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COLUMBUS, Ohio The 9-3 Ohio State women’s lacrosse team hosts American Lacrosse Conference rival Vanderbilt (7-3) at noon Sunday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. 

Seniors Kristen Gilwee, Libby Graf, Kendall Gysin, Rachel Hawes, Mallory Mayhew and Margaret Prunte will be honored in a ceremony before the match. Admission is free and one lucky fan will win an iPod Shuffle.

The Buckeyes are ranked 13th by WomensLax.com, 15th by the IWLCA and 16th by Inside Lacrosse this week.

Vanderbilt, which plays Wednesday at New Hampshire, is ranked 10th and 11th nationally. Ohio State holds a 1-12 all-time record against Vanderbilt; the Commodores were 17-7 winners over the Buckeyes last season in Nashville.

HAGGERTY ON TEWAARATON LIST
Kelly Haggerty, who leads the No. 13 Buckeyes in scoring with 44 goals and 73 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 25. 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 12 games, Ohio State has outscored its opponents, 192-123, including a 101-66 goal scoring advantage in the second half.

Junior Kelly Haggerty leads the squad with 44 goals and 29 assists for a team-best 73 points. The native of West Chester, Pa., has collected nearly 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 57 points, followed by sophomore Maghan Beaudrault (35), sophomore Jayme Beard (29), senior Rachel Hawes (28), freshman Gabby Capuzzi (22) and junior Rachael Cornicello (11).

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 10
Junior Kelly Haggerty has entered the Ohio State career Top 10 for most points. With 148 points to date, she ranks sixth all-time, behind Shannon Wilson, who had 154 points from 2000-03. Haggerty has 73 points in 12 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 fifth in career goals scored with 97.

RECORDSETTER ON THE DEFENSE
Backstopping Ohio State is Kristen Gilwee. The senior, who has started 11 games and is 8-3, owns a 10.25 goals-against average, making 109 saves while allowing 108 goals (.502 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 473. 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.

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 37 and second in points with 57. 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 eight 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 18 goals. She does her work in the field as well, leading the team with 11 caused turnovers and 24 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 73 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 29 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.

PLAYING TOGETHER
It is not just a one-person-show out there for the Buckeyes. Of Ohio State’s 192 goals this season, 88 have been credited with assists (45.8%); OSU’s opponents have notched only 38 helpers on 123 goals (30.8%). On the season, Ohio State is averaging 16 goals per contest and connecting on 51.6 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); 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 Ohio State.

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 Ohio State 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 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).

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 pass 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.

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. Ohio State was predicted to finish fifth by the ALC coaches. The ALC tournament is April 30-May 2 at Penn State.

HONOR ROLL
Ohio State 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 Ohio State players honored were Kacie Caldwell, Rachael Cornicello,