No. 17/20 Buckeyes Fall, 16-6, at No. 9 Northwestern in Regular Season Finale
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The No. 17/20 Ohio State women's lacrosse team dropped a 16-6 contest to No. 9 Northwestern Saturday at Lakeside Field in Evanston, Ill. The matchup vs. the Wildcats (11-5, 3-2 B1G) was the final regular season game for the Buckeyes (11-6, 2-3 B1G), as the squad will compete next weekend in the inaugural Big Ten tournament at Rutgers University.
The Wildcats led 7-2 at halftime. Northwestern's Selena Lasota scored at 28:30, while Ohio State countered with a goal from Jennifer Porretto to tie, 1-1, less than three minutes into the game. The Wildcats continued with a 6-0 scoring run, fueled by two goals from Sheila Nesselbush and singles from Kara Mupo, Blake McHugh, Kaleigh Craig and Corinne Wessels. The Buckeyes concluded the half with a goal from senior Katie Chase, who found the back of the net off a feed from Cian Dabrowski.
Buckeye senior goalie Tori DeScenza registered six saves in the opening stanza. Northwestern held a 14-12 advantage in shots.
Chase added her second goal of the game at 29:11 in the second. Unassisted on the play, Chase ranks second on Ohio State's all-time goals list with 149 for her Buckeye career. Down four goals early in the half, Ohio State was unable to continue building offensive momentum as the Wildcats went on an 8-0 run. In the bout, Northwestern's Mupo, Nesselbush, Craig and Wessels all added to their scoring totals. Shelby Fredericks and Selena Lasota also contributed goals for the Wildcats.
Ohio State put three more goals on the board in the final 3:12 of play. Buckeye freshman Molly Wood netted back-to-back goals to make the score 16-5, while Porretto solidified the final with her second goal of the match.
Northwestern outshot the Buckeyes 29-25 for the game. DeScenza played all 60 minutes for Ohio State and had 11 saves. The Wildcats also claimed a 13-11 advantage in draw controls - Chase earned a team-high of five. Also to note, Chase has recorded at least one point in 27 of her last 28 games.
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