COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s lacrosse team (4-1, 0-0 B1G) returned to the win column with a victory over Marquette on Friday afternoon at Ohio Stadium, 11-9. Junior Liza Hernandez and sophomore Ali Beekhuizen led the scoring with three goals each. Senior Caroline Mackrides led the team with three caused turnovers in key points of the second half, leading to three goals for the Buckeyes.
THE SHORT STORY
The first half was an early battle between the Buckeyes and the Golden Eagles, knotted up at four goals each with just over ten minutes left in the period. Marquette scored a late man-up goal at the 4:48 mark, taking a 5-4 lead into halftime. The Golden Eagles jumped out to a 7-4 lead at 24:41 in the second half, enjoying its largest lead of the game. Ohio State netted four consecutive goals, taking back an 8-7 lead. With 13 minutes left in the half, Marquette evened the score at eight, but OSU added two tallies to earn a 10-8 lead with five minutes remaining. Marquette got one back shortly after, but Beekhuizen added an insurance goal just ten seconds later and the Buckeyes held on to get the win.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
• Beekhuizen opened up the scoring at 25:32, putting OSU on the board first. Just 20 seconds later, Marquette responded with a goal from Grace Gabriel.
• After a save by junior Jill Rizzo, a good clear led to a second goal for the Buckeyes for Parrott off a feed from Hernandez.
• Charlotte McGuire tied up the game once again for the Golden Eagles just four minutes later after Ohio State turned the ball over.
• Sophie Baez notched her second goal of the second on a redirect of a free-position shot for Parrott, giving the senior her first assist of the season.
• Baez then shared the love with an assist to Beekhuizen just one minute later and the Bucks took a two-goal lead for the first time of the game.
• Marquette took a five-goal scoring streak into the second half, leading 7-4 at the 24:41 mark.
• OSU got back onto the scoresheet at 20:28 in the period, after a caused turnover and groundball from Mackrides gave way to goal for Hernandez.
• After a save for Rizzo on a free-position attempt for Marquette, freshman Chloe Johnson picked up the ball and sped down the field, burying a shot for her second of the season.
• Hernandez scored the next two for Ohio State, thanks to a turnover caused by Mackrides at the 17-minute mark and later on a pass from senior Sara Dickinson.
• Marquette attempted to slow down the Buckeye scoring frenzy with a successful conversion on the free position at 13:03.
• Mackrides was again clutch on defense, forcing a turnover on the Golden Eagles at 11:57. Dickinson scored her first tally of the game with help from Baez.
• As time winded down, Parrott converted on a man-up opportunity at 5:23, assisted by Dickinson.
• While Marquette was able to score at 4:41, the Buckeyes responded quickly with a goal for Beekhuizen exactly 10 seconds later, sealing the win.
THIS AND THAT
• Hernandez led all scoring with four points on three goals and one assist. She has scored a point in seven consecutive games, dating back to last season.
• Beekhuizen tied the team-high with three goals and has tallied points in all five games this season.
• Parrott notched her fifth multi-point and multiple goal game of the season with two goals and an assist, her first helper of the season. She extends her consecutive point streak to six games, dating back to last season.
• Dickinson also has a point streak of six games, continuing from last season.
• Mackrides led the team with her three caused turnovers.
• Sophomore Riley Ewing was solid on the draw, earning seven draw controls.
JUST THE STATS
Leading Scorers: Liza Hernandez (3G, 1A), Ali Beekhuizen (3G), Sara Dickinson (1G, 2A), Sophie Baez (1G, 2A)
Shots: Marquette 27, Ohio State 26
Ground Balls: Ohio State 18, Marquette 17
Draw Controls: Ohio State 10, Marquette 10
Free Position Shots: Ohio State 1-of-3, Marquette 1-of-3
Saves: Ohio State (Rizzo) 9, Marquette (Horning) 9
Ohio State hosts its second game of the weekend on Sunday, March 3 at noon against Niagara indoors at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.