COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio State University women’s lacrosse team hits the road for a pivotal Big Ten clash with the No. 8 Northwestern University Wildcats this weekend. The game is set for a 4 p.m. ET start on Friday.
Last Time Out
The Buckeyes struck first against No. 18 Penn State with a Liza Hernandez goal just 43 seconds into the game. Mackenzie Maringand Baley Parrott added to the OSU lead with consecutive goals to make it 3-0 Buckeyes just over five minutes into the game. Penn State responded with a 3-0 run of its own to tie the game before Sara Dickinson gave Ohio State a 4-3 lead. Two quick PSU goals put the Buckeyes down for the first time in the game, 5-4, but Molly Wood found the back of the net to even things up at 5-5 with 13:38 left in the half. Back-to-back goals for Penn State made it look like the Buckeyes were set to head into halftime down two, until Lindsay Epstein converted a free position opportunity with 24 seconds left to make it a one-goal game, 7-6, heading into the break.
It only took 66 seconds for Penn State to extend its lead by two, 9-6, in the second half. Parrott used a free position goal to chip away at the lead, but a three-goal run for the Nittany Lions gave them a comfortable lead that the Buckeyes would not be able to overcome. Parrott and Wood scored as the Buckeyes tried to stay in the game, but Penn State used a furious second half attack to hand OSU the 18-10 loss.
Parrott notched a hat trick for the fifth straight game. She tied the team high in draw controls for the day with five. Wood scored two goals while coming away with a pair of draws as well. Epstein scooped up three ground balls in addition to her goal. Jill Rizzo made a valiant effort in net, notching 16 saves and coming up with a game-high five ground balls. Shannon Rosati continues to play big for the Buckeyes, coming up with five draws, two ground balls and one caused turnover.
Buckeyes By The Numbers
• Jill Rizzo leads the NCAA with 135 saves and ranks second in the nation with 12.27 saves-per-game. She also leads the Big Ten with 3.36 ground balls-per-game.
• Baley Parrott has a team-high 34 points and 31 goals this season. Her 43 draw controls are tied for the team lead as well. She comes in at second in the Big Ten with 2.82 goals-per-game, tied for fourth in the conference with 3.90 draws-per-game and fifth with 3.09 points-per-game.
• Sara Dickinson is having a banner year, her 32 points are good for second on the team while her 16 assists lead the team. Her 18 ground balls are tied for third on the squad. She ranks third in the Big Ten with 1.45 assists-per-game and is tied for eighth with 2.91 PPG.
• McKayla Conti continues to play a huge role for the Buckeyes in her first season with the team, tallying 27 points so far, good for third on the team. Her 22 goals are the second highest total on the team, she’s tied for ninth in the Big Ten with 2.00 GPG.
• Liza Hernandez has 14 goals in her six appearances this year, notching 2.33 GPG, tied for sixth in the Big Ten.
• Molly Wood remains a scoring and draw control machine in her senior year. She’s found the back of the net 19 times, good for third on the team, and she’s tied for the team draws control lead with 43. She’s tied with Parrott for fourth in the Big Ten with 3.90 DPG.
• Shannon Rosati’s efforts haven’t gone unnoticed. She leads the team with 16 caused turnovers, and ranks second on the squad with 22 ground balls. Her 2.64 ground balls-per-game rank second in the Big Ten.
About The Wildcats
No. 8 Northwestern comes into this Friday’s game on a four-game winning streak, with the last three wins coming against ranked opponents, beating then No. 11 Syracuse, No. 23 Johns Hopkins and No. 6 Penn. Selena Lasota’s 37 points and 30 goals are team highs. Sheila Nesselbush ranks second on the team with 32 points, her 24 goals are also good for second on the team. Shelby Fredericks’ 21 points sit at third on the team, but she leads the Wildcats in assists with 16. Julie Krupnick patrols the net for Northwestern, notching 95 saves this year.