COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio State University women’s lacrosse team looks to bounce back on Friday when it hosts the Rutgers University Scarlet Knights on Friday. The game is set for a 1 p.m. start at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
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With the OHSAA Boys Basketball State Tournament happening at the Schottenstein Center this weekend, expect heavy crowds as you make your way to the game. Please refer to the parking map linked above for more information. Fans are advised to park in the lot between Bill Davis Stadium and Buckeye Field, the lot is colored orange in the map linked above. When trying to park, please let parking attendants know that you’re coming for the women’s lacrosse game and they’ll assist you.
Last Time Out
The Buckeyes found themselves on the ropes early at Michigan as the Wolverines struck first with a goal from Bianca Brueckner just under three minutes into the game, but Baley Parrott responded with a goal a minute later to tie the game at 1-1 with 26:08 left in the opening half. It looked like the game was set to be a high-scoring affair after Adriana Pendino scored for Michigan to give UM a 2-1 lead with 24:39 left in the half, but both teams went cold for over 15 minutes before Wood scored an equalizer with 9:21 to play in the first. UM regained the lead with 5:54 to play in the half, but Parrott once again tied the game with 4:23 left in the half. As time ticked away in the opening half, Pendino scored her second goal of the game to give the Wolverines a 4-3 lead heading into halftime.
Ohio State tried to even things up in the opening moments of the second half, but the UM run continued as the Wolverines scored the first two goals of the half to go up 6-3. From there Parrott became a scoring machine, netting three unanswered goals to tie the game at 6-6 with 9:45 to play. Less than 30 seconds passed before UM regained the lead with a goal from Chandler Kirby, making it 7-6. With time running out for the Buckeyes, Lindsay Epstein tied the game at 7-7 with her eighth goal of the season. Ohio State could not finish the comeback, however, as Michigan score twice in the closing moments to hand the Buckeyes a 9-7 loss.
Parrott’s five goals are a career high. She also came away with a game high four draw controls, three ground balls and two caused turnovers. Shannon Rosati led the defensive efforts for OSU today, finishing with a team high three caused turnovers to go along with her three draw controls and two ground balls. Jill Rizzo made 11 saves while scooping up three ground balls. Wood finished with three draw controls, one goal and one ground ball. Epstein came away with a ground ball to go along with her goal.
Molly Wood Becomes All-Time Draw Controls Leader
In Saturday’s game at Michigan, Molly Wood became the all-time program leader in draw controls with a career total that sits at 223 and counting. The previous record was 221, held by Katie Chase. Wood’s freshman season coincided with Chase’s senior year, where Wood tallied 38 draw controls, and Chase set the single season record with 79 draw controls. It wouldn’t take long for Chase to have some company in that top spot, however, as Wood came away with 79 draw controls in her sophomore season to tie Chase atop the leaderboard. Wood followed that up with another stellar season, tallying 71 as a junior in 2017. Her 35 draw controls lead the team this season.
Buckeyes By The Numbers
Baley Parrott leads the way for the Buckeyes with 25 points. Her 22 goals rank first on the team, while her three assists come in at fourth. She has 32 draw controls, good for second on the team, and her 13 ground balls are the fourth highest total on the squad. Sara Dickinson’s 23 points rank second on the team, but she has a team high 12 assists. McKayla Conti has been a scoring machine for the Buckeyes this year, notching 22 points from 18 goals. Molly Wood, fresh off breaking the all-time draw controls record, is tied for fourth on the team with 15 points, all from goals. Her goal total is third highest on the team, while she leads the squad with 35 draw controls. Shannon Rosati leads the defensive effort for the Buckeyes with 14 caused turnovers, the team high, and 21 ground balls, good for second on the squad. Goaltender Jill Rizzo’s 25 ground balls lead the team, and her 90 saves this season lead the Big Ten and is tied for fifth in the nation.
About The Scarlet Knights
Rutgers enters the weekend with wins over LIU Brooklyn, Monmouth, Delaware and Drexel. Kerri Puckhaber leads the team with 24 points, her 18 goals are second on the team. Samantha Budd’s 23 points rank second on the team, but she leads the squad in goals with 19. She also has a team high 34 draw controls. With 22 points Abby Brooks comes in at third on the team, she has an even split of 11 goals and 11 assists this year. Regina Sharp is the defensive leader for the Scarlet Knights, scooping up a team high 22 ground balls and notching 14 caused turnovers, also a team high. Goaltender Devon Kearns has 66 saves this season, and her 19 ground balls rank second on the team.