Feb. 15, 2013

Saturday, Feb. 16 | 2 p.m. ET|
U of L Lacrosse Stadium | Louisville, Ky.
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 13th-ranked Ohio State women’s lacrosse team begins regular-season play at 2 p.m. Saturday against Louisville on the road at the U of L Lacrosse Stadium. Live stats for the game can be followed on GameTracker.

Led by veteran defenders Tayler Kuzma and Heather Gravinese, along with sophomore attacker Jackie Cifarelli and classmate Tori DeScenza in goal, Ohio State has eight starters and 20 letterwinners returning from a year ago. The Buckeyes finished the campaign rated 15th by the IWLCA after completing the season 11-6 with their second-consecutive trip to the ALC Tournament semifinals.

The Buckeyes are 11-6 all-time in season lidlifters and 4-4 when playing away from Columbus. Ohio State downed San Diego State, 19-4, on the road to begin the 2012 season. Head coach Alexis Venechanos is 1-1 in openers in her first two seasons at Ohio State.

The Buckeyes are ranked 13th in the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches’ Association (IWLCA) Preseason Poll released Feb. 6. Ohio State is one of five American Lacrosse Conference teams to begin the season in the Top 20, tying the ACC for the most teams from one league. In other polls, the Buckeyes also were selected 13th by Lacrosse Magazine and came in 20th in the preseason deBeer Media Poll. IWLCA rankings will be acknowledged as the official poll position throughout the season.

Ohio State has seven games scheduled against teams ranked in the Top 20 of the IWLCA preseason poll. No. 1 Northwestern, No. 3 Florida, No. 10 Penn State and No. 19 Johns Hopkins account for the four conference matchups with an additional three on tap vs. No. 7 Duke, No. 9 Notre Dame and No. 20 Boston College. Five of these games will take place on the road.

Louisville began its season last weekend with a 13-3 win over Canisius. Seven different Cardinal players scored in the win, led by Kaylin Morissette who had four goals and a game-high four caused turnovers. Nikki Boltja (3g) and Katie Oliverio (2g, 1a)  joined Morissette as multi-goal scorers. Between the pipes, Ashley Herbst allowed just three scores in her junior season debut and stopped seven shots. The victory was the 100th for head coach Kellie Young, who is in her sixth season at Louisville and five at James Madison.

Keep up with the Ohio State women’s lacrosse team throughout the year on, the official website of the Ohio State Department of Athletics. In addition, the team is on Twitter (@OhioState_WLAX), facebook ( and Instagram ( In addition, make sure to bookmark – – for information in advance of each of the Buckeyes’ games this season.

The Buckeyes have a Wednesday afternoon road contest at William & Mary before returning home for their home opener Feb. 23 against Boston College, currently scheduled for 1 p.m. on the outdoor turf field adjacent to the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Admission to the game, and to all regular-season home games, is free.

Join the Buckeyes for a 10-year anniversary celebration of the 2003 ALC Championship season as they take on Vanderbilt at noon April 7. There will be a banquet in Ohio Stadium at the conclusion of the contest, for the cost of $40 per ticket. For more information, contact Gabby Capuzzi (