The No. 19-ranked Ohio State women’s lacrosse team returns to the Buckeye State, but travels to Cincinnati for a 5 p.m. game Wednesday at Nippert Stadium. The third of three-consecutive road games for the Buckeyes (7-4), Wednesday marks the third meeting in the in-state rivalry. Cincinnati is 4-6 on the season.
FOLLOW IT LIVE
The Ohio State-Cincinnati game can be followed through live stats, linked from the home page or women’s lacrosse schedule page of OhioStateBuckeyes.com. A live video webcast also is available through GoBearcats.com with applicable subscription fees.
With two assists vs. Vanderbilt last weekend, senior Kelly Haggerty broke the all-time record for career points at Ohio State. The West Chester, Pa., native has 131 goals and 91 assists for 222 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 12 and 48, respectively, to eclipse the leader in each category.
RANK AND FILE
The Buckeyes re-entered the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) poll at No. 20 last week for the first time since the March 1 edition and have since moved up one spot to No. 19. After being limited to receiving votes beginning Marsh 8, Ohio State has gone 4-2 with its losses coming at the hands of top-ranked and undefeated Northwestern and No. 10 Vanderbilt.
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 29 games – the 19th-longest active streak in the country – while Alayna Markwordt has posted points in 25-consecutive games.
BIG GAME, SMALL SCREEN
Lacrosse is making its debut on the Big Ten Network this season. Ohio State’s game with ALC rival Penn State April 18 will be shown on tape delay at 5 p.m. that day. Its next contest, vs. Notre Dame April 22, 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.
The Bearcats are 4-6 on the season and have lost their last three games, including two against ranked opponents in No. 13 Loyola and No. 14 Georgetown. They are 0-3 against teams ranked in the Top 20 this season, adding a dropped decision to Stanford earlier this year.
Three Cincinnati players have more than 25 points with Laura Simanski leading the way with a team-high 26 goals and three assists. Simanski has had a hat trick in each of the last three games and holds the team’s longest point-scoring streak at 13 games. Freshman attack Katie Liberatore is second on the team with 16 goals and has recorded 26 points so far this season.
Ohio State leads the all-time series 2-0 after capturing wins in each of the last two seasons. In 2008, the Buckeyes came away with a 17-2 win in Cincinnati and last year, they won 20-8 March 11. Maghan Beaudrault scored seven goals in the win and tied the Ohio State single-game record for goals. Jayme Beard (3), Kelly Haggerty (2) and Alayna Markwordt (2) each had multiple goals for the Buckeyes.
LAST TIME OUT
Kelly Haggerty broke the all-time record for career points, while Alayna Markwordt scored four goals and Jayme Beard added four points off a pair of goals and assists, but the No. 20 Ohio State took a 19-8 loss to No. 10 and conference-leading Vanderbilt last Saturday afternoon at the Vanderbilt Soccer/Lacrosse Complex in Nashville, Tenn. All of the Buckeyes’ (7-4, 1-2 ALC) losses this season have come at the hands of higher-ranked teams, including two vs. Top 10 foes.
The Buckeyes return home to Columbus after three road games in a row when they welcome ALC rival Penn State to Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at 1 p.m. Sunday. The game will be televised on tape delay at 5 p.m. on Big Ten Network.