LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Ohio State women’s lacrosse team was overpowered by the Louisville offense on Tuesday afternoon, falling to the Cardinals at the U of L Lacrosse Stadium in Louisville. The Buckeyes started out the game with a two-goal lead, but Louisville caught up and didn’t look back, topping Ohio State, 19-7.
THE SHORT STORY
Ohio State took a two-goal lead twice to start out the game, holding on to the lead through the first 13 minutes of the game. The Cardinals found the equalizer at 17:11 and took control of the game with 11 unanswered goals through to the 21:40-mark in the second half, when sophomore Lindsay Epstein ended the run for Louisville with a goal off a feed from senior Baley Parrott. OSU added two more goals before the end of the half, though the Cardinals piled on six more of their own and finished with a score of 19-7.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
• Redshirt junior McKayla Conti put the Buckeyes on the board in the first minute of the game, posting her 11th of the season at 29:03 on the free position.
• Junior Sage Darling followed Conti’s lead, posting another free-position goal at 28:23 to put the Buckeyes up by two.
• Louisville responded with a pair of goals from Tessa Chad to tie the game.
• At 24:44, Conti converted on another free-position attempt to give back the lead to the Buckeyes. Less than a minute later, junior Liza Hernandez got the Buckeyes back to a two-goal lead.
• The Cardinals took their first lead of the game at 16:04, part of an 11 goal run. Louisville led 8-4 at halftime, and continued to build out a lead through the 24-minute mark of the second half with a 13-4 advantage.
• Epstein attempted to slow down the Cardinal offense with help from Parrott at 21:40, followed by another goal from Parrott at 20:39.
• Louisville tacked on four more tallies before OSU responded with a goal at 8:21 from senior Sara Dickinson, assisted by Parrott.
THIS AND THAT
• Baley Parrott led the scoring efforts for the team, posting three points on a goal and two assists. Parrott also led the team with five draw controls.
• McKayla Conti registered two goals off the bench, her 11th and 12th of the season.
• Sara Dickinson tallied her 22nd goal of the season and has added a point in 13 games this season and adds to her career-high goal total for the season.
JUST THE STATS
Leading Scorers: Baley Parrott (1G, 2A), McKayla Conti (2G)
Shots: Ohio State 14, Louisville 37
Ground Balls: Ohio State 10, Louisville 20
Draw Controls: Ohio State 11, Louisville 17
Free Position Shots: Ohio State 3-of-4, Louisville 5-of-8
Saves: Ohio State (Rizzo) 8, Louisville (Florek) 5
Ohio State returns to Columbus, Ohio, to host Johns Hopkins on Saturday, April 13 at 1 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.