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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Ohio State University women’s lacrosse team used some late game heroics to force overtime, but could not finish the rally as it fell in OT to the Jacksonville University Dolphins 17-16 on Friday night.
The Buckeyes wasted no time in getting on the board as Lauren Sherry scored just 15 seconds into the game. JU scored back-to-back goals to take a 2-1 lead before McKayla Conti scored to end the Jacksonville run before it could gain any momentum. Baley Parrott kept things going for OSU before Conti scored another goal to give Ohio State a 4-2 lead just over nine minutes into the game.
JU responded with two straight goals from Ashtyn Hiron to tie things up before Parrott and Sherry gave the lead back to OSU at 6-4. The Buckeyes could never put any distance between themselves and the Dolphins as two JU goals tied things up again. Molly Wood and Liza Hernandez scored a goal each to put the Buckeyes up 8-6, but Jacksonville closed the first half on a 5-0 run to take an 11-8 lead into halftime.
The Dolphins struck first in the second half before Hernandez scored to keep OSU within three, 12-9. Just as Jacksonville scored and looked to build a comfortable lead the Buckeyes opened up a run of their own where Hernandez and Lindsay Epstein combined for five goals to give OSU a 14-13 lead with 10:33 to play. A goal from Sarah Elms ended the OSU run, but Parrott scored her third goal of the game to put Ohio State back on top, 15-14. In the last three minutes of regulation both Hiron and Elms scored to give the Dolphins a 16-15 lead, but with 2.2 seconds to play Sara Dickinson fired a shot as she dove at the net to tie the game at 16-16 and force overtime. The late game magic unfortunately ran out for the Buckeyes in the extra period as Megan Prescott scored on a free position shot to send the Buckeyes back to Columbus with a 17-16 loss.
Hernandez finished with five goals, her second consecutive game with five goals, tying the career high she set against Detroit last week. The sophomore also tallied four draw controls, and two ground balls. Conti finished with four points from two goals and two assists. Parrott scored three goals while tying Hernandez with a team-high four draw controls. Jill Rizzo scooped up three ground balls and made eight saves in net.
The Buckeyes return to Ohio for their next game, but they’ll be heading south of Columbus to take on the Cincinnati Bearcats. That game is set for a 5 p.m. start on Monday.
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