Comeback falls short as Buckeyes fall at Penn State, 14-13
Jennifer Porretto scored a team-high four goals for the Buckeyes.
University Park, Pa. - No. 13/18 Ohio State battled back from a four-goal, second-half deficit twice and came within one goal with 2 minutes remaining, but were unable to pull off the victory in a 14-13 setback at No. 12/14 Penn State Saturday evening at the Penn State Lacrosse Field in University Park, Pa.
The loss drops Ohio State to 10-3 and 1-1 in Big Ten play while Penn State improves to 9-3 and 2-0.
Jennifer Porretto led Ohio State with four goals while Rainey Hodgson, Mary Kate Facchina and Molly Wood all scored two each. Jackie Cifarelli led Ohio State with three assists and also added one goal. Katie Chase had one goal and an assist on the evening.
Penn State led 13-9 with 17:15 left after a free-position goal by Tatum Coffey. But Ohio State fought back with consecutive goals by Cian Dabrowski and Facchina to make it 13-11 with 8 minutes left. Coffey would then add an important insurance goal 1 minute later to push the lead back to three, 14-11, with 7:18 remaining. But, as they did all night, Ohio State kept battling as Cifarelli assisted Porretto and Wood at the 5:06 and 2:27 marks to cut the lead to one and bring the Ohio State faithful in attendance to their feet.
Penn State would win the next draw control, but Ohio State would get one more chance to tie the game after a great save in goal by Caitlin Hester. However, Ohio State was unable to capitalize as Penn State regained possession after an Ohio State turnover and ran out the clock.
The back-and-forth first half featured 16 goals as Penn State led 9-7 at the half after Cifarelli scored her lone goal with 26 seconds left on the clock. Penn State then came out and scored the first two goals of the second half to push the lead to 11-7, setting up an exciting second-half as the Buckeyes cut the PSU lead to one on two separate occasions.
The Buckeyes outshot Penn State, 29-22, and won the draw control battle, 17-12. The Ohio State attack ran into a stingy Penn State defense, however, as Emi Smith recorded nine saves in goal for the Nittany Lions. Tori DeScenza made four saves for the Buckeyes and Hester one late in the game to set up Ohio State's final possession.
Coffey led Penn State with three goals and one assist.
Ohio State is back in action at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at No. 5 Duke.
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