COLUMBUS, Ohio – Following two decisive victories to open the 2019 Ohio State women’s lacrosse season, the performances from juniors Liza Hernandez and Jill Rizzo have earned the Buckeyes both offensive and defensive player of the week, the conference announced on Tuesday.
HERNANDEZ: OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Hernandez, a native of New Albany, Ohio, scored 14 points over the weekend, including a career-high 10 (6G, 4A) against Detroit Mercy on Sunday, Feb. 10. Her 10 points is fourth all-time in single-game history, and she is the first Buckeye to tally 10 since 2015. Not only did Hernandez score 10 points overall, nine of those points came in the first half, which gives her sole possession of second-most in school history, a Top 10 list that hasn’t been touched since 2011. Against Cincinnati on Friday, Feb. 8, Hernandez tied for the team-high with four goals as well.
Hernandez earns her first Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honor. The last Ohio State Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week was Molly Wood on March 7, 2017.
RIZZO: DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Rizzo, a native of Queensbury, N.Y., held the Bearcats to 0-for-8 on free-position attempts and made 16 saves overall. In 40 minutes of play against Detroit Mercy, Rizzo made seven saves and kept the Titans at just two goals. She currently leads the conference in saves-per-game, averaging 11.50. Rizzo also owns an impressive save percentage at .742.
This is Rizzo’s second career Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honor. Rizzo was also the most recent Buckeye to claim the laurel, with her first nod coming on Feb. 21, 2017.
The Buckeyes host Brown on Monday, Feb. 18 at 3 p.m. at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center in Columbus, Ohio.