February 9, 2014

Ohio State Women Improve to 2-0 by Topping Winthrop

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Ohio State Recap

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Oho State women's lacrosse team improved to 2-0 in 2014 after defeating Winthrop, 17-8, Sunday afternoon at the indoor field in the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Leading the Buckeyes offensively was junior midfielder Mary Kate Facchina, who tied her career high with five goals, while classmate Jackie Cifarelli collected seven points, including six assists against Winthrop.

Ohio State will play its next three games on the road, beginning with a trip out west to take on Stanford next Saturday. The team will then travel to play Boston College Feb. 22 before taking on Canisius March 1.

Also having big offensive performances against the Eagles was junior Kelsea Ayers, who collected five points on a pair of goals and three assists, while junior Jennifer Porretto had four goals vs. the Eagles.

The Ohio State upperclassmen got the team off to a fast start as Cifarelli, Porretto and Chase each scored a goal in the first five minutes of competition to give the team an early 3-0 cushion. After a pair of goals by Winthrop's Jenna Kasmarik, Chase and Porretto each netted their second scores of the afternoon at 18:13 and 16:35, respectively, to put the score at 5-2. The Eagles were able to tie the game at 5-5, but the Scarlet and Gray then went on a 10-0 run to open the game midway through the second half of play. Facchina scored her second goal of the game with 14 seconds left in the first half before netting her third to begin the Buckeyes' second half of play at 27:55.

Ayers, Facchina and Hodgson rounded out the 10-0 run to make the score 15-5 with 20 minutes to go in regulation. Hodgson's goal was Cifarelli's sixth assist of the contest at 23:00 in the second, marking her 11th helper in just two games this year. It's the third time in Cifarelli's career that she has notched at least six assists in one contest.

The Eagles scored three-consecutive goals before Facchina boasted her fifth and final goal at 7:43, while Cian Dabrowski joined the scoring column when she fired in a shot at 5:39 assisted by Cara Facchina.

Junior goalie Tori DeScenza improved to 2-0 overall, collecting seven saves. Overall, Ohio State outshot Winthrop 33-19, while collecting a 17-12 advantage on groundballs and a 16-11 lead in draw controls.



Winthrop Recap

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Winthrop lacrosse team struggled late in the first half and early in the second, giving up 10 unanswered goals as the Eagles fell 17-8 in their season opener at Ohio State Sunday.

The first 23 minutes of the contest were a back-and-forth battle with both teams making scoring runs. Ohio State (2-0) went up 3-0 just over five minutes into the contest.

Junior Jenna Kasmarik scored her first goal as an Eagle 9:59 into the game and then netted her second less than a minute later to bring the Eagles within 3-2. The Buckeyes responded with two more tallies of their own to go back up 5-2.

Winthrop (0-1) got back on the board from the stick of Kasmarik with 16:01 left in the first half. Sophomore Shannon Gallagher, the 2013 Big South Freshman of the Year, netted her first goal of the year with 13:23 on the clock on an assist by sophomore goalie Camille King. Sophomore Abigail Blevins tied the contest at 5-5 on a man-up opportunity with 8:15 left in the first half.

The Eagles looked to have all of the momentum off of the three straight goals, but Ohio State fought back only 33 seconds later to go up 6-5. The Buckeyes scored six unanswered to go into the half up 11-5.

Out of the halftime break, Ohio State continued their offensive pressure, netting four goals in the first seven minutes to go up 15-5.

Sophomore Logan McCarthy got the scoring going again for the Eagles with 20:27 left in the second half for her first of the season. Freshman Sydney Cope grabbed her first goal as an Eagle just over four minutes later and Kasmarik netted her fourth of the game with 11:11 left in the game.

"The scoreboard may not have been what we wanted, but I'm happy with the resilience we showed today," head coach John Sung said. "The girls played with a lot of energy and proved that we could play with an established team."

Kasmarik totaled her four goals on seven total shots on goal. She also secured five draw controls and one ground ball. Sophomore Krista Frowein went scoreless but did register three shots on goal. In goal for the Eagles, Camille King registered 14 saves.

Winthrop registered a total of 19 shots to 33 for Ohio State. The Buckeyes won the battle in the center circle, grabbing 16 draw controls to Winthrop's 11.

The Eagles will return to action on Friday, February 14 in their home opener at 6 p.m. against the Aztecs of San Diego State University.

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