Buckeyes Fall Short at No. 14 Stanford, 11-9
Feb. 15, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Katie Chase scored a team-best three goals, while Jackie Cifarelli notched a pair of assists and a goal, but the Ohio State women’s lacrosse team was edged by No. 14 Stanford, 11-9, Saturday afternoon at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium. The Buckeyes fall to 2-1 on the season, while the Cardinal begin the year 1-0.
Ohio State led by two goals at halftime guided by three scores by Chase and a pair of goals by junior Jennifer Porretto. The Cardinal jumped out to a 3-0 lead to begin the contest, but the Buckeyes didn’t panic, going on a 5-0 run in an eight-minute span in the first half of play. Cifarelli began the momentum with an unassisted score at 22:51 followed by Chase’s first of three in the half at 19:38, respectively. Kelsea Ayers then scored on a man-up situation at 17:16, while Porretto found the back of the net at 15:47 to make it 4-3 in favor of the Buckeyes.
After Stanford tied the game, 5-5, the Cardinal failed on a clear attempt at 2:48 and the Buckeyes capitalized when Porretto scored at 1:26 assisted by Cifarelli to make it, 6-5. It wouldn’t be the last score of the first half for the Scarlet and Gray either. Senior Cara Facchina was able to pick up a groundball with less than 30 second left at midfield and she found Chase open, who then took it all the way to the net to score with 17 seconds remaining for the unassisted score. At half, Ohio State led 7-5, posting a 14-10 lead in shots and a 9-4 lead in draw controls.
In the second half, Stanford was able to collect five-consecutive goals after halftime in a 19-minute span. Rachel Ozer collected a game-high four goals, while Hannah Farr had a pair of goals for the Cardinal.
However, Ohio State continued to battle as Cian Dabrowski scored at 9:53, while Kaila Gottlick netted a goal at 2:44 to keep the team within a two-goal margin. But Stanford was able to control possession for the final moments of the contest after winning the final draw control to earn the victory.
Overall, Stanford held a 24-18 advantage in shots and a 21-10 lead in groundballs. Goalie Tori DeScenza posted five saves and falls to 2-1 in 2014.
Ohio State returns to action next week on the road at Boston College at Noon Feb. 22.