COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s lacrosse team dominated American Sunday, defeating the Eagles 16-4 to give head coach Alexis Venechanos and her staff their first win as Buckeye coaches. Three OSU players – Alayna Markwordt, Brittney Zerhusen and Jayme Beard – scored three goals apiece as the Buckeyes improved to 1-2 on the season and American begins its year 0-1.

“I am very proud of the way we played together for the win against a very tough American team,” Venechanos said. “We showed strong character in being able to bounce back mentally and physically after a tough one-goal loss at Navy Friday night.”

The Eagles struck first, scoring at 26:16, but the Buckeyes rattled off six unanswered from five different scorers to close out the half with a 6-1 lead. Zerhusen started off the scoring spree, converting on a pass from Jacqueline Orona at the 22:17 mark, and Ohio State continued to find the back of the net until 2:27 remaining in the period. Cara Facchina tallied two during the run, increasing the freshman midfielder’s goal total to a team rookie-best four.

American opened the second half with back-to-back scores to cut the lead to 6-3, but a 10-0 Buckeye run quickly put the game out of reach. Markwordt, Zerhusen and Beard, currently ranked No. 1-3, respectively, on the team in scoring, paced the offensive output with two each in the half. Kelly Becker, a freshman from Dublin, Ohio, also added a pair for her first two collegiate goals. The Dublin Jerome product put the Buckeyes up by 10, at 13-3, and later stretched the lead to 12, 15-3.

Ohio State finished the day with a 24-14 advantage in shots and a 14-8 margin in draw controls, marking the third game in a row it has out-drawn the opponent. Annie Carruthers played 53 minutes in goal, making six saves with three goals-against, before giving way to Megan Fiorito who made one stop in the final seven minutes.

The Buckeyes open up the home portion of their schedule at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 27 against St. Bonaventure on the indoor turf field in the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Admission to the game, and to all home regular-season women’s lacrosse contests, is free. The Bonnies are currently 1-0 after winning their season opener vs. Bucknell, 14-10, last weekend.

Lacrosse Game Summary (Final)
2011 Ohio State Women’s Lacrosse
Ohio State vs American (Feb 20, 2011 at Washington, D.C.)

Date: Feb 20, 2011  Location: Washington, D.C.      Stadium: Jacobs Field       
Attendance:652   Start time:12:00 pm  End time:1:43 pm   Total time:1:43   

SCORE BY PERIOD          1      2      Tot
Ohio State                     6      10   16
American                       1      3      4

Ohio State GOALS: Markwordt, Alayna 3; Zerhusen, Brittney 3; Beard, Jayme 3; Facchina, Cara 2; Becker, Kelly 2; Capuzzi, Gabby 1; Tabor, Kelsay 1; Wiederkehr, Rachel 1.
ASSISTS: Lenow, Sarah 1; Markwordt, Alayna 1; Orona, Jacqueline 1.

American GOALS: Maher,Bernadette 2; Speziale,Chiara 1; Schoenberger,Lauren 1.
ASSISTS: Collins,Kimberly 1.

Ohio State GROUND BALLS: Smith, Maggie 4; Beard, Jayme 2; Kuzma, Tayler 2; Beaudrault, Maghan 1; Cahill, Kaitlin 1; Carruthers, Annie 1; Donahue, Kirsten 1; Gysin, Lindsey 1.
American GROUND BALLS: Larkin,Emma 5; Ferguson,Brit 3; Dawson,Laura 2; Marshall,Samantha 2; Collins,Kimberly 1; Komosinski,Kaska 1; Lin,Paige 1; Stankiewicz,Emily 1.

Ohio State TURNOVERS CAUSED: Kuzma, Tayler 2; Donahue, Kirsten 1; Markwordt, Alayna 1; Smith, Maggie 1; Tabor, Kelsay 1; Zerhusen, Brittney 1.
American TURNOVERS CAUSED: Larkin,Emma 2; Lin,Paige 2; Collins,Kimberly 1; Dawson,Laura 1; Ferguson,Brit 1; Komosinski,Kaska 1; Marshall,Samantha 1; Stankiewicz,Emily 1.

SHOTS – Ohio State 24; American 14.
SHOTS ON GOAL – Ohio State 18; American 11.

TURNOVERS – Ohio State 20; American 21.

FACEOFFS – Ohio State 14-22; American 8-22.

CLEARS – Ohio State 18-23; American 13-17.

GOALIES – OSU: Carruthers, Annie 1-2 (52:58 minutes, 9 shots-6 saves, 3 GA) , Fiorito, Megan (07:02, 2-1, 1); AMERICAN: Komosinski,Kaska 0-1 (60:00, 18-2, 16).