No. 12 Ohio State Hands St. Bonaventure First Loss

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. - Ohio State's Alayna Markwordt tallied five goals and passed out five assists as No. 12 Ohio State (7-1) rallied behind eight unanswered goals in a 15-8 win over St. Bonaventure (2-1) on Monday.

Danielle Drabin netted the game's first goal, helping the Bonnies keep pace with the Buckeyes through the early going. Trailing just 5-4 after Markwordt dished off one of her five assists, the Bonnies had a would-be tying goal called off with under four minutes to go in the first half.

Ohio State, winners of consecutive games after a loss to No. 14 Notre Dame, capitalized to score twice on failed clears in the SBU end, both in the final two minutes of the half. The Buckeyes picked up where they left off in the second, rallying behind five unanswered in the first 10 minutes of the period and building a lead as large as nine, 14-5, on Markwordt's tally with 6:05 to play.

Erin Thomas (2g) and Drabin (1g, 1a) collected two points apiece for SBU. Daisy Timlin, Tohnie Smock, Marybeth Madia and Emily Kane also scored for Bona while Karly Kocis stopped 15 shots.

The Bonnies travel to local-rival Canisius (2-5) for a 4:00 p.m. start on Wednesday and will return to McGraw-Jennings Field Mar. 30 against Temple in its Atlantic 10 opener.

Notes: The lacrosse contest was the first played on McGraw-Jennings field since April 18, 2010 ... Ryan Lynn, the ninth youngest head coach in Division I, suffered his first loss on the Bona sidelines ... Kocis was one off her career-high 16 saves set last season ... Six of the Bonnies' 11 points came from players who did not start.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio Paced by Alayna Markwordt's 10 points, the No. 12 Ohio State women's lacrosse team downed St. Bonaventure 15-8 Monday afternoon at McGraw-Jennings Field in St. Bonaventure, N.Y. Eight Buckeyes scored in the win, as the team improved to 7-1 on the season, while handing the Bonnies their first loss of the year at 2-1.

Markwordt tied her previous season high of nine points in the victory Sunday at Canisius, but topped it Monday with five goals and five assists, the Tewaaraton Trophy candidate's highest-scoring outing since an 11-point performance during her freshman campaign (March 7, 2009 vs. Johns Hopkins). The last Buckeye to produce double-digits in points was Brittney Zerhusen with 10 against Vanderbilt last season (April 10).

St. Bonaventure led twice early in the first half and stayed within one for much of the opening period before an eight-goal OSU scoring barrage gave the Buckeyes the momentum. With the game tied 4-all at 13:00, Markwordt made back-to-back assists to Mary Kate Facchina and Kelsea Ayers, respectively, and Ayers added her second goal off a Gabby Capuzzi helper with :01 remaining to send the teams into halftime with a 7-4 score.

Sandwiched by a pair of Jennifer Porretto scores, the Buckeyes rattled off five out of the break to build their largest lead of the game at 12-4 with 20:10 to play. Markwordt also had two unassisted goals in the run, while Jackie Cifarelli added one. The Ohio State defense held the Bonnies scoreless for 28:22 of game action as the Buckeyes built their lead, supported by a career-high six caused turnovers from Capuzzi.

St. Bonaventure would break its scoring draught with a free-position goal at 14:38 in the second half and trade scores with Ohio State for the remainder of the game. Kirsten Donahue and Katie Chase each added goals down the stretch with Chase's at 2:55 standing as the freshman's first career tally.

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2012-03-19



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