March 3, 2014


COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State women’s lacrosse team begins a three-game homestand Tuesday, hosting Louisville at 3 p.m. at Ohio Stadium. Live video and stats are available for the contest, linked above or on the Buckeyes’ Gameday page on —


  • Ohio State is 2-3 this season after suffering a loss at Canisius, 11-10, last Saturday.
    Jackie Cifarelli (5g,17a), Mary Kate Facchina (11g, 1a), Kaila Gottlick (10g, 2a), Kelsea Ayers, (6g, 5a) and Katie Chase (9g, 1a) are the leading point scorers in the early goings of the season with Chase also holding a team-leading 12 draw controls.Defensively, Christine Easton (7ct, 7gb), Heather Gravinese (5ct, 4gb) and Taylor Donahue (3ct, 6gb) have been the strongholds for Ohio State. Tori DeScenza has started all five games in goal with an 8.42 goals-against average and a .403 save percentage.
  • Cifarelli is second in the country and first in the American Lacrosse Conference (ALC) with 17 assists.  She also is first in the ALC in assists per game (3.40).
  • At Canisius, Gottlick tied her career high with four goals, while Mary Kate Facchina had four points on three goals and Ayers had a pair of scores
  • This is the first of three-consecutive appearances at Ohio Stadium this season after Ohio State opened the year with two games inside on the turf field in the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.
  • The Buckeyes finished the 2013 campaign with an 8-10 record and a third-consecutive appearance in the ALC tournament semifinals.

The Cardinals enter today’s game with a four-game win streak and a 4-1 overall record. Last timeout, Louisville notched a 12-7 upset vs. No. 18 Denver March 1 led by junior attacker Faye Brust who had four goals vs. the Pioneers.  They started the year with a 14-11 loss at Duke before earning victories against Detroit, Old Dominion and William & Mary. Four Louisville players sit above 10 points: Nikki Boltja (22g, 5a), Faye Brust (14g, 2a), Kaylin Morissette (13g, 5a) and Cortnee Daley (11g, 0a). In goal, Ashley Herbst has started all five games with an 8.84 goals-against average and a .356 save percentage.

Ohio State holds a 4-1 all-time record vs. the Cardinals. Last year, the Buckeyes fell, 12-11, at Louisville in their season opener. Katie Chase and Cara Facchina led the Buckeyes’ offensive efforts with three goals and two goals, two assists, respectively, as the team battled through seven ties and three lead changes.

Ohio State suffered its third close loss of the season at Canisius, 11-10, March 1 in Buffalo, N.Y. In a back and forth battle,  the score featured five ties and seven lead changes between the Buckeyes (2-3) and Golden Griffins (2-2) with Canisius scoring the eventual gamewinner with 3:10 remaining on a free position shot.

Offensively, senior midfielder Kaila Gottlick tied her career high with four goals, while junior midfielder Mary Kate Facchina had four points on three goals and classmate Kelsea Ayers had a pair of scores. Junior goalie Tori DeScenza made six saves and falls to 2-3 overall in 2014. Ohio State held a 24-18 advantage in shots and a 17-5 lead in draw controls against the Golden Griffins.

Junior attack Jackie Cifarelli, who leads the team with 22 points in 2014, posted an impressive 13 assists in the opening weekend of the season. Cifarelli, a native of Rockville Center, N.Y., is ranked No. 2 in the nation and No. 1 in the conference in assists at 17, two behind the national leader. She also leads the ALC in assists per game (3.40) and is ranked fifth nationally. Her six-assist performance against Winthrop was the third of her career and is just the fourth different Buckeye in program history to accomplish the feat.

Cifarelli has collected 96 assists in her career, which is fourth best in Ohio State history. She is four helpers shy of tying former Buckeye Kelly Haggerty for third on the all-time list.

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 22 (5g, 17a). Cifarelli has collected points in 37 of 40 games in her career, collecting 27 multi-point performances overall.

With her assist last time out at Canisius, Cifarelli is ninth on the all-time OSU list with 145 career points (49g, 96a). She is 10 points shy of moving up to eighth in the record book.

Several Buckeyes rank in the Top Ten of the American Lacrosse Conference in individual statistics. Jackie Cifarelli earned the No. 4 spot in the conference in points (22) and points per game (4.40). Cifarelli ranks first in assists and assists per game, while Kelsea Ayers is eighth in both categories and Cara Facchina is eighth in season helpers. Mary Kate Facchina is seventh in goals (11), while Katie Chase is fifth in goals per game (2.25). Mary Kate Facchina and Kaila Gottlick are tied for tenth in the league with 12 points apiece.

Defensively, goalie Tori DeScenza is fourth in the conference in goals-against average (8.42) and saves (27). Christine Easton ranks fifth in caused turnovers.

Junior Mary Kate Facchina and senior Kaila Gottlick are the leading goal scorers in the early part of the season. Facchina has a team-best 11 goals, while Gottlick is right behind with 10. Facchina, a native of Glenwood, Md., collected 26 goals during her sophomore year in 2013.

The Buckeyes own a 73-38 advantage in draw controls on the season. Katie Chase is at the forefront, grabbing 3.0 per game to own the No. 5 spot in the conference. The Buckeyes have tied or out-drawn their opponent in four of five games this season.

The Buckeyes will play in back-to-back days, hosting No. 4 Northwestern at Noon Sunday and High Point at 3 p.m. Monday in Columbus. Both contests are scheduled to be played at Ohio Stadium.

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 three four for the Buckeyes and leads the team with seven groundballs and has five caused turnovers in her third season at Ohio State

Katie Chase, Jackie Cifarell 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.

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.