COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio State University women’s lacrosse team opens Big Ten conference play on Saturday when it faces the University of Michigan Wolverines. The game is set for a Noon start at the U-M Lacrosse Stadium in Ann Arbor. The game is streaming BTN Plus at the link below.
Last Time Out
The Buckeyes opened their game against UConn on a three-goal run, with Sara Dickinson, Molly Wood and Alyssa Amorisonfinding the back of the net to put OSU up 3-0 with 20:55 to play in the half. UConn got on the board with a goal from Sydney Watson, but Ohio State responded with another goal from Dickinson and a free position goal from Lindsay Epstein to push the lead to four, 5-1. Connecticut picked up the pace with Grace Nolan and Olivia Miles scoring back-to-back goals to cut the lead to two, 5-3. Wood stopped the rally with her second goal of the day, but only 15 seconds passed before Abby Vetsch found the back of the net for UConn to make it 6-4 Buckeyes with 9:04 to play in the first. It looked like that score would hold until halftime, but Watson scored her second goal of the night for the Huskies with 1:48 to play, and OSU took a 6-5 lead into the locker room.
Connecticut wasted no time in tying, and eventually taking the lead in the second half. Lexi Kenneally netted the equalizer less than a minute into the half, and Kelsey Catalano put UConn in front, 7-6, with a goal just under three minutes into the half. OSU fired back, with Baley Parrott getting on the board to tie the game, and Epstein scoring her second goal of the game to give OSU the 8-7 lead. The teams continued to trade pairs of goals, this time with Nolan and Catalano scoring to put UConn up 9-8, but back-to-back goals from McKayla Conti and Wood once again gave Ohio State the lead, 10-9, with 13:07 to play.
As UConn tried to respond, Parrott rattled off two straight goals to notch a hat trick for the evening, putting the Buckeyes up 12-9 with 8:47 to play. The Connecticut response came moments later when Catalano scored, ending the OSU run and making it a two-goal game, 12-10. Conti gave OSU some much needed insurance with her second goal of the game, making it 13-10 with 3:26 to go. With time winding down UConn chipped away at the Ohio State lead. Caitlin Leary scored with 1:50 to play, and just 10 second later Miles found the back of the net to cut the lead to one, 13-12. After an OSU timeout, Shannon Rosati came away with the draw control and the Buckeyes held on to get the 13-12 win.
Parrott led the way for the Buckeyes with three goals, six draw controls, two ground balls, one assist and one caused turnover. Wood also tallied three goals to go along with her five draw controls and two ground balls. Rosati finished with five draw controls and four ground balls, tied for the game high. Conti’s two goals pushed her team-leading total to 18. Goaltender Jill Rizzo finished with a game high eight ground balls to go along with her nine saves. Both Dickinson and Epstein notched two goals each in the win.
Buckeyes By The Numbers
McKayla Conti leads the way for the Buckeyes with 22 points. Her 18 goals rank first on the team, and her four assists come in at second on the team. Sara Dickinson comes in at second on the team with 21 points from 11 goals and 10 assists. She’s also snagged eight ground balls. Baley Parrott’s 20 points rank third on the team, while her 17 goals are the second highest total for any Buckeye. Liza Hernandez sits at fourth on the team with 15 points, 13 of which came from goals. She also has 11 ground balls, good for third on the team. Molly Wood’s 32 draw controls lead the Buckeyes, and she is two away from first place in program history. Wood also has 14 points and seven ground balls. Shannon Rosati leads the defensive efforts with 19 ground balls and 11 caused turnovers. Goaltender Jill Rizzo has 83 saves and 22 ground balls this year. Rizzo’s 11.29 saves-per-game and 3.14 ground-balls-per-game lead the Big Ten.
About The Wolverines
Michigan comes into the weekend with wins over Butler, Canisius and Central Michigan. Adriana Pendino leads the team with 18 points, 17 of which are goals. She also has five draw controls, five caused turnovers and four ground balls. Chandler Kirby ranks second on the team in points with 13, and second in goals with 12. Molly Garrett leads the team in draw controls with 25, while Maggie Kane holds second place on the team with 22 draw controls. Casey Cummo’s 15 ground balls lead the Wolverines, Madison Richardson’s 14 ground balls are good for second on the squad.