April 28, 2022

Buckeyes Fall to No. 15 Rutgers, 10-8

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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

  • The Buckeyes led 3-1 after the first quarter.
  • Nicole Ferrara set up Chloe Johnson and Jamie Lasda for tallies at 12:08 and 11:14, respectively.
  • Rutgers answered at 10:10 but Johnson notched her second of the game, off a pass from Sophie Baez, at 3:02 to regain the Buckeyes’ two-goal edge.
  • Each goalie had three saves in the first quarter, with Ohio State ahead in shots, 6-5.
  • Jamie Level tallied unassisted at 13:11 of the second quarter for a three-goal Buckeye lead (4-1).
  • The Scarlet Knights notched the next two, at 12:08 and 10:25. Ferrara converted a free position shot at 6:52, answered by Rutgers less than a minute later for a one-goal game (5-4).
  • The final goal of the quarter came with just six seconds remaining, as Ohio State took advantage of a yellow card on RU. Baez found Ferrara right in front for the tally and 6-4 Ohio State lead.
  • The Rutgers’ goalie had the only two saves of the second quarter, with the Buckeyes ahead in shots, 7-6.
  • Ohio State scored the first goal of the third quarter for a 7-4 advantage, with Johnson completing her hat trick off an assist from Ferrara.
  • Rutgers answered with a four-goal run to tie the game and take the lead. The Scarlet Knights drew to within one before the end of the third, notching a goal at 7:34 and a player-up tally with 27 seconds left. Ohio State led 7-6 at the end of the third.
  • The Scarlet Knights converted free position chances at 11:29 and 9:21 to move ahead, 8-7.
  • Buckeye senior Clare Johnston tied the game at eight a minute later, scoring low at 8:21.
  • The score remained tied until 2:42, when Cassidy Spilis tallied player-up to put RU ahead, 9-8. Rutgers notched a free position goal with 1:13 remaining for a two-goal edge.
  • Ohio State had the ball and took a timeout with 1:13 remaining, but was unable to draw closer.
  • The teams combined for just 17 shots in the second half, with Rutgers ahead 10-7. Each squad had four shots in the third and RU was ahead 6-3 in the fourth. The RU goalie made three saves in the third.

Noting the Buckeyes

  • Ferrara moved her point streak to 21; she has 47 goals, 24 assists and 61 points during her scoring streak. She leads the Buckeyes with 52 points and 21 assists, ranking second with 31 goals. She now has 104 points in the Scarlet and Gray in 37 games. It was her sixth career game with five or more points and her third career three-assist outing.
  • Johnson moved her school record for single-season draw controls to 124, the only Buckeye with more than 100 in a season. She is third all-time with 209 career draw controls, behind only Molly Wood (237 from 2015-18) and Gabby Capuzzi (221 from 2012-15).
  • Johnson had her fourth hat trick of the year and her ninth game this season with multiple goals. She has a career-high 24 goals and 29 points this year.
  • Baez now has 107 points in 56 games in the Scarlet and Gray, with 68 goals and 39 assists. She is on a 10-game point streak, with 16 goals and 14 assists for 30 points in the stretch. She is second on the team with a career-best 15 assists.
  • Lasda leads the squad with 25 goals and is second with 43 points.
  • Level is second with a career-best 56 draw controls this year, along with a personal-best 26 ground balls.