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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s lacrosse team will travel to Stony Brook, NY. Saturday, Feb. 15 to take on Stony Brook University for the first-time in program history. The match is set to start at noon in the Kenneth P. Lavalle Stadium.
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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
- Kent State came out quick in the first half, scoring three times in the opening four minutes of the game to take a 3-0 lead. Ohio State would responded, however, with four straight goals to take the lead for at the 13:00 mark of the first half.
- The Buckeye run was started by freshman Nicole Ferrara and continued by Ashley Turner, Sophie Baez and Ali Beekhuizen.
- Kent scored two quick goals within at the 15:06 and 16:56 mark to take a short 5-4 lead but Sophie Baez second goal of the game put Ohio State ahead for good, 6-5.
- The Buckeyes defense was able to hold Kent State to five goals in the second half while the Ohio state put 11 in the back of the net to win 22-11.
SCOUTING STONY BROOK
- The Seawolves finished the 2019 season with a record of 16-5, posting an American East record of 7-0.
- Stony Brook advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament last season.
- They are seven-time American East conference champions.
- 12 Stony Brook opened their 2020 season with an upset against No. 4 Syracuse 17-16.
- Their top scores were seniors Taryn Ohlmiller (6G, 2A) and Ally Kennedy (4G, 3A).
- Their sophomore goalie saved ten goals during their season opener producing .385 save percentage.
- The Seawolves are coached by Joe Spallina, a five-time American East Coach of the Year. Engineer of the nation’s best turnaround in 2012 and winningest coach in program history after only three seasons, Spallina has the Seawolves competing annually for the America East title while also bursting onto the national women’s lacrosse scene. He completed his eighth season in 2019 with a stellar 139-26 overall mark, a 47-2 record in America East action and seven consecutive America East titles and NCAA Tournament appearances.
- Senior goalkeeper Jill Rizzo leads the Big Ten in saves and is No. 2 in the nation (31).
- Sophie Baez (6G, 3A) and Liza Hernandez (6G, 3A) are both ranked No. 11 nationally in goals and No. 3 in the Big Ten.
- The Buckeyes are set to host five more home games this season in Columbus.
- Fourteen states and one province of Canada make up the hometowns of the 2020 Buckeyes.
- Eight players hail from New York, the most represented state on the team.
- Seven players are native to Ohio – Liza Hernandez (New Albany, Ohio), Caroline Tatsuoka (Hunting Valley, Ohio), Catie Beg (Chagrin Falls, Ohio), Jaclen Moxley (Granville, Ohio), Emma Blessing (Cincinnati, Ohio), Emily Rezabek (New Albany, Ohio) and Ava Keethler (Upper Arlington, Ohio).
- Head coach Amy Bokker is in her first year with the Buckeyes, coming from Stanford University. Bokker is the winningest coach in Stanford history and owns a record of 248-161 in over 23 seasons as a head coach. Bokker brought associate head coach Kristen “Cookie” Carr and assistant coach Kara Mupo from Stanford as well. The newly appointed coaching staff has produced a 3-0 start to the Buckeyes season and look to build on their success.
- Seniors Jill Rizzo, Liza Hernandez, Regina Doty and Emily Skrzypczak, along with junior Lindsay Epstein are the Buckeyes team captains.
- Jill Rizzo is a three-time returning captain while Skrzypczak, Doty, Hernandez and Epstein have earned the title for the first time in their careers.
- Bokker on captains: “Regina, Emily, Lindsay, Liza and Jill have shown unwavering commitment to our core values and are true positive influences for Buckeye women’s lacrosse. They each embody the traits of excellent role models and we believe, collectively, will help lead our team to greatness.”
NEW DIGS IN ATHLETICS
- Ohio State women’s lacrosse recently moved into the brand new Schumaker Complex on OSU’s developing athletic campus. This new facility is the training “hub” for 33 Olympic sports teams, located in the heart of the Athletic District and connected to the iconic Woody Hayes Athletic Center.
- The Schumaker provides a state-of-the-art facility for the nutritional, physical and psychological development of the student-athletes on 33 teams at Ohio State. Over 800 student-athletes lift, condition, train and rehabilitate injuries in the complex, while also benefitting from nutritional and mental preparation for peak performance.
- Coming Spring 2021, the Buckeyes will share a brand-new lacrosse specific stadium with the men’s lacrosse.