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COLUMBUS, Ohio The 11-5 Ohio State women’s lacrosse team faces Penn State (8-7) Friday in a 5:30 p.m. semifinal matchup at the American Lacrosse Conference tournament at Penn State. The Buckeyes are seeded third among the field; Penn State is the No. 2 seed. No. 1 Northwestern will face the winner of Thursday’s game between Johns Hopkins and Vanderbilt in the other Friday semifinal.  

The Buckeyes are 2-2 this season in ALC competition, with wins over Johns Hopkins and Vanderbilt and losses at Penn State and Northwestern. 

The Buckeyes are ranked 13th by WomensLax.com, 13th by the IWLCA and 14th by Inside Lacrosse this week. Ohio State’s all-time records against the ALC field: Johns Hopkins (3-5); Northwestern (2-6), Penn State (4-11) and Vanderbilt (2-12).

 

OUTSTANDING SEASON

In the 14-year history of women’s lacrosse at Ohio State, the 2009 squad is having one of the most successful campaigns ever. The best record for a Buckeye team was 14-4 in 2003, a season when OSU qualified for the NCAA tournament. The most wins by an OSU team:

 

14      2003

11         2002, 2009

10      1999, 2008

 

HAGGERTY ON TEWAARATON LIST

Kelly Haggerty, who leads the No. 13 Buckeyes in scoring with 50 goals and 88 points, is one of 25 players still on the list for the prestigious Tewaaraton Award, given to the nation’s top player. The players on this list were nominated by coaches across all three divisions; the winner will be announced May 28. The 2009 Tewaaraton Trophy is sponsored by Brine. For the full list, go to www.tewaaraton.com.

 

HAWES NATIONAL PLAYER OF WEEK

Senior midfielder Rachel Hawes was the Womenslax.com Player of the Week after her performance in the Buckeyes’ upset of 10th-ranked Vanderbilt. Hawes notched five goals and added two ground balls, two caused turnovers and a draw control to lead the Buckeyes in a dramatic 15-13 victory over the Commodores on senior day. The senior’s offensive contribution set a career best and coincided with the Buckeyes’ first victory over Vanderbilt in 10 years. The ALC offensive player of the week, she was also named to Womenslacrosse.com’s national honor roll.

 

POINTS, POINTS AND MORE POINTS

The Buckeyes are showing their offensive prowess this season. In 16 games, Ohio State has outscored its opponents 247-171, including a 126-96 goal scoring advantage in the second half.

 

Junior Kelly Haggerty leads the squad with 50 goals and 38 assists for a team-best 88 points. The native of West Chester, Pa., has collected twice 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 70 points, followed by sophomore Maghan Beaudrault (45), senior Rachel Hawes (38), sophomore Jayme Beard (37), freshman Gabby Capuzzi (28) and junior Rachel Cornicello (16).

 

FAST START

The Buckeyes’ 9-1 start was the best in the 14-year history of the OSU women’s lacrosse program; during the 2002 campaign, Ohio State began 8-1.

 

HAGGERTY IN TOP FIVE

Junior Kelly Haggerty has entered the Ohio State career top five for most points. With 163 points to date, she ranks fifth all-time, behind Regina Oliver, who had 166 points from 2002-05. Haggerty has 88 points this season. She scored 43 points as a sophomore and 32 her freshman year at OhioState. The all-time points leader for the Buckeyes is Kristen Slahor, with 221 from 2005-08. Haggerty is also fifth in career goals scored with 103.

 

RECORDSETTER ON THE DEFENSE

Backstopping OhioState is Kristen Gilwee. The senior, who is 10-5, owns an 11.03 goals-against average, making 133 saves while allowing 153 goals (.465 save pct.).

 

Just the second goalkeeper in Ohio State history to record more than 400 career saves, Gilwee now holds the Buckeye career record for saves with 497. The previous career leader was Megan Barnett, who recorded 448 saves from 1999-2001.

 

Gilwee also has set the record for career victories in goal with 29; Barnett was the OSU all-time leader with 26.

 

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.

 

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 is second on the team this season in goals scored with 43 and second in points with 70. 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 10 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 23 goals. She does her work in the field as well, leading the team with 14 caused turnovers and 28 ground balls.

 

THE STREAKERS

Two Buckeyes have recorded at least one point in all 12 Ohio State contests this season. Kelly Haggerty leads the squad with 88 points, tallying two or more points in every game this season. The junior notched a season-high 10 points from eight goals and two assists vs. Cal-Berkeley March 24. Sophomore Jayme Beard has produced at least one point in each Buckeye contest, with 37 total for the season.

 

Freshman Alayna Markwordt has only been scoreless once, against Notre Dame; senior Rachel Hawes and freshman Gabby Capuzzi have scored against every team but North Carolina and Penn State.

