EVANSTON, Ill. -- Fifth-seeded Ohio State bowed out of the Big Ten tournament with an 11-10 overtime loss at the hands of fourth-seeded Rutgers in the quarterfinals Thursday afternoon at Lakeside Field on the campus of Northwestern University.
For the second time this season, the Buckeyes and Scarlet Knights played into overtime. And both times Rutgers slipped away with the sudden victory after defeating the Buckeyes 13-12 two weeks ago in Piscataway.
Ohio State, 11-6 overall, will now await its NCAA tournament fate when the field is announced Sunday evening on NCAA.com. Rutgers moves on to face No. 1 Maryland Friday in the semifinals.
Ohio State trailed 10-8 with under 5 minutes to play in regulation, but battled back to tie the game on goals by Wood (4:10) and Maring (3:12) to force overtime. The Buckeyes then gained possession in the first period of overtime, but came up empty. Rutgers' Amanda Turturro then won the game for the Scarlet Knights with an unassisted goal 55 seconds into the second period of overtime for the sudden victory.
The score was tied 6-6 at the half as Rainey Hodgson found Molly Wood for a goal with 19 seconds left to seize momentum after Rutgers had just scored four of the previous five goals. The Scarlet Knights, however, struck first in the second half with two quick goals less than 2 minutes in, forcing Ohio State to play from behind most of the half.
Rutgers held its two-goal lead for a little over 10 minutes until Cian Dabrowski ended the Buckeye drought with an unassisted goal at 17:48. Three minutes later, Wood found Hodgson to tie the game at 8-8 at 14:52 before Rutgers responded with two straight goals 43 seconds apart to give itself the two-goal lead heading into the final minutes of regulation.
Sophomore Molly Wood led Ohio State with three goals and two assists while Rainey Hodgson, Cian Dabrowski and Mackenzie Maring all scored two apiece. Morgan Castelein also scored for the Buckeyes early in the first half.