March 29, 2012

No. 14 Ohio State Take Care of Hofstra

from press release

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – Alayna Markwordt had four goals and two assists for a game-high six points to lead No. 14 Ohio State to a 15-9 victory over Hofstra in non-conference women’s lacrosse action on Thursday afternoon at James M. Shuart Stadium.

Hofstra got several strong individual performances in the contest as junior attacker Claire Brady led the Pride with four points on two goals and two assists, while sophomore attacker Jenn Ward tallied a team-best three goals.

The contest was the first career start for Pride freshman goalie Kelsey Gregerson, and the first year player had a strong first start with 11 saves and eight ground balls.  She also added three caused turnovers and led the Pride in all three categories.

The loss was Hofstra’s sixth straight and drops the Pride’s record to 2-8 this season.  Ohio State improved to 8-2 with the victory.

It was a tight game early on as Ward and sophomore midfielder Alex Mezzanotte tallied goals for the Pride in the first 16 minutes of the game to keep Hofstra within striking distance at 4-2.  The Buckeyes would use a 4-0 scoring run after the Mezzanotte goal to take a commanding 8-2 advantage with 4:39 to play in the stanza following a goal from Cara Facchina.  Hofstra did close the gap to 8-3 right before the break as sophomore attacker Lauren Chandler notched her second goal of the season off a pass from freshman midfielder Brittain Altomare with 1:24 left to bring the Pride within five.

Ohio State took control of the game in the second half as they scored the first three goals of the stanza and five of the first six goals to lead 13-4 with 17:56 to play in regulation.  Hofstra’s lone goal during the run came off the stick of freshman attacker April Iannetta with 23:11 showing on the clock.

Hofstra would have some fight left in them, though, as the Pride closed the contest by scoring five of the final seven goals over a span of 10:03 to account for the final margin of 15-9.  Ward had two of her goals during the game-closing 5-2 run, while Brady also scored twice late.  

Junior midfielder Jill Maier added a goal and an assist for the Pride, which also got four ground balls and two caused turnovers from sophomore defender Jamie D’Arco.  Ward added a team-high three draw controls to her scoring total.

Jackie Cifarelli was second on the Buckeyes with four points on three goals and an assist.  Caitlin Hester made five saves in net, while also picking up a team-best five ground balls.  Gabby Capuzzi had two goals, four draw controls, a caused turnover and a ground ball for Ohio State.

Hofstra had a 23-17 edge in ground balls in the game, while Ohio State dominated the draw controls, 17-7.

The game was Hofstra’s final non-conference contest of the 2012 campaign.  The Pride will return to Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) play next Friday, April 6 when it travels to James Madison for a 5 p.m. encounter with the Dukes.  Hofstra enters the remainder of its schedule with a 1-0 conference mark after opening conference play with a 15-9 win over Drexel on March 1.

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