COLUMBUS, Ohio -- No. 18/19 Ohio State got off to a blazing start and never looked back in a 22-8 victory over visiting Detroit Saturday in the season opener for both teams at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. The Buckeyes have now won all six home openers under head coach Alexis Venechanos.
Sophomore Molly Wood led the Buckeyes with five goals on the day while seniors Rainey Hodgson (2 goals, 4 assists) and Cian Dabrowski (1 goal, 4 assists) chipped in with six and five points, respectively. Overall, 14 different Buckeyes found the back of the net as the team tied for the sixth most goals in program history.
"I think we showed that we can score a lot of different ways," Venechanos said. "We have a lot of new people in the lineup and we shared the ball really well. We had so many new people step up and share the ball, so that was really nice to see.
"Defensively, we have to clean up some things a little bit. I think we gave up one too many free-position goals, so that's something we'll work on this week. But we're looking forward to using the positive things from this game and preparing for our first road trip next week."
The Buckeyes jumped all over the Titans from the opening draw, dominating the draw controls 18-2 in the first half and outshooting Detroit 26-9 in the first 30 minutes. Wood led all players with 11 draw controls to help Ohio State gain control early. Ohio State scored the first three goals in the first 4 minutes by Wood, Dabrowski and Christine Easton before Detroit finally got on the board at 23:22 on a free-position goal by Kaitlyn Wandelt.
From that point, Ohio State went on a deciding 9-0 run over the next 6 minutes to put the game away early. Sophomore Lauren Sherry started and ended the scoring run with two unassisted goals at 22:42 and 17:45, with Wood adding three during that span. The Buckeyes would eventually take a 15-5 lead into halftime.
Also scoring for the Buckeyes were Easton and Baley Parrott with two apiece and one each from Meghan McGillis, Paulina Constant, Morgan Fee, Sara Dickinson, Olivia DiCarlantonio, Katie Burgee, Avery Murphy and Emalee Mongno.
Detroit was led by two goals each by Morgan Girardi and Wandelt. Allis McDonough took the loss in goal, making five saves.
Ohio State returns to action next weekend when they head west to take on California and Stanford next Friday and Sunday. The game at Cal is scheduled to start at 2/5 p.m. ET on the Pac-12 Network in Berkeley and the Stanford game at Noon/3 p.m. ET in Palo Alto.
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