No. 8/10 Buckeyes Fall to No. 14/15 Stanford, 12-10

Mary Kate Facchina scored two goals and had one assist vs. Stanford.
Mary Kate Facchina scored two goals and had one assist vs. Stanford.
Feb. 28, 2015

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - No. 8/10 Ohio State dropped its first game of the season Saturday to No. 14/15 Stanford, 12-10, at the Woody Hayes Indoor Facility in Columbus. The loss drops Ohio State to 4-1 on the year while Stanford improves to 3-0. The Buckeyes will look to rebound at 1 p.m. Sunday vs. Niagara.

Both teams traded goals early on in the first 3 minutes and the score was tied 2-2. But three straight goals by the Cardinal put Stanford up 5-2 and forced Ohio State coach Alexis Venechanos to call a timeout to regroup her team. The Buckeyes responded with a 4-1 run over the next 6 minutes to tie the game at 6-6.

Katie Chase first found Jennifer Porretto to make it 5-3. Thirty-three seconds later, Mary Kate Facchina found a cutting Rainey Hodgson, cutting the lead to one. Stanford then went back up by two goals until Facchina scored two consecutive unassisted goals - just 14 seconds apart - to tie the game at 6-6 with 10:37 left in the half. Stanford eventually led 8-6 at the half after goals by Rachel Ozer and Lucy Dikeou.

The Buckeyes struck first after halftime just 3 minutes in when Katie Chase's 19th goal of the season made the score 8-7. But unfortunately for Ohio State, that would be as close as the Buckeyes would come the rest of the way. Stanford mounted a 12-8 lead after Kelsey Murray scored her fifth goal of the game with 8:17 left. But Ohio State never quit fighting and battled back behind two straight goals by Dabrowski, but the Buckeyes eventually ran out of time in their first setback of year.

As expected between these two Top 15 teams, stats were fairly even across the board. Ohio State outshot the Cardinal 26-24 and also won the draw control battle 13-11.

Facchina (2g, 1a) and Chase (1g, 2a) led Ohio State with three points each while Hodgson and Dabrowski finished with two goals apiece. Jackie Cifarelli finished with one goal and one assist and Porretto also finished with one goal. Chase led the team with a career-high nine draw controls and goalie Tori DeScenza made seven saves for the Buckeyes.

Murray led Stanford with five goals while Allie DeCar made nine saves in goal.