Kirsten Donahue (photo by Adam Widman)
April 15, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The 10th-ranked Ohio State women's lacrosse team fell to No. 13 Penn State, 15-12, in an ALC showdown Sunday afternoon at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes fall to 9-4 overall and 1-3 in the ALC, while the Nittany Lions move to 10-4 on the season and 2-2 in conference play.
Kirsten Donahue tied a career high with four goals and sophomore Katie Chase produced her first career hat trick, but the Lions had three scorers with four goals apiece and a goalie that ended the day with 10 saves.
Ohio State opened scoring, with Chase tallying an unassisted goal at 27:33 in the first half. The sophomore attacker, who made her first career start Sunday, would go on to notch each of the next two Buckeye goals, with assists from senior Alayna Markwordt and sophomore Cara Facchina, respectively.
Donahue, a senior captain, would find the back of the net with her first at the 10:00 mark to give Ohio State a 4-2 lead, but three- consecutive goals by Penn State's Maggie McCormick gave the Nittany Lions an early 5-4 advantage. Facchina scored with 24 seconds remaining in the half to knot the score for the fifth time in the period, this time at 6-6, heading into halftime.
Penn State's Mackenzie Cyr opened second-half scoring, but Donahue answered with a free-position goal at the 27:52 mark. Trailing 9-7 after two quick Penn State goals, three Buckeyes scored in a 1:26 span with goals from sophomore Kaila Gottlick, Donahue and senior Gabby Capuzzi to regain the lead at 10-9, Ohio State's first advantage in the second period.
The Nittany Lions then tied the score at 10-10 with 23:01 to play, and went on to score five of the final seven goals in the game. Ohio State made a late surge at the end of the game, but two unanswered Penn State goals late in the second half sealed the final decision.
In all, there were eight ties and five lead changes in the match. The Nittany Lions narrowly led the final count in draw controls (15-14) and ground balls (13-11), while Ohio State out-shot Penn State, 28-24. Penn State goalkeeper Dana Cahill made 10 saves with Buckeye freshman Tori DeScenza coming up with seven before fiving way to Caitlin Hester for the final three minutes.
The game, which was broadcast live on the Big Ten Network, will be re-aired on the BTN on Monday, April 16 at 2:30 a.m. and again on Tuesday, April 17 at 7 a.m.
Ohio State closes out the home portion of its schedule with a 2 p.m. game against American next Saturday, April 21. The contest was originally scheduled for 1 p.m. but was pushed back because of the numerous events around the OSU campus that day. Stay tuned to OhioStateBuckeyes.com and the team's social media pages next week for information on parking. The game vs. the Eagles will be Senior Day with a pregame ceremony on tap for the players who end their Buckeye careers after this season.