No. 17 Ohio State Dominates Michigan in First Meeting

ANN ARBOR, Mich. In the first women's lacrosse contest featuring Ohio State and Michigan, it was all Buckeyes, all night. The No. 17 Ohio State women's lacrosse team was dominant under the lights at Michigan Stadium, posting an 18-3 win Wednesday evening in Ann Arbor.

With the victory, the Buckeyes improve to 9-4 overall and 2-1 in conference play, while the Wolverines fall to 1-9 overall and 0-4 in ALC action. The game also marked the first time an Ohio State varsity program played under the lights at Michigan Stadium.

Junior Kelsea Ayers had a team-high six points on five goals and an assist to lead the Buckeyes offensively. Senior Katie Chase added with four goals, while junior Jackie Cifarelli notched five assists to help fuel the offensive output production by a total of eight Buckeyes who found the back of net. Juniors Jennifer Porretto, Mary Kate Facchina and freshman Allie Ogilvie each had a pair of goals. Sophomores Christine Easton and Rainey Hodgson netted a score as well, while freshman Morgan Fee scored her first career goal.

Chase gave the Buckeyes the early 1-0 lead when she netted in the first shot of the contest at 28:40. Following an Ohio State turnover, the Wolverines tied it, 1-1, with a shot from the far side at 22:38. However, the Scarlet and Gray would then go on a 17-0 run over the next 40 minutes of competition.

The team regained the lead 30 seconds later when Cifarelli found Porretto at 22:08. The assist was Cifarelli's 30th of the season. Porretto scored her second of the evening when she dodged a UM defender and sprinted into the crease before firing a low shot into the cage at 15:19 on a man-up advantage.

A minute later, Chase notched her first of the day after a quick pass from behind net by Cara Facchina at 14:29. Ayers scored back-to-back goals at 13:08 and 11:34, respectively, to push the lead to 6-1. She tallied a goal from the far side at 13:08 after Hallie Keselman found her open classmate in front of net. Ayers then picked up a groundball on a UM turnover for an unassisted goal.

Ohio State then collected back-to-back unassisted scores at 10:11 and 9:37, respectively. Chase took it the distance for her third of the game followed by Ogilvie, who netted in a shot to make it 8-1 in favor of the Buckeyes. Mary Kate Facchina beat her defender a minute later and scored into the top left of the net at 5:39.

Easton followed with her second of the year at 3:39 to post a 10-goal margin vs. the Wolverines. Ayers scored the 11th-consecutive OSU goal to end the half at 12-1 with the assist from Cifarelli at 1:09. At half, shots were 18-10 in favor of the Buckeyes, while the team held a 10-4 advantage in draw controls.

After halftime, Mary Kate Facchina and Hodgson continued where the Buckeyes left off in the first 30 minutes with goals at 28:25 and 24:33. The score was Hodgson's second of 2014. Ogilvie then blasted a top-shelf shot at 22:16 to extend the OSU margin to 15-1. After a turnover by the Wolverines, Ohio State had a 2-on-1 opportunity when Cifarelli brought out the UM goalie and found Ayers for the team's 16th goal of the night at 17:17.

Ayers scored her season-high fifth goal of the night when she rocketed a shot at 15:42. Fee, a native of New Albany, Ohio, followed with her memorable goal at 12:08 beating the UM goalie with a shot into the back of the cage. Both scores were assisted by Dabrowski to make it 18-1. The Wolverines scored a pair of goals in the final minutes of the contest.

Junior goalie Tori DeScenza had a solid performance for the Scarlet and Gray, collecting seven saves. Ohio State collected 12 caused turnovers, while junior Emily Valli had a team-best four groundballs, while Tayler Kuzma boasted three groundballs.

Up Next: Ohio State heads south for its fourth ALC conference match-up to face Vanderbilt at 2:00 p.m. ET Sunday in Nashville, Tenn.

2014-04-03



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