March 30, 2018

Buckeyes Clash with No. 18 Penn State in The Shoe

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio State University women’s lacrosse team welcomes No. 18 Penn State on Saturday for senior day. The Big Ten clash is set for a noon start in Ohio Stadium as the first half of a double-header with the men’s lacrosse team hosting Penn State as well. Parking at Ohio Stadium is free for the event.

Game Notes

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Senior Day Festivities Set For Pregame

Prior to the start of Saturday’s game the eight members of the senior class are set to be honored. Fans wishing to see the festivities are encouraged to arrive early as the activities will starts around 20 minutes prior to the start of the game.

Last Time Out

Wednesday’s game with Robert Morris remained scoreless for a little over 12 minutes until Shannon Lynch put RMU up 1-0. Just over three minutes later Ohio State got on the board thanks to a McKayla Conti goal off a free position shot. With the game tied at 1-1, Baley Parrott scored her first goal of the game on a free position opportunity to give OSU a 2-1 lead that held as the game went to halftime.

The Ohio State run continued in the second half when Conti tallied her second goal of the day just 1:48 into the half. Everything was coming up Buckeyes in the second as Sara Dickinson found the back of the net to push the lead to three, 4-1. Parrott, not content with a three-goal lead, converted another free position opportunity to make it 5-1 OSU with 22:08 to play. Kerri Sayrafe ended the Ohio State run with a goal at the 15:28 mark of the period, but Erika Keselman responded with a goal of her own to push the lead back to four, 6-2, with 13:26 left in the game. Sayrafe scored again with a little under six minutes to play, but Parrott’s third goal of the afternoon iced the game and locked up the 7-3 win for the Buckeyes.

Parrott’s three goals led the game, both in points and in goals. She also scooped up three ground balls and caused three turnovers in the game. Goaltender Jill Rizzo had another stellar game in net, making 13 saves and giving up a season low three goals. In addition to scoring two goals, Conti snagged a team-high four ground balls while causing two turnovers. Lindsay Epstein scooped up three ground balls and came away with two draw controls in the game. Rizzo came up with two ground balls to go along with her 13 saves. Molly Wood added two more draw controls to her all-time program best total, now sitting at 239. Shannon Rosaticontinued to play a vital role for the Buckeyes, scooping up three ground balls in the game.

Buckeyes By The Numbers

Baley Parrott leads the way for the Buckeyes with 31 points. Her 28 goals rank first on the team as well. She has scooped up 18 ground balls, third most on the team, and notched 38 draw controls, good for second on the team. Sara Dickinson is putting up impressive numbers as well, she’s tallied 30 points from 15 goals and 15 assists. Her assist total leads the team, and her 15 ground balls rank fifth on the team. McKayla Conti has made an immediate impact in her first season wearing the Scarlet and Gray, notching 27 points from 22 goals and five assists. The ever-reliable Molly Wood continues to be an ace when it comes to draw controls, coming away with a team-high 41 so far this season. Wood also has 17 goals on the year. Goaltender Jill Rizzo continues to be a nuisance for attackers, averaging nearly 12 saves-per-game. She leads the team in ground balls with 32. Shannon Rosaticontinues to play a huge role for the Buckeyes as her 15 caused turnovers lead the team, and her 27 ground balls rank second, but lead all field players.

About The Nittany Lions

No. 18 Penn State rolls into the weekend with wins in four of its last five games, including an overtime victory over Johns Hopkins last weekend. Maria Auth leads the potent PSU offense with 40 points, 34 of which are goals. Madison Carter’s 36 points come in at second on the team, but her 35 goals top the squad. She leads the team in draw controls with 75. Katie O’Donnell is right behind her with 34 points, and her 21 ground balls are good for second on the team. Penn State deploys two goaltenders capable of disrupting any offensive output in Lucy Lowe and Madison Cunningham. Lowe has registered more minutes in net during her seven starts, she has 66 saves and a goals-against-average of 11.16. Cunningham, however, is no slouch. In her four starts she’s notched 40 saves and carries a GAA of 12.66.