No. 14 Buckeyes battle back, but fall to No. 1 Maryland, 13-8

Katie Chase led Ohio State with four goals vs. Maryland.
Katie Chase led Ohio State with four goals vs. Maryland.
April 12, 2015

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - No. 14/18 Ohio State hung tough with the top-ranked Maryland Terrapins, but ultimately fell by the final score of 13-8 Sunday afternoon in front of 766 in attendance at Ohio Stadium.

The loss drops Ohio State to 10-5 and 1-2 in the Big Ten while Maryland improves to 14-0 and 3-0 in the conference.

The Buckeyes found themselves down 8-1 late in the first half, but still made the Terrapins work for this victory, battling back and cutting the lead to four by scoring five of the next seven goals.

Maryland would lead 8-2 at the half and both teams were held scoreless in the second half until Mary Kate Facchina found a cutting Molly Wood to make it 8-3 at the 21:50 mark.

After a UMD goal by Erin Collins made it 9-3, Ohio State then scored three of the next four to make it 10-6 with 7:13 remaining. Chase first scored unassisted before Jackie Cifarelli assisted Wood and Chase at 11:56 and 7:13, respectively, to make things interesting.

But Maryland would get the insurance goals they needed down the stretch to keep the Buckeyes at bay. Taylor Cummings scored on a free-position shot to push the lead back to five, 11-6. But Cifarelli and Chase weren't done yet as No. 16 found No. 11 for the second time in a row to make it 11-7 with 5 minutes remaining.

But unfortunately that would be as close as the Buckeyes would come as Maryland's Megan Whittle and Zoe Stukenberg scored two more goals with under 3 minutes remaining to put the game away. Ohio State's Kelsea Ayers added a goal with 1 second left on the clock to finish out the scoring.

Chase led Ohio State four goals, her ninth game this season with three or more goals, and had four draw controls. Wood finished with two goals and Rainey Hodgson and Ayers both had one. Cifarelli, who ranks No. 3 in the NCAA in assists, finished with a game-high three assists.

Tori DeScenza had nine saves in goal for the Buckeyes while Maryland's Alex Fitzpatrick had seven.

Ohio State is back in action at 7 p.m. Thursday vs. Rutgers at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium for Senior Day in the final home game of the season.