Ohio State Edged by Canisius, 11-10
March 1, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s lacrosse team fell short in a close 11-10 road contest at Canisius Saturday afternoon in Buffalo, N.Y. In a back and forth battle, the score featured five ties and seven lead changes between the Buckeyes (2-3) and Golden Griffins (2-2) with Canisius scoring the eventual gamewinner with 3:10 remaining on a free position shot.
Offensively, senior midfielder Kaila Gottlick posted three goals, while junior midfielder Mary Kate Facchina had four points on three goals and classmate Kelsea Ayers also had three goals and an assist. Junior goalie Tori DeScenza made six saves and falls to 2-3 overall in 2014. Ohio State held a 24-18 advantage in shots and a 17-5 lead in draw controls against the Golden Griffins.
After the Golden Griffins jumped out to a 2-0 lead, the Buckeyes answered with back-to-back goals when Mary Kate Facchina and Gottlick netted their first scores to tie it at 2-2. Gottlick then answered a Canisius goal at 24:09 on an unassisted score to knot it for the second time, 3-3. Following the OSU score, the Golden Griffins notched four-consecutive goals in a ten-minute span to make it a four-goal contest, 7-3.
But the Buckeyes rebounded to go on a 5-0 run, including three goals in the final six minutes of the first half to cut their deficit to 7-6. Ayers was assisted by senior Cara Facchina at 6:18 for the team’s fourth goal. The Facchina sisters then combined to score the next three goals with two coming in the closing 30 seconds of the first half. Mary Kate Facchina was assisted by Ayers with 24 seconds remaining, while Cara Facchina found the back of the net with 13 seconds left on the clock.
After assisting her sister at the end of the first half, Mary Kate Facchina tied the contest at 7-7 with the help from junior Jennifer Porretto at 27:49. Ohio State then earned its first lead of the contest at 26:36 following a goal by Gottlick on an unassisted score. Gottlick, who is second on the team with 10 goals in 2014, scored three of her for goals in the Buckeyes’ second-half surge.
Tori Quinn boasted back-to-back goals for the Golden Griffins to give her team the 9-8 lead, but Ohio State continued to push on the offensive side to tie it all at 9-9 with Gottlick’s fourth goal at 14:55, and again at 10-10 when Ayers knotted the contest for the final time at 4:39. However, a minute and 20 seconds later, Canisius earned a free position shot where Quinn scored the eventual gamewinner.
The Buckeyes will now return home and look to bounce back quickly when they host Louisville at 3 p.m. Tuesday in Columbus. The game is scheduled to be played at Ohio Stadium.