No. 18 Ohio State Wins Fifth Straight, Downs Canisius 10-4
Kelsey Gallagher scored three goals Saturday vs. Canisius.
Kelsey Gallagher scored three goals Saturday vs. Canisius.
March 19, 2016

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Kelsey Gallagher led all players with three goals and the Buckeye defense put the clamps on the Canisius attack as Ohio State won its fifth in a row with a 10-4 win over visiting Canisius Saturday afternoon at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

The win improves No. 18 Ohio State to 7-1 on the season while the Golden Griffins fall to 2-4.

Gallagher had herself a day, also adding three draw controls and two ground balls and going 2-for-2 on free-position attempts. Paulina Constant and Cian Dabrowski added two goals apiece on the day for the Buckeyes.

After a close first half, Ohio State slowly took control in the second half, outshooting the Griffs 14-6 and 32-15 for the game. They also doubled up Canisius 6-3 on draws in the half and 11-5 overall. Defensively, Ohio State forced six turnovers on 21 clear attempts by the Griffs while the Buckeyes were a perfect 14-of-14. Ohio State forced a total of 10 turnovers on the day, with four players recording at least two.

As they have all season, the Buckeyes were able to reel off a nice scoring run – this one spanning both halves – to take control. Leading 3-2 with 9 minutes left in the first half, Gallagher’s second free-position goal just before the half sparked a 4-0 run, which ended with an unassisted Gallagher goal with 19:32 left in the game, making the score 7-2. And with how the Buckeyes defense was locked in, that would be more than enough to secure the victory.

Canisius would go on to score two more goals to make it 8-4, but that would be as close as they would come as Constant and Cian Dabrowski finished off the scoring late in the game.

Rainey Hodgson, Molly Wood and Erika Keselman also added goals for Ohio State while Wood also led Ohio State with five draw controls. She still leads the Big Ten with 47 draws on the year, just under six per game. Katie Frederick picked up the win in goal with five saves.

Erica Evans led Canisius with two goals and Rebecca VanLaeken had 10 saves in goal for the Griffs.

Ohio State hits the road next weekend for two games vs. Binghamton and Hofstra. Friday’s game with Binghamton will be played at Yorktown High School in Yorktown, N.Y. at 5 p.m. before traveling to play Hofstra at Noon Sunday.