April 21, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s lacrosse team used eight unanswered goals in the second half to propel itself past High Point, 15-10, Sunday afternoon at Vert Stadium in High Point, N.C. With four goals apiece from Katie Chase and Kelsea Ayers, along with a career-high tying six assists by Jackie Cifarelli, the Buckeyes moved to 7-8 on the season and handed High Point (8-8) a loss in its final regular-season game.
It was an all-around team effort as Cara Facchina added one goal and four assists, while Jennifer Porretto produced three goals and Hallie Keselman (2) and Kaila Gottlick (1) also added tallies. Defensively, Tayler Kuzma came up with a career-high five caused turnovers and Tori DeScenza made 13 saves in goal, including 10 in the second half alone.
The teams duked it out in the first half with the period ending in a 6-5 advantage for High Point after three ties. Chase and the Buckeyes struck first, but the Panthers scored five of the next six goals to pull ahead 5-2 by the 21:00 mark and cap off a stretch of seven goals within 4:31. Ohio State countered with three in a row – two from Porretto sandwiching Gottlick’s score – to tie it up before High Point snuck one in :01 before the horn.
Ayers scored the first goal of the second half for Ohio State, tying the game at 6-all when she pushed a groundball into the net with 29:16 on the clock, but the Panthers retook the lead with 22:42 remaining. This set up the Buckeyes’ scoring run as they notched eight unanswered goals between the 18:59 and 5:15 marks to mount a 14-7 advantage. Ayers scored three times and Chase and Keselman each added two during the run, while Cifarelli produced three assists in the span.
High Point came back with three of the last four goals in the game, but it was too little too late after the Buckeye defense had held the Panthers scoreless for 17:43 of game action.
Ohio State finished on top in shots (31-26), groundballs (21-15) and saves (13-8). High Point had a 15-11 advantage in draw controls; however, Chase was able to grab a game-high four.
The Buckeyes will close out its campaign against No. 19 Johns Hopkins at noon Sunday, April 28 on Bert L. and Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The three seniors – Rachel Blue, Kelsey Heine and Rachel Wiederkehr – will be honored prior to the ALC showdown. The game will be streamed on BTN.com and through BuckeyeVision with Neil Sika and former Buckeye All-American Kimberly Lowe calling the action. Admission is free for all fans.