No. 10/12 Buckeyes Shut Down Hokies in Second Half, Win 14-7
Senior Jackie Cifarelli is Ohio State's all-time assists leader.
COLUMBUS, Ohio - No. 10/12 Ohio State picked up another road victory Sunday afternoon with a 14-7 win vs. Virginia Tech at chilly Thompson Field in Blacksburg, Va. The temperature at game time read just 10 degrees, but the Buckeyes didn't let that stand in the way of its hot start to the 2015 season.
The win improves Ohio State to 4-0, its best start since 2012 when the Buckeyes started 5-0. VT drops to 1-2 on the season.
Highlighting the victory was senior Jackie Cifarelli, who finished with one goal and two assists and becoming Ohio State's all-time assists leader in the process. She now has 140 for her career, breaking Kristen Slahor's previous record of 139.
It was a tale of two halves as the Buckeyes once again found themselves in a battle in the first half, leading 7-5 at the break. But Ohio State turned it up a notch defensively in the second 30 minutes, allowing just two goals and forcing turnovers on 5 off 11 VT clear attempts and forcing 10 total turnovers in the half, three of those caused by Taylor Donahue. The Buckeye defense also did not allow a goal in the final 19:47.
Cian Dabrowski led the Ohio State attack with four goals, followed by three apiece from Mary Kate Facchina and Katie Chase who also had three draw controls. Jennifer Porretto led the Buckeyes with six ground balls in addition to one draw control and one goal. Molly Wood and Rainey Hodgson also each tallied one goal.
Ohio State led 5-2 midway through the first half before two straight goals by VT cut the lead to 5-4. But that would be as close as the Hokies would come as Ohio State led 7-5 at the break.
Then after halftime, Ohio State cranked up the intensity, starting with back-to-back goals by Dabrowski and Chase, followed by another from Dabrowski at the 20:01 mark to push the lead to 11-6. VT's Jessi Thon would cut the lead to 11-7 just 13 seconds later, but Ohio State responded with three consecutive goals to close out the game and secure the win.
Ohio State will have a couple weeks off to rest before returning home to face No. 18 Stanford (Feb. 28) and Niagara (March 1) on back to back days.
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