Feb. 16, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The 13th-ranked Ohio State women's lacrosse team was edged by Louisville, 12-11, in its season opener Saturday afternoon at UofL Lacrosse Stadium in Louisville, Ky. Katie Chase and Cara Facchina led the Buckeyes' offensive efforts with three goals and two goals, two assists, respectively, as the team battled through seven ties and three lead changes.
"This was definitely a tough one," Alexis Venechanos, third-year Ohio State head coach, said. "It was a back and forth game and we weren't able to get or keep the momentum when we were up by two. Louisville always responded and ultimately this was when our youth showed. They played well and were able to take over at the end."
The Cardinals struck first, but the Buckeyes came back with scores from Kaila Gottlick and Facchina to pull ahead 2-1. They managed to stay one step ahead for the remainder of the first half, heading into the break up 5-4. Chase scored her first during the period, along with another Facchina tally and rookie Cian Dawbrowski's first as a Buckeye.
Coming out of intermission, the teams swapped scores over the first 10-plus minutes until Casey Lyons and Chase added back-to-back tallies to give Ohio State a 9-7 advantage, the second of three two-goal OSU leads. The Buckeyes led by two again, at 10-8 with 14:16 to play, but the Cardinals rattled off four of the final five goals of the game to come away with the win.
The Cardinals were led by Colleen O'Malley and Nikki Boltja with four goals apiece, with Boltja adding an assist for a game-high five points. UofL goalie Ashley Herbst made seven saves in the complete game, while OSU starting stopper Tori DeScenza made two saves in 49 minutes before giving way to Caitlin Hester who made one.
Ohio State out-shot Louisville 22-19 on the day and finished even in draw controls, 13-13. The Cardinals came out on top in groundballs, 17-14.
The Buckeyes have a Wednesday afternoon road contest at William & Mary, who sits at 1-0 on the season after defeating American last weekend. The Tribe has a Sunday afternoon matchup with No. 7 Duke before welcoming the Buckeyes. Following the game Wednesday, Ohio State returns home for its home opener Saturday, Feb. 23 against Boston College, currently scheduled for 1 p.m. on the outdoor turf field adjacent to the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Admission to the game, and to all regular-season home games, is free.