CINCINNATI, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s lacrosse team began the 2019 season with a statement on Friday afternoon, downing Cincinnati 16-6 at the Gettler Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio. There was no shortage of offense, with four-goal efforts from sophomore Sophie Baez and junior Liza Hernandez. Junior Jill Rizzo was solid in goal, stopping 16 shots for the Buckeyes and denying all eight of Cincinnati’s free-position attempts.
THE SHORT STORY
Scoring was early and often for the Buckeyes, with Baez notching the first goal of her career just over one minute into the first half. Overall, eight different Buckeyes sent shots past the Cincinnati goalie. The Bearcats kept it close early in the first half, cutting the Ohio State lead to 4-2 through the first 15 minutes. OSU then scored four unanswered goals and didn’t look back, leading 10-3 at halftime. Quick offense continued in the second half, with freshman Chloë Johnson scoring her first career goal just over two minutes in. Ohio State fended off Cincinnati’s attempts to get back in the game, as Rizzo denied 10 shots in the second half.
Head coach Alexis Venechanos: “It was a complete team effort today. I loved how we attacked the cage today and how we played like a unit on defense.”
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
• Baez scored twice early in the first half, at both the 1:07 mark and the 2:52 mark, giving Ohio State the early lead.
• At 8:35, Baley Parrott was awarded a free position shot and converted to make it 3-0 in favor of the Buckeyes.
• The Bearcats got on the board for the first time at 11:14 in the first, but just over two minutes later, Baez found the back of the net to collect a hat trick. Cincinnati battled back to make it 4-2, but the offensive fire was lit for OSU as the team jumped out to an 8-2 lead.
• Cincinnati added a third goal at 26:57, but two late goals from Sage Darling and Parrott made it a 10-3 lead heading into halftime.
• At 21:13 in the second half, Ohio State totaled a 16-5 lead on Hernandez’s fourth goal of the game, also the third unanswered goal for the Buckeyes. Cincinnati was able to sneak one past Rizzo before time expired, but Ohio State prevailed, 16-6.
THIS AND THAT
• Senior Hannah Gantt, sophomore Sophie Baez and freshmen Chloë Johnson and Clare Johnston made their first starts in the Scarlet and Gray. Not only did Baez, Johnson and Johnston receive their first starts, but they posted their first career points as well.
• Ohio State improves to 6-3 in season-openers under the guidance of head coach Alexis Venechanos.
• Hernandez scored four goals against Cincinnati for the second time in her career, also doing so on Feb. 12, 2017 during her freshman season.
• Johnson recorded a team-high four draw controls and four caused turnovers.
• The Buckeyes were 7-for-9 on free position shots.
• Ohio State improves to 7-1 in the series against Cincinnati.
JUST THE STATS
Leading Scorers: Sophie Baez (4G), Liza Hernandez (4G), Baley Parrott (2G), Sara Dickinson (2G), Clare Johnston (1G, 1A)
Shots: Ohio State 34, Cincinnati 28
Ground Balls: Cincinnati 36, Ohio State 32
Draw Controls: Ohio State 12, Cincinnati 11
Free Position Shots: Ohio State 7-of-9, Cincinnati 0-of-8
Saves: Ohio State (Rizzo) 16, Cincinnati (Durso) 10
Ohio State has a quick turnaround for its home opener, hosting Detroit Mercy on Sunday, Feb. 10 at 3 p.m. at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. The game will be streamed live on BTN Plus.