April 20, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Katie Chase led the Ohio State women’s lacrosse team with three goals, but the Buckeyes fell to ninth-ranked Duke, 15-9, Saturday afternoon at Koskinen Stadium in Durham, N.C. They now have a 6-8 record with two games remaining in the regular season, while the Blue Devils improve to 11-4 overall.
Ohio State will continue its time in North Carolina with a 1 p.m. game Sunday at High Point. The Panthers are 8-7 on the season after defeating Presbyterian 16-10 Saturday afternoon.
Against Duke, Chase produced her eighth game with at least three goals, while Jackie Cifarelli had a trio of assists and Cara Facchina added a pair of scores and an assist to each finish with three points. The Buckeyes held the advantage in center circle, 15-11, with Chase grabbing a game-high four draw controls to build on her Ohio State single-season record (63).
The Blue Devils struck first and took a 3-1 lead by midway through the first half before Jennifer Poretto and Facchina sandwiched a Duke tally to cut the lead to one, 4-3, with 7:51 to play. Duke then closed out the stanza with a 3-0 run, including the third of three first-half goals from Makenzie Hummel, to take a 7-3 lead into the break.
Kaila Gottlicknetted one early in the second to cut Duke's lead to three, but the Buckeyes would get no closer the rest of the way. Chase tallied all three of her goals within a 17-minute span in the second, breaking up what would be an 8-3 Blue Devil scoring spree. Cifarelli, who is ninth in the nation in assists this season, helped out on two of those goals.
With 3:36 left on the clock and Duke holding a 15-7 lead, the Buckeyes produced back-to-back tallies for the first time in the game, connecting twice in the final 1:10. Alli Dawsonscored on a free-position shot for her third of the season and Facchina finished off Cifarelli's pass for the final goal of the game with :22 to play.
Duke had the advantage in shots (24-22) and groundballs (15-14), while also producing more fouls (28-17), including 19 infractions in the second half alone.
After Ohio State's contest at High Point Sunday, it will return home to Columbus to face No. 19 Johns Hopkins at noon Sunday, April 28 on Bert L. and Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The three seniors - Rachel Blue, Kelsey Heine and Rachel Wiederkehr - will be honored prior to the ALC showdown. The game will be streamed on BTN.com and through BuckeyeVision with Neil Sika and former Buckeye All-American Kimberly Lowe calling the action.