February 25, 2018

Buckeyes Look To Rebound Against Cincinnati


Feb. 25, 2018

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio State University women’s lacrosse team looks to bounce back as it heads down I-71 to face the University of Cincinnati Bearcats on Monday. The game is set for a 5 p.m. start at Gettler Stadium.

Game Notes

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Last Time Out

The Buckeyes gave the Jacksonville University Dolphins all they could handle on Friday night before falling in overtime. OSU held an 8-6 lead in the first half before a 5-0 run from JU sent Ohio State into halftime trailing 11-8.

OSU used a 6-to-2 run over the first 20 minutes of the second half to take a 14-12 lead with 10:33 to play. With three minutes left in regulation the Buckeyes led 15-14, but two goals from the Dolphins gave Jacksonville a 16-15 lead with less than a minute to play. As time was running out Sara Dickinson charged the net, firing a diving shot into the back of the JU net with 2.2 seconds to play, tying the game at 16-16. The late game momentum would not last, however, as the Buckeyes fell in overtime 17-16.

Liza Hernandez led the Buckeyes with five goals, her second consecutive five-goal game. She also came away with four draw controls and scooped up two ground balls. McKayla Conti tallied four points from two goals and two assists, and she caused one turnover. Baley Parrott finished with three goals, four draw controls, one ground ball and one caused turnover. Both Lauren Sherry and Lindsay Epstein scored two goals each.

Buckeyes By The Numbers

Liza Hernandez leads the team in goals this season with 12. The sophomore also has five ground balls and four draw controls this year. McKayla Conti and Sara Dickinson are tied for second on the team with nine points each. Conti’s points come from six goals and three assists, while Dickinson has five goals and four assists. Molly Wood’s 13 draw controls lead the team. The senior is just 20 draw controls away from first place in program history. Wood also has three goals and three ground balls. Baley Parrott ranks second on the team in draw controls with 12, and fourth on the team with seven points. Parrott has six goals and one assist this year. Shannon Rosati has a team-high eight ground balls, while Caroline Mackrides and Jill Rizzo are tied for second with seven ground balls each. Rizzo has 31 saves in net for the Buckeyes.

A Buckeye Great Leading Cincinnati

UC’s head coach, Gina Oliver, is a familiar face to Buckeye fans as she helped lead the Ohio State women’s lacrosse team to its first conference title in program history back in 2003. A two-time Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association All-American, Oliver won the American Lacrosse Conference Player of the Year award in 2003 after earning ALC Rookie of the Year honors in 2002. She still holds the program records for ground balls with 236, and caused turnovers with 201.

About The Bearcats

Cincinnati comes into the matchup with a 2-1 record. The Bearcats dropped their season opener to Louisville, but rattled off two straight wins against Gardner-Webb and Winthrop. McKenna Rushford leads Cincinnati with 17 points from 10 goals and seven assists. She also has a team-high 12 draw controls Monica Borzillo ranks second on the squad with 14 points from nine goals and five assists. Sam Mlkvy has scooped up a team-high eight ground balls. She is tied for third on the team in points with seven, and has eight draw controls as well. Giuliana Durso has started all three games in net for Cincinnati and has 25 saves this season.