Buckeyes set to play UC Davis Friday, Cal Berkeley Sunday

COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State women’s lacrosse team (2-1 overall; 0-0 ALC) heads out West this weekend for a doubleheader against UC Davis (0-3 overall) at 3 p.m. (PT) Friday at Aggie Stadium and Cal Berkeley (1-1; 1-0 MPFS) at 11 a.m. Sunday at Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes’ trek across the country marks the team’s first two road challenges of the 2008 season.

Despite a second-half rally, Ohio State dropped a 14-11 decision to then-No. 11 Notre Dame at North Turf Field on the campus of The Ohio State University. The Irish led 8-3 at the half and outshot the Buckeyes, 27-13, in the first stanza. Ohio State rallied in the second period, scoring eight goals and outshooting Notre Dame, 17-14, in the second half to close the gap to, 13-11, with 1:34 to play when freshman Maghan Beaudrault scored on a goal from Brittney Zerhusen. Beaudrault led Ohio State with four goals, while Jessica Patane and Kristen Slahor added three goals each. Amanda Shimp had the other goal for Ohio State. Goalie Kristen Gilwee saved 20 shots.

So far in 2008, Ohio State is outscoring its opponents, 39-27, with freshman Maghan Beaudrault leading the team in scoring with seven goals. Senior Kristen Slahor is the Buckeye leader in points with 12 from eight assists and four goals. Sophomore Brittney Zerhusen ranks second in both points and goals with nine and six, respectively, this season. Senior Jessica Patane ties Zerhusen with six goals.

Beaudrault and senior Amanda Shimp have tallied 11 groundballs each this year. The two student-athletes also lead Ohio State in other categories. Beaudrault has picked up 11 draw controls while Shimp has a Buckeye-high six caused turnovers.

In the net, junior starting goalkeeper Kristen Gilwee owns a .545 save percentage and a 9.44 goals-against average in three games. Freshman goalie Annie Carruthers saw action time against Duquesne and made four stops on 10 shots while allowing only two goals.

UC Davis lost a 16-10 decision to Mount St. Mary’s Wednesday at home in Aggie Stadium. In the game, the Aggies were led by their freshman class as eight of their 10 goals came from rookies, including Jacklyn Taylor’s first-collegiate hat trick.

The Aggies opened the season with a 15-5 loss to Oregon Feb. 10 at home and dropped to Stanford, 13-7, on the road. So far this season, opponents are outscoring UC Davis, 44-22, with goalie Hilary Harkins tallying 28 saves. Katie McMahon leads the Aggies with six points from six goals. Second in points is Christina Corsa with five from three goals and two assists.

The Golden Bears enter into the matchup against the Buckeyes off an 11-9 conference win over Stanford recorded last Saturday. Cal opened the season against defending national champion Northwestern and were dealt a 16-9 loss at home. The game vs. the Buckeyes and the Bears Sunday marks the third of eight-consecutive home games for the Bears, who make their first trip of the season March 28 to Williamsburg, Va., for a contest against William and Mary.

Cal senior Danni Zuralow leads the Bears with points (11 from nine goals) while classmate Cristen Andrews paces the squad with nine ground balls. In the net, starting goalkeeper Dyson Morgan owns a .477 save percentage after two outs. Freshman goalie Allie Shropshire recorded her first minutes as a Bear against conference-rival Stanford and helped the squad to an eventual win after being down 7-6 in the second half. Shropshire has a 6.12 goals-against average and a .667 save percentage.

After a trip out West, the Buckeyes take a trip to the East Coast as they open up conference action against Johns Hopkins with a 1 p.m. game in Baltimore, Md.