Freshman Alayna Markwordt, senior goaltender Kristen Gilwee recognized
COLUMBUS, Ohio Alayna Markwordt, a freshman on the Ohio State women’s lacrosse team, has been named the American Lacrosse Conference’s Offensive Player and Rookie of the Week, while senior goaltender Kristen Gilwee has earned the defensive player of the week nod, the conference announced Tuesday. With the honor, Markwordt earns her second-consecutive league rookie of the week honor and first career offensive accolade. It is Gilwee’s first ALC weekly accolade of her career.
The duo’s combined effort of 11 points from Markwordt and 19 saves from Gilwee propelled the Buckeyes to a 22-12 upset of conference foe and then-No. 18 Johns Hopkins last Saturday in Columbus, giving the squad is third win over the Blue Jays. Ohio State, 4-1 on the season, entered into the Inside Lacrosse, IWLCA and WomensLax.com Top 20 polls for the first time in 2009 after the victory.
The ALC is one of four conferences with four programs ranked in the national poll, led by No. 1 Northwestern, No. 10 Vanderbilt, No. 15 Penn State and the Buckeyes at No. 19.
Markwordt, a native of Woodbine, Md., tallied a career and program-best 11 points on six goals and five assists to tie the Ohio State program record for points in a single game, joining Mara Simpson (1996-99) who set the mark in 1996 and Kristen Slahor (2005-08) who hit the mark a season ago. The rookie’s six goals in a single game ranks her second on the Ohio State all-time list, becoming the 10th student-athlete to do so.
The freshman is tied for the team lead in goals with 17 and is second with 27 points in five contests. Markwordt also is tied for the team lead in gamewinning and man-up tallies with a pair of each.
In the net, Gilwee faced 31 shots, stopping 19 to record the fifth-best effort in program history. The Hunt Valley, Md., native held Johns Hopkins to only four first-half goals while making 10 saves. The senior, who has started all five games this season, owns a 9.93 goals-against average, making 57 saves while allowing 49 goals (.538 save pct.).
Gilwee is now just the second goalkeeper in Buckeye history to record more than 400 (421) career saves. The Ohio State career leader is Megan Barnett, who recorded 448 saves from 1999-2001. Gilwee also ranks third in career victories in goal with 23, just three wins shy of tying Barnett for the No. 1 spot with 26.
Ohio State plays host to in-state foe Cincinnati at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, its third-consecutive home contest. Admission is free of charge for all Buckeye women’s lacrosse games.