COLUMBUS, Ohio – Brittney Zerhusen scored six goals and added an assist as the Ohio State women’s lacrosse team defeated George Washington, 19-11, Saturday afternoon at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Winners of three games in a row, the Buckeyes are 5-2 on the season heading into their American Lacrosse Conference opener against Northwestern at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Columbus.

The Colonials fell to 2-7 on the year.

Zerhusen’s six goals stand as No. 3 all-time for single-game goals and move the redshirt junior into the team leader in goals with 20 through seven games this season. Alayna Markwordt and Jayme Beard each added four goals, followed by three from Kelly Haggerty and single tallies from Maghan Beaudrault and Gabby Capuzzi.

George Washington struck first, scoring the first goal 4:03 into the contest, but Markwordt countered 18 seconds later to even the score and start a 6-1 Buckeye scoring run that would stretch the score to 6-2 over the first 12 minutes of the game. Zerhusen had a pair of tallies in the first scoring spree, while Markwordt put up two assists in addition to the initial equalizer.

After a pair of GW goals by Megan Seidman, Beard opened another scoring spree for Ohio State that took the teams into halftime with an 11-6 score.

The Buckeyes came out of the intermission with three-consecutive goals for an eight-point differential, 14-6, with 24:11 to play. Four goals from the Colonials  brought them back to within four, but the Buckeyes answered with five in a row, including two from Zerhusen, to give them the largest lead of the game, 19-10, at the 5:59 mark.

Ohio State held a 35-20 advantage in shots and a 19-13 positive margin in draw controls. The Colonials finished on top in groundballs, 22-19.

The Buckeyes welcome top-ranked Northwestern at 7 p.m. Wednesday to Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Wildcats, five-time defending national champions and winners of 34-consecutive games, are 5-0 this season heading into a Sunday game at No. 8 Syracuse.