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COLUMBUS, Ohio The 5-1 OhioState women’s lacrosse team visits Louisville for a 1:00 p.m. game Saturday, March 14, at the UofL Lacrosse Stadium.

 

OhioState is ranked 18th this week by WomensLax.com, 19th by the IWLCA and 20th by Inside Lacrosse.

 

Louisville is 4-0 this season, with wins over Villanova, Bryant, Manhattan and Longwood. This will be the first-ever meeting between OhioState and Louisville in women’s lacrosse.

 

MARKWORDT NATIONAL ROOKIE OF WEEK

Freshman midfielder Alayna Markwordt has been selected as national Division I Rookie of the Week by WomensLax.com after she notched 11 points (six goals and five assists) to tie an OhioState single-game scoring record in the upset win over No. 18 Johns Hopkins. She has twice been named American Lacrosse Conference freshman of the week already this season.

 

TWO WIN ALC HONORS

OhioState’s Alayna Markwordt and Kristen Gilwee were named the Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week by the American Lacrosse Conference. Markwordt, a freshman for the Buckeyes, also picked up Rookie of the Week honors, her second consecutive such honor.

 

Markwordt tallied 11 points on six goals and five assists as the Buckeyes upset conference rival Johns Hopkins 22-12. Her point total tied the highest single-game scoring total in OhioState records; six goals in a single game ranks second on the OSU all-time list. Gilwee made 19 saves in the victory over the Blue Jays, who were ranked as high as 14th last week in the national polls.

 

AGAINST CINCINNATI

OSU won its third consecutive game, defeating Cincinnati 20-8 Wednesday evening in crisp conditions at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes traded goals with the Bearcats in the early going before OSU pulled ahead 6-4 by halftime, and OSU scored 11 of the first 12 goals of the second half.

 

Maghan Beaudrault with seven goals tied the OhioState single-game record for goals. Jayme Beard (3), Kelly Haggerty (2) and Alayna Markwordt (2) each had multiple goals for the Buckeyes.

 

FAST START

The Buckeyes’ 5-1 start is the best for the program since the 2003 season, when OhioState began 7-1. The best start for an OSU team was an 8-1 debut in 2002.

 

 

POINTS, POINTS AND MORE POINTS

The Buckeyes are showing their offensive prowess this season. In six games, OhioState has outscored its opponents 100-59, including a 60-35 goal scoring advantage in the second half.

 

Junior Kelly Haggerty leads the squad with 19 goals and 16 assists for a team-best 35 points. In only six contests, the native of West Chester, Pa., has collected more than 2/3 as many points as she did a season ago, when Haggerty tallied 43 points in 18 games. Freshman Alayna Markwordt is second on the squad with 29 points, followed by sophomore Maghan Beaudrault (20), sophomore Jayme Beard (18) and senior Rachel Hawes (16).

 

ON THE DEFENSE

Backstopping OhioState to a 5-1 record is Kristen Gilwee. The senior, who has started all six games, owns a 9.40 goals-against average, making 62 saves while allowing 54 goals (.534 save pct.).

 

Gilwee’s 19 saves against Johns Hopkins were the fifth-best single game effort in OSU history and her 17 saves at Notre Dame rank 10th-best. Her career high is 20 saves, set against Maryland in 2006 and against Notre Dame last season.

 

Gilwee is now just the second goalkeeper in OhioState history to record more than 400 career saves; her current total is 426. The OSU career leader is Megan Barnett, who recorded 448 saves from 1999-2001. Gilwee also ranks third in career victories in goal with 24; Barnett is the OSU all-time leader with 26.

 

FRESHMAN FORCE

In the upset over Johns Hopkins, freshman Alayna Markwordt tallied 11 points on six goals and five assists, tying the highest single-game scoring total in Ohio State records; six goals in a single game ranks third on the OSU all-time list.

After being held scoreless vs. Notre Dame, Markwordt posted her second six-point outing of the season vs. St. Bonaventure. The Woodbine, Md., native ranks second in points and goals this season with 36 and 19, respectively. Markwordt opened her rookie season scoring three goals and adding an assist at American before tallying a 4-2-6 line at George Washington and vs. St. Bonaventure.

            Classmate Gabby Capuzzi has recorded three multiple-point games. Capuzzi, hailing from Broomall, Pa., had a team-tying three best goals vs. the Fighting Irish Feb. 22 and is sixth on the team in scoring with 11 goals, shooting 64.7 percent (11-17). She does her work in the field as well, leading the team with eight caused turnovers and 16 ground balls.

 

PLAYING TOGETHER

It is not just a one-person-show out there for the Buckeyes. Of OhioState’s 100 goals this season, 46 have been credited with assists (46.0%); OSU’s opponents have notched only 16 helpers on 59 goals (27.1%). On the season, OhioState is averaging 16.7 goals per contest and connecting on 50.8 percent of its shots.

 

OPENING WEEKEND

OhioState started the 2009 campaign with two wins in the nation’s capital Feb. 13-15. In the 17-7 win at American, junior Kelly Haggerty was the offensive standout for the Buckeyes, scoring five goals and adding three assists.

Alayna Markwordt and Rachel Hawes contributed three goals each, while Gabby Capuzzi and Maghan Beaudrault had two goals each. Goals from Kirsten Donahue and Jayme Beard rounded out the Buckeye scores. Markwordt, Beaudrault and Rachael Cornicello each added an assist.

