No. 12 Notre Dame (9-4, 5-1 Big East) at No. 18 Ohio State (8-5, 1-3 ALC)
Date: Thursday, April 22 – 5 p.m.
Where: Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium (Grass/8,000)
Detroit (6-10, 3-3 NLC) at No. 18 Ohio State (8-5, 1-3 ALC)
Date: Sunday, April 25 – 1 p.m.
Where: Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium (Grass/8,000)
With just three games remaining in the regular season, the 18th-ranked Ohio State women’s lacrosse team welcomes No. 12 Notre Dame to Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at 5 p.m. Thursday before closing out the home schedule with Detroit at 1 p.m. Sunday. The Buckeyes are 8-5 on the season, while the Fighting Irish are 9-4 and riding a four-game winning streak.
FOLLOW THE ACTION
The Ohio State-Notre Dame game will have live video streaming available at bigtennetwork.com for a $2.99 charge. The game will be aired on tape delay on the Big Ten Network beginning at 10 p.m. Friday. Both contests can also be followed via live stats, linked from the home page or women’s lacrosse schedule page of OhioStateBuckeyes.com, or Twitter (@OhioState_WLAX).
With two assists vs. Vanderbilt April 12, senior Kelly Haggerty broke the all-time record for career points at Ohio State. The West Chester, Pa., native now has 131 goals and 93 assists for 228 points, passing Kristen Slahor’s 221 (82g, 139a) earned during the 2005-08 seasons. Haggerty is second all-time in career goals and assists, needing eight and 46, respectively, to eclipse the leader in each category.
Kelly Haggerty and Alayna Markwordt are one of the most successful scoring duos in NCAA lacrosse. The pair has combined for 118 points, the sixth-most among Division I scoring tandems. Haggerty leads the Buckeyes with 30 goals and 32 assists, while Markwordt – the reigning ALC rookie of the year – is second with 35 goals and 21 assists.
MARGIN OF VICTORY
In games won, the Buckeyes have outscored their opponents 136-65 – a 71-goal difference and an average of 8.9 goals per game. Their largest win this season came against Cincinnati, 20-5, April 14 – the largest margin since exactly a year ago to date against Detroit (21-4).
ANNIE GET YOUR SAVE
Heading into the week, junior goalie Annie Carruthers led the ALC in saves per game (11.0) and save percentage (0.525) and is ranked third and fourth in the NCAA, respectively in the two categories. The Columbus Academy product made a career-high 22 saves against Northwestern March 24 and has had at least 10 in seven games this season. With 145 on the year, she is fifth all-time in single-season saves and needs nine to tie the fourth-place Megan Barnett and her 154 tallied in 1999.
Maghan Beaudrault leads the team with 23 caused turnovers this season – nearly twice as many as her closest teammate (Gabby Capuzzi, 12). Her 1.77 caused turnovers per game ranks 30th in the NCAA and third in the ALC.
RANK AND FILE
The Buckeyes re-entered the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) poll at No. 20 April 5 for the first time since the March 1 edition and have since moved up two spots to No. 18. After being limited to receiving votes beginning Marsh 8, Ohio State has gone 5-3 with its losses coming at the hands of top-ranked and undefeated Northwestern, No. 10 Vanderbilt and No. 18 Penn State.
Two Buckeye attackers hold point-scoring streaks of at least 20 games. Kelly Haggerty has notched at least one goal or assist in each of the last 31 games – the 17th-longest active streak in the country – while Alayna Markwordt has posted points in 27-consecutive games.
Ohio State will host the six-team and five-game American Lacrosse Conference tournament May 6-8 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus. There will be two quarterfinal games at 3 and 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 6, followed by the semifinals at the same time that Friday. The championship will be played at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 8. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster or at the game on game day.
BIG GAME, SMALL SCREEN
Buckeye lacrosse made its debut on Big Ten Network last weekend with the Penn State game. The Notre Dame matchup Thursday will be streamed live on BigTenNetwork.com and then shown on tape delay on the television network at 10 p.m. April 23. The games will air intermittently throughout the week; check local listings for times.
SCOUTING THE IRISH
Notre Dame rides a four-game winning streak coming into Columbus Thursday, including two victories over ranked opponents in No. 7 Syracuse and No. 13 Loyola. The defense, led by goalkeeper Ellie Hilling, has been the deciding factor as it has only allowed 10 goals over the last three games. As a team, the Irish are 16th in the nation, giving up 9.08 goals per game. Jackie Doherty leads the Irish in ground balls (43, 3.31 per game) and caused turnovers (30, 2.31 per game) to also top the Big East in both categories.
On the attack, Gina Scioscia’s seven-point game (3g, 4a) in the team’s last outing vs. Cincinnati gave her a team-leading 39 points off 24 goals and 15 assists. Two others – Kailene Abt and Maggie Tamasitis – have more than 30 points, coming in at a tie for second with 33.
Notre Dame and Ohio State will meet for the 15th time in the all-time series with the Buckeyes narrowly trailing 6-8 through the first 14 games. In the last meeting between the teams, Feb. 22, 2009, in South Bend, Notre Dame came away with a 14-11 win. Rachel Hawes, Jayme Beard and Gabby Capuzzi each netted hat tricks, while goalie Kristen Gilwee notched 17 saves in the loss.
LAST TIME OUT
It was a tale of two halves as the No. 19 Ohio State women’s lacrosse team built a first-half lead but fell to No. 18 Penn State, 18-12, at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium last Sunday. Brittney Zerhusen and Alayna Markwordt paced the attack as the Buckeyes moved to 8-5 on the season and 1-3 in the ALC. Coming off a record-setting performance against Cincinnati Wednesday, Zerhusen finished with three goals and an assist, while Alayna Markwordt also posted four points with two and two. Annie Carruthers tallied 11 saves, including two on free-position attempts, and marked her seventh game this season with at least 10 stops between the pipes.
COMING UP NEXT
The Buckeyes close out their home schedule at 1 p.m. Sunday against Detroit. Five seniors will be honored – Laura Burke, Lindsey Burkhart, Rachael Cornicello, Kelly Haggerty and Lauren Sterner – for their four years at Ohio State. The Titans are 6-10 on the season and coming off back-to-back losses to LeMoyne and Longwood.