COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s lacrosse team dropped a 17-5 decision to ninth-ranked and undefeated Stanford Saturday afternoon on the indoor turf field at Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Alayna Markwordt led the Buckeyes with a pair of goals, as they fell to 2-3 on the season and the Cardinal extended its season-opening win streak to five games.
“Stanford is obviously a tremendous team,” Alexis Venechanos, Ohio State head coach, said after the loss. “They are highly-ranked and more experienced than we are, and that showed today. We will regroup at practice tomorrow and come out again on Monday [against Canisius].”
In addition Markwordt’s two tallies, which extended her point-scoring streak to 36 games, the Buckeyes posted scores from Kirsten Donahue, Gabby Capuzzi and Maghan Beaudrault. Stanford was led by Emilie Boeri’s four goals with eight others finding the back of the net.
With an unassisted score at 27:03, Markwordt scored the lone Buckeye goal in an 11-1 run by the Cardinal to start the game. Donahue added a second with 1:42 to play in the first half, setting up the teams to head into the intermission with a 12-2 score.
Stanford opened the second period with three-consecutive scores, stretching its lead to 15-2, before Beaudrault added her third goal of the season at 12:36. The Buckeyes out-scored the Cardinal from that point on, posting a 3-2 run over the final minutes of the game. Markwordt tallied her second on a free-position goal at 9:10 and Capuzzi wrapped up scoring for both teams at 3:45.
Megan Fiorito played the second half in goal for the Buckeyes, allowing five goals and making two stops. Annie Carruthers started the contest and played the first 30 minutes. For Stanford, Annie Read played just under 51 minutes, making 10 saves before giving way to Lyndsey Munoz.
Ohio State held a 29-26 advantage in shots and a 15-9 margin in draw controls, while the Cardinal led the ground ball count 19-11.
The Buckeyes return to action at 1 p.m. Monday against Canisius. The game currently is scheduled to be played outdoors at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, though stay tuned to OhioStateBuckeyes.com, or the Buckeyes’ Facebook/Twitter pages for updates. Stanford and the Golden Griffs will face each other in a neutral site contest at noon Sunday in the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.