No. 20 Ohio State Rallies for One-Goal Victory at Hofstra

Hempstead, NY Junior attacker Brittain Altomare had two goals, three assists and seven draw controls, but it wasn't enough as No. 20 Ohio State rallied for a 9-8 victory over Hofstra on Saturday afternoon at James M. Shuart Stadium.

Altomare's assists, points and draw control totals were all game-highs, while sophomore attacker Emily Considine also had multiple goals with two for the Pride.

Hofstra falls to 5-3 with the loss and also sees its win streak come to an end at three. Ohio State improved to 6-3 with the victory.

The Pride got on the board first in the contest as senior attacker Lindsay McKinnon scored at the 24:41 mark to give Hofstra the early advantage.

Ohio State would score the game's next two goals to take its first lead of the game as Katie Chase and Kaila Gottlick gave the Buckeyes a 2-1 lead with 17:42 remaining before halftime.

Senior midfielder Alexandra Mezzanotte would get Hofstra rolling once again as she got the Pride started on a 3-0 scoring run that culminated with a tally from junior attacker Sam Lenox at the 13:24 mark. Altomare notched her first of the game during the run as the Pride would eventually lead 4-2.

Hofstra looked to be in position to take a two-goal advantage into the halftime break as senior midfielder Emily von Hollen made it 5-3 in favor of the Pride with 9:15 left, but Ohio State took the momentum into the intermission as Jennifer Porretto scored an unassisted goal with 19 seconds left.

The Buckeyes would score the first goal of the second stanza to knot the score at five before Considine put the Pride back in front with 26:32 left in regulation.

After Mary Kate Faccina evened the score at six roughly two minutes later, Hofstra got back-to-back goals from Considine and Altomare to earn an 8-6 lead with 11:27 to play in the contest.

The game would be scoreless for nearly three minutes before Ohio State began its game-ending run that would give them the victory. Chase would notch her second of the game before Cian Dabrowski tied the score at eight with 5:59 left.

Chase would come up huge again for the Buckeyes as she tallied the game-winner with 4:27 left on the clock to allow the Buckeyes to rally from the late two-goal deficit.

Junior goalie Kelsey Gregerson had six saves and a team-high four ground balls for Hofstra, while junior defenderApril Iannetta added two ground balls and two draw controls.

Chase finished with three goals and five draw controls for Ohio State, while Tori DeScenza had 10 saves and a game-high five draw controls. Kelsea Ayers added two goals for the Buckeyes with Gottlick adding two caused turnovers and a goal.

Hofstra returns to action on Wednesday when it heads to Temple for a 3:00 p.m. contest. The Pride will also travel to Albany this week as they will face the Great Danes on Saturday at 12:00 p.m.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio Junior goalie Tori DeScenza had 10 saves, while senior attack Katie Chase collected three goals as the No. 20 Ohio State women's lacrosse team rallied in the second half to win 9-8 at Hofstra Saturday afternoon in Hempstead, N.Y. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 6-3 overall in 2014, while the Pride fall to 5-3.

Chase, a native of Woodbine, Md., scored the eventual gamewinner at 4:27 for her team-best 20th goal of the year when she cut in front of net and sent a shot between the legs of Hofstra's goalie to make it 9-8 Buckeyes. DeScenza then sealed the victory for Ohio State following a key save with 3:07 to go, giving Ohio State its 14th good clear of the day.

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