The Buckeyes open their ALC season at Florida next Saturday.
March 16, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The 15th-ranked Ohio State women's lacrosse team dropped a 16-11 decision to Boston University Saturday afternoon at Nickerson Field in Boston, Mass. With the loss, the Buckeyes drop to 3-4 on the season, while the Terriers improve to 2-3 overall.
Jackie Cifarelli led the Buckeye charge with five points off three goals and two assists and four others added a pair of goals apiece, but Ohio State was never able to gain momentum on the Terriers. Led by an eight-goal, four-assist performance by Danielle Etrasco, BU used a pair of 5-0 runs in each half to keep the game out of reach.
The game stayed tight through the first half of the opening period as the teams played through five ties down to the 14:17 mark when BU opened up its first five-goal run to open up the 5-all score. Cifarelli and Kelsea Ayers each had two goals in this stretch, but Ohio State was not able to find the back of the net through the remainder of the half and it headed into halftime trailing 9-5.
Mary Kate Facchina opened second-half scoring 2:34 into the session and the Buckeyes accounted for three of the first five scores to close the gap to 11-8 with 13:42 to play. Five goals from the Terriers, including three from Etrasco, however, gave them their largest lead of the game at 16-8 with 5:30 left on the clock. The Buckeyes were able to score three down the stretch with Kaila Gottlick, Katie Chase and Facchina all connecting in the final 4:16.
The Buckeyes out-shot BU 32-29, though trailed in both draw controls (17-12) and groundballs (17-16). Tori DeScenza came up with 10 saves in goal for Ohio State, while her counterpart Christina Sheridan had 17 saves for the Terriers.
Ohio State will return to action in its ALC opener vs. No. 2 Florida at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 23 in Gainesville, Fla. The Gators are undefeated through the first 10 games of their season and have two games scheduled before hosting the Buckeyes next weekend.