ANN ARBOR, Mich. – No. 15/18 Ohio State picked up a hard-fought Big Ten conference victory with a 10-9 win at Michigan at snowy Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor. The win improves the Buckeyes to 10-1 on the season and gives them their eighth consecutive victory – both program records. UM falls to 5-7 and 0-1 in the Big Ten.
The game featured five ties and five lead changes and came down to the wire as the Buckeyes fended off a late UM rally and a heavy snowfall.
Ohio State trailed 6-5 with 21 minutes remaining before scoring five consecutive goals – started and finished by Paulina Constant – over the next 12 minutes to give them a 10-6 lead. Constant got things rolling with an unassisted goal at 19:33 before Cian Dabrowski and Rainey Hodgson followed up with unassisted goals of their own at 18:14 and 11:25.
Then, with 10:10 left, Mackenzie Maring found herself in the right place at the right time in front of the cage as she scooped up a rebound off a Molly Wood shot and flicked it in past the out-stretched arms of UM keeper Allison Silber to make it 9-6 Ohio State. Constant’s second goal at 9:08 proved to be the eventual game winner and gave Ohio State the insurance it needed to secure the win.
As mentioned, UM did not go quietly as the snowfall picked up in the final minutes. UM scored at 7:13, 5:10 and again with 23 seconds remaining, cutting the lead to one. But after a timeout, Dabrowski picked up the all-important draw control to help Ohio State run out the clock and defeat the Wolverines for the fourth straight time.
In the first half, Ohio State found itself down 3-1, but tightened up its defense the rest of the way to tie the game at 3-3 on consecutive goals by Dabrowski and Molly Wood off a free-position goal. Ohio State would tack on another goal when Hodgson found Wood with 2 minutes left in the half for a 4-3 halftime lead.
Dabrowski led Ohio State with three goals while Wood and Constant each had two. Hodgson had one goal and an assist while Maring and Kelsey Gallagher also added a goal of their own.
Katie Frederick (10-1) made four saves while UM’s Silber made 10.
Ohio State is back in action at 4 p.m. next Saturday on BTN when they welcome No. 9 Penn State to Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The 2016 senior class will be honored prior to the game.
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