The Ohio State women’s lacrosse team, ranked No. 19 in the Inside Lacrosse poll this week, welcomes top-ranked and undefeated Northwestern to Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at 7 p.m. Wednesday for the American Lacrosse Conference opener for both squads. The Buckeyes are 5-2 and winners of their last three contests, while the Wildcats are 6-0, riding a 35-game winning streak and the last five national championships.

The lacrosse team will don pink shooting shirts prior to the game Wednesday, raising awareness for breast cancer and the importance of research. All fans attending the game are encouraged to wear pink as well. Admission to the game, and to all regular-season home games this season, is free.

The Ohio State-Northwestern game will be streamed live on through BuckeyeVision. Subscription rates apply. The game also can be followed via live stats linked through the program’s Web site.

Ohio State is riding a three-game winning streak into the meeting with Northwestern, most recently with a victory over George Washington, 19-11, last Saturday in Columbus. Brittney Zerhusen scored six goals and added an assist in the win as the Buckeyes improved to 5-2 on the season. Zerhusen leads the team in goal scoring with 20 on the season, leading Kelly Haggerty and Alayna Markwordt with 18 apiece. Haggerty also has 20 assists for 38 points, a team high. 
        The trio combines for over half of the Buckeye scoring, which is ranked second in the American Lacrosse Conference. The team averages 15.49 goals per game, second only to the Wildcats with 17.33. Individual conference leaders are Haggerty in assists and goalie Annie Carruthers with an ALC-leading .527 save percentage
        Defensively, Maghan Beaudrault is the only Buckeye with double-digit caused turnovers, holding 13 to her credit and 1.86 per game, a mark that stands third in the ALC.

The Wildcats enter Wednesday with a 6-0 record in 2010 and are coming off a close 13-12 victory to Syracuse last weekend. A winner of its last 35 games and five-time defending national champions, Northwestern is led by seniors Danielle Spencer and Katrina Dowd on the attack with 22 and 21 goals apiece and the seventh and eighth places in goals scored all-time. Shannon Smith, a sophomore, is on her way to making a mark with 21 goals and nine assists for a team-leading 30 points.

Northwestern leads the all-time series with Ohio State 6-2 and has captured the last six meetings. Last season, the Buckeyes fell 18-10 at Lakeside Field April 22. 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.