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Woodbine, Md., native tied OSU single game record with 11 points in conference upset of Johns Hopkins

COLUMBUS, Ohio Alayna Markwordt, a freshman on the Ohio State women’s lacrosse team, is featured in the Faces in the Crowd’ section of the March 30, 2009 edition of Sports Illustrated magazine. Markwordt, who has already racked up four American Lacrosse Conference weekly honors, three rookie and one offensive, posted 11 points in the Buckeyes’ 22-12 upset of conference foe and then-No. 18 Johns Hopkins March 7. Ohio State, then 4-1 on the season, entered into the Inside Lacrosse, IWLCA and WomensLax.com Top 20 polls for the first time in 2009 after the victory, its first win over a ranked team since downing Penn State, 9-8, April 20, 2007.

Markwordt, a native of Woodbine, Md., tallied a career-best 11 points on six goals and five assists to tie the Ohio State program record for points in a single game, joining Mara Simpson (1996-99) who set the mark in 1996 and Kristen Slahor (2005-08) who repeated the effort a season ago. The rookie’s six goals in a single game ranks her third on the Ohio State all-time list.

After being held scoreless vs. Notre Dame, Markwordt posted her second six-point outing of the season vs. St. Bonaventure (March 1). The former high school All-American from Glenelg High School is second on the team in points and goals this season with 43 and 24, respectively. Markwordt opened her rookie season scoring three goals and adding an assist at American (Feb. 13) before tallying a 4-26 line at George Washington (Feb. 15) and vs. St. Bonaventure. 

Markwordt and the 16th-ranked Buckeyes, who won their sixth-consecutive game Tuesday with an 18-5 victory over Cal-Berkeley, remain in action Sunday taking a school best 8-1 ledger into its home contest vs. Canisius at 1 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Admission is free and fans are welcome to participate in the Meet the Buckeyes’ autograph session following the match.