April 19, 2019

Buckeyes Prepare for Scarlet Knights on Saturday

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s lacrosse team closes out road competition for the 2019 season with a noon matchup against Rutgers at Highpoint.com Stadium, as both teams look for the first Big Ten win of the season. The Buckeyes and Scarlet Knights will be streamed on BTN Plus in Piscataway, N.J.

Ohio State vs Rutgers • The Basics
Date:April 20, 2019
Time:Noon ET
Venue: HighPoint.com Stadium | Piscataway, N.J.
Watch:BTN Plus
Live Stats:ScarletKnights.com
Game Notes:Ohio State | Rutgers
All-Time Series:Series Tied, 4-4
Last Meeting:Ohio State won, 12-10, in Columbus, Ohio (March 23, 2018)

LAST TIME OUT
• On senior day last Saturday, April 13, Ohio State fell to No. 19 Johns Hopkins, 12-7.
• Junior Liza Hernandez led the Buckeyes with five points on two goals and three assists, adding to her team-leading point total of 56 overall.
• Junior goalie Jill Rizzo made 12 saves, her 10th game of the season with double-digit saves.

HISTORY WITH THE SCARLET KNIGHTS
• The series history is tied between the Buckeyes and the Scarlet Knights, with each teams at four wins.
• Ohio State notched its first Big Ten win of the season against Rutgers last year, defeating the Scarlet Knights, 12-10 on March 23. It was Ohio State’s first win in the series since 2015.
• The teams first met on April 24, 2005 in Piscataway, N.J., when the Scarlet Knights edged the Buckeyes, 10-9.

SCOUTING RUTGERS
• Rutgers heads into the last few weeks of the regular season with a 5-9 record and like the Buckeyes, still look for their first conference win of the season.
• Last time out, the Scarlet Knights dropped to No. 8 Michigan, holding the Wolverines to just 12 goals but scoring only eight in response.
• Sophomore attacker Taralyn Naslonski leads the team with 57 points, coming off 38 goals and 19 assists due to her NCAA-leading 9.64 shots per game. Naslonski has also earned a team-high 45 draw controls.
• Redshirt freshman Kameron Halsall has spent most of the time in the cage for the Scarlet Knights, totaling 639 minutes and making 110 saves.
• Head coach Laura Brand Sias is in her 17th season at the helm for the Scarlet Knights, and has an overall coaching record of 143-151.

SCHOLAR-ATHLETES
• Thirty-one members of the Ohio State women’s lacrosse team were named OSU Scholar-Athletes last Wednesday at the annual Scholar-Athlete dinner.
• Senior Hannah Gantt received the Woody & Anne Hayes Award, a scholarship for postgraduate studies.

MAKING MILESTONES
• Parrott, the current active leader in goals on the team, reached the 100 milestone against San Diego State (March 24). With seven more goals, Parrott will land in 10th on Ohio State’s Top-10 career goal list. Parrott also recorded her 100th draw control on March 24, moving up to eighth on the career leader rankings.
• After passing the 500-save mark, Rizzo is now second all-time in career saves, only 32 away from the program record.
• Junior Liza Hernandez passed the career 100-point mark this season, topping out at 117 points thus far. Hernandez leads the Buckeyes with career-high 56 points overall this season.

TEAM LEADERS
• Ohio State currently leads the conference in ground balls, averaging 20.6 per game and is third in caused turnovers, with an average of 9.9. Nationally, the team ranks 23rd in ground balls per game and 33rd in caused turnovers per game.
• Nationally, Jill Rizzo is fourth in overall saves at 167. Rizzo also ranks in the Top-10 in saves per game (11.13). In the conference, Rizzo leads in saves per game and in groundballs.
• Liza Hernandez is second in the conference in assists per game at 1.60 and in gamewinning goals (four).
• Riley Ewing is sixth in the Big Ten in draw controls, leading the team with 61 for an average of 4.1 per game.

UP NEXT
• Ohio State hosts the final game of the season against Northwestern at 4:30 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. The game will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network.