No. 15 Ohio State Uses 11-1 Second Half to Run by Canisius

COLUMBUS, Ohio With six-point games from sophomore Jackie Cifarelli and junior Cara Facchina, along with four goals from sophomore Jennifer Porretto, No. 15 Ohio State downed Canisius, 16-5, Sunday afternoon in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes (3-3) led by just one at halftime (5-4) but outscored the Golden Griffins (2-3), 11-1, in the second half for the non-conference victory.

Ohio State will play its next three games on the road, beginning with a game at Boston University Saturday. The team will then open its ALC schedule with games at No. 2 Florida March 23 and No. 4 Northwestern March 27.

After Facchina scored the first goal, back-to-back goals from Canisius at 19:50 and 16:13 gave the Golden Griffins a 2-1 lead. Ohio State State then outscored Canisius, 4-2, to close out the half with a 5-4 lead. Facchina tied the game at 12:37 and Katie Chase gave Ohio State a 3-2 lead at 11:33. After a Maria Kotas goal for Canisius at 3:54, Porretto scored twice in 1:17 to push Ohio State ahead, 5-3. Canisius tallied the last goal with 42 seconds left to draw within one. Each team had 13 shots in the half.

The Buckeyes came out strong in the second half, netting four goals in the first 5:20 to pull away (9-4). Kaila Gottlick scored just 1:30 into the half, before assisting on a goal from Facchina 24 seconds later. Mary Kate Facchina tallied at 26:23 with a Canisius player in the box for a yellow card, followed by a goal from C. Facchina at 24:40. The Golden Griffins' Kotas ended the Buckeye run with a tally at 21:24 to make the score 9-5 but Ohio State shut out Canisius the rest of the way en route to the win.

Ohio State's seven goals to close the game were scored by six players, with Porretto tallying twice. Ohio State outshot Canisius, 23-5, in the half. Cifarelli had a hand in four of the Buckeyes' final five goals, scoring at 11:15 before assisting on tallies by Porretto at 8:27, Kelsea Ayers at 5:44 and Hallie Keselman at 3:08.

Ohio State outshot Canisius, 36-18, in the game. Buckeye sophomore goalie Tori DeScenza started and picked up the win, making five saves and allowing five goals in the first 53:43. Caitlin Hester did not face a shot in the final 6:17. Canisius played three goalies, with Kayla Scully making three saves, allowing eight goals, in 33:37, Claudia Coleats stopping four of 10 shots in 20:06 and Gina Molfetta allowing two goals in the final 6:17.

Ayers ended the day with two goals and an assist for three points, while Gottlick had two assists and Mary Kate Facchina scored twice.

Ohio State had the advantage in draw controls, 17-6, led by Katie Chase and Mary Kate Facchina, who had a team-high seven groundballs, with five each.

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Nationally-ranked Ohio State broke open a tight game at the half with a dominating second period to earn a 16-5 victory against Canisius College on Sunday afternoon. The loss drops the Griffs to 2-3 on the season, while the 15th-ranked Buckeyes improve to 3-3.

"We played great for 30 minutes but unfortunately the game is 60 minutes," said Canisius head coach Scott Teeter.

Senior Morgan Leonard (Sykesville, Md.) and junior Maria Kotas (Lancaster, N.Y.) each led the Griffs with two goals in the loss with sophomore Tori Quinn (Orangeville, Ontario) adding a goal and an assist.

The Buckeyes opened the scoring in the contest with a goal less than four minutes into the contest but the Griffs responded by keeping Ohio State off the scoreboard for the next 14 minutes and tallying two goals of their own. Quinn and Leonard both netted goals as Canisius took a 2-1 lead. Ohio State answered back with a 4-1 run before Leonard finished the scoring in the first half with her second of the day with just 42 seconds left.

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