February 13, 2020

Buckeyes End Homestand Victorious Against Kent State


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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s lacrosse won its third game of the season on Wednesday at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, topping Kent State 22-11.

The Short Story
The Buckeyes got at least one goal from nine different players and never looked back after taking the lead three minutes into the first half. Liza Hernandez, Caly O’Brien, Meg Matey and Clare Johnston each scored twice while Sophie Baez registered four goals and Riley Ewing a hat trick. Jill Rizzo made eight saves in goal and led the team in ground balls (four). Ohio State outshot Kent State 37-25, held the edge in ground balls, 18-11, and forced 17 turnovers.

“We just have to keep doing what we do best and believing in ourselves,” said head coach Amy Bokker.  “We need to be prepared, recognize personal, be tougher, finish when we have the opportunity and get our defense organized. We had a decent game plan going in but I’m not sure our execution was where it needed to be. Kent State was a great opponent and they have talent on their team.”

“After halftime, the coaches rebuilt our confidence and game plan. It was like they flipped a switch in us and it opened the flood gates and brought us back together as a team,” said Sophie Baez. “We’re hoping we bring confidence from this game to this Saturday along with high energy because Stony Brook is a great team and with those two things, we can do great things.”

How The Goals Were Scored

  • Kent State came out quick in the first half, scoring three times in the opening four minutes of the game to take a 3-0 lead. Ohio State would responded, however, with four straight goals to take the lead for at the 13:00 mark of the first half.
  • The Buckeye run was started by freshman Nicole Ferrara and continued by Ashley Turner, Sophie Baez and Ali Beekhuizen.
  • Kent scored two quick goals within at the 15:06 and 16:56 mark to take a short 5-4 lead but Sophie Baez second goal of the game put Ohio State ahead for good, 6-5.
  • The Buckeyes defense was able to hold Kent State to five goals in the second half while the Ohio state put 11 in the back of the net to win 22-11.

Just The Stats
Shots: Ohio State 37, Kent State 25
Ground Balls: Ohio State 18, Kent State 11
Draw Controls: Ohio State 17, Kent State 16
Clears: Ohio State 20-22, Kent State 11-14
Free Position Shots: Ohio State 5-7, Kent State 0-1
Saves: Kent Stat 12, Ohio State 11
Fouls: Kent State 19, Ohio State 15
Turnovers: Kent State 17, Ohio State 13

This and That

  • Baez was Ohio State’s top scorer this weened with six points on four goals and two assists.
  • Rizzo’s stopped 31 shots in three games and has a .534 save percentage.

Up Next
The Buckeyes will take on No. 12 Stony Brook for their first road game of the 2020 season. The game is set for noon on Saturday, Feb. 15.