March 29, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – A team game that saw eight Buckeyes post a point and a strong second-half performance helped the No. 18 Ohio State women’s lacrosse team to a 14-7 win over William & Mary (2-8) on a not-so spring like day at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Leading the way offensively for the Buckeyes (8-4) in the non-conference matchup was junior Jackie Cifarelli with a game-high five points, while senior Katie Chase and freshman Allie Ogilvie each had three goals each vs. the Tribe.
A steady downfall of rain and wintry mix along with wind chills in the mid 20’s made for tough playing conditions for both teams as the contest saw a combined 42 turnovers. After William & Mary claimed a 7-5 lead ten minutes out of halftime, but the Buckeyes were able to rally with nine-unanswered goals to improve to 7-1 in Columbus in 2014.
Also scoring points for the Scarlet and Gray were sophomores Cian Dabrowski (2g, 1a) and Olivia DiCarlantonio (2g) and juniors Jennifer Porretto (1g, 1a), Kelsea Ayers (1a) and Mary Kate Facchina (1g). It was a memorable afternoon for Ogilvie and DiCarlantonio, who each collected first-collegiate scores for the Buckeyes during the team’s second-half push vs. the Tribe.
Both teams scored four goals in the opening half of competition. Porretto netted her 15th of the year to begin action at 29:27 assisted by Ayers. Dabrowski scored following a Tribe turnover to make it 2-1 with 21:10 left in the first, while Chase, who leads the teams with 34 goals, found the back of the cage on a free position shot at 19:03. W&M scored three-consecutive goals in a nine minute span before Mary Kate Facchina tied it at 4-4 on a free position shot with less than a minute remaining in the first.
DiCarlantonio, a native of Wellington, Fla., scored her first-career goal to tie the game at 5-5 when she capitalized on a free position shot at 22:30. After the Tribe tallied back-to-back goals, the Buckeye offense began its 9-0 run led by Chase who notched an unassisted tally at 17:02.
Ogilvie, a native Peterborough, Ontario, scored her first two goals as a Buckeye back-to-back at 16:22 and 12:55, respectively, to give her squad an 8-7 lead. She was assisted by Porretto and Cifarelli. A drive to the cage for DiCarlantonio finished with an unassisted goal for the second-year Buckeye to make it 9-7 with 10:14 to go. Chase added with her 33rd score of the year on a quick assist by Cifarelli from behind the net to extend the lead to three goals.
Dabrowski scored a top-shelf goal on a free position shot at 6:11, while Cifarelli made it 12-7 with an unassisted goal at 5:01. Ogilvie ended her impressive second-half performance with her third goal at 3:24, while Cifarelli finished the 9-0 run after netting her 12th goal of the season at 1:12 with the assist from Dabrowski.
The Buckeyes held a 28-13 lead in shots and a 28-17 advantage in groundballs against the Tribe. DiCarlantonio had a team-best four draw controls, while senior defender Heather Gravinese collected five groundballs in the win. Junior goalie Tori DeScenza improved to 8-4 overall with two saves.
Ohio State returns to conference play on the road, traveling to face the Wolverines at 7 p.m. April 2 under the lights at Michigan Stadium.