UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The Ohio State women’s lacrosse team’s mid-season win streak was halted on Thursday night, with the Penn State Nittany Lions topping the Buckeyes at Panzer Stadium in University Park. Junior goalie Jill Rizzo made 15 saves for Ohio State, and sophomore Lindsay Epstein led the offense with two goals. Ohio State falls to 8-5, 0-3 B1G with the 21-5 loss, and Penn State improves to 5-6, 1-3 B1G.
THE SHORT STORY
Penn State took a four-goal lead to start out the first half, but redshirt junior McKayla Conti put the Buckeyes on the board off a pass from sophomore Sophie Baez. The Nittany Lions tallied two more goals before Epstein added another goal for the Buckeyes from senior Baley Parrott off the draw, bringing the score to 6-2. PSU went on an eight-goal run, ending the half leading 14-2, though Rizzo finished the frame with eight saves. Epstein scored the first goal of the second for OSU and Baez added a fifth for the Buckeyes with 11:35 to go, but OSU couldn’t catch up to the Nittany Lion offense, falling 21-5.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
• Conti slowed the Penn State effort down at 22:26 in the first with help from Baez after sophomore Riley Ewing won the draw control.
• At 18:45 in the first, Parrott won the draw control and found Epstein for Ohio State’s second goal of the game.
• Six minutes into the second half, Epstein struck again after junior Jaclen Moxley picked up a ground ball following a shot by Baez turned away by the Penn State goalie.
• The offense was sparked by Epstein’s goal, as senior Sara Dickinson posted another goal less than five minutes later with help from sophomore Ali Beekhuizen.
• Baez tallied a goal of her own, fed by Parrott at 11:35.
• Penn State continued to test Rizzo in the final three minutes, and the goalie made three saves including a free-position save. The Nittany Lions were held to 5-of-11 on free-position attempts.
THIS AND THAT
• Sophie Baez posted a goal and an assist for her ninth multi-point game. Baez has scored in eight consecutive games, the longest active point streak on the team. Baez also led the team with four ground balls.
• Sara Dickinson tallied her 21st goal of the season and has added a point in 12 games this season. Twenty-one goals in one season is a career-high for Dickinson.
• Rizzo made 15 saves, bringing her total games this season with 10 or more saves to nine.
• Senior Meg Camden and Parrott each caused two turnovers.
• Sophomore Riley Ewing won five draw controls to lead the Buckeyes in the center circle.
JUST THE STATS
Leading Scorers: Lindsay Epstein (2G), Sophie Baez (1G, 1A), Baley Parrott (2A)
Shots: Ohio State 21, Penn State 43
Ground Balls: Ohio State 7, Penn State 20
Draw Controls: Ohio State 11, Penn State 16
Free Position Shots: Ohio State 0-of-2, Penn State 5-of-11
Saves: Ohio State (Rizzo) 15, Penn State (Suplee – 8, Lowe – 3) 11
The Buckeyes finish out non-conference play against Louisville on the road at 1 p.m. in Louisville, Ky.