In a battle of two Top 20 teams, No. 20 Ohio State travels to 10th-ranked Vanderbilt for a 1 p.m. (2 p.m. EST) tilt Saturday at the Vanderbilt Soccer/Lacrosse Complex in Nashville, Tenn. The Commodores lead the American Lacrosse Conference in the seventh week of the season with a 2-0 league record (8-3 overall), while the Buckeyes are tied for third with John’s Hopkins at 1-1 (7-3 overall).
FOLLOW IT LIVE
The Ohio State-Vanderbilt game can be followed through live stats, linked from the home page or women’s lacrosse schedule page of OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
With a single goal or assist vs. Vanderbilt, senior Kelly Haggerty will tie the all-time record for career points at Ohio State. The West Chester, Pa., native has 131 goals and 89 assists for 220 points, trailing Kristen Slahor’s 221 (82g, 139a) earned during the 2005-08 seasons. Haggerty is second all-time in career goals and assists, needing 12 and 50, respectively, to eclipse the leader in each category.
Two Buckeye attackers hold point-scoring streaks of at least 20 games. Kelly Haggerty has notched at least one goal or assist in each of the last 28 games – the 19th-longest active streak in the country – while Alayna Markwordt has posted points in 24-consecutive games.
BIG GAME, SMALL SCREEN
Lacrosse is making its debut on the Big Ten Network this season. Ohio State’s game with ALC rival Penn State April 18 will be shown on tape delay at 5 p.m. that day. Its next contest, vs. Notre Dame April 22, will be streamed live on BigTenNetwork.com and then shown on tape delay on the television network at 10 p.m. April 23. The games will air intermittently throughout the week; check local listings for times.
RANK AND FILE
The Buckeyes re-enter the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) poll at No. 20 this week for the first time since the March 1 edition when they were 18th. After being limited to receiving votes beginning Marsh 8, Ohio State has gone 4-1 with its only loss coming at the hands of top-ranked and undefeated Northwestern.
ANNIE GET YOUR SAVE
Heading into the week, junior goalie Annie Carruthers led the ALC in saves per game (12.0) and save percentage (0.547) and is ranked third and fourth in the NCAA, respectively in the two categories. The Columbus Academy product made a career-high 22 saves against Northwestern March 24 and has had at least 10 in five games this season.
ALL ALONG THE WATCH LIST
Kelly Haggerty was named to the Tewaaraton Award watch list earlier this season. A semifinalist for the national player of the year award a year ago, Haggerty leads the Buckeyes with 26 goals and 28 assists, an assist mark which already stands third all-time in a single season with at least seven games to play.
LAST TIME OUT
The Buckeyes used a seven-goal run to close the first half and open the second as it rolled to a 16-7 win over Canisius April 5 at the Demske Sports Complex in Buffalo, N.Y. Co-captains Brittney Zerhusen and Rachael Cornicello scored four and three goals, respectively, and senior All-American Kelly Haggerty also netted a trio of tallies to lead the Buckeye (7-3) charge.
Ohio State trailed 3-2 midway through the first half, but exploded for the next seven goals to take a 9-3 lead by the 26:46 mark of the second half. Zerhusen scored all four of her goals in the spree, bringing her season total to a team-leading 29. Alayna Markwordt also scored her 29th tally of the season to extend her point-scoring streak to 24 games.
The only Buckeyes with a longer such streak is Haggerty, who notched her 28th-consecutive game with at least one point with her three goals and three assists Monday.
The Commodores (8-3, 2-0) come into the game Saturday with a seven-game winning streak, having last defeated Johns Hopkins, 20-12, April 3. They have knocked off three ranked opponents during the run, including then-No. 9 Boston University, No. 12 Penn State and No. 11 Notre Dame. Sarah Downing, a member of the 2010 Tewaaraton Award watch list, paces the attack with 27 goals and 17 assists, including five scores in the team’s last win over the Blue Jays. Three other Vandy players have scored at least 20 goals this season, propelling the attack that is third in the ALC behind the Buckeyes and Northwestern.
On defense, Ally Carey leads the conference in caused turnovers (30) and is second in the NCAA with 2.73 per game. She also tops the league in groundballs (37), a total that ranks in the Top 10 nationally. Natalie Wills has earned all 11 decisions in the crease with an 11.20 goals-against average and .458 save percentage.
The game Saturday is the final regular-season home game for the Commodores. Seven seniors will be honored in pregame festivities – Anastasia Adam, Sarah Downing, Carter Foote, Allie Frank, Megan Gibson, Laura Keenan, and Alex Mundy. The graduating class of 2010 has been a part of three teams that have played in the NCAA Tournament.
The Buckeyes are 2-13 all-time against Vanderbilt with the lone wins in 1999 and 2009. Last year, Ohio State defeated Vanderbilt 15-13 in Columbus on Senior Day April 12. A career-best five goals from senior Rachel Hawes were the difference in the back-and-forth contest. Leading 6-5 at the half, the Buckeyes never trailed during the second stanza, but the Commodores tied the game at 7-7 and 9-9 and got as close as 14-13 with 2:53 remaining on a goal from Ally Carey. Buckeye goalie Kristen Gilwee stopped an Alex Priddy shot with 43 seconds remaining, however, and OSU’s Alayna Markwordt punched in a goal as time expired for the 15-13 decision.
Hawes and junior Kelly Haggerty (3 goals, 2 assists) led Ohio State with five points each. Markwordt and Maghan Beaudrault had three points each, while Jayme Beard, Olivia Annalora and Gabby Capuzzi scored single goals. Gilwee finished with 12 saves.
The Buckeyes wrap up a three-game road swing with a 7 p.m. Wednesday game at in-state rival Cincinnati. The Bearcats are 4-5 on the season and scheduled to take on No. 14 Georgetown at 4 p.m. Friday in Cincinnati.