March 25, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 18 Ohio State women’s lacrosse team continues its home schedule with a midweek contest at 4 p.m. Wednesday against Oregon at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The game will mark the first meeting between the Buckeyes (6-4) and Ducks (4-3). Live video and stats are available for the contest, linked above or on the Buckeyes’ Gameday page on OhioStateBuckeyes.com — http://go.osu.edu/wlax_gameday.
BUCKEYES IN A NUTSHELL
The Ducks are 4-3 on the season and have won back-to-back home contests against Fresno State (18-3) and Presbyterian (23-3). Last time out, Courtney Valdez had a career day, scoring five goals with an assist as 10 different players combined to score in a 23-3 win over Presbyterian in Eugene. Carly O’Connell (17g, 21a) and Shannon Propst (17g, 21a) lead the team with 38 points each. Goalie Caroline Federighi is 4-3 with a 7.23 goals-against average and a .476 save percentage. The Ducks are 1-2 in road games in 2014.
LAST TIME OUT
Junior Jackie Cifarelli collected two assists and a goal and senior Katie Chase tallied three goals, but the Buckeyes fell just short vs. No. 4 Florida, 10-9, Saturday afternoon in the team’s 2014 opener at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes (6-4, 1-1 ALC) jumped out to a 7-4 lead following halftime, but a second-half push by the Gators that included six goals were enough to claim the conference win.
Junior Mary Kate Facchina had a pair of goals, while junior Jennifer Porretto, sophomore Cian Dabrowski and senior Kaila Gottlick also found the back of the net. Senior Cara Facchina also picked up a pair of assists vs. Florida.
Multiple Buckeyes are on point streaks heading into the game vs. the Ducks:
Cara Facchina HITS 100-POINT MARK
With two assists against the Gators last weekend, senior attack Cara Facchina has 100 career points with 56 goals and 44 assists in her Buckeye career. Facchina, a native of Glenwood, Md., has notched eight points in six contests this season. In 2013, Facchina tallied a season-best 53 points (27g, 26a),which was second-most on the team.
SEVERAL BUCKEYES RANK IN TOP TEN IN CONFERENCE STATS
Several Buckeyes rank in the Top Ten of the American Lacrosse Conference in individual statistics. Jackie Cifarelli earned the No. 3 spot in the conference in points (33) and fourth in points per game (3.30). Cifarelli ranks second in assists (24) and assists per game (2.40). Senior Katie Chase is fifth in goals (23), fourth in goals per game (2.56) and eighth in points per game (2.78). Defensively, goalie Tori DeScenza is second in saves (67), third in goals-against average (8.47) and fifth in saves percentage (.447).
DABROWSKI ON THE ATTACK
Sophomore Cian Dabrowski has had a strong three weeks for the Buckeyes, scoring 12 of her 16 goals in the last four games. The native of Amaranth, Ontario Canada, boasted a career-high five points on four goals and an assist in the 13-5 win over High Point March 10 at Ohio Stadium. She has collected at least three points in three of the last five contests – the first time she’s accomplish such feat in her OSU career. Dabrowkski’s 17 points (16g, 1a) is already a season best after collecting 10 points (8g, 2) in 15 games during her rookie campaign. Last time out, Dabrowski tied the game, 4-4, vs. the Gators with the team’s first goal of the second half.
CIFARELLI HITS THE 100-CAREER ASSISTS MARK
Junior attack Jackie Cifarelli, who leads the team with 330 points in 2014, posted a pair of assists in the OT win over Northwestern March 9 to cap the 100-career assists total, becoming the fourth Buckeye in OSU history to do so. Following another helper in the win over High Point March 10, Cifarelli passed former Buckeye Kelly Haggerty for third on the OSU all-time list. In 2014, she’s collected an assist in all nine games this year, including seven contests with multi-assists performances. Last time out, Cifarelli boasted two helpers vs. the Gators.
Her six-assist performance against Winthrop Feb. 9 was the third time she has done so in her career and is just the fourth different Buckeye in program history to accomplish the feat.
OHIO STATE UPSETS NO. 4 NORTHWESTERN IN OT
Led by a season-high 13 saves by junior goalie Tori DeScenza and four goals by senior Katie Chase, the Buckeyes posted an 11-10 upset overtime victory against then-No. 4 Northwestern March 9 at Ohio Stadium. The ranked win marked the first victory against Northwestern since the 2003 campaign.
