Buckeyes top Winthrop on the road, 20-12
Senior Jackie Cifarelli tied a career high with six assists at Winthrop Friday.
COLUMBUS, Ohio - No. 10/12 Ohio State remained unbeaten Friday night, scoring a season-high 20 goals in a 20-12 win at Winthrop in its first road game of the season. Katie Chase led the Buckeyes with five goals and seven draw controls while Jennifer Porretto added four goals and Jackie Cifarelli eight points on two goals and a career-high tying six assists.
Ohio State is now 3-0 for the first time since 2012 when the Buckeyes started out 5-0.
But it didn't come easy as the Buckeyes found themselves in a battle in the early going, trading goals at 3-3 until Cian Dabrowski's free-position goal at the 20:22 mark ignited a 6-0 Ohio State run over the next 12 minutes as the Buckeyes took a 9-3 lead. Five different Buckeyes scored in the decisive first-half run: two by Dabrowski and one each from Chase, Mary Kate Facchina, Rainey Hodgson and Kelsey Gallagher.
The Buckeyes would eventually lead 9-5 at the half after giving up a couple goals - one a player down - in the final 3:39.
Porretto set the tone in the second half for the Buckeyes with two consecutive goals - both assisted by Cifarelli - to put Ohio State up 11-5 with 21:06 left. But three straight free-position goals by Winthrop's Jenna Kasmarik cut the lead to 11-8 as the Eagles attempted to stage a comeback on their home field.
But the Buckeyes answered with three straight goals of their own from Porretto, Cifarelli and Facchina to push the lead back to 14-8 with 18:40 left. After that, two straight goals by the Eagles pulled Winthrop to within four points with 15 minutes left. But Ohio State's firepower proved to be too much down the stretch as the Buckeyes outscored the Eagles 6-2 the rest of the way, highlighted by three consecutive goals by Chase in less than a 3-minute span to give the Buckeyes a commanding lead.
Dabrowski finished the game with three goals as did Facchina. Hodgson (1g, 1a), Molly Wood (1g, 1 a, 4 dc) and Gallagher all finished with one score.
Tori DeScenza picked up the win in goal with a season-high 11 saves, seven of those coming in the second half.
The Buckeyes were much better on the draw on this night, recording a 21-13 advantage while outshooting the Eagles, 38-28.
Kasmarik led Winthrop with five goals on 12 shot attempts.
Ohio State has a quick turnaround as they head north to take on Virginia Tech (1-1) at 1 p.m. Sunday in Blacksburg.
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