No. 18 Ohio State vs. Duquesne
When: Noon Friday, March 5
Where: Joe Walters Stadium (Robert Morris University)
The No. 18-ranked Ohio State women’s lacrosse team looks to return to its winning ways at noon Friday against Duquesne in Pittsburgh, Pa. The game, originally scheduled for 4 p.m., has been moved to the campus of Robert Morris because of unplayable field conditions on the Dukes’ home turf.
Directions to the field – Joe Walters Stadium – can be found on Robert Morris’ Web site, RMUcolonials.com.
IN A NUTSHELL
The Buckeyes are 2-2 on the young season after splitting a pair of West Coast contests against California and 15th-ranked Stanford last weekend. Britney Zerhusen scored six goals in the their 19-5 win over the Golden Bears last Friday. She added two assists for eight points. Alayna Markwordt was not far behind, tallying three goals and four assists, while seven other Buckeyes added at least one score. Maghan Beaudrault once again came through on the defensive end, earning a game-high three caused turnovers and six groundballs. Annie Carruthers finished with eight saves in goal and lowered her goals-against average to 8.61.
No. 15 Stanford edged the 19th-ranked Ohio State women’s lacrosse team, 11-10, in overtime last Sunday in Stanford, Calif. Both team’s records even up at 2-2 on the season with the result. Gabby Capuzzi scored a career-high four goals in the loss, including the first and last tallies of the contest.
SCOUTING THE DUKES
Duquesne is 0-3 on the season, picking up losses to Stony Brook, Denver and Notre Dame over the first two weeks. Katie Rekart and Lauren Johnson each have tallied a team-leading five goals on the season, while Kathleen McNish is the leading point scorer with three goals and four assists to her credit. The Dukes have been out-scored by its opponents 51-2, including a 30-12 margin in the first half of play. Casey Dink controls the bulk of draws and caused turnovers with six in each category. Three different Duquesne players have seen time in goal, though Sara Beckstead has made all three starts. She has a 17.61 goals-against average with 38 saves in 136:15 of play.
Ohio State holds a 10-3 advantage in the all-time series with Duquesne, including wins in four of the last five meetings. Last season, the Buckeyes earned a 20-11 victory On March 22. The Buckeyes took an 8-0 lead before Duquesne got on the scoreboard, with three goals each from Maghan Beaudrault and Kelly Haggerty among those first eight. Ohio State led 17-3 at the half.
Haggerty finished the game with six goals and two assists for a team-best eight points; other scorers for the Buckeyes were Beaudrault (four goals, one assist); Alayna Markwordt (two goals, four assists); Lauren Sterner (two goals); and one goal each from Jayme Beard, Olivia Annalora, Gabby Capuzzi, Rachel Hawes, Kelsay Tabor and Margaret Prunte.
The Buckeyes are ranked No. 18 in the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association poll, up one spot from last 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. With the decisive win over California and narrow overtime loss to 15h-ranked Stanford last week, they are holding steady at No. 16. Ohio State also is receiving votes in the Inside Lacrosse media poll.
Senior All-American Kelly Haggerty is one of 18 active NCAA players with a point-scoring streak of 20 games or more. With two goals and two assists vs. Stanford last Sunday, Haggerty tallied at least one point in her 22nd-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.
Junior goalie Annie Carruthers earned her first American Lacrosse Conference honor of her career after being named the ALC Defensive Player of the Week Feb. 24. The Columbus native helped lead the Buckeyes to a 16-7 win over visiting American last Feb. 20. Carruthers tallied seven saves and allowed just four goals in 47:15 of action against the Eagles.
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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