No. 9/15 Ohio State Wins Fourth Straight with 13-8 Victory at Cincinnati

Ayers scored three goals for the second consecutive game.
Ayers scored three goals for the second consecutive game.
March 18, 2015

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - No. 9/15 Ohio State picked up a 13-8 road win at Cincinnati this afternoon, improving their record to 8-1 on the season while Cincinnati falls to 2-7.

Senior Mary Kate Facchina led Ohio State with four points on three goals and one assist and senior Kelsea Ayers added three goals of her own. Ayers now has six goals in her last two games.

Ohio State took control of the game late in the first half. With the score tied 3-3 more than 13 minutes in, Facchina found Ayers for a goal that would spark a 7-0 run as Ohio State led 10-4 at halftime. Facchina would score two goals - the second and the last - in the decisive run.

Ayers opened the second half with her third goal to push the lead to 11-4, but UC would score three of the next four to cut the OSU lead to five at 11-6 with 22:45 left. But behind the defensive play of senior Tori DeScenza (11 saves) in goal and starting defenders Taylor Donahue, Emily Valli and Bridget Vilbig, Ohio State held UC to just four second-half goals as the Bearcats tried to mount a second-half run.

Junior Rainey Hodgson finished the game with two goals and one assist and senior Jackie Cifarelli also added two goals of her own. Also scoring for the Buckeyes were Jennifer Porretto, Hallie Keselman and Lauren Sherry - the first goal of her collegiate career late in the first half.

Cincinnati was led on attach by Sarah Del Bene and Dani Tunnell with two goals each. Meg Gulmi made 14 saves in goal.

Ohio State outshot UC 30-24 overall and went a perfect 13 of 13 on clear attempts.

The Buckeyes are back in action Saturday at No. 18 Notre Dame (Noon ET, ESPN3.com). A win would tie the best start in school history when Ohio State started 9-1 in 2009.