March 26, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Led by senior attack Katie Chase, the No. 18 Ohio State women’s lacrosse team won its sixth home contest of 2014 after defeating Oregon, 13-9, Wednesday afternoon at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Chase, a native of Woodbine, Md., tallied a career-high eight points on seven goals (career-high) and one assist to help the Buckeyes improve to 7-4 overall and 6-1 at home this year.
Chase, who leads the team with 30 goals, collected three goals in the first half and erupted for four scores in the second stanza as the Scarlet and Gray extended their lead to as much as six goals in the final seven minutes of the contest to help seal the win in the first meeting between the Buckeyes and Ducks. Chase now has 92 career points following her memorable day against Oregon (4-4). She also collected a game-high seven draw controls.
Along with Chase, senior midfielder Kaila Gottlick collected four points (3g, 1a) to extend her point streak to total to 11-consecutive games. Junior attack Jackie Cifarelli boasted a pair of helpers and a goal, while classmate Jennifer Porretto had two assists. Freshman midfielder Paulina Constant scored her first collegiate goal, while sophomore Christine Easton posted her first career assist. Senior attack Cara Facchina had a goal and an assist as well and Kelsea Ayers joined the scoring party with an assist.
Junior goalie Tori DeScenza had a solid afternoon between the pipes, totaling 10 stops vs. the Ducks to improve to 7-4 overall.
After Chase opened the game with a goal on a free position shot at 29:37, the Ducks collected their only lead of the game following back-to-back scores. Cifarelli tied the contest, 2-2, at 17:06 on Chase’s lone assist. Chase then scored at 16:01 and 15:23, respectively, with help from Cifarelli and Ayers to give Ohio State a 4-2 advantage. The Buckeyes ended the first half with a 5-4 lead when Facchina scored her third of the year in front of net with the assist from Easton at 2:29. At half, shots were 15-13 in favor of the Buckeyes.
Ohio State took a 7-5 lead with a goal from Gottlick on a free position at 23:58, while Chase scored her fourth goal of the game after Cara Facchina sent a quick pass from behind the net to an open Chase in the crease at 20:28. The OSU attack just got started from there. Chase scored three-consecutive goals in a four-minute span to extend the Buckeye lead to 11-6 with 10 minutes to go in regulation. She helped the Buckeyes outdraw the Ducks 16-7 overall, which also was the difference in the contest.
Constant, a native of Wading River, N.Y., did not take long to score her first collegiate goal after entering the game when she found the back of the net at 6:40 with a quick shot into the back left of the net. Gottlick scored her third goal of the contest at 2:06 on a free position shot to give the Scarlet and Gray the 13-9 eventual final. The team was a 3-for-4 on free position shots in the second stanza.
Overall, Ohio State outshot the Ducks, 31-27, while going 8-for-9 on clears.
The Buckeyes conclude a three-game homestand with a matchup at Noon Saturday vs. William & Mary at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The game will be a part of a doubleheader as the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team will follow with a matchup at 2:30 p.m. vs. Jacksonville.