March 4, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Junior midfielder Jennifer Porretto tied her career high with four points, while sophomore Cian Dabrowski scored a season-best three goals to help the Ohio State women’s lacrosse team defeat Louisville, 12-11, Tuesday afternoon at Ohio Stadium. With the victory, the Buckeyes (3-3) improve to 3-0 at home in 2014, snapping the Cardinals’ four-game win streak.
“I thought we stepped up to the challenge today against a great Louisville team,” head coach Alexis Venechanos said. “We had different people make plays for us at different times and we held possession when we needed to. I thought our draws were fantastic and there are some things we need to clean up, but overall, I thought this was a great victory for our program.”
Porretto, a native of Smithtown, N.Y., scored two goals in the first half and added a goal and an assist in the second half en route to the team’s third home win. Dabrowski went 2-for-2 on free position shots in the win vs. the Cardinals on a clear Columbus afternoon in the Horseshoe. The contest is the first of three-consecutive games for the Buckeyes in Ohio Stadium. Ohio State improves to 5-1 all-time vs. Louisville.
Poretto scored the team’s first two goals of the game, but Louisville was able to jump out to a 6-2 advantage with less than 14 minutes remaining in the first half. However, the Scarlet and Gray were able to go on a four-goal run to tie it at 6-6 heading into halftime. Dabrowski found the back of the net at 12:25 on her first free position to make it 6-3, while senior Kaila Gottlick, who tallied three points vs. the Cardinals took it the distance of the field for the unassisted score at 7:58 to make it a two-goal game.
Senior Katie Chase scored her 10th goal of the season at 4:39 to cut the Cardinal lead to one goal, 6-5. Junior Jackie Cifarelli then sent a perfectly-timed pass in front of net to Mary Kate Facchina at 3:09 to tie the contest, 6-6. Cifarelli now has 19 assists this year, which is second-most in the nation.
After halftime, Louisville scored back-to-back goals to jump out to an 8-6 lead. Porretto scored her fourth goal of the contest on an unassisted score at 27:08 to make it 8-7, while Dabrowski tied it 9-9, after scoring at 16:53 and 14:01, respectively. Dabrowski now has seven goals this year – one shy of tying her season total from 2013.
Chase and Cifarelli connected for the team’s 11th goal at 7:47 followed by junior Kelsea Ayers, who made it a three-goal contest when she scored off an assist from Porretto at 3:16.
The Cardinals made it a close finish following two goals at 2:41 and 1:13, respectively, to make it 12-11. However, offsetting penalties in the Ohio State zone forced a jump ball situation. Junior defender Taylor Donahue was able to get her stick on the ball before Gottlick grabbed the groundball and advanced it to the Louisville territory as time expired on the clock. Sophomore Christine Easton had a solid performance at midfield, collecting a game-high seven draw controls.
“I thought we played with a lot of guts in those last two minutes being a man down and had to play through the penalty which was something we haven’t deal with this year,” Venechanos said.
Overall, Ohio State held a 15-10 advantage in draw controls, while having a 20-17 advantage in groundballs. Both teams notched 20 shots. Junior goalie Tori DeScenza improves to 3-3 this year, collecting five saves vs. the Cardinals.
The Buckeyes return to Ohio State at Noon Sunday when they face No. 4 Northwestern to open ALC action. As always, admission is free.