April 15, 2021

No. 22 Buckeyes Close Regular Season Against No. 17 Wolverines

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — The No. 22 Ohio State women’s lacrosse team ends the regular season with a game at No. 17 Michigan Friday. The Buckeyes (3-8) and Wolverines (3-4) will meet at 3 p.m. in Ann Arbor, with the game streamed through BTN Plus.

Ohio State last played April 8, falling to No. 2 Northwestern, 21-14 in Columbus. Next up for the Buckeyes is the Big Ten Tournament in State College, Pa. First round games are set for April 29, with the semifinals April 30 and final May 2.

Buckeyes vs. Wolverines

  • The Buckeyes lead the all-times series with Michigan, 5-3.
  • The squads faced off in Columbus Feb. 21, with Ohio State posting a 15-12 win inside Woody Hayes Athletic Center.
  • The teams last met in Ann Arbor March 17, 2018, a 9-7 Wolverine win.
  • Michigan is 3-4 this season. The team last played March 19 and 21 at Penn State, with a 12-9 win and 13-12 overtime loss. In their other games, the Wolverines lost two road games at Maryland (17-13, 12-9) and won twice at Rutgers (12-11 OT, 12-9).
  • Caitlin Muir leads the team with 15 assists and 27 points. Molly Garrett is first with 19 goals.
Ohio State Buckeyes

Last Time Out

  • Ohio State fell at home to No. 2 Northwestern last Thursday on BTN, 21-14.
  • Northwestern scored five of the game’s first six goals for a 5-1 lead with 18:53 left in the first half. The teams traded goals and Ohio State cut the lead to two three times, eventually trailing 7-5 at 11:36. After a Wildcat tally at 9:11 for an 8-5 game, the Buckeyes scored the next four to tie the game and take the lead, with a 9-8 advantage at halftime.
  • The Buckeyes scored the first goal of the second half to stretch their run to five and lead 10-8, but Northwestern took over and scored the next nine and led 17-10 with 16:50 left in the second half. Ohio State scored twice in a 21 second span for a 17-12 game with 15:03 remaining. The Wildcats outscored the Buckeyes 4-2 the rest of the way for the 21-14 final.

In the Rankings

  • This week, Ohio State is No. 22 in the IWLCA poll, No. 20 in the US Lacrosse Magazine rankings and receiving votes in the IL Women Top 20.

In the Record Book

  • Jillian Rizzo, the Buckeyes’ all-time saves leader (769), has started 68 of 69 games over her Buckeye career and has appeared in all 69. She is first among active NCAA goalies with 11.07 saves per game and in total career saves, and fourth nationally with 2.93 ground balls per game over her career, ranking first with 202 career ground balls.
  • Rizzo is second all-time in Ohio State history in ground balls, with the leader Regina Oliver, who had 236 from 2002-05.
  • Liza Hernandez has 129 goals and 51 assists for 180 points in her Ohio State career. Hernandez is sixth all-time in goals, five behind Molly Wood (2015-18). Her 180 points rank eighth all-time, one behind Katie Chase (2012-15). Hernandez is tied with Celeste Cianfrani (1998-01) for seventh all-time in assists, seven behind Brittney Zerhusen (2008-11). Hernandez has 104 draw controls to rank eighth in school history.
  • Riley Ewing has 117 draw controls, ranking sixth in school history. Regina Oliver is fifth among Buckeyes with 121.
  • Nicole Ferrara scored six goals against Northwestern, tied for the sixth-most in a single game in program history. Hernandez has two six-goal games this year (Feb. 21 vs. Michigan, March 7 vs. Johns Hopkins).

OSU vs. UM – The Last Time

  • The Buckeyes and Wolverines met Feb. 21 inside Woody Hayes Athletic Center in Columbus, with Ohio State winning 15-12.
  • Ohio State led from the eight minute mark of the game, with a 9-7 advantage at halftime. Michigan made it a one-goal contest (11-10) at 22:33 of the second half but Ohio State scored the next three for a 14-10 advantage with 19:22 left and held the Wolverines to just two goals the rest of the way, with Jillian Rizzo making five saves in the stretch, for the victory.
  • Liza Hernandez had a game-high six goals, seven points and 10 draw controls. Rizzo had 13 saves and Lindsay Epstein scored three goals, with Kelsey Reed posting four points on two goals and two assists.

Stats Stuff

  • Ohio State is scoring 10.36 goals a game, allowing 13.27 per contest. The Buckeyes average 25.8 shots on goal a game, with opponents taking 31.2.
  • Liza Hernandez leads the Buckeyes with 30 goals and 34 points and Ashley Turner is first with nine assists.
  • Nicole Ferrara is second with 20 goals, six assists and 26 points. Turner is third in goals (12) and points (21) and Lindsay Epstein also has double-digit goals with 10.
  • Caly O’Brien is first with 22 ground balls, followed by Jillian Rizzo with 20. MK Bonanni is first with 14 caused turnovers and third with 19 ground balls.
  • Hernandez has a Buckeye-best 36 draw controls, with Chloe Johnson second with 33.
  • Rizzo leads the Big Ten in saves (108) and save percentage (.435) and is second among conference goalies in saves per game (9.82).
  • Hernandez is fourth among B1G players in goals and fifth in goals per game (2.73).
Ohio State Buckeyes

Buckeye This and That

  • After a stretch of three games with nine or less goals, the Buckeyes have scored 11-plus in each of the last three outings.
  • Leading scorer Liza Hernandez has been held scoreless just once this season (March 5 vs. Johns Hopkins), with multiple points in nine of 11 games. Her 30 goals are five shy of the career-best 35 she had in 2019.
  • Jillian Rizzo has nine or more saves in nine games this year. She has 10-plus saves in 36 games in the Scarlet and Gray.
  • Hernandez is on team-best six-game goal and point streaks (16g, 2a, 18p), including four goals and an assist last week vs. Northwestern. Ali Beekhuizen is on five-game goal and point streaks (7g, 1a, 8p).
  • Nicole Ferrara has 11 goals and 12 points in the last three games combined, including a career-best six goals vs. Northwestern last week. She also has a hat trick and five two-goal games this year and has a career-best 20 goals and 26 points.
  • Chloe Johnson is second on the team with 33 draw controls and has 24 in the last three games combined.
  • Freshman Jamie Lasda had a career-high two assists vs. the Wildcats, marking her second two-point game.
  • Sophie Baez has three straight two-point games, with a goal and an assist in game one vs. Penn State and vs. Northwestern and two goals in the second game vs. PSU.
  • Caly O’Brien scored her first goal of the year last week vs. NU. She is first on the team with 22 ground balls and picked up four in each of her last two games.
  • MK Bonanni has at least one caused turnover in 10 of 11 games this year and had a career-high three against Northwestern.