Sophomore midfielder Cian Dabrowski, who scored three goals vs. the Wildcats, tallied the eventual gamewinner in overtime when she found the back of the net at 5:06 on an unassisted score after blasting a shot into the top right of the net. Defensively, DeScenza looked stronger and stronger in front of goal after every shot she denied, collecting nine saves in the second half and three in the overtime period. She collected back-to-back saves at 3:46 and 3:12, respectively, in the overtime session following a free position shot before collecting her last stop of the contest with 2:07 remaining on the Wildcat’s 10th free position shot overall (2-of-10).
DESCENZA RECOGNIZED BY ALC
Tori DeScenza earned her first American Lacrosse Conference weekly honor of her career after being named ALC Defensive Player of the Week last March 11. The native of Sea Bright, N.J., DeScenza helped lead the Buckeyes to wins over Louisville and Northwestern March 9 at Ohio Stadium. DeScenza, a 2012 ALC second team honoree, notched three groundballs and five saves in the win vs. the Cardinals, while collecting a season-high 13 saves with two groundballs in the upset win over the Wildcats.
Jackie Cifarelli is among the 50 collegiate players named to the Tewaaraton Trophy Watch List, released March 3 by the Tewaaraton Foundation. The list includes the top players across all three divisions of NCAA lacrosse and highlight the early contenders for the 2014 Tewaaraton Award. Cifarelli is first on the team in points with 33 (9g, 24a). Cifarelli has collected points in 41 of 45 games in her career, collecting 31 multi-point performances overall.
CIFARELLI CLIMBS CAREER POINTS LIST
With three points against Florida, Jackie Cifarelli is now eighth on the all-time OSU list with 156 career points (53g, 103a). She passed former Buckeye Shannon Wilson (2000-03) on the OSU record list and is 10 points shy of tying former Buckeye Regina Oliver (2002-05) for seventh all-time.
TOP GOAL SCORERS
Seniors Katie Chase, Kaila Gottlick and Mary Kate Facchina and are the leading goal scorers in the early part of the season. Chase has a team-best 23 goals, while Gottlick and Facchina are right behind with 17 each. Chase, a native of Woodbine, Md., has collected 77 goals in her career.
Mary Kate Facchina is having a solid season offensively through 10 games in her junior year. She is currently third on the squad with 20 points and tied for second with 17 goals in 2014. The native of Woodbine,Md., Facchina is just six points of tying her season-high set last year with 26 points (26g, 0a). She tied her career high with five points in the win over Winthrop Feb. 9 and also collected her first-career assist at Canisius March 1.
DRAW CONTROL LEADERS
The Buckeyes own a 127-94 advantage in draw controls on the season. Katie Chase and Christine Easton are at the forefront, grabbing 28 and 27, respectively, this season. The Buckeyes have tied or out-drawn their opponent in six of 10 games this season.
ALC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Christine Easton, a sophomore midfielder, was named American Lacrosse Conference Defensive Player of the Week, the conference office announced Feb. 17. The recognition is the first weekly honor of her career.
The native of Eden Prairie, Minn., posted three groundballs and two draw controls, while causing a team-best three turnovers in the 11-9 loss at No. 14 Stanford Feb. 15 in California. Easton has started in all nine games for the Buckeyes and is second in groundballs and has seven caused turnovers in her second season at Ohio State.
THREE BUCKEYES NAMED TO ALC PREASEASON WATCH LIST
Katie Chase, Jackie Cifarelli and Tayler Kuzma were each named to the ALC Preseason Watch List, the conference office announced Wednesday. Along with Penn State, the Buckeyes collected most selections in the conference. Ohio State, which received votes in the IWLCA coaches’ poll this week, was tabbed fifth in the preseason conference poll.
NEW TO THE STAFF
Gabby Capuzzi, a former All-American on the Ohio State women’s lacrosse team, was named an assistant coach, Buckeye head coach Alexis Venechanos announced in August. Capuzzi wrapped up her career in 2012 as one of the most successful midfielders in program history and spent last season as a volunteer assistant.
In addition, Nora Boerger was hired as a coordinator of performance analysis, while Emily Boerger will serve as a volunteer assistant coach. The twin sisters wrapped up playing careers at Division II Urbana last season and are familiar with the Buckeye program through working several camps.
Ohio State has six games scheduled against teams ranked in the Top 20 of the IWLCA preseason poll. No. 4 Northwestern, No. 5 Florida and No. 7 Penn State account for the three conference matchups with an additional three on tap vs. No. 11 Notre Dame, No. 14 Stanford and No. 20 Boston College. Northwestern is the next ranked opponent in the Buckeyes’ first conference matchup of the 2014 season, March 9, in Columbus.