The Ohio State women’s lacrosse teams to rebound from its Wednesday setback to Northwestern with a 1 p.m. game Saturday vs. American Lacrosse Conference newcomer Florida at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes are 5-3 on the season after winning three of their last four, while the Gators are 6-3 in their inaugural season.
FOLLOW IT LIVE
The Ohio State-Florida game will be streamed live on OhioStateBuckeyes.com through BuckeyeVision. Subscription rates apply. The game also can be followed via live stats linked through the program’s Web site.
LAST TIME OUT FOR THE BUCKEYES
The Buckeyes scored the last five goals of the game to chisel away at a 12-goal deficit, but dropped a 17-10 decision to top-ranked and undefeated Northwestern Wednesday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Alayna Markwordt scored a game-high five goals for the Buckeyes (5-3), including the one that started the late-game comeback.
Northwestern (7-0) was led by Katrina Dowd with four goals as the Wildcats lengthened their unbeaten streak to 36 games. The seven-goal differential ties their third-closest game of the year with the five-time defending national champions out-scoring opponents 121-53 on the season.
In its inaugural season of women’s lacrosse, Florida is coming off three-consecutive home wins, including a Wednesday victory over Cornell, 10-5. The Gators led 5-4 at the half and limited Cornell to one second-half goal, while scoring five of their own.
Ashley Bruns led the team with three goals and has 29 on the season, over 23 percent of the team’s total offense (124 team goals), and 21 assists for 50 points. Bruns entered the week at the top of the ALC in total goals scored and fourth in goals per game behind a trip of Northwestern attackers. Behind the freshman, Brittany Dashiell is in a distant second with 17 points off 16 goals and a single assist.
Three goalies have seen time between the pipes for the Gators this season with Cara Canington logging the vast majority of minutes and all nine game decisions. She has a 9.29 goals-against average with 50 saves to her credit, while allowing 73 of the teams 80 opponent goals.
NEXT TIME OUT
After four-consecutive home games, the Buckeyes return to the road for three away games in a row, next up vs. Canisius in Buffalo, N.Y. at noon April 5. The Grifs are currently 4-4 on the season with two games prior to meeting Ohio State.