No. 14/18 Buckeyes grind out 12-11 win over Hofstra

Katie Chase scored three goals Sunday vs. Hofstra.
Katie Chase scored three goals Sunday vs. Hofstra.
March 29, 2015

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 14/18 Ohio State women's lacrosse team fought back from a two-goal deficit in the second half to defeat Hofstra Sunday afternoon, 12-11, at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus, marking the third consecutive one-goal game between the two schools.

The Buckeyes, who have now won six of their last seven, improve to 10-2 overall, tying its best start since 2003. The loss drops Hofstra to 5-4.

"You have to give credit to Hofstra, I think every time you play them you have to expect a physical and close game," head coach Alexis Venechanos said. "We told our players to be ready for that and I'm proud of the way we fought back. It was a 1- to 2-goal game the entire way, our players really believed in each other and I think in the end played some fearless lacrosse. I'm glad we were able to make some adjustments and our players responded very well. I'm very proud of our student-athletes, they worked very hard for this win."

The Buckeyes trailed 9-7 with under 18 minutes remaining before Mary Kate Facchina's third goal of the game at the 17:47 mark ignited a 4-0 run to put the Buckeyes up 11-9. The second goal of the scoring run was one for the highlight reels as Jennifer Porretto fired a pass to Jackie Cifarelli behind the net off a free-position attempt, who quickly fired it right back to the cutting Porretto who then made a diving shot to tie the game. Katie Chase and Molly Wood scored the third and fourth goals of the run, respectively, to give Ohio State the two-point lead with 9:36 left.

But Hofstra battled back as April Iannetta's third goal cut the lead to 11-10 with 6:39 remaining. Kelsea Ayers then delivered an important insurance goal off an assist from Cifarelli with 2:52 left to make it 12-10. The Pride kept it interesting in the final minutes, however, as Iannetta's fourth goal made it 12-11 with under 2 minutes. The Pride then won the next draw control, but turned it over in an attempt to tie the score and Ohio State held possession the rest of the way to run out the clock.

Senior Tori DeScenza picked up the win in goal with five saves and becoming Ohio State's all-time saves leader in the process. DeScenza now has 502 in her career, passing Kristen Gilwee's previous record of 497.

Shots and draw controls were fairly even throughout this one, as Ohio State registered one more shot then Hofstra (19-18) while the Pride held a slight 13-12 advantage on draw controls.

Chase and Facchina led Ohio State with three goals and Cifarelli dished out a game-high five assists. Wood and Porretto finished the game with two goals each and Rainey Hodgson and Ayers had one.

Hofstra was led by April Iannetta's four goals. Brittain Altomare had seven points on two goals and five assists.

Ohio State will be back in action at 6 p.m. ET Saturday evening at No. 15/16 Penn State. The game will be televised on BTN.