No. 13 Ohio State Fights Back But Is Toppled by Stanford

COLUMBUS, Ohio Katie Chase scored a game-high four goals and Tori DeScenza made a season-high 13 saves, but 13th-ranked Ohio State was edged by Stanford, 12-10, on a snowy Saturday afternoon at the Harmon Family Football Complex. The Buckeyes fall to 2-3 on the season with their second-consecutive loss, while the Cardinal improves to 2-1.

Ohio State trailed by as much as five in the first half, but battled back in the second to out-score Stanford 5-3 in the period. The comeback remained incomplete, however, as the Buckeyes were unable to overcome the Cardinal's strong start to the contest.

With four goals from Rachel Ozer, Stanford jumped out to a 6-1 lead over the first two-thirds of the opening period. Chase had the lone OSU goal in the stretch, tallying her first of three free-position scores at 16:07. Cara Facchina and Chase closed the gap to three, 6-3 at 6:15, but Stanford finished with three of the final four scores of the half to make it 9-5 at the break.

Mary Kate Facchina opened scoring about 1.5 minutes into the second half, giving Cian Dabrowski her first career assist, and helping the Buckeyes pull within two with 19:15 to play. Chase and Jessica Hassett also scored as Ohio State made it 10-8 and the closest margin since the opening minutes of the contest.

Four minutes later, Stanford responded with back-to-back scores 19 seconds apart to take its lead back to four. Jackie Cifarelli and Chase both finished off free-position opportunities down the stretch, but the Buckeyes were not able to get any closer than within two, at 12-10.

Stanford was whistled for 26 fouls in the game, setting up Ohio State with eight free-position shots, five of which made it to the back of the net. Overall, the Buckeyes narrowly out-shot Stanford 28-26, while Cardinal finished on top in both draws (12-11) and groundballs (23-19).

Ohio State has a week off before returning to action at noon, March 10, against Canisius at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Griffs are 0-2 on the season with losses to Louisville and Cornell and have two games scheduled before meeting the Buckeyes in Columbus.

2013-03-02



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