American scored the first goal with just a minute elapsed in the contest, but a pair of scores by Haggerty started a Buckeye scoring streak that gave OhioState a 7-2 lead by halftime. Senior Kristen Gilwee was the winning goalie, recording seven saves.

Next, OSU raised its record to 2-0 with a 14-9 win at George Washington. Freshman Alayna Markwordt led the Buckeyes with four goals and a pair of assists in the victory. Junior Kelly Haggerty continued her torrid pace on offense, scoring three goals and adding four assists while taking just five shots.

Jayme Beard also added three goals and an assist, and Rachel Hawes scored two goals. Single goals came from Olivia Annalora and Gabby Capuzzi.

The Buckeyes scored five times in the first 10 minutes of action, and held a 5-3 halftime lead; Taylor Donohue of George Washington accounted for all three of GW’s first-half goals. Donahue added three goals in the second half as well. Senior Kristen Gilwee was the winning goalie for OhioState, recording five saves.

 

AGAINST THE IRISH

Ohio State took a 7-7 tie into halftime against No. 11/12 Notre Dame but was unable to outlast the Irish, dropping its first contest of 2009, 14-11, Sunday in South Bend, Ind. Buckeye goaltender Kristen Gilwee recorded 17 saves in the contest while five Buckeyes recorded multiple-point games with Rachel Hawes, Jayme Beard and Gabby Capuzzi each tallying a hat trick.

 

AGAINST THE BONNIES

OhioState was victorious March 1 in its first home game of 2009, defeating St. Bonaventure 16-9 in blustery conditions at the North Turf Field.

 

OhioState jumped ahead to a 4-0 lead behind two goals each from Kelly Haggerty and Gabby Capuzzi, but the Bonnies rallied to close within 6-4 at halftime. OhioState got four second-half goals and an assist from freshman Alayna Markwordt to lead a 10-goal effort in the second stanza.

 

Markwordt led the Buckeyes with six points (four goals and two assists), while Haggerty had five points and Maghan Beaudrault added four. Capuzzi, Jayme Beard and Rachel Hawes had two goals each for OhioState. Senior Kristen Gilwee was again outstanding in goal for the Buckeyes, with nine saves to raise her record to 3-1.

 

AGAINST JOHNS HOPKINS

OSU won its 2009 American Lacrosse Conference opener, upsetting No. 18 Johns Hopkins 22-12 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium Saturday afternoon. It was the first win for OhioState over a ranked team since 2007, when the Buckeyes defeated No. 8 Penn State 9-8.

 

Freshman Alayna Markwordt tallied 11 points on six goals and five assists, tying the highest single-game scoring total in Ohio State records; six goals in a single game ranks second on the OSU all-time list. Senior Kristen Gilwee recorded 19 saves in goal against the Blue Jays, the fifth-best effort in OSU history.

 

IN 2009

OhioState enters the program’s 14th season with a squad deep in talent and experience as 17 letterwinners, including 10 starters, return for the 2009 season. In addition, the veteran Buckeyes will be complimented with nine capable freshmen this year. The team, which went 10-8 overall and 1-3 in American Lacrosse Conference play in 2008. Returnees Brittney Zerhusen and Maghan Beaudrault (ALC Rookie of the Year) were all-ALC selections last season.

 

THE SCHEDULE

Competing in one of the nation’s toughest leagues, OhioState has its work cut out in 2009; two conference foes advanced to the NCAA tournament last season, including defending national champion Northwestern. The Buckeyes hope a solid core of experience and talent will take this team far. In nonconference action, the squad will face tough opponents in North Carolina, Maryland and Notre Dame in addition to the always difficult conference schedule including Northwestern, PennState, Johns Hopkins and Vanderbilt.

 

BEAUDRAULT NAMED TO PRESEASON TEAM

Sophomore midfielder Maghan Beaudrault, the 2008 American Lacrosse Conference rookie of the year, was named to the 2009 ALC preseason all-star team as selected by the conference coaches. OhioState was predicted to finish fifth by the ALC coaches. The ALC tournament is April 30-May 2 at PennState.

 

HONOR ROLL

OhioState has met the grade off the field as well. Ten members of the Buckeye women’s lacrosse program were honored by the American Lacrosse Conference as part of its 2008 academic honor roll. The OhioState players honored were Kacie Caldwell, Rachael Cornicello, Kristen Gilwee, Libby Graf, Rachel Hawes, Mallory Mayhew, Margaret Prunte, Amanda Shimp, Lauren Sterner and Keri Yourick.

 

COACH SUE STIMMEL

Now in her 14th season as head coach of the Buckeyes, Sue Stimmel holds a 107-99 record at OhioState. Her career coaching record is 183-117 including six years at Denison. Stimmel was president of the Midwest Lacrosse Association from 1991-98, serving as a member of the executive board for the USWLA.  She is a past chair of the mid-Atlantic NCAA Regional Advisory Committee and the Division I Vice-President of the IWLCA. Stimmel is the current chair of the IWLCA Ethics Committee. In 2000, Stimmel was inducted into the Ohio Lacrosse Foundation Hall of Fame.

 

Stimmel welcomes two new assistant coaches to the Buckeye bench this season: Amanda Barnes and Gregg Gebhard.

 

NEXT UP

OhioState visits Duquesne for a 1 p.m. game Sunday, March 22. The Buckeyes’ next home contest comes up Tuesday, March 24, when OhioState hosts California at 7 p.m.

 

 

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