UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Ohio State hung toe-to-toe with the nation's fifth-ranked team, but ultimately fell, 16-12, to its Big Ten rival Penn State Saturday afternoon in University Park.
It marked another closely-contested match in the series with the last nine meetings all decided by four goals or less.
An eight goal-run by Penn State proved too much for the Buckeyes to overcome. With Ohio State leading 6-3 with 4:30 left in the first half, the Nittany Lions scored the next eight goals extending into the second half that proved to be the difference in the game.
However, the game had its share of bright spots for the Buckeyes. Sophomore Baley Parrott recorded a career-high five points on four goals and an assist while freshman keeper Jillian Rizzo had another outstanding game with 13 saves. Junior Molly Wood added her eighth hat trick with four goals of her own while Sage Darling (2G), Paulina Constant (1G) and Shannon Rosati (1G) also scored for the Scarlet and Gray. Mackenzie Maring added a team-high three assists and now leads the Buckeyes with 16 on the year.
Constant's goal at 10:13 of the first half gave Ohio State a 3-2 lead before PSU's Madison Carter tied it up 90 seconds later. The Buckeyes then made their move with three straight goals -- one from Wood and two from Parrott -- to take the 6-3 lead.
After Penn State's eight-goal run gave them an 11-6 advantage, Ohio State responded with three straight goals once again from Parrott, Darling and Wood to make it a two-goal contest, 11-9, with 19:13 left.
But the Buckeyes just couldn't get over the hump this time as Penn State went on to score five of the next six goals to put the game out of reach. Wood and Darling added late goals in the final minutes, but time would eventually run out on the Buckeyes and their comeback attempt.
Carter led Penn State with five goals.
Ohio State falls to 6-8 and 0-3 in the Big Ten while Penn State improves to 12-1 and 3-0 in conference play. The Buckeyes are back in action at 7 p.m. Thursday in Columbus against Northwestern. The game will be televised on BTN.
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