Feb. 20, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Led by eight points from sophomore Jackie Cifarelli, the 13th-ranked Ohio State women’s lacrosse downed William & Mary, 21-8, Wednesday afternoon at Martin Family Stadium at Albert-Daly Field in Williamsburg, Va. The Buckeyes improve to 1-1 on the young season, while the Tribe falls to 1-2 overall.
In all, 26 OSU players saw action in the contest and nine found the back of the net at least once, with seven securing multi-goal games. Junior Cara Facchina and sophomore Jennifer Porretto each netted a career-high four goals in the win, while junior Katie Chase added a hat trick. Defensively, the Buckeyes forced 15 of the Tribe’s 18 turnovers with sophomore Taylor Donahue commanding a personal-best five of them.
Facchina started the Buckeye scoring with an unassisted goal at the 28:47 mark in the first half. After building a 2-0 lead with the addition of Chase’s first goal of the matchup, Ohio State’s defense gave up its first point to William & Mary. The Buckeyes rebounded quickly, however, collecting scores from Cifarelli and Porretto to make the game 4-1. Ohio State ended the first period strong, going on a 5-2 scoring run in the final 10 minutes of play. Buckeye goalie Tori DeScenza collected two saves to help build a lead of 12-5 over William & Mary heading into the locker room.
To open the second period, Kaila Gottlick notched her second goal of the game, starting a trend for the Scarlet and Gray, who went on to penetrate the William & Mary defense with four-consecutive goals – two of which came from Porretto. From 9:23 in the first to 15:23 in the second, the Buckeyes scored 10 goals compared to William & Mary’s two, which extended the lead to 17-5. To wrap up the game, Ohio State added four more goals to its scoring total. Of the final four, two goals were earned by freshman Kelsey Gallagher.
Ohio State out-shot W&M 37-12 on the day and commanded a 24-15 advantage in groundballs. With a game-high three draw controls, Chase led the Buckeyes to 17-13 margin in draws, including an 11-7 bonus in the first half.
Next up, the Buckeyes open the home portion of their schedule by hosting 20th-ranked Boston College at 1 p.m. Saturday on the football turf field located behind the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Fans are asked to park in the lots around Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium and enter through Buckeye Stadium, home of Ohio State softball. Admission to the game, and to all seven regular-season home games, is free.
The Eagles are 2-0 on the year after defeating fellow ALC program Vanderbilt, 13-8, Wednesday afternoon.