April 6, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Vanderbilt lacrosse team, fresh off a Monday victory over Harvard, returns to American Lacrosse Conference action Sunday with a game at Ohio State that will be aired live on the Big Ten Network. The opening draw is scheduled for 12 noon local time in Columbus (11 a.m. CT).
After dropping a pair of overtime contests in late March, the Commodores started off April with a 15-11 home victory over Harvard. Vanderbilt is looking to ride that momentum into Sunday's game, where both the Commodores and Buckeyes are looking for their first ALC win of the year.
"Every single time we step on the field we think we can win the game, but the girls recognized at Hopkins how much a 60-minute performance matters," Vanderbilt Head Coach Cathy Swezey said. "We did come out on the losing end of that one, but they did learn from that game--and carried it onto Harvard--that 60 minutes starts with the first whistle and we have to put ourselves in a position to go ahead in a game instead of playing catch-up."
Vanderbilt owns the all-time series with Ohio State, 13-6, but the Buckeyes have won the last four matchups between the two schools. In the 19 games played between the two teams, a total of 10 have been decided by just one goal.
"All of our conference games are so intense," Swezey said. "The rivalries are huge, so it'll be a good matchup. They've got a little bit of youth, but they have plenty of experience back on their defense."
Senior Carly Linthicum scored five times in VU's win over Harvard, and continues to rank in the nation's top five in goals per game. Senior Chelsea Pasfield made 10 saves for the Commodores in goal. Pasfield ranks among the country's top 10 in saves this season.
Ohio State has won two straight games since narrowly losing at Northwestern, 9-8. The Buckeyes are paced offensively by 30 goals from Katie Chase and 26 assists from Jackie Cifarelli.
Following Sunday's game, the Commodores will wrap up the 2013 regular season with a pair of home games against ALC rival Florida (April 14) and Atlantic Coast Conference power North Carolina (April 20). Admission to all games the VU Lacrosse Complex is free.