No. 19 Ohio State (1-1) at California (0-1)
When: 3 p.m. (6 p.m. ET) Friday
Where: Memorial Stadium
No. 19 Ohio State (1-1) at No. 15 Stanford (1-1)
When: 1 p.m. (4 p.m. ET) Sunday
Where: Laird Q. Cagan Stadium
Watch: Stanford All-Access, GoStanford.com (subscription fees apply)
The No. 19-ranked Ohio State women’s lacrosse team heads west for a pair of games in California this weekend. The Buckeyes (1-1) will face California at 3 p.m. Friday before taking on No. 15 Stanford at 1 p.m. Sunday. All times listed are Pacific. Ohio State is coming off a 16-7 win over American last Saturday. Kelly Haggerty and Alayna Markwordt each scored four goals in the win. Five other Buckeyes also found the back of the net, including Maghan Beaudrault (2), who led the charge defensively with a game-high four caused turnovers. Junior goalie Annie Carruthers made seven saves in 47 minutes of action before giving way to freshman stopper Megan Fiorito who made one down the stretch.
SCOUTING THE BEARS
California dropped its season opener against UC Davis, 12-10, last Saturday. Senior Alyse Kennedy scored three goals and contributed two assists to lead the Bears with five points, while Allie Welsh, a sophomore, also added three goals. Junior goalie Allie Shropshire made 10 saves vs. UC Davis, holding a .455 save percentage to her credit. Head coach Theresa Sherry is in her third season in Berkeley.
SCOUTING THE CARDINAL
Stanford, the five-time reigning Mountain Pacific Sports Federation champion, is off to a 1-1 start to the season after splitting decisions with LeMoyne (W, 16-9) and No. 6 Syracuse (L, 16-7) last weekend. Junior Sarah Flynn leads the attack early with seven goals, following by four other with multiple goals and four more with single tallies. Another junior, goalie Annie Read, has tended all 120 minutes between the pipes, recording 26 saves with a .510 save percentage and a 12.50 goals-against average.
Amy Bokker is in her first season as head coach of the Cardinal after 11 seasons at the helm of the George Mason program.
The Buckeyes have split the previous six meetings with both California and Stanford. The Buckeyes defeated the Bears, 18-5, last season (March 24) and have won each of the last three meetings. The Cardinal, however, defeated Ohio State 17-9 in 2006 in the last meeting. Ohio State last defeated Stanford to open the 2004 season, a 10-9 overtime victory in Stanford, Calif.
Junior goalie Annie Carruthers earned her first American Lacrosse Conference honor of her career after being named the ALC Defensive Player of the Week Wednesday. The Columbus native helped lead the Buckeyes to a 16-7 win over visiting American last Saturday. Carruthers tallied seven saves and allowed just four goals in 47:15 of action against the Eagles.
The Buckeyes are ranked No. 19 in the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association poll this week. They started the year at No. 16 in the preseason edition of the rankings, but dropped three spots after splitting the first two games of the year. Ohio State is receiving votes in the Inside Lacrosse media poll.
Senior All-American Kelly Haggerty is one of 20 active NCAA players with a point-scoring streak of 20 games or more. With four goals and two assists vs. American last weekend, Haggerty tallied at least one point in her 20th-consecutive game.
BIG GAMES, SMALL SCREEN
The Buckeyes will make at least two appearances on national television this season with their home contest vs. Penn State April 18 being televised by Big Ten Network and the May 2 road finale against Johns Hopkins slated for ESPNU. The home game with Notre Dame April 22 is scheduled for online viewing on BigTenNetwork.com, while the remaining games in Columbus will be streamed online through Buckeye Vision on OhioStateBuckeyes.com, depending game site and weather.
OHIO STATE OPENS 15th SEASON
The Buckeyes are in their 15th season of competition at Ohio State, all under head coach Sue Stimmel’s reign. Stimmel welcomes back 21 letterwinners and nine starters from a 2009 squad that went 11-6 on the season with a national ranking as high as No. 11. Each of the Top 4 point scorers return from the team last year in Kelly Haggerty, Alayna Markwordt, Maghan Beaudrault and Jayme Beard, in addition to the 2008 leading scorer Britney Zerhusen who sat out 2009 with an injury. Four of the Top 5 defensive presences in caused turnovers also remain on the roster, aiding the transition to a new full-time starting goalie.
BUCKEYES PICKED THIRD IN PRESEASON POLL
Ohio State was selected to finish third in the American Lacrosse Conference in a poll of the league’s six head coaches. Five-time defending National Champion Northwestern earned the No. 1 spot, followed by Vanderbilt. Penn State, Johns Hopkins and ALC-newcomer Florida round out the selections. All-American Kelly Haggerty and reigning ALC rookie of the year Alayna Markwordt earned preseason all-league recognition as well.
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