Ohio State Falls at No. 13 Boston College, 9-7
Feb. 22, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Junior Jackie Cifarelli notched five points, while classmate Tori DeScenza tied her season high with seven saves, but the Ohio State women's lacrosse team fell just short, 9-7, at No. 13 Boston College Saturday afternoon at Newton Lacrosse Field in Newton, Mass.
The Buckeyes (2-2) held a 3-1 advantage at halftime, but the Eagles were able to rally with eight second-half scores to claim the home victory. Cifarelli, a native of Rockville Center, N.Y., tallied at least five points for the third time in four games this year and now leads the team with 21 points. Junior Mary Kate Facchina and classmate Hallie Keselman each notched a pair of goals for the Buckeyes.
Ohio State began the game with three goals vs. the Eagles on a beautiful sunny and 52 degree afternoon outside of downtown Boston. Keselman, a native of Colts Neck, N.J., began the 3-0 run with a goal 39 seconds into the contest, while Facchina followed with a score at 24:37 - both assisted by Cifarelli, who scored the team's third goal at 21:29 on an unassisted score. At halftime, the Buckeyes led 3-1 led by six saves from DesCena at net, who fell to 2-2 overall this season.
After halftime, the Eagles jumped out to a 4-3 lead following Covie Stanwick's third of six goals vs. the Buckeyes at 22:38. Ohio State then tied the game for the first of three different times in the second half when Facchina netted her second and eighth goal of the season at 17:59 assisted by Kaila Gottlick. The Scarlet and Gray then took a 5-4 advantage when Cifarelli boasted her fifth goal of the season at 9:51 with the help from Kelsea Ayers.
Following three-consecutive goals by Stanwick, Ohio State continued to battle vs. the Eagles to tie it 7-7 with 1:30 to play in regulation. Gottlick scored her sixth goal of the year on a free position shot at 3:37, while Keselman scored the clutch goal to knot up the score at 7-7. The assist came from Cifarelli, who now has 16 helpers so far this year. But Boston College claimed possession with less than a minute to go and was able to claim the eventual gamewinner by Sarah Mannelly with 18 seconds left on the clock. Overall, Boston College held a 20-13 lead in shots and a 10-8 advantage in groundballs.
The Buckeyes will wrap up a three-game road swing at Canisius at 1 p.m. March 1 in Buffalo, N.Y.