COLUMBUS, Ohio — A second half blitzkrieg from No. 18 Penn State proved to be too much for the Ohio State University women’s lacrosse team as the Buckeyes fell to the Nittany Lions, 18-10, in Ohio Stadium on Saturday.
The Buckeyes struck first with a Liza Hernandez goal just 43 seconds into the game. Mackenzie Maring and 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 Epsteinconverted 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 are the Buckeyes tried to stay in the game, but Penn State used a furious second half to hand OSU the 18-10 loss.
Parrott notched a hat trick for the fifth straight game. She also 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.
The Buckeyes hit the road next week for a Big Ten contest with Northwestern. The clash with the Wildcats is set for a 7 p.m. start in Evanston on Friday, April 6. The game will be streaming live on BTN Plus.