COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s lacrosse team (3-0, 0-0 B1G) pulled through with an overtime win against Brown (1-1) on Monday afternoon, taking down the Bears 15-14 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. With five seconds left in the second half, senior Baley Parrott found the equalizing goal to send the game to overtime. In the extra period, senior Hannah Gantt caused a crucial turnover in the Buckeyes’ defensive zone that led to a free position for junior Liza Hernandez. The midfielder converted successfully, sealing a hard-fought victory for the Buckeyes. Junior Jill Rizzo held her own in net, making 10 saves and turning away eight of Brown’s 15 free-position attempts.
THE SHORT STORY
The Buckeyes began with an early lead in the first half with goals from Parrott and senior Sara Dickinson. The Bears caught up with a pair of goals of their own, and the teams traded the lead throughout the rest of the game. At the seven-minute mark in the second half, OSU scored three unanswered goals to take back the lead, 13-12. Brown scored the next two goals, leading 14-13 with less than 30 seconds in the half. Determined, Parrott charged down the field as the clock winded down, sending a rocket past the Brown goalie to force overtime. Hernandez capitalized on a free-position attempt in the extra frame to put the Buckeyes in the win column.
Head coach Alexis Venechanos: “Credit to the leaders, they took in the team there with the huddles and had that will to win. Credit to Brown, it was definitely a boxing match. We didn’t really draw it up that way. I think Brown would say the same, but we were so happy with the last couple possessions there. Baley [Parrott] definitely stepped up there and got some ground balls, and found a way to put the ball in the back of the net. There were a couple of new scenarios we didn’t go through, but we stayed to the game plan, stuck together. Brown is a phenomenal team, so I’m proud of how we executed at the end when we needed to. It wasn’t the prettiest, but definitely proud and happy we got the win.”
Senior attacker Baley Parrott: “That was such an emotional rollercoaster. Personally, as a senior, we’ve never come out with an overtime win. We’ve always made it to those last seconds, gone to overtime and the chips just didn’t fall. Today they did, and it was such a total team effort from the sideline, from the field; from the defense to the midfield to the attack. There was so much energy the entire time and we all just knew that we had to leave everything that we had to get this win.”
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
• Ohio State jumped out a two-goal lead in the first after Parrott was awarded a free-position attempt just 40 seconds into the half and scored. At the 23-minute mark, Dickinson found the back of the net off a pass from Hernandez.
• Brown evened the score in a five-minute span when Risa Mosenthal converted on a free-position and Zoe Verni followed with an unassisted goal.
• Dickinson put the Buckeyes up by one just two minutes later, but after a card was issued to Parrott, the Bears notched a man-up goal to tie the game. The teams battled back and forth, and Brown found the go-ahead goal with a free-position opportunity for Mosenthal with just over five minutes left in the frame.
• Parrott completed a hat trick in the final four minutes of the half, including a man-down tally, and sophomore Ali Beekhuizen registered a goal as well. The Buckeyes took a 6-5 lead into halftime.
• Ohio State found its second two-goal lead of the game at 28:12, when Parrott added a fourth goal on a free position.
• Five lead changes brought the game to 14-13 in favor of Brown at 0:23.
• After a timeout to regroup, Beekhuizen won the draw control and got the ball to Parrott, who then fired a shot past the Brown goalie to bring the score to 14-all.
• In the overtime period, Brown won the draw control, but a huge turnover by Gantt and a successful clear gave the Buckeyes an opportunity for sudden victory. Brown committed a foul, giving Hernandez a free-position attempt which she converted, lifting Ohio State to a 15-14 win.
THIS AND THAT
• Parrott scored a career-high six goals on 10 shots. She also battled for three ground balls, a draw control and caused one turnover. She extends her consecutive point streak to four games, dating back to last season.
• Hernandez registered five points on three goals and two assists and has scored a point in eight consecutive games.
• Sara Dickinson also has a point streak of four games, continuing from last season.
• Sophie Baez, Beekhuizen and Chloe Johnson have tallied points in all three games this season.
• Beekhuizen’s three points is a career-high. She was 2-for-2 on free-position shots and won three draw controls.
• Sophomore Riley Ewing led the squad in draw controls with five.
• Ohio State improves to 2-0 against Brown, all-time.
JUST THE STATS
Leading Scorers: Baley Parrott (6G), Liza Hernandez (3G, 2A), Ali Beekhuizen (2G, 1A), Sara Dickinson (2G, 1A)
Shots: Ohio State 35, Brown 29
Ground Balls: Brown 31, Ohio State 26
Draw Controls: Ohio State 15, Brown 14
Free Position Shots: Ohio State 6-of-16, Brown 7-of-15
Saves: Ohio State (Rizzo) 10, Brown (Tucker) 10
The Buckeyes continue rolling with another home tilt against Notre Dame at 3 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22 indoors at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.