COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s lacrosse team lost to No. 15 Rutgers, 10-8, in the regular season finale for both teams in Ohio Stadium Thursday night. The Buckeyes led 6-4 at halftime and 7-6 entering the fourth quarter. Rutgers pushed ahead 8-7 with 9:21 remaining but Ohio State answered to tie the game a minute later. The Scarlet Knights shut out the Buckeyes for the final 8:21, tallying twice in the last three minutes, for the win.
The Buckeyes are now 9-7 on the year and finish 2-4 in the Big Ten. Rutgers improves to 14-3 and had a 4-2 B1G record to earn the No. 3 seed in the Big Ten Tournament.
The Short Story
The Buckeyes led 2-0 to start the game and 3-1 after the first quarter, with two goals from Chloe Johnson and a Jamie Lasda tally, along with two assists by Nicole Ferrara and a Sophie Baez assist. Jamie Level opened the scoring in the second for a three-goal Buckeye lead (4-1) before back-to-back RU scores made it a one-goal game (4-3). The teams then traded goals, with Ferrara tallying for the Buckeyes before a Scarlet Knight tally. Ferrara and Baez combined for a player-up goal with six seconds remaining to send Ohio State into halftime ahead 6-4.
Johnson, assisted by Ferrara, completed her hat trick at 9:06 of the third quarter, pushing the Buckeye lead to 7-4. Rutgers tallied the next four, with two in the third quarter for a 7-6 game and the first two of the fourth to go ahead 8-7 with 9:21 remaining. Clare Johnston answered for the Buckeyes, tying the game at eight with 8:21 left and ending a 15:45 scoreless streak. The deadlock remained until Rutgers converted a player-up chance at 2:42 to move ahead and added an insurance goal at 1:13.
Ferrara led the Buckeyes with five points, on two goals and three assists, with her first assist the 100th point of her Buckeye career. Johnson had a hat trick and six draw controls and Baez posted two assists. Level had five draw controls and three ground balls. Regan Alexander made five saves, with the RU goalie making nine stops, as the Buckeyes were outshot, 21-20. Each team had 11 draw controls. Ohio State had the edge in ground balls, 16-15.
How it Happened
Noting the Buckeyes