 

PLAYING TOGETHER

It is not just a one-person-show out there for the Buckeyes. Of Ohio State’s 247 goals this season, 120 have been credited with assists (48.6%); OSU’s opponents have notched only 56 helpers on 153 goals (32.7%). On the season, Ohio State is averaging 15.4 goals per contest and connecting on 50.9 percent of its shots.

 

ALC HONORS

Rachel Hawes and Kristen Gilwee were named offensive and defensive players of the week by the American Lacrosse Conference for April 14. Hawes scored five goals in the win over Vanderbilt, while Gilwee recorded 12 saves in the same contest.

 

Three times this season, freshman midfielder Alayna Markwordt has been named ALC rookie of the week. During the week of March 15, she helped OhioState notch two wins after being ranked for the first time this season, with five goals, four assists and five ground balls in wins over Cincinnati and Louisville.

 

Markwordt and Kristen Gilwee were named the Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week by the American Lacrosse Conference for March 10. 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 in the national polls.

 

Markwordt was selected as national Division I Rookie of the Week by WomensLax.com for March 9 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.

 

LOOKING BACK: 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 Feb. 22 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 March 7. 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.

 

AGAINST CINCINNATI

OSU won its third consecutive game, defeating Cincinnati 20-8 March 11 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.

 

AGAINST LOUISVILLE

The OhioState women’s lacrosse team topped Louisville 15-12 at the U of L Lacrosse Stadium March 14. Louisville scored the first four goals of the game, before the Buckeyes brought the score to 6-6 by halftime. Louisville led as much as 10-7, before OhioState scored the next seven goals en route to the eventual win.

 

Freshman Alayna Markwordt led the Buckeyes in scoring with three goals and four assists; freshman Gabby Capuzzi also added three goals in the close contest. Kelly Haggerty (2 goals, 3 assists), Maghan Beaudrault (2 goals), Rachel Hawes (2 goals), Lauren Sterner (2 goals) and Jayme Beard (1 goal) were also in the scoring column for the Buckeyes. Goalie Kristen Gilwee had 11 saves against the Cardinals.

 

AGAINST DUQUESNE

The No. 19 Ohio State women’s lacrosse team topped Duquesne 20-11 Sunday afternoon at Rooney Stadium in Pittsburgh.

 

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. OhioState 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.

 

AGAINST CALIFORNIA

The No. 16 Ohio State women’s lacrosse team topped California, 18-5, Tuesday evening at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes, now 8-1, have equaled the best start in school history; the 2002 squad also opened the season 8-1. This was the sixth-consecutive win for OhioState.

 

The Buckeyes took a 9-3 lead over the Bears into halftime; Kelly Haggerty had five goals and Rachel Hawes scored three goals in the first half. Haggerty, a junior from West Chester, Pa., set the OhioState single-game record with eight goals, her eighth multiple-goal game of the season. With two assists, she finished with 10 points for the game. Hawes finished with four goals. Sophomore Annie Carruthers got the win in goal for the Buckeyes with seven saves; senior goalkeeper Kristen Gilwee was not in uniform due to a death in her family.

 

AGAINST CANISIUS

The No. 16 Ohio State women’s lacrosse team topped Canisius, 15-9 in blustery conditions at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, the seventh consecutive win for Ohio State.

 

Senior Kristen Gilwee, now 8-1 on the season, set the OhioState career record for wins by a goalie; her four-year mark is now 27-21. Gilwee, with 12 saves against Canisius, also has set an OSU career mark for most saves. The HuntValley, Md., native now has 453 career saves. Megan Barnett (1999-2001) held both those Buckeye records previously.

 

First-half action went back and forth, with the Buckeyes holding a 7-6 lead at intermission. Alayna Markwordt with five goals and Jayme Beard with three goals and two assists led the Buckeyes with five points each. Other scorers for OhioState were Kelly Haggerty (three goals, one assist), Maghan Beaudrault (two goals), Lauren Sterner (one goal, one assist) and Gabby Capuzzi (one goal).

 

IN THE ACC/ALC CHALLENGE

No. 14 Ohio State team dropped a 10-8 contest to No. 4 North Carolina Friday night at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium as part of the ALC/ACC Challenge. The loss snapped a seven-game Ohio State win streak.

 

In an evenly played game, North Carolina took its biggest lead at 7-3 at the start of the second half on a free-position goal by Jenn Russell with just 1:35 elapsed in the second period. Three Ohio State goals during the next six minutes by Alayna Markwordt (24:39), Kelly Haggerty (23:29) and a free-position score by Maghan Beaudrault (22:37) brought the Buckeyes to within one at 7-6. 

 

The Tar Heels’ Kristen Taylor scored at 17:42 to give UNC an 8-6 advantage, but Haggerty answered for the Buckeyes just 41 seconds later with an unassisted goal to make the score 8-7. After a UNC goal by Becky Lynch, Ohio State scored once more, on a shot by Beaudrault from Markwordt at 9:22, but Laura Zimmerman’s score with 7:04 remaining gave North Carolina its 10-8 win.

