April 27, 2022

Buckeyes Close Regular Season Under the Lights in The Shoe Thursday

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The Basics

  • The Ohio State women’s lacrosse team closes the regular season at home Thursday night, as the Buckeyes will host No. 15 Rutgers at 8 p.m. in Ohio Stadium. Admission and parking are free.
  • The game will be televised by BTN and available on the Fox Sports app, with Dean Linke and Caley Chelios on the call.
  • Thursday is a Morgan’s Message Dedication Game. Morgan’s Message amplifies stories, resources, and expertise to confront student-athlete mental health, builds a community by and for athletes, and provides a platform for advocacy. More information on the organization is available online at morgansmessage.org.
  • Ohio State enters the game 9-6 on the year and 2-3 in Big Ten play, with Rutgers 13-3 and 3-2 in the B1G.
  • Last weekend, the Buckeyes fell on the road at Johns Hopkins, 17-14. Rutgers posted an 18-13 win over Penn State at home last weekend.

Buckeyes vs. Scarlet Knights

  • The Buckeyes trail the series with Rutgers, 5-7 overall and 4-5 since the start of B1G play.
  • The teams met three times last season, with Rutgers sweeping the series. In the regular season, the Scarlet Knights posted 12-9 and 10-9 wins in Piscataway Feb. 26 and 28, 2021. Rutgers then prevailed in a Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal matchup, 19-13, April 29, 2021.
  • The Scarlet Knights are 13-3 overall this season, with a 4-2 record on the road. The team is 3-2 in Big Ten play after posting wins over Johns Hopkins (12-11), Michigan (13-8) and Penn State (18-13), with losses to Maryland (16-6) and Northwestern (21-13).
  • Rutgers is scoring 14.38 goals a game and allowing 10.12 per contest. The team is 14th nationally in caused turnovers per game (9.62) and 12th in ground balls per game (19.31), leading the Big Ten in both categories.

In the B1G

  • The Top 4 teams in the final Big Ten standings earn a spot in the Big Ten Tournament, set for May 6-8 at SHI Stadium in Piscataway, N.J.
  • Maryland, 5-0, captured at least a share of the Big Ten title and the tournament’s No. 1 seed last weekend with a win over Northwestern and will earn the outright crown with a win over Michigan Saturday. Northwestern ended its conference season 5-1 and will be the No. 2 seed in the B1G Tournament.
  • Rutgers, 3-2, has clinched a Top 4 finish and spot in the tournament.
  • The Buckeyes enter Thursday’s game 2-3 and will earn the final spot with a win over the Scarlet Knights.
  • Michigan is 2-3 on the year, with Johns Hopkins 1-4 and Penn State 0-5.
Ohio State Buckeyes

Stats Stuff

  • Ohio State is averaging 12.80 goals a game, allowing 11.33 per contest. The team is eighth nationally and second in the Big Ten in draw control percentage (.577) and is 17th in draw controls per game (16.20). Ohio State averages 31.53 shots per game, with 22.27 on goal per outing.
  • Jamie Lasda leads the Buckeyes with 34 goals and Nicole Ferrara has a team-best 18 assists. Ferrara is first with 47 points, followed by Lasda with 42.
  • Ferrara (29), Lindsay Epstein (24), Chloë Johnson (21) and Jamie Level (20) all have hit the 20-goal mark.
  • Sophie Baez is second in assists (13) and third in points with 31 and Epstein ranks fourth with 30 points.
  • Chloë Johnson is ninth in the country and second in the Big Ten with 7.87 draw controls per game. She has 10 or more in six games this season.
  • Johnson leads the Buckeyes with 118 draw controls. Level (51) and Epstein (47) are second and third, respectively.
  • Regan Alexander has started the last 14 games in the cage. She has 125 saves on the year, with a .450 save percentage.
  • Alexander and Epstein are tied for first with 28 ground balls each, followed by Jane Cowley and Level with 23 each and Caly O’Brien with 21. Epstein leads the squad with 18 caused turnovers. Cowley is second with 16 and O’Brien and Level have 11.

Scoring Streaks

  • Nicole Ferrara (20 games, 45g, 21a, 66p), Sophie Baez (9 games, 16g, 12a, 28p) and Chloë Johnson (5 games, 12g, 1a, 13p) carry scoring streaks of at least three games into Thursday’s contest.
  • Lindsay Epstein was held off the scoresheet for the first time in 11 games last Saturday. She had an 18-4-22 line in the point streak.
Ohio State Buckeyes

Buckeye This and That

  • Ohio State is 5-2 at home this season, including a 3-2 mark in Ohio Stadium. The game Friday is scheduled to be the Buckeyes’ last in The Shoe, with the opening of the new lacrosse-only stadium set for the 2023 season.
  • Junior Nicole Ferrara has recorded three-plus points in 11 of 15 games this year and has at least one point in all 15 outings. She is closing in on the 100-point mark, with 99 points in 36 games as a Buckeye, recording 67 goals and 32 assists. She had four goals at Johns Hopkins last Saturday, marking her season high and her first four-goal game since March 7, 2020 at Marquette. Her career best was a six-goal outing vs. Northwestern April 8, 2021.
  • Sophie Baez hit the 100-point mark for her career with two assists at Michigan April 8. She has 68 goals and 37 assists in 55 games as a Buckeye. She has multiple points in each of the last nine games, with 16 goals, 12 assists and 28 points in the nine games combined.
  • Ali Beekhuizen has five goals and six points in the last two games combined. She had a hat trick and four points at Johns Hopkins, her first hat trick of the season and first since March 26, 2021 vs. Penn State. It was her third career game with four or more points. Her 21 points this season are a career best, with her 15 goals matching her personal high set in 2020.
  • Chloë Johnson scored twice at Johns Hopkins for her eighth multiple-goal outing of the season. She has a career best 21 goals, five assists and 26 points this year. She has 118 draw controls after 75 in her first 38 games in the Scarlet and Gray. Johnson recorded 11 draw controls at Johns Hopkins, tying for the fifth-most in Ohio State history. She crossed the 200-career draw control mark Saturday, the third Buckeye to hit that number.
  • Lindsay Epstein has set career highs for goals (24) and points (30) this year, matching per career best in assists (6). She has 47 draw controls – after 25 in her first 45 games as a Buckeye – along with a career-best 28 ground balls and 18 caused turnovers.
  • Ava Keethler has started all 15 games on defense for the Buckeyes and has 14 ground balls and seven caused turnovers. Cai Martin has 10 starts on defense, while sophomores Sarah Johnson and Erin O’Neill have both made their first career starts recently. Johnson has started four of the last five games and had an assist at Johns Hopkins for her first career point, including her second game with two ground balls. O’Neil has started three of the last four.
  • Jamie Level is second on the squad with 51 draw controls, including seven at Colorado and five in four other games (including at Johns Hopkins). She has seven multiple-goal outings this season and now has an Ohio State career-best 20 goals this season, along with a career-high 10 assists. She picked up a career-best five ground balls against the Blue Jays Saturday.
  • Jamie Lasda started the year with at least one goal in each of the first 12 games before she was held off the scoresheet for the first time at Michigan April 8. After recording two goals and five assists for seven points in nine games as a freshman last year, she has 34 goals, eight assists and 42 points this year in 15 games this season.