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Four nationally ranked teams, including Maryland, North Carolina, Penn State and host Ohio State clash at ALC/ACC Challenge Friday and Sunday in Jesse Owens

COLUMBUS, Ohio The 9-1 Ohio State women’s lacrosse team plays host to the ALC/ACC Challenge Friday and Sunday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. On Friday, Penn State faces Maryland at 5 p.m. and Ohio State takes on North Carolina in the 7:30 game. Friday is Student Night with free pizza for the first 50 students in attendance and free t-shirts for the first 100 fans through the gates.

On Sunday, Penn State plays North Carolina at 11 a.m. and Ohio State faces Maryland at 1:30.  Matt the Balloon Guy will provide pregame entertainment on Buckeye Kids Club Day; Kids Club members receive a free hot dog when they show their Kids Club ID. It’s also Alumni Reunion Day.

Admission to all games is free; both days, the first 250 fans will receive free rally towels courtesy of Nationwide and one lucky fan each day will win an iPod Shuffle.

The Buckeyes, ranked 14th by Inside Lacrosse and 16th by WomensLax.com, are on a seven-game winning streak.

Maryland comes into the ALC/ACC Challenge with an 11-0 record and a No. 2 national ranking this season. North Carolina, tied for fifth, is 9-2 this year. No. 18 Penn State is 5-4 this season.

Ohio State holds a 1-10 all-time record against North Carolina; the Tar Heels were 22-12 winners over the Buckeyes last season. Ohio State is 1-7 in the all-time series with Maryland; the Terrapins defeated the Buckeyes, 21-6, in last year’s ALC/ACC Challenge.

FAST START
The Buckeyes’ 9-1 start is the best in the 14-year history of the OSU women’s lacrosse program, passing the 2002 campaign that began 8-1.

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

Senior Kristen Gilwee, who improved to 8-1 on the season, set the Ohio State 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 Hunt Valley, 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 Ohio State were Kelly Haggerty (three goals, one assist), Maghan Beaudrault (two goals), Lauren Sterner (one goal, one assist) and Gabby Capuzzi (one goal).

HAGGERTY ON TEWAARATON LIST
Kelly Haggerty, who leads the No. 16 Buckeyes in scoring with 38 goals and 62 points, has been added to the watch list for the prestigious Tewaaraton Award, given to the nation’s top player.

The Tewaaraton Award Foundation announced new additions to its 2009 Collegiate Men’s and Women’s Watch Lists March 24. The players on this list were nominated by coaches across all three divisions and are early season hopefuls for the 2009 Tewaaraton Trophy sponsored by Brine.

For the full list, go to www.tewaaraton.com.

POINTS, POINTS AND MORE POINTS
The Buckeyes are showing their offensive prowess this season. In 10 games, Ohio State has outscored its opponents 168-96, including an 89-54 goal scoring advantage in the second half.

Junior Kelly Haggerty leads the squad with 38 goals and 24 assists for a team-best 62 points. The native of West Chester, Pa., has collected more points than she did a season ago, when Haggerty tallied 43 points in 18 games.

Freshman Alayna Markwordt is second on the squad with 49 points, followed by sophomore Maghan Beaudrault (29), senior Rachel Hawes (26), sophomore Jayme Beard (26), freshman Gabby Capuzzi (18) and junior Rachael Cornicello (10).

GOING STREAKING
Four Buckeyes have recorded at least one point in all 10 Ohio State contests this season. Kelly Haggerty leads the squad with 62 points, tallying four 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 and senior Rachel Hawes have produced at least one point in each Buckeye contest, collecting 26 points each to rank fourth in scoring for the squad. Freshman Gabby Capuzzi also has put points on the board for Ohio State, scoring one or more goals in all 10 games of her career. She has tallied a career-high three goals twice this season vs. Notre Dame (Feb. 22) and Louisville (March 14).

In addition, freshman Alayna Markwordt, second on the team in scoring, has only been held scoreless once this season (vs. Notre Dame) and is on a seven-game point streak with a 22-1739 line. Sophomore Maghan Beaudrault, third on the squad with 29 points, has earned a point in 8-of-10 games and junior Rachael Cornicello has tallied in 7-of-10 contests this season. Junior Lauren Sterner is finding her flow, producing at least one goal in 5-of-6 of her last contests after going scoreless through the first four games of 2009.

HAGGERTY IN TOP 10
Junior Kelly Haggerty has entered the Ohio State career Top 10 for most points. With 137 points to date, she ranks seventh all-time, behind Celeste Cianfrani, who had 138 points from 1998-2000. Haggerty has 62 points in just 10 games this season. She scored 43 points as a sophomore and 32 her freshman year at Ohio State. The all-time points leader for the Buckeyes is Kristen Slahor, with 221 from 2005-08. Haggerty also is sixth in career goals scored with 91.

RECORDSETTER ON THE DEFENSE
Backstopping Ohio State is Kristen Gilwee. The senior, who has started nine games and is 8-1, owns a 9.48 goals-against average, making 89 saves while allowing 81 goals (.524 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 453. 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 27; 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. The rookie was featured in the Faces in the Crowd’ section of the March 30, 2009 edition of Sports Illustrated for her effort.

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 29 and second in points with 49. 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 17 goals. She does her work in the field as well, leading the team with 11 caused turnovers and 22 ground balls.

PLAYING TOGETHER
It is not just a one-person-show out there for the Buckeyes. Of Ohio State’s 168 goals this season, 75 have been credited with assists (44.6%); OSU’s opponents have notched only 28 helpers on 96 goals (29.1%). On the season, Ohio State is averaging 16.8 goals per contest and connecting on 50.5 percent of its shots.

MARKWORDT ALC ROOKIE OF WEEK
For the third time this season, freshman midfielder Alayna Markwordt has been named rookie of the week by the American Lacrosse Conference. During the week of March 15, she helped Ohio State 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 Ohio State 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 Ohio State single-game scoring record in the upset win over No. 18 Johns Hopkins.

LOOKING BACK: OPENING WEEKEND
Ohio State 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 Ohio State 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 Ohio State, 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
Ohio State was victorious March 1 in its first home game of 2009, defeating St. Bonaventure 16-9 in blustery conditions at the North Turf Field.

Ohio State 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. Ohio State 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 Ohio State. 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 Ohio State 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 Ohio State 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 Ohio State 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 Ohio State 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. 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);