YORKTOWN, N.Y. -- No. 18 Ohio State picked up its sixth consecutive victory Friday evening with a 10-5 victory over Binghamton at Yorktown High School in Yorktown, N.Y. The win moves the Buckeyes to 8-1 with a chance to tie the program record for best start to a season Sunday at Hofstra. Binghamton falls to 4-5.
More than 800 fans packed both sides of the field with players from the local area on both rosters. Ohio State head coach Alexis Venechanos was a three-sport star at Yorktown while senior goalkeeper Katie Frederick and sophomore Emalee Mongno also played for the Huskers. Freshman Baley Parrott also hails from nearby Airmont, N.Y.
Cian Dabrowski led Ohio State with five points on two goals -- her team-best 24th and 25th goals of the season -- and three assists and Molly Wood led the team with four goals. Kelsey Gallagher also chipped in with two goals and now has five in her last two games. Dabrowski also grabbed a game-high five draw controls.
A majority of the scoring took place in the first period as Ohio State led 8-4 at the break. Gallagher put Ohio State on the board first early on with a goal at 28:47. BU quickly tied the game just over a minute later on a free-position goal by Callon Williams. The game remained tied until Mongno found Paulina Constant, the first of three straight goals by the Buckeyes to give them a 4-1 lead midway through the half.
It was back-and-forth from that point as the Bearcats traded goals with the Buckeyes for the next 10 minutes, making it a 6-4 game with 5:53 left in the half. But Wood scored consecutive goals -- one off a free-position attempt and the other off a nice find from Rainey Hodgson -- to make it a four-goal advantage at the half.
The 10-minute halftime didn't do much to cool off Wood as she scored her third straight goal just 33 seconds into the half to make it 9-4. Six minutes later, Dabrowski scored Ohio State's final goal, unassisted, at 23:12.
The Buckeye defense took over from there, not allowing a goal in the second half until the final 2 minutes on a goal by Rebecca Golderman, who led BU with two goals.
Frederick (8-1) earned the win with six saves in 60 minutes of play.
Ohio State outshot the Bearcats, 32-15, and forced 20 BU turnovers -- 12 in the second half. Parrott and Mongno both caused two turnovers on the night.
Ohio State will now travel south to Long Island to take on Hofstra at Noon Sunday in Hempstead, N.Y.
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