Nov. 12, 2011
The 2011 NCAA berth marked the first time in program history the Buckeyes have made the NCAA Tournament in three-consecutive seasons. Seniors Jenn Sciulli and Ally Tunitis conclude their OSU careers claiming a combined 57 wins in four seasons, a Big Ten regular season championship (2010) and the program's first NCAA semifinals appearance (2010).
The Lady Monarchs got off to a quick start on their first penalty corner opportunity at 2:13 when sophomore forward Kati Nearhouse deflected in a shot from the left side of the cage to make it 1-0. The assists were credited to redshirt senior Stephanie Kratzer and freshman Kelsey Smither.
Old Dominion extended its lead to 2-0 after senior back Rebecca Condie scored from the left side of the circle off a rebound at 13:29. Junior back Laura Napolitano denied a shot on goal with a defensive save following ODU's second corner, but Condie was able to collect the rebound for the score.
Ohio State claimed its first penalty corner at 15:37, but a shot by junior Danica Deckard was blocked in the middle of the circle.
The offensive momentum continued for the Blue and Silver in the first half when senior Emma Batten made it 3-0 with a goal from the left side of the cage at 20:38. Senior forward Kathryn Kirk had the assist on the play.
Sophomore goalkeeper Emma Voelker started the second half for the Buckeyes - her first NCAA appearance of her career.
Ohio State claimed three-consecutive corner opportunities eight minutes into the second half, but a combined five combined shots were denied by ODU goalkeeper Devon Seifert.
The Lady Monarchs claimed two goals in the second half en route to the victory. Batten and freshman Lydia Velzian notched the second-half goals.
Napolitano collected her second defensive save of the game late in the second half, while Sciulli posted her Big Ten leading 11th defensive stop. The native of Palmyra, Pa., Sciulli concludes her OSU career with 25 defensive saves, which is second most in program history. She also holds the OSU career games played and games started records with 85 games.
Seifert improves to 21-2 overall, while Tunitis falls to 12-9 overall. Tunitis completes her Buckeye career with 37 career victories, which is second on the OSU all-time list.
Old Dominion held a 17-9 lead in shots, while both teams claimed six penalty corners.
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