No. 8/10 Ohio State rebounds with 15-2 win over Niagara
Tori DeScenza made 11 saves and allowed only two goals in 60 minutes.
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Nine different Buckeyes scored and the Ohio State defense dominated in a 15-2 win over Niagara Sunday at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.
The win improves Ohio State to 5-1 heading into a four-game road swing, beginning March 8 at Duquesne. Niagara drops to 1-2.
Ohio State kept the pressure on the Purple Eagles all game, nearly doubling Niagara's shot total, 35-18. But it was a close game early on as Ohio State led 1-0 for most of the half until scoring six goals in the last 10 minutes to take control and lead 7-1 at the break. Ohio State then put the game away to start the second half, starting with an unassisted goal by freshman Molly Wood, two consecutive from junior Rainey Hodgson - both assisted by Jackie Cifarelli - and one by senior Katie Chase to give Ohio State a 10-1 advantage.
Hodgson and Wood led Ohio State with three goals apiece while Cifarelli notched six points on one goal and a game-high five assists, upping her Big Ten-leading season total to 21. Chase, who entered the game tied for first in the Big Ten in goals, scored twice and dished out one assist, upping her season goal total to 21.
Ohio State was equally impressive on the defensive side of the field, forcing 20 turnovers and allowing just one goal in each half. Niagara didn't score until the 7:53 mark of the first half and didn't score for another 27 minutes at the 10:44 mark of the second period.
Senior Tori DeScenza (5-1) was locked in on this day, recording 11 saves while senior defender Taylor Donahue wreaked havoc on the Niagara attackers, forcing a career-high five turnovers of her own. She also added four ground balls.
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