April 3, 2013

Box Score | Highlights

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Kaila Gottlick and Katie Chase produced four goals apiece as the Ohio State women’s lacrosse team rolled over San Diego State, 19-11, Wednesday night on Bert L. and Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Winners in each of their last two games, the Buckeyes (5-6) withstood a second-half comeback attempt by the Aztecs (7-4) and tallied six of the last seven goals of the game to put away the win.

After being held without a point for the first time this season in the win over Hofstra last Saturday, Jackie Cifarelli exploded for a team-high five points off three assists and two goals to lead all eight Buckeye point scorers. The high-scoring affair will re-air on BTN at 10 a.m. Thursday as part of the network’s StudentU broadcasts.

“I felt we came out really strong in the beginning and that was really important for us,” Alexis Venechanos, Ohio State head coach said. “We made some good decisions with the ball. I didn’t like how we started the second half, obviously … but I was happy with how we responded. San Diego State is a great team. They took us to our last limit and I’m glad we were able to put some distance by them.”

Ohio State led 12-5 at the half, tying a season-high for most goals in a period with its first-half performance against William & Mary Feb. 20, but gave up four goals at the start of the second to make it a three-goal game less than five minutes in. The Buckeyes responded with six of the final scores, however, with two apiece coming from Kelsea Ayers and Chase.

The 30 combined goals are the most in a Buckeye game since a 19-12 victory over Johns Hopkins April 30, 2011.

“We started playing together really well,” Chase said. “Our defense got some really big stops for us and our attack got it flowing. Once we got into the flow of the game our goals just kept coming. It was a strong team effort all around.”

That team effort is what helped the Buckeyes build a steady lead throughout the first half. Cifarelli put one in the back of the net less than a minute into the matchup; however, San Diego State, was quick to respond and earned a goal of their own from Michaela Jarvisat the 28:33 mark. Ohio State then went on an 8-1 scoring run with single goals awarded to Ayers and Gottlick. During the run, Buckeyes Cara Facchina, Chase and Jennifer Porretto also added two goals each.

Gottlick had an explosive first half of play earning an early hat trick to give the Buckeyes a 12-5 lead going into the locker room. A junior from Madison, Conn., Gottlick picked up two goals in the final two minutes of the half to counter three goals scored by the Aztecs. In all, seven different Buckeyes got on the board in the first half.

“A high of tonight was the way we came out, strong and prepared,” Gottlick said of the team’s first-half scoring. “I definitely felt we were all really prepared for the game and all came in with a positive attitude.”

Proving lacrosse can be a game of spurtability, San Diego State went on a 6-1 run spanning the beginning 7:35 of the second half. Sophomore Bailey Ewing tallied three goals for the Aztecs during the run.

Despite the Aztecs’ initial scoring spree, the rest of the half belonged to the Buckeyes. Ohio State went on to score five unanswered goals. Chase picked up her third and fourth goals of the game, while Ayers recorded two more of her own.

“One of the lows was when San Diego State came back in second, but it was a good mental test for us,” Gottlick said. “Coming out of it and being able to persevere and stay strong during that was something I thought we did really well.”

The Buckeyes out-shot the Aztecs 31-26 and finished atop the groundball count (15-10), despite trailing in draw controls (18-14). Tori DeScenza finished the night with 11 stops in goal, including seven in the second half, to come up with her fourth double-digit save performance of the season.

Ohio State will look to win its third game in a row when it takes on Vanderbilt at noon Sunday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, where the Buckeyes are 4-1 this season. The ALC game vs. the Commodores will be broadcasted live on BTN with Dan Kelly and Kara Lentz on the call.