April 27, 2021

No. 23 Buckeyes Head to Big Ten Tournament


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The Basics

  • The No. 23 Ohio State women’s lacrosse team heads to State College, Pa., for the 2021 Big Ten Tournament.
  • All games in the Big Ten Tournament will be televised by Big Ten Network and streamed through the Fox Sports app.
  • No. 5 seed Ohio State (4-8) will face No. 4 Rutgers (5-7) at 2 p.m. Thursday in the quarterfinals.
  • The winner of the game between the Buckeyes and Scarlet Knights will face top seed Northwestern (11-0), which earned a first round bye, at 5 p.m. Friday in the semifinals. The championship game is set for noon Sunday.
  • The other quarterfinal matchups are No. 2 Maryland vs. No. 7 Michigan and No. 3 Johns Hopkins vs. No. 6 Penn State.

Buckeyes in the B1G Tourney

  • Ohio State is 2-2 all-time in the Big Ten Tournament.
  • In 2015 the squad made a run to the championship game. As the No. 4 seed, Ohio State topped No. 5 Rutgers 17-7 and then beat No. 1 seed Maryland 11-10 before falling to No. 2 Penn State in the final, 13-11.
  • In 2016 No. 5 Ohio State fell to No. 4 Rutgers 11-10.

Buckeyes vs. Scarlet Knights

  • The Buckeyes trail the series with Rutgers, 6-5 overall and 5-4 since the start of B1G play.
  • The teams have met twice in the Big Ten Tournament, splitting the games with a 17-7 Ohio State win in 2015 and 11-10 Scarlet Knight victory in 2016.
  • This season the squads faced off in Piscataway Feb. 26 and 28, with Rutgers winning both games (12-9 and 10-9).

Last Time Out

  • Ohio State last competed April 16, posting a 12-9 victory at Michigan. Ohio State was down 9-8 with 11:16 remaining but ended the game on a four-goal run for the Big Ten victory.
  • After the teams traded early goals. Ohio State went ahead 2-1 at 19:40 but back-to-back Wolverine tallies at 13:10 and 12:26 put Michigan in front 3-2. Ohio State answered with a four-goal run, including two Lindsay Epstein goals, and shut out the Wolverines the rest of the half for a 6-3 halftime lead.
  • Michigan scored the first five goals of the second half to lead 8-6 with 15:54 remaining. Buckeyes Nicole Ferrara and Liza Hernandez tallied at 14:46 and 12:14 to tie the game at eight. Michigan went ahead one more time, 9-8, with 11:16 left. The Buckeyes notched their second four-goal run of the game to tie the game, take the lead and close out the win. Jamie Level tied the game at nine 59 seconds after UM had taken the lead, Hernandez followed with two straight goals at 6:14 and 4:25 and Level notched the game’s final goal at 3:48. Jillian Rizzo had three of her seven second-half saves in the final 3:02.
  • Against the Wolverines, Hernandez led Ohio State with four goals and Level had a hat trick, while Ferrara and Epstein each had two tallies. Chloe Johnson had five of the Buckeyes’ 13 draw controls and Caly O’Brien had a goal, three ground balls and three caused turnovers. Rizzo had eight saves in the win.

In the Rankings

  • This week, Ohio State is No. 23 in the IWLCA poll and receiving votes in the US Lacrosse Magazine and IL Women rankings.
  • Six of the seven Big Ten teams are in this week’s IWLCA poll – Northwestern is No. 2, Maryland and Johns Hopkins are tied for 13th, Rutgers is 16th, Penn State is No. 20 and Ohio State is 23rd.
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In the Record Book

  • Jillian Rizzo, the Buckeyes’ all-time saves leader (777), has started 69 of 70 games over her Buckeye career and has appeared in all 70. She is second among active NCAA goalies with 11.03 saves per game and first in total career saves. She ranks fifth nationally with 2.90 ground balls per game over her career and is first with 203 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 133 goals and 51 assists for 184 points in her Ohio State career. Hernandez is sixth all-time in goals, one behind Molly Wood (2015-18). Her 184 points rank sixth all-time, two behind Brittney Zerhusen (2008-11) for fifth. Hernandez is tied with Celeste Cianfrani (1998-01) for seventh all-time in assists, seven behind Zerhusen. Hernandez has 108 draw controls to rank eighth in school history.
  • Riley Ewing has 117 draw controls, ranking sixth in school history. Oliver is fifth among Buckeyes with 121.

Stats Stuff

  • Ohio State is scoring 10.5 goals a game, allowing 12.92 per contest.
  • Liza Hernandez leads the Buckeyes with 34 goals and 38 points and Ashley Turner is first with nine assists.
  • Nicole Ferrara is second with 22 goals, six assists and 28 points. Turner and Lindsay Epstein are tied for third with 12 goals and Jamie Level has also hit double-digits with 10.
  • Caly O’Brien has a team-best 25 ground balls, with Jillian Rizzo (21) second and MK Bonanni (20) third. Bonanni is first with 15 caused turnovers, followed by O’Brien with 14 and Hernandez with 12.
  • Hernandez has a Buckeye-best 40 draw controls, with Chloe Johnson second with 38.
  • Rizzo leads the Big Ten in saves (116), saves per game (9.67) and save percentage.
  • Hernandez is fifth among B1G players in goals and goals per game (2.83). She is fourth in the league in shots per game (6.92) and fifth in shots on goal per outing (4.83). Ferrara ranks fifth in the B1G in shooting percentage (.489).

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 four outings.
  • Leading scorer Liza Hernandez has been held scoreless just once this season (March 5 vs. Johns Hopkins), with multiple points in 10 of 12 games. Her 34 goals are one 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 seven-game goal and point streaks (20g, 2a, 22p). Ali Beekhuizen is on a six-game point streak (7g, 2a, 9p). Nicole Ferrara (13g, 1a, 14p) and Lindsay Epstein (5g, 3a, 8p) each have at least one point in the last four games.
  • Hernandez has back-to-back four-goal games and has five games with four-plus goals this season. She matched her career best with six tallies against both Johns Hopkins March 7 and Michigan Feb. 21.
  • Chloe Johnson is second on the team with 38 draw controls and has 29 in the last four games combined. She notched 12 draw controls vs. Penn State March 28, the most for a Buckeye since 2016.
  • Jamie Level had her first hat trick as a Buckeye and an Ohio State career high three points in the win at Michigan. She has 10 goals and 12 points this year.
  • Nicole Ferrara has 13 goals and 14 points in the last four games combined, including a career-best six goals vs. Northwestern April 8. She has multiple goals in eight outings overall this year.
  • Lindsay Epstein has multiple goals in four games this year and has 12 tallies this season, adding five assists for 17 points, tying her career highs in goals and points.
  • MK Bonanni has at least one caused turnover in 11 of 12 games this year and had a career-high three against Northwestern.