March 10, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Sophomore midfielder Cian Dabrowski collected a career-high five points as the No. 20 Ohio State women’s lacrosse team won its third-consecutive game, defeating High Point, 13-5, Monday afternoon at Ohio Stadium. With the victory the Buckeyes improve to 5-0 at home this season.
Junior Jackie Cifarelli, who capped the 100-career assist milestone on Sunday vs. Northwestern, had four points on three goals and an assist, while senior Katie Chase boasted three points on two goals and an assist. Senior Kaila Gottlick had a pair of goals and junior Mary Kate Facchina also joined the scoring with a goal and an assist. Defensively, junior goalie Tori DeScenza improved to 5-3 with three saves and four groundballs vs. the Panthers. Sophomore midfielder Christine Easton notched a game-high four draw controls at the ‘Shoe.
Chase began the team’s afternoon with a goal at 26:01 on an unassisted score. After High Point tied it 1-1, the Buckeyes then went on a 6-0 run to make it 7-1 at half. Dabrowski claimed back-to-back goals at 22:29 and 22:00, respectively. Facchina was credited with an assist on Dabrowksi’s first goal. Gottlick made it 4-1 after working her way in front of net for score at 12:24. Cifarelli then earned the team’s fifth goal on a Dabrowski’s first assist of the season at 10:55. Cifarelli leads the team with 30 points in 2014.
Facchina scored her 14th goal of the year at 7:55 with a nifty pass behind net by Cifarelli – her ALC-leading 22nd assist of the season – to make it 6-1. Cifarelli and Chase then combined for the seventh goal when the OSU junior tossed in a shot on the near side at 7:06. At half, shots were 16-5 in favor of the Buckeyes, while Ohio State led draw controls, 7-2.
The Panthers scored the first goal of the second half on a free position shot, but Gottlick answered with her 15th score of the season at 27:26 on an unassisted goal. Junior Kelsea Ayers joined the scoring party with a goal at 24:40 following a well-timed spin move in front of net for her ninth goal of the season. The Buckeyes then collected back-to-back scores at 21:41 and 19:48, respectively, both on free position shots. Dabrowski scored her third of the day to make it 10-3, while Chase followed with her team-best 17th goal.
Cifarelli scored on the near side at 15:54 before two HPU goals made it 12-5 with 13 minutes in regulation. The Scarlet and Gray ended the scoring with Dabrowski’s career-best fourth goal of the contest at 10:53 when she fired a shot in the top right of net for the 13-5 final.
Overall, Ohio State outshot the Panthers, 25-14, while the Buckeyes forced 12 turnovers and notched a season-best 12-of-13 clears.
The team returns to the road this weekend, traveling to play Hofstra at Noon Saturday in Hempstead, N.Y.