 

Markwordt, Haggerty and Beaudrault each had two goals for Ohio State, while Jayme Beard and Olivia Annalora scored once each. Russell and Taylor had three goals each for UNC. In goal, senior Kristen Gilwee took the loss for the Buckeyes, despite 12 saves in the game, seven of those during second-half action.

 

Then on Sunday, Ohio State suffered a narrow 17-16 loss to the No. 2-ranked Maryland Terrapins; a season high 836 watched the action at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

 

Ohio State jumped out to a 3-0 lead with goals from Jayme Beard, Alayna Markwordt and Gabby Capuzzi. Beard, cutting to the right of the goal, nabbed a clean pass from Kelly Haggerty and sent a quick low shot past Maryland goalie Brittany Dipper just a minute into play. Markwordt added her first of six tallies for the game at 26:28 with a nifty spin move past the Terrapin defenders and a low shot to the right side. Capuzzi and sophomore Maghan Beaudrault paired for a Buckeye goal at 25:00, as Capuzzi sprinted toward the Maryland net and capitalized off a crisp pass from Beaudrault.

 

With 8:15 until halftime, Ohio State regained a one-goal lead as Rachael Cornicello opted out of the free position attempt for a pass to a waiting Markwordt who tallied again with a low shot to put the Buckeyes up, 6-5. The game was tied 9-9 at halftime.

 

In the second half, Haggerty passed from behind the Maryland net to Beard, who had set up on the right post just outside the crease and beat Mary Jordan top shelf to pull within one with 18 minutes remaining.

 

Maryland received three yellow cards between 4:15 and 3:08 to give Ohio State the man advantage for the remainder of the game. Haggerty notched a FPS at 3:04 and again at 1:37 to cut the Terrapin lead to one, but that was as close as the Buckeyes could come.

 

AGAINST VANDERBILT

Ohio State closed its home season with a dramatic 15-13 ALC victory over No. 10 Vanderbilt Easter Sunday. A career-best five goals from senior Rachel Hawes were the difference in the back-and-forth contest. Leading 6-5 at the half, the Buckeyes never trailed during the second stanza, but the Commodores tied the game at 7-7 and 9-9 and got as close as 14-13 with 2:53 remaining on a goal from Ally Carey. But Buckeye goalie Kristen Gilwee stopped an Alex Priddy shot with 43 seconds remaining, and OSU’s Alayna Markwordt punched in a goal as time expired for the 15-13 decision.

 

Hawes and junior Kelly Haggerty (3 goals, 2 assists) led Ohio State with five points each. Markwordt and Maghan Beaudrault had three points each, while Jayme Beard, Olivia Annalora and Gabby Capuzzi scored single goals. Gilwee finished with 12 saves.

 

AT DETROIT

Ohio State moved to 11-3 on the season with a 21-4 road win at Detroit Tuesday afternoon. Jayme Beard scored the first two goals of the game and the Buckeyes took an 8-0 lead before Detroit found the scoreboard; the halftime score was 16-1. Beard had four goals and Rachel Hawes added three, while Kelly Haggerty and Alayna Markwordt supplied four assists each. Gabby Capuzzi, Olivia Annalora and Jacqueline Orona had two goals each, as 13 different Buckeye players scored at least one goal.

 

AT PENN STATE

Ohio State women’s lacrosse suffered its first conference loss of 2009 with a 13-9 road defeat at No. 17 Penn State. 

 

Penn State scored first and led 5-1 at the half; 7-4 was as close as Ohio State came in the second half. Alayna Markwordt (3 goals), Kelly Haggerty (2 goals, 2 assists) and Maghan Beaudrault (2 goals, 1 assist) were the leading scorers for Ohio State, which was held to less than 10 goals for just the second time this season. Lauren Sterner and Olivia Annalora had single goals for OSU. In goal, Kristen Gilwee tallied only three saves.

 

AT NORTHWESTERN

Ohio State women’s lacrosse finished the regular season with an 18-10 ALC conference loss at No. 1 Northwestern. The two teams were tied 7-7 at halftime, with six different Buckeyes scoring in the first half. After exchanging goals to knot the score 8-8, Northwestern scored four unanswered goals over seven minutes. Ohio State scored only twice more over the last 17 minutes.

 

Maghan Beaudrault and Gabby Capuzzi each scored two goals for the Buckeyes. Rachel Hawes, Olivia Annalora, Kelly Haggerty, Jayme Beard, Alayna Markwordt and Kristen Donahue scored single goals for OSU. Goalie Kristen Gilwee recorded six saves.

 

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 113-103 record at Ohio State. Her career coaching record is 189-121 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 welcomed two new assistant coaches to the Buckeye bench this season: Amanda Barnes and Gregg Gebhard.

 

 

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