No. 10/12 Buckeyes Blast Bearcats, 18-5

Cian Dabrowski led Ohio State with six points vs. Binghamton.
Cian Dabrowski led Ohio State with six points vs. Binghamton.
Feb. 7, 2015

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - In its second game of the 2015 season, nine different Buckeyes tallied goals as the 10th-ranked Ohio State women's lacrosse team posted an 18-5 win over Binghamton Saturday afternoon inside at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Sophomore attack Cian Dabrowski led the charge with six points on three goals and three assists while junior Rainey Hodgson collected five goals for the Scarlet and Gray.

"I thought overall it was a hard-fought win," head coach Alexis Venechanos said. "Give credit to Binghamton. They came out and played very physical and I thought we stepped up to the challenge and responded very well. But overall I thought we played a good team game and we're excited about our next challenge on the road next weekend against two very good opponents."

Senior midfielder Mary Kate Facchina got the Buckeyes on the board first with her third goal of the season at 25:14. The netter was the first of six-consecutive for the home squad, jumping out to an early 6-0 lead. Hodgson didn't need any help on the sixth goal of the day when she forced a turnover, picked up a groundball and fired in a shot past the BU goalie.

Senior attack Jackie Cifarelli continued to do what she does best: find her open teammates in front of the cage. She helped out on back-to-back goals by Dabrowski and Hodgson, respectively, to extend the lead to 8-1 with 7:32 to go in the half. Senior attack Katie Chase got in on the scoring party, notching her eighth and ninth goals of the season in less than a minute span at 4:23. She finished the day with four goals and leads the team with 10 through two games. Hallie Keselman finished off the dominant first half with her first goal of the season to make the scoreboard read, 13-1.

At half, shots were 20-5 in favor of the Buckeyes. Senior goalie Tori DeScenza played in the first 39 minutes of the contest and made two saves, while classmate goalie Katie Frederick finished off the final 20 minutes between the pipes. DeScenza improved to 2-0 on the year.

Chase and Hodgson each scored in the second half, while freshman Katie Burgee collected her first career goal at 6:53 and junior Emi Breakey also found the back of the at 4:19 to conclude the contest with an 18-5 score. Defensively, the Buckeyes stood strong, forcing 25 Bearcat turnovers. The Scarlet and Gray were also 10-of-12 on draws. Freshman Molly Wood led Ohio State with a team-high five draw controls for the game while adding one goal.

"Overall I think we're doing a good job scoring and defending in the 8-meter area," Venechanos said. "We're looking forward to improving our play in the midfield and cleaning that up a little bit and will look for more possessions off the draw. So we're going to focus on those things because they're going to be very important in our games this weekend."

The team will next hit the road for the first time in 2015, traveling to play Winthrop Feb. 13 before facing Virginia Tech Feb. 15.