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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s lacrosse team closed its six-game homestand with a 13-7 win over Binghamton on Saturday in Ohio Stadium for the team’s third consecutive win. Backed by junior goalie Jill Rizzo’s 15 saves and five caused turnovers on the defensive end, along with 18 points on offense, the Buckeyes improved to 6-1 on the season.
THE SHORT STORY
Binghamton went up early in the first half, scoring two goals in the opening minutes of the game. Sophie Baez halted the Bearcats’ momentum with a free position goal 12 minutes into the half. The next five minutes were a back-and-forth battle between the teams, with Ohio State and Binghamton scoring two goals apiece. With one second left in the first half, Lindsey Epstein netted a free position shot to even the score at 4-4.
The Buckeyes started the second half as they ended the first, scoring the first goal of the half and taking the lead within the first minute. Binghamton went on to score two in a row to take a 6-5 lead. Ohio State did not let up and finished the half on an 8-1 run to defeat the Bearcats.
Head coach Alexis Venechanos: “Credit to Binghamton, I definitely think they challenged us. They’re a complete team and well-coached. I’m proud of how our team fought in that first half. We missed some of our shots early, and the defense gave up a couple goals that we don’t typically give up, but we hung in there.
We went into halftime tied. We regrouped a couple things, and I’m glad about how we stepped up. We had some new people stepping up. Kimberly Apuzzo and Erin Nagle gave us consistency back on defense which was awesome. Baley Parrott stepped up when we needed her, so we’re pumped that she had those guts at the end. Rizzo made some timely saves for us when we needed it. Again, a team effort. We like playing Buckeye lacrosse. That’s when we’re at our best, when we don’t have to rely on one person or one part of the field.”
Junior goalie Jill Rizzo: “I had an amazing defense in front of me. We had some changes in there, but everybody was able to adjust. I couldn’t have asked for anything else. I felt really confident with what was in front of me.”
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
• Binghamton was first on the board, scoring two goals in the first four minutes of the game.
• Sophie Baez scored the first Buckeye goal on a free position opportunity for Ohio State. Just 30 seconds later she scored again off an assist from Liza Hernandez.
• Binghamton responded with two goals of its own, but Ohio State came right back with two goals from McKayla Conti and Lindsey Epstein to enter the half tied 4-all with the Bearcats.
• Less than a minute into the second half, Baley Parrott scored to put the Buckeyes in the lead for the first time of the game.
• Binghamton scored another two goals to regain a one-goal lead over Ohio State.
• With under 15 minutes to play in the game, Parrott tied the game for the Buckeyes to start the team’s 8-1 run to finish the game.
• Ali Beekhuizen regained the lead for the Buckeyes with a goal at 21:41 to put the score at 7-6 in favor of Ohio State and secure the Buckeye lead for the rest of the game.
• With 7:29 left in the game, Parrott started off a three-goal scoring streak to start the Buckeyes on a 5-0 run to end the game.
THIS AND THAT
• Baley Parrott scored a game-high five goals against Binghamton.
• Parrott extends her consecutive point streak to eight games, dating back to last season.
• Parrott led the Buckeyes with three draw controls, two caused turnovers and five points.
• Jill Rizzo made 15 saves for the Buckeyes, one shy of her season-high mark of 16.
• Rizzo led the team with seven ground balls in the game.
JUST THE STATS
Leading Scorers: Baley Parrott (5G), Sophie Baez (2G, 2A); Lindsey Epstein (2G, 2A)
Shots: Binghamton 29, Ohio State 24
Ground Balls: Ohio State 22, Binghamton 19
Draw Controls: Binghamton 12, Ohio State 9
Free Position Shots: Ohio State 4-of-5, Binghamton 2-9
Saves: Ohio State (Rizzo) 15, Binghamton (Passuello) 5
Ohio State heads down south to face UMass Amherst on the campus of Stetson in Deland, Fla. on Monday at noon.