Buckeyes take down Michigan in Big Ten opener, 13-5

Tori DeScenza made 11 saves in goal.
Tori DeScenza made 11 saves in goal.
March 27, 2015

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 14/18 Ohio State women's lacrosse team was in control from start to finish in a 13-5 victory vs. Michigan Friday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in the Big Ten opener for both teams.

The win improves Ohio State to 9-2 overall and 1-0 in the conference while Michigan drops to 5-5 and 0-1.

"It's really exciting to get our first Big Ten win," head coach Alexis Venechanos said. "I was very proud of the way our student-athletes competed for 60 minutes. We shared the ball really well on attack and I thought defensively we were very focused and tuned into the game plan. Tori (DeScenza) saw the ball really well tonight and ignited some of our breaks offensively. So overall, just a really good team effort."

DeScenza was outstanding in goal for the Buckeyes, recording 11 saves - her sixth game this season with double-digit saves - while allowing just two first half goals. Katie Chase led the charge offensively with four goals and recording a game-high six draw controls.

Michigan would get on the board first with a goal by Madeline Dion less than 2 minutes into the game. But it was all Buckeyes from that point on as Ohio State scored nine of the next 10 goals to lead 9-2 at the break. The Buckeyes won 9 of 11 draw controls in the first half and outshot the Wolverines 17-10 in the opening 30 minutes.

Neither team scored for the first 8 minutes of the second half until consecutive goals by Jennifer Porretto and Molly Wood at 21:56 and 18:45 capped a 7-0 run to put the Buckeyes up 11-2 and essentially put the game away.

Porretto finished the game with three goals and two assists while Mary Kate Facchina also finished with three goals. Jackie Cifarelli recorded one goal and three assists and Rainey Hodgson dished out a game-high four assists. Cian Dabrowski also notched a goal for the Buckeyes.

Defensively, Ohio State caused 14 UM turnovers, three coming from Taylor Donahue.

Michigan was led by Kim Coughlan's two goals.

Ohio State is back in action at Noon Sunday vs. Hofstra at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.