Game starts at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium
COLUMBUS, Ohio The 4-1 Ohio State women’s lacrosse team welcomes the Cincinnati Bearcats to Columbus Wednesday, its final of three-consecutive home games. The contest will be played at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
Cincinnati is 4-1 this season, with wins over Villanova, Presbyterian, Duquesne and Robert Morris and a loss at Johns Hopkins. Ohio State won the first-ever meeting between the two lacrosse programs, 17-2, last season in Cincinnati. Last Saturday, the Buckeyes downed Johns Hopkins, 22-12, at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
AGAINST JOHNS HOPKINS
OSU won its 2009 American Lacrosse Conference opener, upsetting No. 18 Johns Hopkins, 22-12, at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium Saturday afternoon. It was the first win for Ohio State over a ranked team since 2007, when the Buckeyes defeated No. 8 Penn State 9-8.
Freshman Alayna Markwordt tallied 11 points on six goals and five assists, tying the highest single-game scoring total in Ohio State records; six goals in a single game ranks second on the OSU all-time list. Senior Kristen Gilwee recorded 19 saves in goal against the Blue Jays, the fifth-best effort in OSU history.
POINTS, POINTS AND MORE POINTS
The Buckeyes are showing their offensive prowess this season. In five games, Ohio State has outscored its opponents, 80-51, including a 46-31 goal scoring advantage in the second half.
Junior Kelly Haggerty leads the squad with 17 goals and 14 assists for a team-best 31 points. In only five contests, the native of West Chester, Pa., is only 12 points shy of her point total from a season ago when she tallied 43 points in 18 games. Freshman Alayna Markwordt is second on the squad with 27 points, followed by senior Rachel Hawes (15), sophomore Jayme Beard (14) and sophomore Maghan Beaudrault (13).
ON THE DEFENSE
Backstopping Ohio State to a 4-1 record is Kristen Gilwee. The senior, who has started all five games, owns a 9.93 goals-against average, making 57 saves while allowing 49 goals (.538 save pct.). Sophomore Annie Carruthers relieved Gilwee against American Feb. 13, allowing two goals in the final 3:55 of the game.
Gilwee’s 19 saves against Johns Hopkins was the fifth-best single game effort in OSU history and her 17 saves at Notre Dame ranked 10th-best. Her career high is 20 saves, set against Maryland in 2006 and against Notre Dame last season.
Gilwee is now just the second goalkeeper in Ohio State history to record more than 400 career saves; her current total is 421. The OSU career leader is Megan Barnett, who recorded 448 saves from 1999-2001. Gilwee also ranks third in career victories in goal with 23; Barnett is the OSU all-time leader with 26.
In the upset over Johns Hopkins, freshman Alayna Markwordt tallied 11 points on six goals and five assists, tying the highest single-game scoring total in Ohio State records; six goals in a single game ranks second on the OSU all-time list.
After being held scoreless vs. Notre Dame, Markwordt posted her second six-point outing of the season vs. St. Bonaventure. The Woodbine, Md., native ranks second in points and goals this season with 27 and 17, respectively. Markwordt opened her rookie season scoring three goals and an assist at American before tallying a 4-2-6 line at George Washington and vs. St. Bonaventure.
Classmate Gabby Capuzzi has recorded four multiple-point games too. Capuzzi, hailing from Broomall, Pa., had a team-tying three best goals vs. the Fighting Irish Feb. 22 and is sixth on the team in scoring with 10 goals, shooting 66.7 percent (10-of-15). She does her work in the field as well, leading the team with seven caused turnovers and 14 ground balls.
It is not just a one-person-show out there for the Buckeyes. Of Ohio State’s 80 goals this season, 39 have been credited with assists (48.8 percent); OSU’s opponents have notched only 14 helpers on 51 goals (27.4 percent). On the season, Ohio State is averaging 16 goals per contest and connecting on 50 percent of its shots.