[ALC TOURNAMENT CENTRAL]
No. 17 (No. 4 seed) Penn State (9-6, 1-4 ALC) at (No. 5 seed) Ohio State (9-7, 1-4 ALC)
What: ALC Tournament quarterfinals
When: 3 p.m. – Thursday, May 6
Where: Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium
TV: BigTenNetwork.com (Live) / Big Ten Network at 11 p.m. Friday
The Ohio State women’s lacrosse team is seeded fifth in the American Lacrosse Conference (ALC) Tournament and will face fourth-seeded Penn State at 3 p.m. Thursday in the quarterfinals of the event hosted by Ohio State at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes closed out the regular season with a 9-7 overall record (1-4 ALC) after dropping a 9-8 decision to Johns Hopkins last weekend. Penn State, also 1-4 in the ALC, was 9-6 on the year and is currently ranked 17th in the IWLCA poll released this week.
Ohio State will host the six-team, five-game American Lacrosse Conference tournament this week, May 6-8, at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. There are two quarterfinal games at 3 and 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 6, followed by the semifinals at the same times Friday. The championship will be played at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 8. Tickets – $7 for adults and $4 for children/students – are available through OhioStateBuckeyes.com or at the gate on game day.
The fifth-seeded Buckeyes will face fourth-seeded Penn State at 3 p.m. in the first of two quarterfinal games and will be followed by No. 3 Johns Hopkins vs. No. 6 Florida at about 5:30 p.m. Northwestern and Vanderbilt, who earned the first and second seeds, respectively, will have a bye until the semifinal games Friday. The winner of Ohio State and Penn State will meet the Wildcats at 3 p.m. Friday, while the Hopkins vs. Gators winner draws Vanderbilt following that game. Semifinal winners will meet in the championship at 2 p.m. Saturday with the winner receiving the automatic to the NCAA tournament.
Ohio State, Penn State and Florida all wrapped up the regular season with a 1-4 conference record, finishing in a tie for fourth place. Seedings were determined by a five-step tie-breaking procedure, coming down to in-conference goals against.
FOLLOW THE ACTION
The Ohio State-Penn State game, and all games featuring the Buckeyes in the ALC Tournament, will be streamed live on BigTenNetwork.com for a $2.99 per game fee. The quarterfinal contest will re-air on the television network at 11 p.m. Thursday. All tournament games with a Big Ten team (Northwestern, Penn State or Ohio State) will be streamed on BTN’s Web site and will air on the network later that night. The remaining ALC Tourney contests will appear on OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
Big Ten Network Re-air Times
Ohio State vs. Penn State – Thursday – 11p EST
Northwestern vs. OSU/PSU winner – Friday – 10p EST
Championship game – Saturday – 10p EST
All tournament games also can be followed via live stats, linked from the home page or women’s lacrosse schedule page of OhioStateBuckeyes.com. Live updates from all Buckeye games also can be received via Twitter (@OhioState_WLAX).
BUCKEYES IN THE ALC TOURNEY
The ALC Tournament was instituted in the 2007 season and the Buckeyes have a 0-3 record in tourney action. All three losses have been at the hands of Penn State.
MOMENT OF SILENCE
The American Lacrosse Conference and its teams will observe a moment of silence prior to the awards ceremony Thursday at the conclusion of the second game in honor of Yeardley Love, the Virginia women’s lacrosse player who was killed Monday. Love was a fourth-year player on the No. 4 nationally-ranked Cavaliers.
BUCKEYE BOUNTY – ALC STYLE
Annie Carruthers headlined the list of Buckeye award winners as the 2010 American Lacrosse Conference Goalie of the Year, announced Tuesday by the league. Carruthers joins senior Kelly Haggerty as members of the All-ALC First Team, while sophomore Alayna Markwordt earned second-team recognition. Carruthers is the second ALC Goalie of the Year for the Buckeyes, joining Erin Forquer from the 2003 season. The program has had 29 total all-conference selections, including 17 on the first team.
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 141 goals and 97 assists for 238 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 just three goals to eclipse the leader in that category – Megan Mirick (143, 1999-2003).
ANNIE GET YOUR SAVE
Carruthers, the ALC Goalie of the Year, led the conference throughout the regular season in save percentage (0.520) and saves per game (10.0) and is ranked third and sixth in the NCAA, respectively in the two categories. The Columbus Academy product made a career-high 22 saves against Northwestern March 24, the second-most of any NCAA goalie in the 2010 season, and has had at least 10 in eight games this year. With 167 to her credit, she is third all-time in single-season saves and needs seven to tie second-place Nicole Morris and her 174 tallied in 1997.
