COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio State came roaring back from a late three-goal deficit to force overtime, but fell in the end to Michigan, 12-11, Saturday afternoon at Ohio Stadium.
Baley Parrott and Molly Wood each scored three times to lead the Buckeyes while freshman Sage Darling added two goals.
Michigan appeared to have the game in hand, leading 11-8 with 4 minutes remaining. However, Ohio State rallied to score three unanswered goals to tie it up, starting when Mackenzie Maring found Wood for a goal at 3:37 to cut the lead to two. Just over a minute later, Parrott made it 11-10 with an unassisted goal at 2:26. Then, after a forcing a Michigan turnover, Ohio State tied the game when Wood scooped up the loose ball in front of the goal and immediately fired it past the outstretched arms of UM keeper Mira Shane with 43 seconds left to tie the score at 11-11 and force overtime.
Unfortunately, it didn't take long to decide the game in the extra period as the Wolverines won the opening draw and scored 53 seconds later on an unassisted goal by Kim Coughlan for the game winner.
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Ohio State led 6-4 at the half behind goals from six different players in Maring, Parrott, Darling, Ericka Keselman, Paulina Constant and Wood. Parrott then made it 7-4 early in the second with her second goal at 28:46.
The Wolverines began to make things interesting from there as they would hold the Buckeyes scoreless for the next 20 minutes while scoring five straight goals and seven of the next eight overall to take an 11-8 lead before the Buckeyes made their charge.
Jillian Rizzo (5-5) took the loss in goal, recording 11 saves. Wood led Ohio State with five draw controls and Christina Turner had three caused turnovers, including a big one late in the second half to deny Michigan a chance to win the game at the end of regulation.
Michigan outshot the Buckeyes, 34-24, and held a 13-12 advantage on draw controls.
Ohio State drops to 5-5 on the season and 0-1 in the Big Ten. They will look to rebound at Noon tomorrow when they host Binghamton in a non-conference matchup. Michigan moves to 3-7 and 1-0 in Big Ten play.
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