Second-Half Effort Sends Ohio State over Hofstra, 9-8
Junior Kelsea Ayers
March 15, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Junior goalie Tori DeScenza had 10 saves, while senior attack Katie Chase collected three goals as the No. 20 Ohio State women’s lacrosse team rallied in the second half to win 9-8 at Hofstra Saturday afternoon in Hempstead, N.Y. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 6-3 overall in 2014, while the Pride fall to 5-3.
Chase, a native of Woodbine, Md., scored the eventual gamewinner at 4:27 for her team-best 20th goal of the year when she cut in front of net and sent a shot between the legs of Hofstra’s goalie to make it 9-8 Buckeyes. DeScenza then sealed the victory for Ohio State following a key save with 3:07 to go, giving Ohio State its 14th good clear of the day. Chase picked up a loose ball with 1:38 on the clock to help the Buckeyes run out the remaining minute of the contest.
Junior midfielder Kelsea Ayers had her third multi-point contest of the year with a pair of goals and an assist. Senior Kaila Gottlick, juniors Jennifer Porretto and Mary Kate Facchina each posted a goal vs. the Pride. Sophomore Cian Dabrowski also extended her goal streak to four-consecutive games when she tied the game, 8-8, with her 15th goal of the season. The Buckeyes were 2-for-2 on free position shots with Facchina and Gotlick capitalizing. DeScenza (6-3) claimed a game-high five ground balls, while junior Taylor Donahue had three ground balls.
After Hofstra took a 1-0 lead, the Buckeyes tallied back-to-back scores to go ahead, 2-1. Chase scored at 22:13 followed by Gottlick at 22:13, respectively, on a free position shot. After Hofstra found the back of the net three-consecutive times, Ayers made it a one-goal margin when she sprinted around the net from the far side and fired in an unassisted goal at 12:21. The Pride rebounded with a goal at 9:15 before Porretto made it 5-4 heading into halftime, scoring with just 19 seconds remaining on the clock. At half, shots were 12-9 in favor of the Pride with both teams collecting eight shots on goal.
Following halftime, the back and forth battle continued in the non-conference matchup. Ayers scored her second of the afternoon at 27:53 to tie the game, 5-5, on a man-up advantage. Facchina then tied it for the fourth time of the afternoon on the Buckeyes’ second free position shot vs. the Pride, 6-6.
After Hofstra made it 8-6, the Buckeye defense held strong led by DeScenza, who collected seven saves in the second half. She denied an open shot from the near side at 9:01 before Chase netted in an OSU goal at 7:50 to cut the lead to 8-7 in favor of Hofstra. The OSU momentum continued at 6:50 when Porretto found an open Dabrowski on, who sent in a low shot into goal to tie the game, 8-8. The goal was Dabrowski’s 11th score in the last four games this year.
Overall, Hofstra held a 12-7 advantage on draw controls and a 26-19 lead in shots.
Ohio State returns to Columbus to prepare for a three-game homestand, beginning with a conference matchup March 22 vs. No. 4 Florida at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.