COLUMBUS, Ohio — Baley Parrott’s game high three goals helped power the Ohio State University women’s lacrosse team to a 7-3 win over the Robert Morris University Colonials on Wednesday night.
Parrott’s three goals led the game, both in points and in goals. The junior now has a team-high 28 goals on the year, and leads the team in points with 31. She also scooped up three ground balls and caused three turnovers in today’s game. Goaltender Jill Rizzo had another stellar game in net, making 13 saves and giving up a season low three goals.
The game remained scoreless for a little over 12 minutes until Shannon Lynch put Robert Morris up 1-0. Just over three minutes later Ohio State got on the board thanks to a McKayla Conti goal off a free position shot. With the game tied at 1-1, Parrott scored her first goal of the game on a free position opportunity to give OSU a 2-1 lead that held as the game went to halftime.
The Ohio State run continued in the second half when Conti tallied her second goal of the day just 1:48 into the half. Everything was coming up Buckeyes in the second as Sara Dickinson found the back of the net to push the lead to three, 4-1. Parrott, not content with a three-goal lead, converted another free position opportunity to make it 5-1 OSU with 22:08 to play. Kerri Sayrafe ended the Ohio State run with a goal at the 15:28 mark of the period, but Erika Keselman responded with a goal of her own to push the lead back to four, 6-2, with 13:26 left in the game. Sayrafe scored again with a little under six minutes to play, but Parrott’s third goal of the afternoon iced the game and locked up the 7-3 win for the Buckeyes.
In addition to scoring two goals, Conti snagged a team-high four ground balls while causing two turnovers. Lindsay Epsteinscooped up three ground balls and came away with two draw controls in the game. Rizzo came up with two ground balls to go along with her 13 saves. Molly Wood added two more draw controls to her all-time program best total, now sitting at 239. Shannon Rosati continued to play a vital role for the Buckeyes, scooping up three ground balls in the game.
The Buckeyes now shift their sights back to Big Ten action as the Penn State Nittany Lions come to town this weekend. Saturday’s game is a double header with the men’s lacrosse team, and it is senior day for the women. Fans are encouraged to arrive early as the program honors the eight members of the senior class. Saturday’s game is set for a noon start, with senior day activities set to being around 11:45 a.m. in Ohio Stadium.