March 24, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Kirsten Donahue tied her season high with four goals, including three in the second half, but the 12th-ranked Ohio State women’s lacrosse team dropped a 10-8 decision to fifth-ranked Florida Saturday afternoon at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The loss is just the second for the Buckeyes this season, both to ranked opponents, and they drop to 7-2 overall and 0-1 in the ALC. Florida improves to 10-2 on the season and 1-0 in the conference.
For two teams generally recognized for their offenses, both Ohio State and Florida’s defenses were in full force Saturday. The Buckeyes held the Gators’ trio of top scorers Kitty Cullen, Gaby Wiegland and Ashley Bruns to a combined four points after the group entered the contest averaging 12.5 points per game between them and 50 percent of the team’s total offense. Conversely, the Gators limited Ohio State’s leading scorer Alayna Markwordt to just one point off an assist, ending a 30-game goal-scoring streak for the senior attacker, but allowing a 57-game point-scoring streak to continue.
The teams combined for just seven goals in the first half as Cifarelli opened things up at 26:30 before Florida came back with three unanswered to take a 3-1 lead. Donahue and Katie Chase added back-to-back scores to tie the game at 3-all with 14:18 to play in the period, but the Gators’ Barry Nora found her first of four goals to her team the lead for good, 4-3, at the 10:37 mark. Neither team would score in the final third of the first half, though Ohio State produced a pair of shots on goal which were both saved by Florida goalie Mikey Meagher.
Ohio State kept the score as close as one in the second half, at 5-4 with 22:50 to play, and trailed by as much as four, 10-6 at 6:54, but kept pushing until the end. Donahue’s three second-half scores kept the Buckeyes in the game, the last coming at 5:22 to bring the score to 10-7 before Cifarelli found the back of the net for the final time on either side with 4:44 to play. Gabby Capuzzi, who scored once early the period, registered the lone scoring attempt down the stretch with a shot at :44, stopped by Florida’s Meagher.
The Gators out-shot Ohio State 27-21 and held the advantage in draw controls (12-8) and groundballs (20-19). Meagher had seven stops between the pipes, compared to nine by the Buckeyes’ DeScenza.
Ohio State now will head east for two games, taking on Hofstra on Long Island at 4 p.m. Thursday before going on to face Northwestern in a neutral site game at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., Saturday, March 31 as part of a women’s lacrosse doubleheader with Harvard and Syracuse. The Crimson and Orange will take the field at noon with Ohio State and Northwestern at approximately 2 p.m. Tickets are good for both games and can be purchased through Ticketmaster or at the gate the day of the game.