COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 22 Ohio State women’s lacrosse team ended the regular season with a 12-9 victory at No. 17 Michigan Friday afternoon in Ann Arbor. Ohio State was down 9-8 with 11:16 remaining but ended the game on a four-goal run for the Big Ten victory. The win gives the Buckeyes (4-8) a sweep of the regular season series with the Wolverines (3-5), with a 15-12 victory in Columbus Feb. 21.
The Buckeyes will return to action in the Big Ten Tournament April 29-May 2 in State College, Pa.
The Short Story
After the teams traded early goals. Ohio State went ahead 2-1 at 19:40 but back-to-back Wolverine tallies at 13:10 and 12:26 put Michigan in front 3-2. Ohio State answered with a four-goal run, including two Lindsay Epstein goals, and shut out the Wolverines the rest of the half for a 6-3 halftime lead.
Michigan scored the first five goals of the second half to lead 8-6 with 15:54 remaining. Buckeyes Nicole Ferrara and Liza Hernandez tallied at 14:46 and 12:14 to tie the game at eight. Michigan went ahead one more time, 9-8, with 11:16 left. The Buckeyes notched their second four-goal run of the game to tie the game, take the lead and close out the win. Jamie Level tied the game at nine 59 seconds after UM had taken the lead, Hernandez followed with two straight goals at 6:14 and 4:25 and Level notched the game’s final goal at 3:48. Jillian Rizzo had three of her seven second-half saves in the final 3:02.
Against the Wolverines, Hernandez led Ohio State with four goals and Level had a hat trick, while Ferrara and Epstein each had two tallies. Chloe Johnson had five of the Buckeyes’ 13 draw controls and Caly O’Brien had a goal, three ground balls and three caused turnovers. Rizzo had eight saves in the win.
Ohio State 12, Michigan 9
- Michigan scored the first goal 1:29 into the game and Buckeye Nicole Ferrara tied the score at 27:44 with her 21st goal of the season.
- The teams were scoreless for the next 8:04 until Caly O’Brien put the Buckeyes ahead for the first time at 19:40.
- Michigan scored the next two – at 13:10 and 12:26 – for a 3-2 lead.
- Ohio State went on a four-goal run to close the half and carry a 6-3 lead into halftime.
- Lindsay Epstein scored back-to-back at 11:47 and 8:15 to tie the game and put Ohio State in the lead.
- Jamie Level tallied a highlight reel behind the back goal off an assist from Ali Beekhuizen at 6:32 and Liza Hernandez notched her first of the day at 3:44.
- Michigan opened the second half on a five-goal run and held an 8-6 lead with 15:54 remaining.
- Ferrara scored off a pass from Kelsey Reed with the Buckeyes woman-up at 14:46 and Hernandez tied the game at 8 with an unassisted goal at 12:14.
- Michigan broke the tie 58 seconds later when Caroline Davis scored on a free position shot for a 9-8 Wolverine advantage with 11:16 remaining.
- Level and Hernandez each scored twice in the final 10:17 and Jillian Rizzo made three saves late for the Buckeye victory.
- Level scored off a long run at 10:17 for a 9-all game, as the goal came 59 seconds after UM had again taken the lead.
- Hernandez tallied back-to-back at 6:14 and 4:25 to put Ohio State ahead and Level pushed the advantage to three with 3:48 left as she completed her hat trick.
- The Buckeyes had 31 shots and held the Wolverines to 20. Rizzo had eight saves for Ohio State with seven in the second half, and Michigan’s goalie made six stops in the game.
- Ohio State won 13-of-23 draw controls. Chloe Johnson had a team-high five, while Hernandez had four and Reed had three.
- The Wolverines had the edge in ground balls, 14-12, with O’Brien leading the Buckeyes with three and Reed and Cai Martin each picking up two.
- Each team had 13 turnovers. O’Brien had three caused for the Buckeyes and Hernandez forced two.
- Ohio State was a perfect 18-for-18 on clear attempts and Michigan was 14-for-16.
Buckeye This and That
- Hernandez leads the Buckeyes with 34 goals and 38 points and had her second straight four-goal game. She has six games with three-plus goals this season. She moved into sixth place in program history in career points (184) and is sixth with 133 goals, one shy of fifth place.
- Level had her first hat trick as a Buckeye and her three points were a Buckeye career best. She has 10 goals and 12 points this year.
- The 20 shots allowed were a Buckeye opponent season low.
- Ferrara is second for the Buckeyes with 22 goals and 28 points. She has multiple goals in eight outings, including in each of the last five (with 13 in the five combined).
- Epstein has multiple goals in four games this year and has 12 tallies this season, adding five assists for 17 points.
- Johnson leads Ohio State with 38 draw controls and has 29 in her last four games combined.
- O’Brien has seven ground balls, six caused turnovers and two goals (one in each game) in her last two games combined. She leads Ohio State with 25 ground balls.