CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Ohio State came up short this afternoon in a 13-7 loss at Harvard. The Buckeyes fall to 5-4 on the year and will now regroup and shift their focus to Big Ten play when they open with Michigan at Noon Saturday in Columbus.
Junior Molly Wood paced the Buckeyes with three goals, her fifth hat trick of the year, while also adding one assist. Sophomore Mackenzie Maring added two assists and one goal.
Despite the final score, this one was close throughout the first 55 minutes until the Buckeyes, playing in their third road game in seven days, ran out of steam.
The Buckeyes trailed 4-1 with less than a minute to play in the first until Alex Vander Molen gave the Scarlet and Gray a little momentum heading into half with a goal at 54 seconds to make it 4-2 at the break.
Then, as they have done almost all year, the Buckeyes came out the aggressors to start the second half as Erika Keselman won the draw and immediately scored 12 seconds later to make it 4-3. Three minutes later Paulina Constant scored to tie the game at 4-4 with 26:51 left.
Harvard would go on to score the next two, but Ohio State rallied again with three straight goals, one by Maring and two by Wood to take its first lead of the game, 7-6, with 19:14 left.
But, unfortunately, that would be all the Buckeyes could muster offensively, as Harvard would take a 9-7 lead at 8:13 on goals by Julia Glynn and Marisa Romeo. Ohio State still found itself within striking distance going into the final minutes, but Harvard won the final five draw controls to seize control and hold on for the win.
Jillian Rizzo made 14 saves for the Buckeyes in goal. Keselman led Ohio State with five draw controls.
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