COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s lacrosse team will travel to Milwaukee, Wis. to compete in a match-up against Marquette University Saturday at 3 p.m. The game will be played at Marquette’s home field, Valley Fields.
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SERIES HISTORY WITH MARQUETTE
- The game Saturday will be only the second time the Buckeyes and Golden Eagles have competed in women’s lacrosse.
- The only other meeting was March 1, 2019, an 11-9 Ohio State victory in Columbus.
BUCKEYES NOTES IN A NUTSHELL
- Ohio State is 4-3 on the season.
- The Buckeyes’ offense is averaging 13.00 goals per game and is led by starters Liza Hernandez (14G-3A-17P), Sophie Baez (12G-6A-18P), Chloe Johnson (11G-A1-12P), Ali Beekhuizen (9G-2A-11P) and Nicole Ferrara (8G-4A-12P). Together, the quintet has accounted for 60 percent of the Buckeyes’ goal production and 57 percent of its point production.
- On the special teams units, Ohio State is ranked No. 12 nationally and No. 1 in the Big Ten on clear percentages, clearing the ball 91 percent of the time.
- Senior goalie and team captain Jill Rizzo leads the team with 19 ground balls and 7 caused turnovers.
- Rizzo has registered 81 saves this season and 638 career saves – best in program history – and is ranked No. 4 nationally in saves.
- Ohio State has seen major contributions from their freshman class this season as Nicole Ferrara (8G-4A-12P), Caly O’Brien (6G-1A-7P), Ashley Turner (6G-3A-9P) and Janie Cowley (6G-0A-6P) are all providing consistent scoring. The freshmen total 39 percent of the Buckeyes total goals and 28 percent of the team’s total points.
- Marquette is 5-3 on the season with its only losses coming against No. 7 Notre Dame, Louisville and Arizona State.
- Caroline Steller leads the team with 30 points (16G-14A) in eight games. She currently ranks No. 13 nationally in assists. Lydia Foust leads the team with 19 goals.
- Emily Cooper and Ellie Henry are responsible for 86 out of Marquette’s 136 total draw controls. The Golden Eagles are No. 10 nationally in draw controls per game.
- Marquette has seen two goalies in their net this season, Julianna Horning and Sophia Leva. Horning has 47 saves on the season and is 3-2. Leva has registered 42 saves and is 2-1.
- The Golden Eagles are coached by Meredith Black, who is in her ninth season. She was named the first head coach in Marquette women’s lacrosse history on Feb. 4, 2011.
BIG TEN CONFERENCE LEADERS
- Jill Rizzo leads the Big Ten in total saves (81) and is No. 4 nationally.
- Ohio State ranks first in clear percentages (.915) and is No. 12 nationally.
- Ohio State lost a 21-16 decision to No. 19 UMass in a neutral site game in Milton, Ga last Sunday.
- The Buckeyes got goals from eight different players during the game, including hat tricks from Ali Beekhuizen and Sophie Baez.
- Jill Rizzo made a season-high 20 saves in goal.
- 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 from Ohio.
- Head coach Amy Bokker is in her first year with the Buckeyes.
- Bokker, the winningest coach in Stanford history, has a career record of 248-161 over 23 seasons as a head coach.
- Bokker is assisted by associate head coach Kristen “Cookie” Carr and assistant coach Kara Mupo, both of whom coached with her at Stanford.
- Seniors Jill Rizzo, Liza Hernandez, Regina Doty and Emily Skrzypczak, along with junior Lindsay Epstein, are the Buckeyes’ team captains.
- Rizzo is a three-time returning captain.
- Bokker on her team’s 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.”
THIS AND THAT
- Following Saturday’s contest, the Buckeyes wrap up their five-game road trip with a Spring Break trek through Baltimore, Md., to face Towson (March 10) and then open Big Ten play against Johns Hopkins (March 14).
- When the Buckeyes return home on March 21, they will face No. 10 Maryland. The Terrapins are one of seven ranked teams on Ohio State’s schedule.
- Columbus will be the host of the 2020 Big Ten Women’s Lacrosse Tournament, which is scheduled to take place May 1-3. The top four teams in the regular season will make the tournament with the No. 1 seed facing the No. 4 seed and the No. 2 seed playing the No. 3 seed in the semifinals. The championship game, with the conference’s automatic bid the NCAA Tournament on the line, will be Sunday, May 3.