February 15, 2018

Buckeyes Host Detroit In Home Opener On Friday

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Feb. 15, 2018

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio State University women’s lacrosse team plays its first home game of the season when it hosts the Detroit Mercy Titans on Friday night. The game is set for a 7 p.m. start in the Woody Hayes Athletics Center. Fans should park in the Woody Hayes lot for the game.

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Last Time Out

The Buckeyes had their work cut out for them last Saturday in a rain soaked afternoon at No. 10 Navy. Ohio State struck first when Sara Dickinson found the back of the net just 2:20 into the game. A quick 5-0 run from the Midshipmen put OSU on the ropes, trailing 5-1 with 15:49 left in the first. Liza Hernandez ended the run with a goal, and Baley Parrott scored to cut the lead to two with 7:11 to play in the half. Navy scored again before time expired to make it 6-3 at halftime. Molly Wood opened the scoring in the second half, once again cutting the lead to two. Navy scored two consecutive goals to push the lead back to four, but the Buckeyes would not go quietly into defeat. Dickinson scored again to chip away at the lead, and after Navy scored its final goal with 21:11 to play, OSU kicked things into high gear. Parrott and Hernandez scored to bring the Buckeyes within two, but time ran out on the Ohio State rally as the Buckeyes fell by score of 9-7. Parrott led the way for OSU with three points, three draw controls, one ground ball and one caused turnover. Wood led the team with four draw controls.

Rizzo’s Career Game Against Navy

Jill Rizzo wasted no time in setting new career high in 2018, making 17 saves in the opening game of the season at No. 10 Navy. Coming into the season her career high in saves was 14, set last season against Harvard. The sophomore finished the 2017 season with 183 saves, good for tenth in the NCAA in overall saves. She also scooped up two ground balls and caused one turnover against Navy.

About The Titans

The Titans come to Columbus to wrap up back-to-back matchups with Big Ten teams. Detroit opened the season last weekend at Northwestern. Much like the Buckeyes, the Titans return a wealth of their players from last season. The entire defensive unit and starting goalkeeper are back, as well as most of their offense. In total, 10 of the 12 starters are back, including five of the six top goal scorers. Ohio State leads the all-time series, 6-0. The Buckeyes prevailed in the last meeting between the teams, 22-8, back in 2016.