COLUMBUS, Ohio - No. 17 Ohio State held Virginia Tech to one second-half goal and Cian Dabrowski once again had the hot hand with four goals as the Buckeyes came back from a two-goal, second-half deficit to defeat the Hokies, 10-8, Sunday afternoon at Ohio Stadium.
The win was the fourth straight for Ohio State, improving them to 6-1 on the year while Virginia Tech falls to 5-6.
The Buckeyes found themselves down 8-6 early in the second half after VT's Kristine Loscalzo scored her third goal of the game at 24:13. But the play of Dabrowski and the Buckeye defense stole the show from that point on, holding the Hokies scoreless the rest of the way while Dabrowski scored three of her four goals in the final 22 minutes to help secure the win.
"I thought today was a complete team effort," head coach Alexis Venechanos said after the game. "We had a lot of different people step up and we needed that, playing two games this weekend. I thought our defense held strong, especially in the second half. We also had timely goals, which I thought was important. And on the draw controls, we really showed that we wanted the ball more.
"Virginia Tech is a very strong team and we needed everyone to pick up the win. Going forward we need to stay hungry and have more efforts like we had today."
In the first half, Ohio State led 5-3 with 8:50 left in the half after Kelsey Gallagher scored unassisted. But VT would rally, scoring four consecutive goals over a 5 1/2-minute span to take a 7-5 lead late in the first half. Molly Wood halted the run with an important goal just before halftime to make it 7-6, setting up an exciting second half.
Ohio State won the all-important draw control battle 13-7 and gave up just one to the Hokies in the second half. The Buckeyes also outshot the Hokies 26-17.
Also scoring for the Buckeyes on the day were Lauren Sherry, Erika Keselman and Morgan Castelein. Rainey Hodgson navigated the Buckeye attack with three assists. Defensively, Christina Turner forced two VT turnovers, including a big one in the final minutes as the Hokies were attempting to force overtime.
Katie Frederick upped her record to 6-1 on the year in goals with six saves.
Loscalzo led the Hokies with three goals.
Ohio State is back in action next Saturday at home vs. Canisius at 1 p.m.
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