COLUMBUS, Ohio - Brittney Zerhusen and Gabby Capuzzi tallied four goals apiece as the Ohio State women's lacrosse team rolled over Louisville, 15-11, Sunday afternoon at U of L Lacrosse Stadium in Louisville, Ky. The Buckeyes improve to 6-4 on the season, while the Cardinals absorb just their second loss of the year and fall to 8-2.
Annie Carruthers backstopped the win on the opposite end of the field, tallying a season-high 11 saves, including seven in the second half alone.
"It was great to see so many people step up today at different parts of the game," Alexis Venechanos, Ohio State head coach, said. "We played a great team game throughout, which we needed to beat a tough Louisville team. There were many runs by both teams during the game and I am so proud on how we responded when Louisville pulled within one goal."
Ohio State and Louisville were tied at 2-2 after nearly seven minutes of play, but Zerhusen finished off a pass from Jayme Beard at 19:35 for the go-ahead goal and the Buckeyes would not trail for the remainder of the contest. They then tallied six of the next seven goals, including two from Capuzzi, to pull ahead 8-4 by the intermission.
The Buckeyes stretched the lead to five in the opening minutes of the second half before the Cardinals went on a 4-0 run to pull back within one, at 9-8, with 20:08 to play in the game. Ohio State's Kirsten Donahue and Capuzzi fueled a run of their own, scoring two apiece around a single tally from Zerhusen, to give the Scarlet and Gray its biggest lead of the game, 14-8, at the 11:35 mark.
The Cardinals would chip away at the score, but get no closer than four the rest of the way. Katie Oliverio finished with a game-high six points for Louisville off two goals and four assists, while Liz Lovejoy was the Cardinals' leading goal-scorer with four on the day.
The Buckeyes out-shot Louisville 33-38 on the day and had a 15-13 advantage in draw controls. The Cardinals narrowly came out on top in the groundball count, 20-19.
Ohio State returns home to Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at noon Sunday, April 10, to face ALC foe and 13th-ranked Vanderbilt. The Commodores are 7-5 overall and 1-2 in the conference after knocking off Johns Hopkins, 14-13, Sunday. The game vs. Vanderbilt will be the "Buckeyes Go Pink" game with fans being encouraged to don the color pink in support and recognition of breast cancer awareness.
It also will be a "Team Meghan" event, in support of Meghan Kinney, a letterwinner for the Ohio State synchronized swimming team in 2009 and 2010, who was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma this past fall. Student-athletes from a number of Buckeye teams will be at the women's lacrosse game Sunday selling bracelets and collecting donations for Team Meghan. For more information, visit www.teammeghan.com.
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