Cara Facchina had a team-high tying four points Sunday.
April 14, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Kelsea Ayers led the Ohio State women's' lacrosse team for the second game in a row, scoring four goals as the Buckeyes battled seventh-ranked Penn State to 14-12 loss Sunday afternoon on the Penn State Lacrosse Field in University Park, Pa. The decision snapped a three-game winning streak and dropped Ohio State's record to 6-7 overall and 1-3 in the ALC. The Nittany Lions now are 9-4 on the season and 3-1 in the conference.
Cara Facchina also had four points (2g, 2a), while younger sister Mary Kate Facchina recorded her second-consecutive hat trick. The Buckeyes played Penn State, who entered the game with wins in five of its last six games, through nine ties, gaining momentum with their commanding 18-9 advantage in draw controls. Katie Chase and Tayler Kuzma were strong in the center circle, securing six and four draw controls, respectively. Chase now holds the Ohio State single-season record for draws, passing current volunteer coach Gabby Capuzzi.
Penn State struck first Sunday and held an early 1-0 lead until the 18:02 mark in the first half when the scoring floodgates opened on both sides. Ayers teamed up with Jackie Cifarelli, the ALC's assist leader, for three goals on the day, including the first two which gave Ohio State its first lead of the game, 2-1, with 16:02 on the clock. Little more than a minute went by between scores as teams exchanged tallies over the next 10-plus minutes. Chase and Mary Kate Facchina helped the Buckeyes to their only two-goal lead, 4-2 at 13:46, but the margin was erased and, after three more ties, teams headed into the break with Penn State leading 8-7.
Ayers finished off a third pass from Cifarelli to start the second and tie the game at 8-all, but the Lions answered with a pair to pull back ahead 10-8. The Buckeyes were not deterred, however, and - bolstered by two goals from Mary Kate Facchina off Cara Facchina assists - they went on a 4-1 run over the next 6:41 to take over the game, 12-11, with 13:50 to play. Penn State stepped it up on the ensuing draws though and took advantage of the possession, scoring three unanswered in the final 12:01 of action.
The Lions were led by a six-point, five-goal performance by Maggie McCormick which included one goal down the stretch and four points from Mackenzie Cyr (3a, 1g). Penn State had a 30-25 advantage in shots and a 21-12 lead in groundballs. Both goalies - Penn State's Emi Smith and Ohio State's Tori DeScenza finished the day with eight saves.
The Buckeyes continue their three-game road swing with two games in North Carolina, Saturday, April 20 against No. 9 Duke in Durham and Sunday, April 21 vs. High Point in High Point. Ohio State closes out the regular-season on its home field at noon April 28 against No. 20 Johns Hopkins at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
- Kelsea Ayers has scored half of her goals this season (12 of 24) in the last three games. She has had the team high in each of the last two games and sits in second on the team in goals scored behind Katie Chase (34).
- With three assists, Jackie Cifarelli has 34 on the season, passing her season total from a year ago (32). She takes over sixth place in single-season assists from herself.
- Katie Chase averages 4.5 draws per game and has 35 percent (59 of 170) of the team's draw controls this season. She holds the Ohio State single-season record for draws, passing current volunteer coach Gabby Capuzzi.
- With a free-position goal vs. the Lions, Kaila Gottlick improved to 6 of 10 from the eight-meter this season. She is tied for the most FPG on the team and has the best percentage (.600) of players attempting at least three.
- The Buckeyes are averaging 16.7 goals in their last three games, watching the season average rise from 11.8 to 12.9.
- Ohio State has played four games against Top 10 opponents this season, including three against ALC foes (No. 2 Florida, No. 4 Northwestern and No. 7 Penn State).