April 24, 2019

Ohio State Hosts No. 5 Northwestern for Final Regular Season Contest

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s lacrosse team finishes out the 2019 season with one last contest at the Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, hosting the No. 5 Northwestern Wildcats (11-4, 4-1 B1G) on Thursday afternoon. First draw is set for 4:30 p.m. ET and the game will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network. Dean Linke and Greg Bice have the call.

Ohio State vs Northwestern • The Basics
Date:April 25, 2019
Time:4:30 p.m. ET
Venue: Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium | Columbus, Ohio
Watch:BTN
Live Stats:StatBroadcast
Game Notes:Ohio State | Northwestern
All-Time Series:Northwestern leads, 15-3
Last Meeting:Northwestern won, 20-6, in Evanston, Ill. (April 6, 2018)

LAST TIME OUT
• Ohio State secured its first Big Ten win of the season on Saturday, April 20, defeating Rutgers, 11-7, in Piscataway, N.J.
• The Buckeyes scored four unanswered goals late in the second half to take the win after trading leads with the Scarlet Knights throughout the game.
• Senior Baley Parrott led the squad, tying her career-high of six points on five goals and one assist. Junior goalie Jill Rizzo made 10 saves, marking her 11th game this season with double-digit saves.

HISTORY WITH THE WILDCATS
• Northwestern holds a 15-3 series lead against Ohio State.
• Last season, the Wildcats handed a 20-6 loss to the Buckeyes in Evanston, Ill. on April 6, 2018. Junior Liza Hernandez, senior Sara Dickinson and senior Baley Parrott netted goals in the loss.
• Ohio State last defeated Northwestern on March 9, 2014, in an 11-10 overtime victory in Columbus, upsetting the No. 4-ranked Wildcats. That same season, the teams met again in the ALC tournament, with Northwestern edging out OSU, 9-8.
• The series between the Buckeyes and Wildcats started on March 23, 2002. No. 20 Ohio State took down Northwestern, 16-4, on the road.
• Ohio State head coach Alexis Venechanos’s first coaching position was as an assistant with Northwestern under current head coach Kelly Amonte Hiller from 2004 to 2006. First-year director of operations Lynda Phlipot was also a four-year member of the Northwestern women’s lacrosse team, and was coached by Venechanos and Hiller from 2005 to 2006.

SCOUTING NORTHWESTERN
• With both teams wrapping up regular season play, Northwestern is 11-4, including a 4-1 record in the Big Ten conference. The Wildcats are second in the conference only to undefeated Maryland.
• Northwestern is the No. 1 team in the nation in scoring offense, averaging 18 goals per game. They have outscored opponents 270-203 this season, led by senior Selena Lasota (59G), freshman Izzy Scane (41G) and sophomore Lauren Gilbert (39G).
• Last time out, then-ranked No. 6 Northwestern faced a huge test in No. 4 Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. The Wildcats pulled off the upset, defeating the Fighting Irish 15-11. Senior goalkeeper Mallory Weisse posted a career-high 14 saves and Lasota scored a game-high five goals.
• Lasota is a prolific point scorer, with 74 this season from 59 goals and 15 assists. She leads the Big Ten in goals and points per game, averaging 4.21 and 5.29, respectively. The 4.21 goals-per-game average is also third nationally.
• Sophomore Brennan Dwyer is fifth in the NCAA in draw controls, leading the team with 129 this season. Overall, the team is fifth in the nation in draw controls per game, averaging 17.47.
• Weisse has started the last three games at goalkeeper, earning two wins and a .506 save percentage. In 232 minutes played, Weisse has a 12.93 goals-against average. Redshirt sophomore Julie Krupnick has received a majority of the starts at goalie, with 12 games and 597 minutes played.
• Amonte Hiller has led Northwestern to a record of 280-73 since becoming the program’s first head coach in 2002, leading the team to 15 NCAA Tournament appearances and seven national titles.

SCHOLAR-ATHLETES
• Thirty-one members of the Ohio State women’s lacrosse team were named OSU Scholar-Athletes on April 10 at the annual Scholar-Athlete dinner.
• Senior Hannah Gantt received the Woody & Anne Hayes Award, a scholarship for postgraduate studies.

MAKING MILESTONES
• Parrott, the current active leader in goals on the team, reached the 100 milestone against San Diego State (March 24). With two more goals, Parrott will land in 10th on Ohio State’s Top-10 career goal list. Parrott also recorded her 100th draw control on March 24, moving up to eighth on the career leader rankings.
• After passing the 500-save mark, Rizzo is now second all-time in career saves, only 22 away from the program record.
• Junior Liza Hernandez passed the career 100-point mark this season, topping out at 119 points thus far. Hernandez leads the Buckeyes with career-high 58 points overall this season.

TEAM LEADERS
• Ohio State currently leads the conference in ground balls, averaging 20.2 per game and is third in caused turnovers, with an average of 9.7. Nationally, the team ranks 26th in ground balls per game and 36th in caused turnovers per game.
• Nationally, Jill Rizzo is fifth in overall saves at 177. Rizzo also ranks in the Top-10 in saves per game (11.06). In the conference, Rizzo leads in saves per game and in groundballs.
• Liza Hernandez is second in the conference in assists per game at 1.63 and in gamewinning goals (four).
• Riley Ewing is sixth in the Big Ten in draw controls, leading the team with 65 for an average of 4.1 per game.

UP NEXT
• Ohio State concludes the regular season against Northwestern on Thursday.