COLUMBUS, Ohio – Thirteen Buckeyes found the back of the net, including Brittney Zerhusen with a season-high six goals, as the 19th-ranked Ohio State women’s lacrosse team defeated Detroit, 26-3, Tuesday afternoon at Titan Field in Detroit, Mich. The Buckeyes matched the program records for team goals scored and largest margin of victory, while earning their sixth win in the last seven games and improving to 8-4 overall. The Titans are now 2-10 on the season.
In addition to Zerhusen’s six, freshman Cara Facchina tallied a career-high four goals, junior Alayna Markwordt had three and Kirsten Donahue, Kelly Becker and Morgan Obendorfer join in as multi-goal scorers with two apiece. The 26-goal scoring mark had stood alone at the top of the OSU record books since a 1999 victory over Denver, while the last 23-goal margin of victory last came in 2000, a 23-0 victory over Regis.
Outside of the team’s offensive explosion, the three goals allowed stand as the fewest in four seasons for the Buckeyes. Goalies Annie Carruthers and Megan Fiorito each played 30 minutes between the pipes and combined for nine saves on the day. In total, 26 Buckeye players saw action in the contest.
Ohio State exploded for the first 15 goals of the game, including all six of Zerhusen’s for the day, over the first 21-plus minutes of action. Detroit put itself on the board for the first time at 6:26, but back-to-back scores from Sarah Lenow, her second of the season, and Facchina sent the teams into halftime at 17-1.
The Titans added two goals sandwiched around one from Facchina in the opening minutes, but the rest of the game was all Buckeye action. In the final eight scores of the game, rookies Obendorfer and Kate Sullivan each tallied their first collegiate goals and Becker had a pair with 1:27 of each other to give the Dublin, Ohio, native seven on the season.
Ohio State finished with a 38-14 advantage in shots and a commanding 22-9 margin in draw controls. The Scarlet & Gray also was 5-for-5 on free-position attempts, marking the first 100 percent completion rate of the season when attempting at least three in a game as a team.
The Buckeyes return to action at 1 p.m. Sunday against Penn State in University College, Pa. The contest will be shown on same-day delay at 4 p.m. on the Big Ten Network with Mike Wolf and Kara Lentz calling the action. Penn State currently is