COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio State suffered its first defeat of the season this evening to No. 15 Stanford, 19-9, at Ohio Stadium. The loss drops the Buckeyes to 3-1 while the Cardinal improves to 3-2.
Molly Wood led the Buckeyes with four goals while Baley Parrott and Liza Hernandez each added two. Mackenzie Maring had a game-high three assists. Jillian Rizzo saw 36 shots from the Cardinal and made 11 saves, eight coming in the first half.
"We knew Stanford was going to give us a complete game," head coach Alexis Venechanos said after the game. "We knew they were strong on attack and their goalkeeper has been playing well. We didn't have a good start, but we clawed our way back. At halftime, we kind of made a run to get it close, but we didn't have enough to keep it going. Stanford had the next five or six possessions there and we weren't able to get any stops and the game kind of got away from us.
"It was a good test for us, though, early in the season. It shows we need to be sharper, get some stops and get some ground balls ... those hustle points that we've been so good at weren't there tonight. We did some great things, but we need to do more of them. The good news is we have a game in less than 48 hours so we're going to have to learn from this and play better going into Sunday's game."
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It was a game of runs in the early going as Stanford jumped out to a 4-0 lead 18:35 into the game. But Ohio State responded with four straight goals of its own over the next 8 minutes by Parrott, Hernandez, Wood and Sage Darling to tie it up at 10:10. Stanford would close the half scoring four of the next five goals and led 8-5 at the break.
Led by Wood, Ohio State came out red hot to start the second half as the junior scored two straight goals at 29:00 and 28:41 to cut the Cardinal lead to one, 8-7.
Unfortunately, that would be as close as the Buckeyes would come as Stanford, who owned a 10-6 advantage on draw controls in the second half, scored six of the next seven goals to take a 14-8 lead with 19:59 left and hold on for the victory.
Stanford was led by Kelsey Murray's four goals and two assists.
Paulina Constant (2A) and Alex Vander Molen (1A) also recorded points on the night for the Buckeyes.
The Buckeyes will look to rebound this Sunday at Noon against Cal at Ohio Stadium.
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