Chase had seven goals between the two games, including a career-high four in the win over the Eagles. The junior attacker also picked up eight of the team’s 19 draw controls vs. Boston College and ended the week with a team-high 11.
As the rookie of the week, Dabrowski produced her first career hat trick in the Buckeyes’ win over 20th-ranked Boston College. The freshman from Orangeville, Ontario, tallied her three goals on four shots vs. the Eagles, including two a minute apart in the first half as Ohio State built its 8-2 halftime lead. Her third was the final score of the day at 1:38, cementing the 15 goals as the most scored against Boston College in the span of 13 games, dating back to March 17, 2012
SAME FIELD, NEW NAME
The Ohio State Board of Regents approved the naming of Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in November 2012 in recognition of the Wolstein Foundation’s $4.9 million to The Ohio State University. The gift was divided, with $3.4 million going to Max M. Fisher College of Business and $1.5 million to the Department of Athletics. Beginning with the Canisius game March 10, the Buckeyes are scheduled to play their final five home games of the season on the grass field shared with men’s lacrosse and men’s and women’s soccer.
The 2013 roster features three seniors, six juniors, 11 sophomores and 12 freshmen, hailing from 12 states and Canada. There are nine attackers, 13 midfielders, seven defenders and three goalies.
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.email@example.com).