ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Molly Wood broke the program record for draw controls as the Ohio State University women’s lacrosse team dropped its Big Ten conference opener against the University of Michigan Wolverines, 9-7, on Saturday at the U-M Lacrosse Stadium in Ann Arbor.
Wood came into the game with 220 draw controls, just one away from tying Katie Chase’s 221 that she tallied as a Buckeye from 2012-15. She broke the record in the first half with two draw controls, and snagged a third in the second half to bring her career total up to 223. The senior already tied the single season high for draw controls with the 79 she notched in 2016.
The Wolverines struck first with a goal from Bianca Brueckner just under three minutes into the game, but Baley Parrottresponded with a goal a minute later to tie the game at 1-1 with 26:08 left in the opening half. It looked like the game was set to be a high-scoring affair after Adriana Pendino scored for Michigan to give UM a 2-1 lead with 24:39 left in the half, but both teams went cold for over 15 minutes before Wood scored an equalizer with 9:21 to play in the first. UM regained the lead with 5:54 to play in the half, but Parrott once again tied the game with 4:23 left in the half. As time ticked away in the opening half, Pendino scored her second goal of the game to give the Wolverines a 4-3 lead heading into halftime.
Ohio State tried to even things up in the opening moments of the second half, but the UM run continued as the Wolverines scored the first two goals of the half to go up 6-3. From there Parrott became a scoring machine, netting three unanswered goals to tie the game at 6-6 with 9:45 to play. Less than 30 seconds passed before UM regained the lead with a goal from Chandler Kirby, making it 7-6. With time running out for the Buckeyes, Lindsay Epstein tied the game at 7-7 with her eighth goal of the season. Ohio State could not finish the comeback, however, as Michigan score twice in the closing moments to hand the Buckeyes a 9-7 loss.
Parrott’s five goals are a career high. She also came away with a game high four draw controls, three ground balls and two caused turnovers. Shannon Rosati led the defensive efforts for OSU today, finishing with a team high three caused turnovers to go along with her three draw controls and two ground balls. Jill Rizzo made 11 saves while scooping up three ground balls. Wood finished with three draw controls, one goal and one ground ball. Epstein came away with a ground ball to go along with her goal.
The Buckeyes return to Columbus for their next game as they host Rutgers. The Big Ten contest is set for a 7 p.m. start on Thursday, March 22.