COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s lacrosse team dropped its first game of 2023, falling on the road at No. 20 USC 18-10 Sunday in Los Angeles, Calif. The Trojans (1-1) jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first quarter and led 10-4 at halftime en route to the victory. Ohio State is 3-1 on the year.
The Buckeyes will play their next two games at home, hosting No. 10 Denver at 1 p.m. Saturday and Cincinnati at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28 in Ohio State Lacrosse Stadium. Admission and parking are free.
The Short Story
USC opened the scoring less than three minutes into the game. The Trojans stretched the lead with three tallies in a 1:38 stretch from 6:38-5:00 of the first quarter and led 4-0 after 15 minutes. With the first three goals of the second quarter, USC pushed the advantage to 7-0. At 9:28 Buckeye Nicole Ferrara converted a free position shot for the first Ohio State goal.
Each team scored three times before the end of the half after Ferrrara’s tally. For the Buckeyes, Caly O’Brien converted a free position chance at 7:37. Ohio State scored twice in the final 2:36. Jamie Lasda recorded a free position goal at 2:36 and with 10 seconds remaining Zoe Coleman passed out from behind the cage to Ashley Turner in front for a score.
USC notched the first four goals of the third quarter to stretch the lead to 14-4. A free position goal from Brynn Ammerman ended the Trojan run and Ferrara found Jamie Level in front for a goal with 23 seconds left in the quarter. USC was ahead 14-6 through 45 minutes.
Each team scored four times in the fourth quarter. USC scored first, answered by Lasda at 11:51 on a free position. The Trojans tallied next before three straight Ohio State goals, with two from Level sandwiched round Ammerman’s second of the day. USC tallied twice in the last 2:28 for the 18-10 final.
The Buckeyes, who were 6-for-9 on free position chances, were outshot, 35-19, and USC won the ground ball battle, 23-15. Draw controls ended in favor of the Trojans, 19-13.
Coleman had a team-high three ground balls and Level and Casey Roberts each picked up two. Lasda had a career-high eight draw controls, passing the six she recorded in the season opener vs. Robert Morris. Level also had three caused turnovers and Ammerman forced two.
In the cage, Claire Morris had a career-best seven saves for Ohio State in 30:01, while starter Regan Alexander had two stops in 29:59.
Level had a second straight hat trick and her sixth game in the Scarlet and Gray with at least three goals. She is second on the squad with eight goals on the year. It was her second game with three caused turnovers and she also had two ground balls.
Photo credit: Yannick Peterhans