COLUMBUS, Ohio – Bolstered by eight points from Britney Zerhusen, the No. 19-ranked Ohio State women’s lacrosse team rolled over California 19-5 Friday afternoon in Berkeley, Calif. The Buckeyes are now 2-1 on the season, while the Golden Bears fall to 0-2 on the young campaign.
Zerhusen finished the day with six goals and two assists. Alayna Markwordt was not far behind, tallying three goals and four assists, while seven other Buckeyes added at least one score. Maghan Beaudrault once again came through on the defensive end, earning a game-high three turnovers and six ground balls. Annie Carruthers finished with eight saves in goal and lowered her goals-against average to 8.61.
Ohio State exploded for the first five goals of the game and 11 of the first 12 to build a quick 11-1 lead by the :30 mark of the first half. The Bears closed it out with a single tally to head into the half with at 11-2. Zerhusen had three of her six goals in the opening period, while Markwordt scored two and assisted on three of the remaining six. Lindsey Gysin also had a hand in the spree, netting her first goal of the season.
The teams swapped goals over the opening minutes of the second half until the Bears made it 13-5 at the 17:55 mark. The Buckeyes then jumped on a 7-0 run to close out the game, ending with a goal from Rachel Wiederkehr – the first for the freshman from Wading River, N.Y.
The Buckeyes return to action at 1 p.m. PT (4 p.m. ET) Sunday against No. 15-ranked Stanford. The Cardinal is 1-2 on the season after falling to Northwestern Friday by an 18-11 score. Live stats and live video will be available on GoStanford.com. Subscription fees do apply for the web stream.
SCORE BY PERIOD 1 2 Tot
Ohio State 11 8 – 19
California 2 3 – 5
GOALS: Zerhusen, Brittney 5; Markwordt, Alayna 3; Haggerty, Kelly 3; Sterner, Lauren 2; Beard, Jayme 2; Capuzzi, Gabby 1; Gysin, Lindsey 1; Wiederkehr, Rachel 1; Donahue, Kirsten 1.
ASSISTS: Markwordt, Alayna 4; Haggerty, Kelly 3; Zerhusen, Brittney 2; Smith, Maggie 1.
GOALS: Alyse Kennedy 2; Allie Welsh 1; Lauren Johnson 1; Tara Arolla 1.
ASSISTS: Catie O’Mahoney 1; Alexa Rozelle 1; Megan Takacs 1.
SHOTS – Ohio State 29; California 17.
SHOTS ON GOAL – Ohio State 24; California 13.
TURNOVERS – Ohio State 17; California 25.
FACEOFFS – Ohio State 14-26; California 12-26.
CLEARS – Ohio State 8-9; California 8-11.
GOALIES – OSU: Carruthers, Annie 2-1 (60:00 minutes, 13 shots-8 saves, 5 GA);
CAL: Allie Shropshire 0-2 (60:00, 24-5, 19).
Start time: 3 pm Finish time: 4:40 pm Length of game: 1:40
Officials: Amy Arcuri; David Dunham; Bridget Old. Scorer: Dean Caparaz.