Feb. 27, 2013

Box Score

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Despite three goals from freshman Cian Dabrowski for the second-consecutive game, the 13th-ranked Ohio State women’s lacrosse team fell to No. 9 Notre Dame, 13-8, Wednesday evening at the Loftus Center in South Bend, Ind. The Buckeyes fall to 2-2 on the season, while the Fighting Irish improve to 2-0 overall.

In addition to Dabrowski’s tallies, Mary Kate Facchina supported the Buckeye effort with a pair of goals and Katie Chase, Jessica Hassett and Cara Facchina each added one.

The first half was a period of runs as Notre Dame jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but Ohio State battled with four of the next five goals to pull ahead 4-3 by the 14:59 mark. Dabrowski scored each of the first two, the second off an assist from Chase who quickly followed it up with a goal of her own, her team-leading 11th of the year. Hassett then gave the Buckeyes the one-goal lead, an advantage they held on to for the ensuing  7:43 of game action.

The Irish’s Margaret Smith rattled off three-consecutive goals over a nearly three-minute span, however, to give Notre Dame a lead it would not relinquish. The teams swapped scores in the waning minutes of the half and headed into the break with the Buckeyes trailing 7-5.

More back-and-forth followed at the start of the half as Mary Kate Facchina and Dabrowski sandwiched UND tallies to keep Ohio State within one until 24:57 when the Irish used a 3-0 run to take control of the game once more. They would score five of the final six goals of the match with Mary Kate Facchina finishing off an assist from Kelsea Ayers at 11:27 as the only break in the spree.

Notre Dame out-shot Ohio State 22-19 and finished atop the draw count, 14-9, although Chase grabbed a game-high six. The Buckeyes picked up a 27-23 advantage in groundballs. Tori DeScenza tallied six saves in her second complete game of the year in goal, while her counterpart Ellie Hilling stopped three shots.

The Buckeyes are poised host Stanford at noon Saturday at the Harmon Family Football Complex outside Woody Hayes Athletic Center. The Cardinal is 1-1 overall after falling to Notre Dame and then defeating Harvard last Sunday. This is the first road game of the year for Stanford, who fell to the Buckeyes at home last season, 14-10, when ranked No. 6 in the country.