COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Liza Hernandez scored a game-high five times as Ohio State's offense erupted for 20 goals and defeated Detroit Mercy, 20-5, on Friday evening inside the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. The Buckeyes improved to 1-1 on the young season while Detroit Mercy is 0-2.
Hernandez led a well-balanced offensive effort that saw 11 different players score and four finish with multiple goals. Hernandez was complemented on offense by McKayla Conti, who found the back of the net four times. Sara Dickinson and Erika Kesselman each scored twice to pace a 42-shot effort by the Scarlet and Gray.
On defense, three different goalies saw action. Jill Rizzo started and played 43:50, allowing four goals while making six saves. Abigail Wise saw 11 minutes of action while Paige Postalwait finished out the final 5:17 of the contest. Ohio State's defense forced 16 Detroit Mercy turnovers and limited the Titans to just 17 shots.
Detroit Mercy was first on the scoreboard, as Kaitlyn Wandelt found the back of the net for the first of her four tallies on the evening at the 25:03 mark of the first half. Less than two minutes later, however, Conti started a seven-goal Ohio State run with an unassisted goal. Molly Wood then scored off a pass from Sara Dickinson one minute later and the rally was extended in part due to three goals from Hernandez.
After UDM cut the lead to 7-2 with less than two minutes to play in the first half, Ohio State closed out the opening stanza by scoring three times in the final 1:07. Conti found the back of the next to make the score 8-2, and then the Buckeyes got goals from Kesselman and Hernandez inside of the final 22 seconds to make the score 10-2 at halftime.
Ohio State would open up a 13-2 lead less than eight minutes into the second half thanks to a pair of Dickinson goals and Hernandez's fifth and final score of the game. Dickinson matched Hernandez with a game-high five points on the night (2G, 3A). Conti also had five points on four goals and an assist.
The Buckeyes had a statistical edge in every major category, including shots (42-17), ground balls (19-14) and draw control (22-5). Molly Wood collected a team-high eight draw controls while Baley Parrott had five.
Ohio State returns to action next Friday, Feb. 23, when it travels south to take on Jacksonville
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