May 3, 2013

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BALTIMORE – The Ohio State women’s lacrosse team ran into a well-poised and determined second-ranked and top-seeded Florida team, falling to the Gators 17-3 Friday afternoon in the semifinals of the American Lacrosse Conference tournament at Homewood Field in Baltimore, Md. Jackie Cifarelli, Katie Chase and Alli Dawsoneach scored for the fifth-seeded Buckeyes, who wrapped up their 2013 campaign with an 8-10 record and their third-consecutive trip to the ALC semifinals.

Florida (17-1) scored 14 unanswered goals Friday, building a 13-0 lead by halftime.

“We knew we needed to start strong and we obviously did not do that,” Alexis Venechanos, who finished her third season as Ohio State head coach, said. “They executed very well and we have to give Florida a lot of credit – they were on fire. They did some things on the attacking end and basically were getting whatever they wanted in the first 15 minutes. From there, it was tough to play catch up.”

Ashley Bruns scored twice for the Gators in the first minute of action, setting herself up for a game-high five goals in the contest. Florida continued to score at a frenetic pace, taking advantage of Ohio State’s six first-half turnovers and 9-5 disadvantage in draw controls. By the intermission, Kitty Cullen had produced five points off three goals and two assists and Bruns also secured a hat trick.

Bruns had her fourth of the day 40 seconds into the second half, helping the Gators pull ahead 14-0 before the Buckeyes put themselves on the board with a free-position goal by Cifarelli at the 27:18 mark. After allowing two more goals, Ohio State was able to put together back-to-back scores within a minute and half to bring the score to 16-3 with 16:11 left to play. Chase converted on the Buckeyes’ second free-position chance of the day, while Dawson scored her fifth goal of the season with an unassisted find.

Florida scored again at 11:42 for the only goal of the latter half of the period. The Buckeyes managed to produce five shots in the final 10 minutes of action, but backup UF goalie Mary-Sean Wilcox came up with a pair of keys saves and allowed Florida the opportunity to run out the clock in extended stretches.

Ohio State out-shot the Gators 15-6 in the second half and had a 6-2 advantage in draw controls, though it finished down 27-20 and tied 11-all, respectively, in the final tallies. Tori DeScenza started the game in goal, playing the first half and tallying four saves before giving way to Caitlin Hester (22:30, 0 saves) and Katie Frederick (7:30, 1 save).