Worcester, Mass. -- Ohio State fell on the road in the final minutes this evening, 11-10, at the hands of the Holy Cross Crusaders in a wild back-and-forth match at freezing Kuzniewski Field.
The loss drops the Buckeyes to 5-3 on the year heading into their game Monday at Harvard. Holy Cross improved to 5-3.
Holy Cross led 6-5 at the half and scored the first goal of the second at 28:32 to take a 7-5 lead. But the Buckeyes roared back with four straight goals over the next 8 minutes, two coming from Molly Wood, to take a 9-7 lead.
However, Ohio State wouldn't find the back of the net for the next 15 minutes as Holy Cross answered back with a three-goal run of their own to lead 10-9.
But the Buckeyes, playing in their second road game in four days, kept battling and finally tied the score after Paulina Constant converted on a clutch free-position goal with 5:53 left.
The deciding goal would come by Kerianne Moran of Holy Cross, who broke the 10-10 tie with her lone goal with 4:34 remaining.
Ohio State would have one final opportunity to tie the game, but came up empty after a couple shot attempts were denied by the Holy Cross defense as time ran out.
Wood led Ohio State with four goals on the night while Constant and Baley Parrott each scored twice to pace the Buckeye attack.
Jillian Rizzo (5-3) took the loss in goal, recording four saves. The always-stingy Buckeye defense kept the Scarlet and Gray close all night, forcing 26 Crusader turnovers.
Ohio State came into the game averaging 14.4 draw controls per game, but struggled on this night, recording just eight of 23 opportunities.
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