Lacrosse Takes On Ohio State

March 10, 2009


The University of Cincinnati lacrosse team plays at Ohio State on Wednesday,  March 11 at 7 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium after earning its fourth win of the season on Sunday, March 8. The Bearcats defeated Villanova in their home season opener, 11-10, and will be looking for their fourth road win of the 2009 season when they take on the Buckeyes. Ohio State played on Saturday, March 7, defeating No. 14/19 Johns Hopkins, 22-12.

Cincinnati is third in the BIG EAST in ground balls per game (23.25), second in fouls per game (27.50) and leads the league in saves (40). Freshman Laura Simanski is ranked third in the conference with her 3.5 goal per game average and is ranked eighth in points per game (3.75). Freshman Lauren Houck is ranked sixth with her 1.50 assist per game average and freshman LB Zinkand is ranked second with 3.75 ground balls per game. Close behind Zinkand is Lindsey Marshall who ranks fifth with 3.25 ground balls per game. Freshman Katherine Russo  continues to lead the league with 9.50 saves per game.




After notching at least one goal in three of the first four games this season, sophomore Natalie Starvaggi scored the game-winning goal and posted her second hat trick of the season against Villanova on March 8, giving the Bearcats the at-home victory. Freshman Laura Simanski also contributed three goals in the home opener.


Lauren Houck waited two games to score her first goal of 2009 (at Robert Morris) and has tallied a goal in UC's last two games.  During the game againts Villanova, Houck notched an assist after feeding a pass to freshman MacKenzie Parsons, bringing her assists total to a team-high seven for the season.


Freshman Laura Simanski leads the Bearcats in points, starting the season with a total of 17 goals and one assist. She also had nine ground balls, 11 draw controls and six caused turnovers in four contests. Simanski averaged 4.25 goals per game and had a program-record six goals in an 11-10 overtime win against Robert Morris, after which she was named the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week for the week of Feb. 23.


Katherine Russo, who has started all five matches for the Bearcats, was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll for the second time this season after her peformance against nationally ranked Johns Hopkins and Villanova. Russo gave up 18 goals for the week, but had 22 saves, including two crucial saves with 23 and 17 seconds remaining in the victory over Villanova. She was also named to the Honor Roll for the week of Feb. 23. So far this season she has a 10.65 goals-against average and has posted an impressive 50 saves., 12 of which came against  Villanova.


Fans of the University of Cincinnati lacrosse team are encouraged to wear pink when attending the March 15 game against Vanderbilt at Nippert Stadium as UC works to raise awareness for the fight against breast cancer. The Bearcats will wear pink uniforms during the game against the Commodores as a way raise awareness for the disease. The game against Vanderbilt will begin at Noon.


Lindsey Marshall, Patty Kelly, Natalie Starvaggi and Paige Stratton are the 2009 captains. The group of leaders provide solid experience  for the 2009 squad that includes 15 newcomers.


The University of Cincinnati's lacrosse team was recently featured in Lacrosse Magazine, where they were praised for their involvement with the community, including raising awareness for breast cancer, service with the Marine Corps Toys for Tots campaign, and involvement with the 82nd Engineer Support Company (ESC), in Camp Ramadi, Iraq.



Ohio State has a 4-1 overall record this season, with wins over American, George Washington, St. Bonaventure and Johns Hopkins and the squad's only loss coming against Notre Dame. Most recently, Alanya Markwordt, a freshman for the squad, was named's Rookie of the Week after tallying 11 points with six goals and five assists in the Buckeyes' 22-12 upset of No. 18 Johns Hopkins in the team's American Lacrosse Conference season opener. Statistically, junior Kelly Haggerty leads the Buckeyes with 17 goals and 14 assists for a team-best 31 points. 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). Rated No. 18 nationally by, the Buckeyes in-state rivalry match against the Bearcats marks the Buckeyes' third-consecutive at-home contest.