No. 10/14 Ohio State Tops Duquesne on the Road, 17-12

Jennifer Porretto tied a career high with four goals Sunday at Duquesne.
Jennifer Porretto tied a career high with four goals Sunday at Duquesne.
March 8, 2015

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Jennifer Porretto tied a career high with four goals and Katie Chase recorded three goals and an assist as No. 10/14 Ohio State improved to 6-1 with a 17-12 win at Duquesne in Pittsburgh Sunday afternoon. The Dukes fall to 1-4.

In all, nine different Buckeyes reached the scoring column. Freshman Molly Wood recorded two goals and two assists while seniors Mary Kate Facchina and Kelsea Ayers also added two goals. Senior Jackie Cifarellifinished with four points (1g, 3a), junior Rainey Hodgson had two points (1g, 1a) and juniors Kelsey Gallagher and Bridget Vilbig each added one goal. Vilbig also recorded two ground balls while she and Facchina each caused a game-high four turnovers.

Ohio State led 8-5 at the half behind three goals from Porretto and two by Chase. The Buckeyes took control early, scoring four consecutive goals by Cifarelli, Chase, Gallagher and Porretto in a 7-minute span to lead 5-2.

Duquesne came out firing in the second half, however, and tied the score at 8-8 less than 3 minutes in with three straight goals. But, as they have done all season, Ohio State answered the call with a run of its own, scoring four consecutive goals by Vilbig, Facchina, Wood and Chase to take a 12-8 lead with 14:27 left in the game. The Dukes would score the next two goals to cut the deficit in half, but never came any closer as Ayers, Facchina and Porretto pushed the lead back to 15-10 with 10:54 left.

The Buckeyes outshot the Dukes, 37-24, and won the draw control battle, 17-14.

Senior Tori DeScenza (6-1) played all 60 minutes, making eight saves in goal, six coming in the first half.

Tess Drotar led the Dukes with four goals and Jill Vacanti scored three goals.

Ohio State is back in action at 1 p.m. next Saturday at Canisius.