No. 20 Ohio State advances with 17-7 win over Rutgers
Katie Chase scored four goals -- all in the first half.
PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Katie Chase scored four goals - all in the first half - and Rainey Hodgson and Kelsea Ayers also notched hat tricks as No. 20 and No. 4-seed Ohio State cruised to a 17-7 win over No. 5-seed Rutgers in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals Thursday evening at High Point Solutions Stadium on the campus of Rutgers University.
Ohio State, now 12-6, advances to Friday's semifinals vs. No. 1 Maryland around 8 p.m. ET on BTN. In the first quarterfinal game, No. 3-seed Northwestern defeated No. 6 Michigan, 13-8, and will play No. 2 Penn State at 5:30 p.m. Friday.
The Buckeyes controlled this one from start to finish, showering Rutgers with 35 shots and winning the draw control battle, 19-7. Ohio State used that shot advantage to take a 7-2 lead midway through the first half. The Buckeyes led 3-2 with 19:53 left before scoring the next four goals, one each by Hodgson, Cian Dabrowski, Jennifer Porretto and Chase.
Ohio State led 9-4 at the half and seemingly put the game away by scoring the first three goals of the second half by Hodgson, Dabrowski and Ayers, making the score 12-4 less than 6 minutes into the half. Rutgers hung around, however, cutting the lead in half, 14-7, later in the game after a goal by Kristina Dunphey with 11:35 left. But that would be the last goal the Buckeyes would allow as Hodgson and Hallie Keselman finished off the scoring for Ohio State down the stretch.
Chase's four goals gave her 50 for the season and put her over the 150 goal mark for her career, becoming just the second Buckeye to score 150 goals. Her 50 goals on the season also is three shy of the school's single-season record of 53.
Jackie Cifarelli finished with two assists to give her 250 career points. Dabrowski had two goals, an assist and three draw controls. Olivia DiCarlantonio recorded a career-high eight draw controls and Christine Easton had four. Keselman finished with two goals in the final minutes. Molly Wood added one goal on a free-position attempt.
Tori DeScenza (12-6) picked up the win in goal with three saves. RU's Candice Dandridge made six saves for the Scarlet Knights.