March 9, 2023

Buckeyes Fall to No. 19 Michigan, 14-12


COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s lacrosse team dropped its first Big Ten game of the season to No. 19 Michigan, 14-12, Thursday evening in Ohio State Lacrosse Stadium. Ohio State is now 4-4 on the year, with the Wolverines 5-3.

The Buckeyes trailed 8-6 at halftime but were able to pull even at 10-all and 11-all early in the fourth quarter. Michigan scored the next two and the Buckeyes drew within one but could not find the equalizer again. Jamie Level led the Buckeyes with a career-high tying four goals, while Jamie Lasda had a hat trick and two assists for a five-point night.

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The Buckeyes will host Colorado at noon Sunday in Ohio State Lacrosse Stadium and admission and parking are free. Sunday, the area will be busy because of high school wrestling in the Schottenstein Center. Women’s lacrosse parking will be in Buckeye Lots 2-5, with ADA parking in Buckeye Lot 1. Fans will need to tell the parking attendants at the lot entrance they are attending the women’s lacrosse game.

How it Happened

  • Michigan scored twice in the first five minutes of the game, but the Buckeyes notched the next two – from Zoe Coleman, on a backhand set up by Nicole Ferrara at 8:47, and Jamie Level at 6:46 – to tie the game.
  • The Wolverines answered the second Ohio State goal 43 seconds later to push ahead before a Caly O’Brien tally again deadlocked the score at 4:33.
  • Michigan moved ahead, 4-3, with 32 seconds left in the first quarter.
  • Ohio State opened the second with two goals to tie the game and take the lead. Jamie Lasda set up Ashley Turner at the side of the cage at 12:34 and at 10:53 Casey Roberts converted a free position chance.
  • The Wolverines went on a four-goal run in a little over three minutes, from 10:19 to 7:02, to pull ahead, 8-5.
  • A player-up, free position goal by Jamie Level with 5:51 left was the final goal of the first half. The Wolverines carried an 8-6 lead into the break.
  • Michigan scored twice, sandwiched around a Lasda tally, for a 10-7 UM lead with 6:49 left in the third quarter.
  • Ohio State notched the next three goals to tie the game for the first time since early in the second quarter. Lasda found Ferrara for a player-up tally at 5:45 and then scored a goal of her own at 3:19.
  • Level tied the game twice in the fourth quarter. Her goal at 13:43, on a free position chance, deadlocked the score at 10. Michigan went ahead at 10:06 but Level again answered at 9:19 to put even the score at 11.
  • The Wolverines responded with back-to-back goal at 8:32 and 7:47 for a 13-11 lead.
  • Lasda made it a one-goal game less than a minute later but Ohio State was unable to find the back of the cage again. Michigan added an insurance goal at 3:38.
  • The Wolverines ended the game with a slight edge in shots (24-21) and ground balls (13-12) and the Buckeyes had the advantage in draw controls, 16-14. Each team turned the ball over 15 times.
  • Buckeye goalie Regan Alexander had seven saves, including four in the second quarter. Michigan’s two goalies combined for six stops.
  • Level had a team-best six draw controls and Caly O’Brien had four, with Emily Magalotti recording a career-best three. Magalotti caused three turnovers and Level created two. Alexander had a Buckeye-best three ground balls.

Buckeye This and That

  • Level had her second career four-goal game and first since March 19, 2022 at Northwestern. It was her third game with four or more points as a Buckeye.
  • Lasda had a second-straight game with five points and her seventh game with at least three goals.
  • Lasda leads the Buckeyes with 13 assists and 26 points. Ferrara has a team-high 19 goals and is second with 24 points.
  • Level is first on the squad with 29 draw controls, followed by Lasda and O’Brien with 25 each.