COLUMBUS, Ohio The 6-1 OhioState women’s lacrosse team visits Duquesne for a 1:00 p.m. game Sunday, March 22, at Rooney Field in Pittsburgh. The Buckeyes, ranked 18th by Inside Lacrosse and 19th this week by, are on a four-game win streak.


Duquesne is 4-4 this season, with wins over Robert Morris, Detroit Mercy, Canisius and Bucknell, and losses to Notre Dame, Northwestern, Cincinnati, Denver.  


The Buckeyes lead the all-time series with Duquesne 9-3; OhioState was a 14-10 winner in Columbus last year. Duquesne head coach Michael Scerbo is a former OhioState assistant coach. Dukes assistant coach Regina Oliver is a 2005 OSU graduate and a current member of the U.S. national team.



For the third time this season, freshman midfielder Alayna Markwordt has been named rookie of the week by the American Lacrosse Conference. She helped OhioState 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.



OhioState’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 OhioState 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 OhioState 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 OhioState women’s lacrosse team topped Louisville 15-12 Saturday afternoon 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 OhioState 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, now 6-1, had 11 saves against the Cardinals.



The Buckeyes’ 6-1 start is the best for the program since the 2003 campaign, when OhioState 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 seven games, OhioState has outscored its opponents 115-71, including a 69-41 goal scoring advantage in the second half.


Junior Kelly Haggerty leads the squad with 21 goals and 19 assists for a team-best 40 points. In only seven contests, the native of West Chester, Pa., has collected almost as many points as she did a season ago, when Haggerty tallied 43 points in 18 games. Freshman Alayna Markwordt is second on the squad with 36 points, followed by sophomore Maghan Beaudrault (22), sophomore Jayme Beard (19), senior Rachel Hawes (18) and freshman Gabby Capuzzi (14).



Junior Kelly Haggerty has entered the OhioState career top 10 for most points. With 115 points to date, she ranks ninth all-time, behind Laurie Rybak, who had 119 points from 1996-99. Haggerty has 40 points in just seven games this season. She scored 43 points as a sophomore and 32 her freshman year at OhioState. The all-time points leader for the Buckeyes is Kristen Slahor, with 221 from 2005-08. Haggerty is also tied for 11th place in career goals scored with 74, along with Caroline Weatherill (2001-04).



Backstopping OhioState to a 6-1 record is Kristen Gilwee. The senior, who has started every game, owns a 9.79 goals-against average, making 73 saves while allowing 66 goals (.525 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 OhioState history to record more than 400 career saves; her current total is 437. The OSU career leader is Megan Barnett, who recorded 448 saves from 1999-2001. Gilwee also ranks second in career victories in goal with 25; 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 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 leads the Buckeyes in goals scored this season with 22 and is second in points with 36. 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 14 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 OhioState’s 115 goals this season, 53 have been credited with assists (46.0%); OSU’s opponents have notched only 19 helpers on 71 goals (26.7%). On the season, OhioState is averaging 16.4 goals per contest and connecting on 49.1 percent of its shots.



OhioState 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 OhioState 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 OhioState, 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.



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


OhioState 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. OhioState 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 OhioState. 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 OhioState 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 OhioState single-game record for goals. Jayme Beard (3), Kelly Haggerty (2) and Alayna Markwordt (2) each had multiple goals for the Buckeyes.



Competing in one of the nation’s toughest leagues, OhioState 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, PennState, 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. OhioState was predicted to finish fifth by the ALC coaches. The ALC tournament is April 30-May 2 at PennState.



OhioState 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 OhioState 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 108-99 record at OhioState. Her career coaching record is 184-117 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 Tuesday, March 24, when OhioState hosts California at 7 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.