COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s lacrosse team, ranked No. 15 this week by Inside Lacrosse, used a seven-goal run to close the first half and open the second as it rolled to a 16-7 win over Canisius Monday afternoon at the Demske Sports Complex in Buffalo, N.Y. Co-captains Brittney Zerhusen and Rachael Corniciello scored four and three goals, respectively, and senior All-American Kelly Haggerty also netted a trio of tallies to lead the Buckeye (7-3) charge.
Ohio State trailed 3-2 midway through the first half, but exploded for the next seven goals to take a 9-3 lead by the 26:46 mark of the second half. Zerhusen scored all four of her goals in the spree, bringing her season total to a team-leading 29. Alayna Markwordt also scored her 29th tally of the season to extend her point-scoring streak to 24 games.
The only Buckeyes with a longer such streak is Haggerty, who notched her 28th-consecutive game with at least one point with her three goals and three assists Monday. Haggerty is second all-time in career goals, assists and points and needs just one to tie Kristen Slahor’s (2005-08) record of 221 points.
With the Zerhusen’s four-goal effort and the 9-3 lead, the Buckeyes let up a pair to the Griffs (5-6), but came back with four unanswered to take the 14-5 lead. Haggerty had two in the effort and Corniciello capped the run with her second of the game. The Lynbrook, N.Y., senior would add another down the stretch as she more than doubled her season scoring output and now has five to her credit.
Rachel Wiederker, seeing action in her fifth game this year, also helped the Buckeye effort with her second career goal on a free-position shot with 7:54 to play. Corniciello’s followed with her final score to give Ohio State its largest lead of the game, 16-6, at the 5:31 mark. Canisius’ Taylor Gray brought her team backed into the single-digit margin at 1:03, however, and the clock wound down on the 16-7 decision.
Ohio State finished with a 34-28 advantage in shots and 27-22 margin in groundballs. Annie Carruthers played 52 minutes in goal, making nine saves, before giving way to freshman stopper Megan Fiorito for the final eight minutes and one save with one goal allowed.
The Buckeyes continue their three-game road swing with a 2 p.m. (1 p.m. CT) game Saturday at ALC foe Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tenn. The No. 10-ranked Commodores are on a seven-game winning streak, including three victories over ranked opponents in then-No. 9 Boston University, No. 12 Penn State and No. 11 Notre Dame.