COLUMBUS, Ohio – Despite dominating play and time of possession in overtime, the No. 19 Ohio State women’s lacrosse team dropped an 11-10 decision to 15th-ranked Penn State in double OT Sunday afternoon at Jeffrey Field in University Park, Pa. The Buckeyes had their three-game winning streak snapped with the loss and drop to 8-5 on the season and 1-2 in the ALC, while the Nittany Lions improve to 8-6 overall and 2-2 in the conference.
Jen Steadman, who had a game-high five goals, scored for Penn State with 5:15 remaining in the second overtime period for the golden goal and the win. The teams played a full six-minute extra-time period with neither team finding the back of the net following the 10-10 finish to regulation. Alayna Markwordt had a team-high four goals for the Buckeyes, while four others added at least one tally.
Jayme Beard opened scoring 27 seconds into the contest and the Buckeyes built a 6-4 lead through the first stanza of play. Trailing 2-1, they found back-to-back scores from Jacqueline Orona and Maghan Beaudrault to pull ahead 3-2 at the 13:50 mark and would not fall behind again until the final result, despite five ties throughout the contest. Beard and Orona both finished the first half with a pair of goals.
Markwordt, who posted one goal in the first, sprang into action in the second half, tallying three of the team’s four scores in the period. The junior attacker, along with Gabby Capuzzi, kept the Buckeyes ahead of the game with a 10-8 lead and 4:21 left on the clock. Penn State scored twice within 59 seconds, however, to tie up the contest at 10 with 2:19 to go. The Buckeyes won the ensuing draw control and posted two shots in the closing seconds of regulation but Nittany Lion goalie Dana Cahill stopped both to force OT.
Ohio State out-shot Penn State 3-0 in the first extra session, but Cahill thwarted the first attempt from Brittney Zerhusen and the next two Buckeye attempts went wide as the teams headed into the second period, this one sudden death, still tied at 10-10. Penn State controlled the draw and scored on its first shot as Jackie Eastman earned the assist on Steadman’s fifth tally of the day.
Ohio State finished with a 37-29 advantage in shots and a 15-10 draw control margin. Annie Carruthers had a season-high 13 saves between the pipes, while her counterpart Cahill stopped 12.
The Buckeyes remain in conference and on the road, traveling to Evanston, Ill., to face second-ranked Northwestern at 8 p.m. (7 p.m. CT) Friday, April 22 on Lakeside Field. The Wildcats are 12-2 overall and 2-2 in the ALC after dropping back-to-back conference contests vs. Florida and Johns Hopkins.