NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- The Ohio State women's lacrosse team gave eighth-ranked Notre Dame everything they could handle Tuesday evening, but in the end, the Irish did just enough to hold on for the three-goal victory, 16-13, at Arlotta Stadium.
The loss is only the second of the year for Ohio State, dropping them to 5-2 overall while Notre Dame improves to 8-1.
Freshman Sage Darling led Ohio State with four goals while classmate Liza Hernandez notched three goals and four assists to lead the Buckeye attack.
The Buckeyes trailed 11-5 at the half, but stormed back in the second by scoring five of the first six goals, two coming from Baley Parrott, to cut the lead to two, 12-10, with 18:54 left.
The game stayed that way for the next 10 minutes before ND's Casey Pearsall and Hannah Proctor pushed the lead back to four with unassisted goals at 8:51 and 7:28.
But as they did all night, the Buckeyes kept fighting back as Molly Wood won the ensuing draw control and quickly fired ahead to Hernandez who found Darling 15 second later to make it 14-11. Less than a minute later, Hernandez would strike again unassisted to make it 14-12 with 6:26 left, setting up an exciting finish.
However, Ohio State never came closer than two the rest of the way as ND scored the next two goals to seemingly put the game out of reach at 16-12 with 3:25 left. Wood, who had a game-high 10 draw controls, would go on to add another goal with 1:29 left, but Notre Dame won the next draw as time ran out on the Buckeyes.
Also scoring for the Buckeyes on the day were Wood (2G) and Ericka Kelseman (2G) while Alex Vander Molen recorded one assist as did Parrott to go along with her two scores. Senior co-captain Meredith Bushell had a game-high five ground balls.
Freshman Jillian Rizzo (5-2) made 13 saves in goal for the Buckeyes. She and the defense allowed just 10 second half shots compared to 25 in the first.
Ohio State is back in action this Saturday at Holy Cross. First draw is set for Noon ET.
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