Buckeyes Top Winthrop, 17-8
Feb. 9, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Oho State women’s lacrosse team improved to 2-0 in 2014 after defeating Winthrop, 17-8, Sunday afternoon at the indoor field in the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Leading the Buckeyes offensively was junior midfielder Mary Kate Facchina, who tied her career high with five goals, while classmate Jackie Cifarelli collected seven points, including six assists against Winthrop.
Ohio State will play its next three games on the road, beginning with a trip out west to take on Stanford next Saturday. The team will then travel to play Boston College Feb. 22 before taking on Canisius March 1.
Also having big offensive performances against the Eagles was junior Kelsea Ayers, who collected five points on a pair of goals and three assists, while junior Jennifer Porretto had four goals vs. the Eagles.
The Ohio State upperclassmen got the team off to a fast start as Cifarelli, Porretto and Chase each scored a goal in the first five minutes of competition to give the team an early 3-0 cushion. After a pair of goals by Winthrop’s Jenna Kasmarik, Chase and Porretto each netted their second scores of the afternoon at 18:13 and 16:35, respectively, to put the score at 5-2. The Eagles were able to tie the game at 5-5, but the Scarlet and Gray then went on a 10-0 run to open the game midway through the second half of play. Facchina scored her second goal of the game with 14 seconds left in the first half before netting her third to begin the Buckeyes’ second half of play at 27:55.
Ayers, Facchina and Hodgson rounded out the 10-0 run to make the score 15-5 with 20 minutes to go in regulation. Hodgson’s goal was Cifarelli’s sixth assist of the contest at 23:00 in the second, marking her 11th helper in just two games this year. It’s the third time in Cifarelli’s career that she has notched at least six assists in one contest.
The Eagles scored three-consecutive goals before Facchina boasted her fifth and final goal at 7:43, while Cian Dabrowski joined the scoring column when she fired in a shot at 5:39 assisted by Cara Facchina.
Junior goalie Tori DeScenza improved to 2-0 overall, collecting seven saves. Overall, Ohio State outshot Winthrop 33-19, while collecting a 17-12 advantage on groundballs and a 16-11 lead in draw controls.