Buckeyes put 7-1 record to the test at 7 p.m.

COLUMBUS, Ohio The 7-1 Ohio State women’s lacrosse team hosts California in a 7 p.m. game Tuesday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes, ranked 18th by Inside Lacrosse and 19th by the IWLCA and, are on a five-game win streak.

California is 4-6 this season, with wins over Fresno State, Albany, Temple and Cal-Davis, and losses to Notre Dame, Duke, Syracuse, Penn, William & Mary and Vermont.  

Ohio State’s all-time series with California is tied 3-3; Ohio State was a 10-7 winner in Berkeley last year.

For the third time this season, freshman midfielder Alayna Markwordt was named rookie of the week by the American Lacrosse Conference March 17. She helped Ohio State notch two wins after being ranked for the first time this season, with five goals, four assists and five ground balls in wins over Cincinnati and Louisville.

Ohio State’s Alayna Markwordt and Kristen Gilwee were named the Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week by the American Lacrosse Conference for March 10. Markwordt, a freshman for the Buckeyes, also picked up Rookie of the Week honors, her second-consecutive such honor.

Markwordt tallied 11 points on six goals and five assists as the Buckeyes upset conference rival Johns Hopkins 22-12. Her point total tied the highest single-game scoring total in Ohio State records; six goals in a single game ranks second on the OSU all-time list. Gilwee made 19 saves in the victory over the Blue Jays, who were ranked as high as 14th in the national polls.

Markwordt was selected as national Division I Rookie of the Week by for March 9 after she notched 11 points (six goals and five assists) to tie an Ohio State single-game scoring record in the upset win over No. 18 Johns Hopkins. She has twice been named American Lacrosse Conference freshman of the week already this season.

The No. 19 Ohio State women’s lacrosse team topped Duquesne, 20-11, Sunday afternoon at Rooney Stadium in Pittsburgh.

The Buckeyes took an 8-0 lead before Duquesne got on the scoreboard, with three goals each from Maghan Beaudrault and Kelly Haggerty among their first eight. Ohio State built a commanding lead, heading into halftime up 17-3.

Haggerty finished the game with six goals and two assists for a team-best eight points; other scorers for the Buckeyes were Beaudrault (four goals, one assist); Alayna Markwordt (two goals, four assists); Lauren Sterner (two goals); and one goal each from Jayme Beard, Olivia Annalora, Gabby Capuzzi, Rachel Hawes, Kelsay Tabor and Margaret Prunte.

The Buckeyes’ 7-1 start is the best for the program since the 2003 campaign, when Ohio State began 7-1. The best start for an OSU team was an 8-1 debut in 2002.

The Buckeyes are showing their offensive prowess this season. In eight games, Ohio State has outscored its opponents 135-82, including a 72-49 goal scoring advantage in the second half.

Junior Kelly Haggerty leads the squad with 27 goals and 21 assists for a team-best 48 points. In only eight contests, the native of West Chester, Pa., has already collected more points than she did a season ago, when Haggerty tallied 43 points in 18 games. Freshman Alayna Markwordt is second on the squad with 42 points, followed by sophomore Maghan Beaudrault (27), sophomore Jayme Beard (20), senior Rachel Hawes (20) and freshman Gabby Capuzzi (15).

Junior Kelly Haggerty has entered the Ohio State career Top 10 for most points. With 123 points to date, she ranks eighth all-time, behind Mara Simpson, who had 133 points from 1996-99. Haggerty has 48 points in just eight games this season. She scored 43 points as a sophomore and 32 her freshman year at Ohio State. The all-time points leader for the Buckeyes is Kristen Slahor, with 221 from 2005-08. Haggerty is also 11th in career goals scored with 80.

Backstopping Ohio State to a 7-1 record is Kristen Gilwee. The senior, who has started every game, owns a 9.55 goals-against average, making 77 saves while allowing 72 goals (.517 save pct.).

Gilwee’s 19 saves against Johns Hopkins were the fifth-best single game effort in OSU history and her 17 saves at Notre Dame rank 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 441. The OSU career leader is Megan Barnett, who recorded 448 saves from 1999-2001.

Gilwee is also tied for the lead in career victories in goal with 26; Barnett was 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 third 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 is second on the team this season in goals scored with 24 and second in points with 42. Markwordt opened her rookie season scoring three goals and adding an assist at American before tallying a 4-2-6 line at George Washington and vs. St. Bonaventure.

Classmate Gabby Capuzzi has recorded three multiple-point games. 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 15 goals. She does her work in the field as well, leading the team with 10 caused turnovers and 21 ground balls.

It is not just a one-person-show out there for the Buckeyes. Of Ohio State’s 135 goals this season, 63 have been credited with assists (47.0%); OSU’s opponents have notched only 23 helpers on 82 goals (27.7%). On the season, Ohio State is averaging 16.8 goals per contest and connecting on 49.8 percent of its shots.

Ohio State started the 2009 campaign with two wins in the nation’s capital Feb. 13-15. In the 17-7 win at American, junior Kelly Haggerty was the offensive standout for the Buckeyes, scoring five goals and adding three assists.

Alayna Markwordt and Rachel Hawes contributed three goals each, while Gabby Capuzzi and Maghan Beaudrault had two goals each. Goals from Kirsten Donahue and Jayme Beard rounded out the Buckeye scores. Markwordt, Beaudrault and Rachael Cornicello each added an assist.

