No. 17 Ohio State Overpowers Vanderbilt, 16-5
Junior goalie Tori DeScenza
April 6, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - From start to finish, the No. 17 Ohio State women’s lacrosse team was in total control Sunday afternoon, defeating Vanderbilt, 16-5, at Vanderbilt Lacrosse Complex in Nashville, Tenn. Junior Jennifer Porretto led the offensive charge, posting a career-high six points (4g, 2a) to help the Buckeyes improve to 10-4 overall and 3-1 in ALC play, while the Commodores fall to 4-8 overall and 1-2 in conference action.
For the second-consecutive game, eight different Buckeyes had a point, including five members who notched at least four points. Along with Porretto, senior Cara Facchina (2g, 2a), juniors Jackie Cifarelli (1g, 3a) and Mary Kate Facchina (3g, 1a) and sophomore Cian Dabrowski (3g, 1a) each had four points. Defensively, junior goalie Tori DeScenza improved to 10-4 this year, earning 12 saves and five groundballs. With the win, the team has now won eight of nine contests after holding Vanderbilt to a season-low five goals.
A strong opening defense in the midfield led Ohio State to a lot of opportunities on the attack and the Buckeyes capitalized, scoring 10 first-half goals. Porretto tallied all four goals in the first half vs. the Commodores. Ohio State held possession for the first three minutes of the contest before Porretto posted the first score at 27:37 with the assist from Cara Facchina. After Vanderbilt tied it, 1-1, Cifarelli found the back of the net from the near side at 23:58 assisted by Mary Kate Facchina. The goal was the first of four-consecutive for the Scarlet and Gray. Dabrowski then beat her defender at the top of the 12-meter mark and scored an unassisted goal at 22:09. Porretto boasted back-to-back goals at 13:40 and 12:43 to extend the lead to 5-1. Jessica Hassett and Cara Facchina were credited with the assists.
The Commodores were able to cut their deficit to three goals, but Ohio State did not take long to gain the momentum right back. Freshman Allie Ogilvie came into the contest and fired in a shot at 10:51 on a free position chance followed by Mary Kate Facchina, who bounced one home in net at 9:43 to push the margin to five goals. The OSU midfielder scored her 20th goal of the year three minutes later to start three-goal swing to end the first half. Junior Kelsea Ayers took advantage of a free position opportunity at 4:31, while Porretto ended the big first offensive half with a goal inside the eight meter following a perfectly-timed pass by Cifarelli with 43 seconds left on the clock.
At half, the Buckeyes led shots, 18-10, with an 8-6 mark on draw controls. Junior goalie Tori DeScenza and the Buckeye backfield held the Commodores to three goals in the first.
Ohio State came out of the locker room hungry for more goals going and opened with four-consecutive goals. After a caused turnover by senior Tayler Kuzma, the Buckeyes went on the attack in a hurry when Porretto found Cara Facchina open on the near side of the cage at 24:58 for her first goal of the contest. Just a minute later, after a won draw, Dabrowksi then took it the distance through the VU zone and swiped in a shot into the right side of the cage at 24:48. The Buckeyes boasted a 10-goal lead when Cifarelli found a wide open Dabrowski in front of net, who finished off a shot at 22:31 to make it 13-3.
A Vanderbilt goal was waved off which then led to a beautiful give-and-go from Cifarelli back to Ayers at 17:49 for the team’s 14th tally of the afternoon. DeScenza held strong for the Buckeye defense registering back-to-back saves just under the 10-minute mark. Cara Facchina notched her third goal of the afternoon when Porretto found her moving left-to-right just a few yards outside of the cage at 8:20. The scoring clinic ended when Mary Kate boasted her third goal at 1:30 assisted by Dabrowski.
Overall, shots were 33-21 in favor of the Buckeyes, while both teams had 12 draw controls. The Ohio State defense had a strong performance with Vanderbilt picking up 20 turnovers in the contest.
Ohio State will next host Penn State at 1 p.m. April 13 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The contest will be the team’s Senior Day.
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