No. 18 Penn State (7-5, 0-3 ALC) at No. 19 Ohio State (8-4, 1-2 ALC)
Date: Sunday, April 18 – 1 p.m.
Where: Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium (Grass/8,000)
TV: Tape delay on Big Ten Network at 5 p.m. Sunday
Talent – Mike Wolf (play-by-play), Megan Mirick (expert analysis)
Coming off a 20-5 thrashing of Cincinnati Wednesday, the No. 19 Ohio State women’s lacrosse team welcomes 18th-ranked Penn State to Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at 1 p.m. Sunday in a pivotal ALC matchup. The Big Ten Network will broadcast the contest on a tape delay basis, with the re-air scheduled for later in the day at 5 p.m.
FOLLOW THE ACTION
The Ohio State-Penn State game can be followed through live stats, linked from the home page or women’s lacrosse schedule page of OhioStateBuckeyes.com. Live scoring updates also can be received via Twitter by following @OhioState_WLAX. The game will be aired on tape delay on the Big Ten Network beginning at 5 p.m. Sunday with Mike Wolf and former Buckeye Megan Mirick (1999-2002) calling the action.
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 now has 134 goals and 91 assists for 225 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 nine and 48, 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 111 points, the third-most among Division I scoring tandems. Haggerty leads the Buckeyes with 29 goals and 30 assists, while Markwordt – the reigning ALC rookie of the year – is second with 33 goals and 19 assists.
ANNIE GET YOUR SAVE
Heading into the week, junior goalie Annie Carruthers led the ALC in saves per game (12.2) and save percentage (0.541) and is ranked second and fifth 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 six games this season.
IN THE MIX
Several Ohio State players are in the mix within nationally as statistical leaders.
Buckeyes in the Top 25 (as of April 12)
Save %: .541/5th
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 5-2 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 30 games – the 19th-longest active streak in the country – while Alayna Markwordt has posted points in 26-consecutive games.
BIG GAME, SMALL SCREEN
Buckeye lacrosse is making its debut on the Big Ten Network Sunday. 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.
SCOUTING THE NITTANY LIONS
The Nittany Lions (7-5, 0-3 ALC) posted a 1-1 record last week, defeating Lehigh, 14-13, on the road on Wednesday before falling to No. 1 Northwestern, 13-6, in State College, Pa., Sunday. Theresa Bucci, an Ohio native, had a productive week, scoring four, including the game winner, vs. the Mountain Hawks and then netted three more in the loss to the Wildcats. She currently leads the team in goals with 22 and ranks third with 26 points. Jen Steadman, the team leader in points with 30, was also active, totaling four goals and three assists in the two games. Penn State is 2-4 this season against opponents ranked in the Top 20.
The Nittany Lions have taken each of the last three meetings against the Buckeyes and hold a 12-4 record in the all-time series. Last season, Penn State beat Ohio State twice in University Park, earning a 13-9 win during the regular season and an 11-7 triumph in the ALC Championship.
LAST TIME OUT
Brittney Zerhusen finished with an Ohio State first-half record 10 points off five goals and five assists, leading the No. 19 women’s lacrosse team to a resounding win, 20-5, over Cincinnati Wednesday evening at Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio. Eleven players scored for the Buckeyes (8-4), including the redshirt junior Zerhusen who broke the record for points in a half that had previously stood at eight set during the 1996 season by Mara Simpson.
Zerhusen now leads the team in goals on the season with 35 and is third in total scoring behind senior Kelly Haggerty and sophomore Alayna Markwordt, who finished the day with three goals and an assist, respectively. All 30 available players saw action in the game, including freshmen Alison Cahill and Sarah Fellows and junior Nikki Jones, who each saw their first career minutes as Buckeyes.
Following the Sunday game with Penn State, the Buckeyes welcome Notre Dame, of the Big East conference, at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 22. The No. 12-ranked Fighting Irish are 8-4 on the season and scheduled to play Cincinnati this weekend.