March 8, 2023

Buckeyes Open B1G Play Thursday, Host Colorado Sunday


Ohio State Career Stats and Game Highs

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s lacrosse team will host No. 19 Michigan at 6 p.m. Thursday to open Big Ten Conference play this season. The Buckeyes will then step out of conference, as they will take on Colorado at noon Sunday. The games will be streamed through Big Ten Plus, with live stats available.

Ohio State vs. No. 19 Michigan: Big Ten Plus | Live Stats
Ohio State vs. Colorado: Big Ten Plus | Live Stats

Both games will be in the new Ohio State Lacrosse Stadium. Admission and parking are free. For Thursday’s game, parking for women’s lacrosse will be in the Buckeye Lots. For Sunday, the area will be busy because of high school wrestling in the Schottenstein Center. Women’s lacrosse parking will be in Buckeye Lots 2-5, with ADA parking in Buckeye Lot 1. Fans will need to tell the parking attendants at the lot entrance they are attending the women’s lacrosse game.

The Buckeyes are 4-3 on the year, as are the Wolverines, with Colorado 0-4. Michigan played on the road against the Buffs last Friday, posting a 12-5 win.

Buckeyes vs. Wolverines

  • The Buckeyes lead the all-times series with Michigan, 7-3, and have won the last three games between the teams.
  • Last year, the Buckeyes posted a 9-7 victory in Ann Arbor April 8, 2022. In 2021, Ohio State notched a 15-12 home victory Feb. 21, 2021, and a 12-9 road win April 16, 2021.
  • The Wolverines enter the game 4-3 on the year, with wins over Jacksonville, Harvard, Central Michigan and Colorado. The team has dropped games to Florida, Stony Brook and Denver, who were all ranked in the Top 10.
  • The Wolverines are scoring 10.43 goals a game and allowing 10.29 a contest. Jill Smith is in the Top 10 in the country in goals and points per game.

Buckeyes vs. Buffs

  • Last year was the first meeting between Ohio State and Colorado on the lacrosse field.
  • The Buffs won on their home field, as they held off a Buckeye rally to post a 13-10 victory.
  • Colorado is 0-4 this season, with losses to Vanderbilt, Louisville, Denver and Michigan. The squad is averaging 7.0 goals a game and allowing 11.0 per contest.

Buckeye This and That

  • The Buckeyes opened the year with home wins over Robert Morris (18-6) and Temple (10-9) before splitting road games in California, with a 10-4 win at San Diego State and 18-10 loss at No. 20 USC. After going 1-1 on a two-game homestand with a 13-12 overtime win vs. Cincinnati and 11-4 loss to No. 11 Denver, the Buckeyes dropped at game at No. 12 James Madison last Saturday, 16-7.
  • Nicole Ferrara and Jamie Lasda share the Buckeye lead with 21 points this year. Ferrara has a team-best 18 goals and Lasda is first with 11 assists, ranking second with 10 goals.
  • Lasda and Jamie Level are tied for first on the squad with 23 draw controls each and Caly O’Brien is third with 21. Lasda (8 in 2021) and O’Brien (5 in 2020) have already set career highs for draw controls this season.
  • Level, who has at least one point in each game this season, hit the 100-point mark for her career with an assist vs. Denver and now has 75 goals and 27 assists in her 61-game collegiate career.
  • Ferrara had a 25-game point streak, with 60 goals, 25 assists and 85 points, end vs. Denver. She rebounded with five goals and seven points in the next two games combined. Ferrara has 125 points in the Scarlet and Gray in 44 games (87g, 38a).
  • Lasda led the Buckeyes with five points, with two goals and three assists, at James Madison. It was her fourth career game with five or more points and first since a six-goal and point day vs. Mount St. Mary’s March 12, 2022. She now has two three-assist games, with both this year, and has gotten on the scoresheet in each of the first seven games (including multiple points in six outings).
  • O’Brien had her first multiple-goal outing of the season with two scores at JMU (coming on a career-best seven shots).
  • Three freshmen started for the Buckeyes the last three games. Casey Roberts and Zoe Coleman started each of the first seven games and Katie Kaucheck joined them in the starting lineup for the last three outings.
  • Coleman has a point in five of the first seven games, with two goals and three assists. Roberts, with an 8-2-10 line this year, has a point in six-of-seven games, with a goal in five outings. Kaucheck has 13 ground balls to lead the Buckeyes, including four vs. Denver.

The Schedule Ahead

  • Ohio State will host No 23 Johns Hopkins in a Big Ten game at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 18.
  • Admission is free to all Ohio State women’s lacrosse regular season home games.