No. 13 Ohio State Uses a 9-2 Run to Down William & Mary

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (Feb. 20, 2013)-Playing against its second consecutive nationally ranked opponent, the William & Mary lacrosse team fell to No. 13 Ohio State, 21-8, at Martin Family Stadium at Albert-Daly Field on Wednesday afternoon.

Senior Kyrstin Mackrides led the Tribe (1-2) with five goals on just five shots, while sophomore Ellen Shaffrey posted three points on two goals and an assist.

The game was closely contested early, as OSU (1-1) owned a 2-1 edge five minutes into play. However, the Buckeyes began to break the game open with a 9-2 run that covered most of the opening half.

Although W&M closed the opening stanza with two of the final three goals, it trailed 12-5 at the intermission.

Mackrides provided much of W&M's offense during the opening 30 minutes, as she had already posted her third consecutive hat trick of the season. Shaffrey and junior Taelor Salmon also added scores.

The Buckeyes continued to extend their lead in the second half and held the Tribe scoreless for the opening 16:18 en route to building a 17-5 advantage.

A pair of goals by Mackrides cut the margin to 17-7 with 8:24 remaining, but W&M was unable to get any closer the rest of the way.

Ohio State held advantages in both draw controls (17-13) and ground balls (24-15).

Jackie Cifarelli led the Buckeyes with eight points (2g, 6a), while Cara Facchina totaled six points (4g, 2a).

The Tribe will return to action when it plays at Old Dominion in its league opener next Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Led by eight points from sophomore Jackie Cifarelli, the 13th-ranked Ohio State women's lacrosse downed William & Mary, 21-8, Wednesday afternoon at Martin Family Stadium at Albert-Daly Field in Williamsburg, Va. The Buckeyes improve to 1-1 on the young season, while the Tribe falls to 1-2 overall.

In all, 26 OSU players saw action in the contest and nine found the back of the net at least once, with seven securing multi-goal games. Junior Cara Facchina and sophomore Jennifer Porretto each netted a career-high four goals in the win, while junior Katie Chase added a hat trick. Defensively, the Buckeyes forced 15 of the Tribe's 18 turnovers with sophomore Taylor Donahue commanding a personal-best five of them.

Facchina started the Buckeye scoring with an unassisted goal at the 28:47 mark in the first half. After building a 2-0 lead with the addition of Chase's first goal of the match-up, Ohio State's defense gave up its first point to William & Mary. The Buckeyes rebounded quickly, however, collecting scores from Cifarelli and Porretto to make the game 4-1. Ohio State ended the first period strong, going on a 5-2 scoring run in the final 10 minutes of play. Buckeye goalie Tori DeScenza collected two saves to help build a lead of 12-5 over William & Mary heading into the locker room.

To open the second period, Kaila Gottlick notched her second goal of the game, starting a trend for the Scarlet and Gray, who went on to penetrate the William & Mary defense with four-consecutive goals two of which came from Porretto. From 9:23 in the first to 15:23 in the second, the Buckeyes scored 10 goals compared to William & Mary's two, which extended the lead to 17-5. To wrap up the game, Ohio State added four more goals to its scoring total. Of the final four, two goals were earned by freshman Kelsey Gallagher.

Ohio State out-shot W&M 37-12 on the day and commanded a 24-15 advantage in groundballs. With a game-high three draw controls, Chase led the Buckeyes to 17-13 margin in draws, including an 11-7 bonus in the first half.

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