COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s lacrosse team (2-0, 0-0 B1G) defended its home turf with a powerful offensive performance, taking down Detroit Mercy, 19-5, on Sunday afternoon at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Junior Liza Hernandez scored a career-high 10 points on six goals and four assists, stamping her name on a number of single-game record lists for the Buckeyes. Both junior Jill Rizzo and senior Paige Postalwait saw action in goal, turning away nine shots.
THE SHORT STORY
OSU got off to a hot start in the first half, scoring 14 goals and allowing only two by the Detroit Mercy Titans. Senior Baley Parrott got the Buckeyes on the board first, just 30 seconds after first draw on a free-position shot. Hernandez accounted for five goals and four assists alone. In the second, the Buckeyes notched four unanswered goals to lead 18-2. Detroit Mercy added three goals of their own as time winded down.
Head coach Alexis Venechanos: “The first home game, I’m really proud of how our Buckeyes stepped up, coming off a pretty emotional game on Friday and playing two games in a weekend. We talked about stepping up to that, bringing the energy, the execution. I thought Riley Ewing did a great job, a little change of pace off the draws and got us about six or seven consecutive draw controls that led to almost six or seven goals. I’m really proud of how we shared the ball, 10 assists. We were ready for anything. I thought defensively we stepped up and kept fighting for those ground balls. It was a good team effort.”
Junior midfielder Liza Hernandez: “It was great. We went 2-0 this week, so it was a great week for us. Obviously it’s still early in the season, so it was a great foundation and we’re going to keep building from here. Offensively we shared the ball so well today. We had a balanced attack, which is what we always go for. Our goal was early and often, so I thought we did a great job pushing that transition and converting all those shots. As a team, we did really well.”
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
• Parrott and senior Sara Dickinson put the Buckeyes up 2-0 at the 27-minute mark, helping Ohio State fulfill its early and often game plan.
• Detroit Mercy battled back, cutting the Ohio State lead in half with a goal at 26:02.
• The Buckeyes then went on a scoring frenzy in under five minutes of play, posting seven unanswered goals. Hernandez registered four during the streak, while sophomore Ali Beekhuizen added two and freshman Chloë Johnson scored one.
• The Titans tried to slow down the Buckeyes, scoring at 14:12, but there was no stopping the Scarlet and Gray. Dickinson scored two more goals, while Hernandez and sophomore Sophie Baez scored one.
• In the second, Ohio State tallied four goals to make it nine unanswered.
• The Titans scored three in the second, led by two from Morgan Girardi and Lexie Kinmond’s second of the game.
THIS AND THAT
• Hernandez’s 10-point effort is fourth all-time in single-game history, and she is the first Buckeye to tally 10 since 2015. Her nine points in the first half gives her sole possession of second-most in school history, a record that hasn’t been touched since 2011. Six goals is a career-high for Hernandez, and she finishes the weekend with 14 points.
• Junior Jaclen Moxley scored just the second goal of her career.
• A trio of Buckeyes saw their first minutes on the field: freshmen MK George, Catie Beg and Maura McGregor each got in the game.
• McGregor and freshman Cai Martin both scored the first points of their careers with an assist each.
• Sophomore Riley Ewing totaled 10 draw controls, a career-high. Overall, OSU won the battle in the center circle, 17-8.
• Rizzo and Postalwait held the Titans to 2-for-5 on free-position attempts.
• Ohio State remains undefeated against Detroit Mercy, 8-0.
JUST THE STATS
Leading Scorers: Liza Hernandez (6G, 4A), Sara Dickinson (3G), Baley Parrott (2G), Ali Beekhuizen (2G), McKayla Conti (2G), Chloe Johnson (1G, 1A)
Shots: Ohio State 40, Cincinnati 17
Ground Balls: Ohio State 29, Detroit Mercy 26
Draw Controls: Ohio State 17, Detroit Mercy 8
Free Position Shots: Ohio State 5-of-9, Detroit Mercy 2-of-5
Saves: Ohio State (Rizzo – 6, Postalwait – 3) 9, Detroit Mercy (McDonough) 12
The Buckeyes are back in action on Monday, Feb. 18 at 3 p.m. at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center in Columbus, Ohio. The game will be streamed on BTN Plus.