March 23, 2023

Buckeyes Hit the Road for B1G Game at No. 20 Penn State


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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s lacrosse team will play at No. 20 Penn State Saturday in a Big Ten game. First draw is set for 2:30 p.m., with BTN televising the matchup.

Ohio State (4-6, 0-2 B1G) at Penn State (8-2, 1-0 B1G): BTN | Fox Sports app | Live Scoring

Buckeyes vs. Nittany Lions

  • Since Big Ten play started in 2015 the Buckeyes are 4-5 against Penn State, with a 4-4 mark in the regular season.
  • Last year, the Buckeyes posted a 12-11 win over Penn State in Ohio Stadium March 26, 2022.
    • The game had six lead changes and five ties. The Buckeyes led 9-5 at halftime but PSU notched the first four goals of the third quarter to tie the score at nine. Ohio State regained the lead 10-9, but a late third quarter PSU score sent the teams into the fourth quarter deadlocked at 10. Penn State again went ahead, 11-10, with 11:44 left. Ohio State shut out the Nittany Lions the rest of the way, tying the game at 5:43 and netting the gamewinner at 2:53.
    • Sophie Baez led Ohio State with five assists and seven points, including helpers on the final two goals. Nicole Ferrara had a five-point day and Regan Alexander made 10 saves in the Buckeye cage.
  • Penn State, 8-2 on the year, is 5-1 at home. The squad opened Big Ten play with a 9-7 win at Rutgers March 11. The Nittany Lions defeated Pitt Tuesday on the road, 15-12.
  • The Nittany Lions are scoring 12.7 goals a game and rank 13th nationally in scoring defense, giving up 8.70 goals a game. Kristin O’Neill leads PSU with 33 goals and 36 points. Gretchen Gilmore is second with 18 goals and 27 points and first with nine assists.

Buckeye This and That

  • The Buckeyes are scoring 10.2 goals a game while allowing 11.50 per outing.
  • Ohio State dropped its last four games, with a loss at No. 7 James Madison before home losses to No. 19 Michigan, Colorado and Johns Hopkins.
  • Jamie Lasda leads the Buckeyes with 18 assists and 34 points and is second with 16 goals. She is on a 13-game point streak, matching her career best, and has four-plus points in each of the last five games, with 10 goals, 12 assists and 22 points in the five games combined.
  • Nicole Ferrara is first on the squad with 24 goals and second with 31 points. She has four games with three-plus goals on the year and multiple points in all but one game.
  • Jamie Level is third in goals and points for the Buckeyes, with 14 and 17, respectively, while playing in nine games.
  • Caly O’Brien has a team-best 31 draw controls, including a career-best six in three games this season. She had 10 draw controls in her first 38 games in the Scarlet and Gray.
  • Level and Lasda are tied for second on the squad with 30 draw controls each. Lasda had nine her first two years.
  • Chloe Johnson, who missed the first seven games and has had limited playing time her first three games back, had seven draw controls vs. Colorado. She is third in program history with 217 draw controls, four back of Katie Chase (2012-15) in second. Molly Wood holds the program record with 237 from 2015-18. Johnson set the Buckeye record with 124 last season, the first Ohio State player with more than 100 draw controls in a season.
  • Three freshmen started for the Buckeyes the last six games. Casey Roberts and Zoe Coleman started each of the first 10 games and Katie Kaucheck joined them in the starting lineup for the last six outings.
  • Coleman has a point in eight of the first 10 games, including in each of the last five with six goals and seven points in the five games combined. She scored twice in the Buckeyes’ last two games, marking her first multiple-goal outings.
  • Roberts, with a 10-2-12 line, has a point in eight-of-10 games, with a goal in seven outings. Kaucheck has 14 ground balls to tie for third on the squad.
  • Sarah Johnson, Ava Keethler and Emily Magalotti have started all 10 games on defense for the Buckeyes.
  • Regan Alexander started all 10 games in the cage for the Buckeyes and has 86 saves. She has a team-best 24 ground balls, including a career-high 11 vs. Johns Hopkins last week.
  • Bryce Pfundstein and Alexander led the Buckeyes with five caused turnovers each the last time out against the Blue Jays, marking a career best for both and a team season high.

The Schedule Ahead

  • The Buckeyes will return to Columbus for a mid-week matchup, hosting Louisville at 4 p.m. Tuesday.
  • Road games at Marquette April 4 and No. 11 Maryland April 8 follow, before the regular season home finale vs. No. 3 Northwestern at 6 p.m. April 15. The regular season wraps up at No. 22 Rutgers April 20.
  • Admission is free to all Ohio State women’s lacrosse regular season home games.