COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 24 Ohio State women’s lacrosse team fell in a Big Ten Conference game to No. 8 Maryland, 14-9, Thursday in College Park, Md.
The Buckeyes (1-6, 1-6 B1G) and Terps (4-1, 4-1 B1G) will face off again at noon Saturday in College Park, with the game streamed through BTN Plus.
The Short Story
Maryland took a 3-0 lead just over five minutes into the game and led 8-2 with 15:46 left in the first half. Ohio State fought back, scoring the final four goals of the first half to trail by two at halftime (8-6). Maryland ended a scoreless streak of nearly 20 minutes with a goal at 25:54 of the second half, adding a second at 21:36 to push the lead to four (10-6). The Buckeyes scored at 19:56 for a three-goal game (10-7) but Maryland extended the lead to 12-7 with goals at 9:15 and 7:55. Each team scored twice the rest of the way for the 14-9 final.
Liza Hernandez led the Buckeyes with a hat trick and Nicole Ferrara scored twice, while Ashley Turner and Jamie Lasda each had a goal and an assist. Jillian Rizzo made nine saves in the cage. Hernandez, Chloe Johnson and Maura McGregor each had two caused turnovers and Caly O’Brien had a team-best four ground balls, with MK Bonanni picking up three. Johnson, Hernandez and Maura McGregor had two draw controls apiece.
Maryland 14, Ohio State 9
- Maryland scored at 28:32, 25:55 and 24:37 of the first half for a 3-0 lead.
- Buckeye leading scorer Hernandez scored from right in front off a pass from Lasda at 23:50 for a 3-1 game.
- The Terps scored five of the next six goals, with Lasda notching the Buckeye goal in the stretch, for an 8-2 Maryland lead at 15:46. The goal was the first collegiate tally for the Ohio State freshman.
- Ohio State then went on a run, started with an Ali Beekhuizen goal at 13:08. Turner followed with a tally at 11:26 and then set up Ferrara at 9:14. Ferrara’s second goal of the game, a free position tally, with 1:28 left in the half made it a two-goal game (8-6). Turner has a team-best six assists this year and Ferrara and Turner are tied for second on the team with nine goals each.
- Maryland moved the lead to four with goals at 25:54 and 21:36 of the second half, ending a scoreless streak of 19:52.
- Ohio State’s Clare Johnston tallied at 19:56, cutting the Terps’ lead to 10-7.
- The score remained 10-7 for more than 10 minutes until back-to-back Maryland goals at 9:15 and 7:55.
- Hernandez scored for the Buckeyes at 6:08 to end the Terp run for a 12-8 game.
- The Terps’ Hannah Leubecker scored twice in less than two minutes (5:15 and 4:22) to help seal the win. She ended the contest with a game-high seven goals, sharing the game point lead with her teammate Grace Griffin (4g, 4a) with eight each.
- Sophie Baez assisted on a Hernandez goal with 14 seconds left for the 14-9 final. Hernandez leads Ohio State with 23 goals and 25 points this year.
- The Buckeyes were outshot, 34-30. Rizzo had nine saves and the Maryland goalie made five stops. Rizzo has nine or more saves in five games this season.
- Ohio State was a perfect 20-for-20 on clear attempts, with Maryland 22-for-25.
- Maryland had the edge in groundballs, 16-15, and draw controls, 16-9.
- The Buckeyes had 17 turnovers, with Maryland causing 10, and the Terps recorded 12 turnovers, with four Ohio State caused turnovers.