American scored the first goal with just a minute elapsed in the contest, but a pair of scores by Haggerty started a Buckeye scoring streak that gave Ohio State a 7-2 lead by halftime. Senior Kristen Gilwee was the winning goalie, recording seven saves.

Next, OSU raised its record to 2-0 with a 14-9 win at George Washington. Freshman Alayna Markwordt led the Buckeyes with four goals and a pair of assists in the victory. Junior Kelly Haggerty continued her torrid pace on offense, scoring three goals and adding four assists while taking just five shots. Jayme Beard also added three goals and an assist, and Rachel Hawes scored two goals. Single goals came from Olivia Annalora and Gabby Capuzzi.

The Buckeyes scored five times in the first 10 minutes of action, and held a 5-3 halftime lead; Taylor Donohue of George Washington accounted for all three of GW’s first-half goals. Donahue added three goals in the second half as well. Senior Kristen Gilwee was the winning goalie for Ohio State, recording five saves.

Ohio State took a 7-7 tie into halftime against No. 11/12 Notre Dame but was unable to outlast the Irish, dropping its first contest of 2009, 14-11, Sunday in South Bend, Ind. Buckeye goaltender Kristen Gilwee recorded 17 saves in the contest while five Buckeyes recorded multiple-point games with Rachel Hawes, Jayme Beard and Gabby Capuzzi each tallying a hat trick.

Ohio State was victorious March 1 in its first home game of 2009, defeating St. Bonaventure 16-9 in blustery conditions at the North Turf Field.

Ohio State jumped ahead to a 4-0 lead behind two goals each from Kelly Haggerty and Gabby Capuzzi, but the Bonnies rallied to close within 6-4 at halftime. Ohio State got four second-half goals and an assist from freshman Alayna Markwordt to lead a 10-goal effort in the second stanza.

Markwordt led the Buckeyes with six points (four goals and two assists), while Haggerty had five points and Maghan Beaudrault added four. Capuzzi, Jayme Beard and Rachel Hawes had two goals each for Ohio State. Senior Kristen Gilwee was again outstanding in goal for the Buckeyes, with nine saves to raise her record to 3-1.

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.

OSU won its third consecutive game, defeating Cincinnati 20-8 Wednesday evening in crisp conditions at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes traded goals with the Bearcats in the early going before OSU pulled ahead 6-4 by halftime, and OSU scored 11 of the first 12 goals of the second half.

Maghan Beaudrault with seven goals tied the Ohio State single-game record for goals. Jayme Beard (3), Kelly Haggerty (2) and Alayna Markwordt (2) each had multiple goals for the Buckeyes.

The Ohio State women’s lacrosse team topped Louisville 15-12 at the U of L Lacrosse Stadium.

Louisville scored the first four goals of the game, before the Buckeyes brought the score to 6-6 by halftime. Louisville led as much as 10-7, before Ohio State scored the next seven goals en route to the eventual win.

Freshman Alayna Markwordt led the Buckeyes in scoring with three goals and four assists; freshman Gabby Capuzzi also added three goals in the close contest. Kelly Haggerty (2 goals, 3 assists), Maghan Beaudrault (2 goals), Rachel Hawes (2 goals), Lauren Sterner (2 goals) and Jayme Beard (1 goal) were also in the scoring column for the Buckeyes. Goalie Kristen Gilwee had 11 saves against the Cardinals.

Competing in one of the nation’s toughest leagues, Ohio State has its work cut out in 2009; two conference foes advanced to the NCAA tournament last season, including defending national champion Northwestern. The Buckeyes hope a solid core of experience and talent will take this team far. In non-conference action, the squad will face tough opponents in North Carolina, Maryland and Notre Dame in addition to the always difficult conference schedule including Northwestern, Penn State, Johns Hopkins and Vanderbilt.

Sophomore midfielder Maghan Beaudrault, the 2008 American Lacrosse Conference rookie of the year, was named to the 2009 ALC preseason all-star team as selected by the conference coaches. Ohio State was predicted to finish fifth by the ALC coaches. The ALC tournament is April 30-May 2 at Penn State.

Ohio State has met the grade off the field as well. Ten members of the Buckeye women’s lacrosse program were honored by the American Lacrosse Conference as part of its 2008 academic honor roll. The Ohio State players honored were Kacie Caldwell, Rachael Cornicello, Kristen Gilwee, Libby Graf, Rachel Hawes, Mallory Mayhew, Margaret Prunte, Amanda Shimp, Lauren Sterner and Keri Yourick.

Now in her 14th season as head coach of the Buckeyes, Sue Stimmel holds a 109-99 record at Ohio State. Her career coaching record is 185-117 including six years at Denison. Stimmel was president of the Midwest Lacrosse Association from 1991-98, serving as a member of the executive board for the USWLA.  She is a past chair of the mid-Atlantic NCAA Regional Advisory Committee and the Division I Vice-President of the IWLCA. Stimmel is the current chair of the IWLCA Ethics Committee. In 2000, Stimmel was inducted into the Ohio Lacrosse Foundation Hall of Fame.

Stimmel welcomes two new assistant coaches to the Buckeye bench this season: Amanda Barnes and Gregg Gebhard.

The Buckeyes’ next home contest comes up Sunday, March 29, when Ohio State hosts Canisius at 1 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.