RANK AND FILE
After four-consecutive weeks in the IWLCA Top 20, the Buckeyes drop out after their loss to Hopkins last Sunday. They had re-entered at No. 20 April 5 for the first time since the March 1 edition and had since moved up three spots. After being limited to receiving votes beginning March 8, Ohio State went 6-4 with its losses coming at the hands of then-No. 1 and undefeated Northwestern, No. 10 Vanderbilt, No. 18 Penn State and No. 12 Notre Dame before dropping out of the national rankings.
Kelly Haggerty and Alayna Markwordt comprise one of the most successful scoring duos in NCAA lacrosse, combining for 142 points this season, the fifth-most among Division I scoring tandems entering the week of competition. Haggerty leads the Buckeyes with 36 goals and 36 assists, while Markwordt – the 2009 ALC rookie of the year – is second with 40 goals and 29 assists.
MARGIN OF VICTORY
In games won, the Buckeyes have outscored their opponents 157-69 – an 88-goal difference and an average of 9.8 goals per game. Their largest win this season came against Detroit last Sunday, a 21-4 victory. They previously had beaten Cincinnati 20-5.
Maghan Beaudrault leads the team with 25 caused turnovers this season – 10 more than her closest teammate (Gabby Capuzzi, 15). Her 1.56 caused turnovers per game ranks 41st in the NCAA and third in the ALC. She has had multi-CT games in four contests this season, including a career-high seven against Canisius April 5 in Buffalo, N.Y.
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 34 games – the 16th-longest active streak in the country – while Alayna Markwordt has posted points in 30-consecutive games.
BIG GAMES, SMALL SCREEN
Buckeye lacrosse has made three appearances on national television this season, two on the Big Ten Network and one on ESPNU, and will appear at least once more on BTN this week. Ohio State made its debut on Big Ten Network with the Penn State game April 18 before making a second appearance vs. Notre Dame later that week. The game against Johns Hopkins was on ESPNU, the first for Ohio State on the ESPN family of networks. All ALC Tournament games featuring Ohio State will appear on the Big Ten Network. The Buckeyes are 0-3 on television this season.
SCOUTING THE NITTANY LIONS
Penn State (9-6, 1-4 ALC) closed out the regular season with a route of in-state foe Temple, 14-3, last weekend at Jeffrey Field. The Lions’ defense pitched a first half shutout and caused 11 of the Owls’ 17 turnovers. The freshman tandem of Molly Fernandez (3 goals, 2 assists) and Hayley Sofarnos (1 goal, 3 assists) combined to total nine of PSU’s 24 points. With two goals, Theresa Bucci, a native of Hudson, Ohio, became the first Nittany Lion to reach the 30-goal plateau since 2006.
Bucci, who tops Penn State in points with 36, along with Maggie Dunbar, the team leader in ground balls (35) and caused turnovers (18), were recently named First Team All-ALC. Junior defender Jackie Eastman (Springfield, Pa.) earned Second Team All-ALC honors.
Penn State, which owns a 13-4 all-time record versus Ohio State, has defeated the Buckeyes in ALC Championship play in each of the last three seasons. Earlier this year, during the teams’ regular season meeting (April 1 8), the Lions claimed an 18-12 victory over Ohio State in Columbus, despite a pair of four-point performances from Kelly Haggerty and Alayna Markwordt. Annie Carruthers tallied 11 saves in the loss, including two on free-position attempts, and marked her seventh game with at least 10 stops between the pipes this season.
LAST TIME OUT
Brittney Zerhusen scored three goals and Kelly Haggerty led the Buckeyes to a first-half lead with two goals, but the No. 17-ranked Ohio State women’s lacrosse team dropped a 9-8 decision to Johns Hopkins Sunday afternoon on a hot and steamy Homewood Field to close out the regular season. The loss gave Ohio State a 9-7 overall record and a 1-4 finish in the ALC, while Hopkins improved to 10-6, 3-2 with the win.
With Haggerty’s two goals, she pulled within two of tying the all-time career record for goals with 141 to her credit. Both came during a first-half run that also saw a pair of assists from both Jayme Beard and Alayna Markwordt. With an additional single tally, Markwordt finished the day with three points, second behind Zerhusen’s four. The Buckeyes finished the first half with a 7-3 advantage in draw controls, but ended the day down 10-9. They were out-shot 22-18 on the day and held a narrow 13-11 margin in groundballs.
AT THE HELM
Sue Stimmel, the only head coach in Ohio State women’s lacrosse history, is in her 15th season at the helm of the program. She has compiled a 122-111 record at Ohio State and holds a career coaching record of 198-129 after six seasons at Denison – marks that put her among the elite of NCAA coaches. Stimmel has led teams to back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances in 2002 and 2003 and the ALC Championship in 2003. Also during her tenure, Buckeye lacrosse players have gained Academic All-Big Ten honors on 121 occasions and have been named OSU Scholar-Athletes 184 times.