Feb. 23, 2013

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Katie Chase had a career-high four goals to help the 13th-ranked Ohio State women’s lacrosse team hand No. 20 Boston College its first loss of the season, 15-8, Saturday afternoon on the outdoor turf field at Woody Hayes Athletic Center. The Buckeyes sit at 2-1 on the season with their first win over a ranked opponent since April 8 of last year, while the Eagles drop to identical 2-1 mark.

In addition to Chase’s four tallies, Kelsea Ayers and Cian Dabrowski each added a hat trick and four others added at least single tallies as the Buckeyes used an 11-2 run to lead by as much as eight early in the second half. The 15 OSU goals were the most allowed by Boston College in the span of 13 games, dating back to March 17, 2012, and a 16-10 loss to then-No. 5 Maryland.

“Boston College is an incredibly talented team, but we were able to capitalize at the right moments to keep the momentum in our favor,” Alexis Venechanos, Ohio State head coach said. “The draw was huge for us today and we were able to spread the ball around to get allowed of players involved on offense. I think the most important factor for us though was team defense. Everyone clicked and worked together.”

The Buckeyes commanded an incredible 19-4 advantage in draw controls, including eight from Chase and four by Tayler Kuzma, a member of the Tewaaraton Trophy Watch List released Friday. The defense combined to force 13 of Boston College’s 17 turnovers with Kuzma and Taylor Donahue among those to come up with more than one. In goal, Tori DeScenza registered her first complete game of the year, tallying a season-high six saves to go with two caused turnovers of her own and three groundballs.

After 14 minutes of scoreless play to open the game, Boston College struck first at 15:59, but the Buckeyes rattled off eight of the next nine goals over the ensuing 12 minutes to gain an 8-2 lead at the half. Six OSU players accounted for the scores with Ayers and Dabrowski, who tallied back-to-back goals exactly one minute apart to help the Buckeyes to an early 3-1 lead, the only players to repeat

The Buckeyes continued into the second period as Ayers and Chase each scored, building Ohio State’s lead to 10-2, the largest of the game, by the 22:03 mark. The Eagles took control of the next 11-plus minutes, however, and went on a 6-1 run to shrink the margin to 11-8 with 8:58 left on the clock. Mikaela Rix scored all three of her goals during the comeback attempt, combining with two from Covie Stanwick and one by Kate McCarthy to pull Boston College back into the game.

Now only leading by three, Ohio State won the ensuing draw and 20 seconds later, Chase found the back of the net with an unassisted tally to shift momentum back into the Scarlet & Gray’s favor. The Buckeyes put up three more goals down the stretch, including Jessica Hassett’s first career tally at 6:07, to close out the contest with a 15-8 score.

Ohio State scored on 15 of its 21 shots (71 percent), including on all but two in the second half. The Eagles narrowly finished on top in the shot count, 22-21, while the Buckeyes nabbed an 18-16 groundball advantage.

The Buckeyes are poised to meet No. 9 Notre Dame at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27 in South Bend, Ind. The Irish opened their season with a 12-10 win over Stanford Feb. 16 and are off until they meet the Buckeyes next week. Ohio State is 7-9 all-time against Notre Dame, falling 16-7, March 1, 2012, in what was its first loss of the year after starting the season 5-0.