Ohio State Cruises Past San Diego State
from press release
PALO ALTO, Calif. - The 16th-ranked Ohio State women's lacrosse team cruised to a 19-4 victory over San Diego State Saturday afternoon in Palo Alto, Calif., in a neutral site game at Stanford. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 11-6 all-time in season openers, while the Aztecs begin their inaugural season of women's lacrosse with a loss.
Senior captain Kirsten Donahue led the charge with four goals, while fellow captains Alayna Markwordt and Gabby Capuzzi, along with Jackie Cifarelli, each added three. Freshman goalies Caitlin Hester and Tori DeScenza split time between the pipes, each allowing a pair of goals and combining for six saves in their respective halves of work.
The Aztecs opened scoring 22 seconds into the contest with an unassisted goal by Lauren Maack, but the Buckeyes answered with eight-consecutive goals to pull ahead 8-1 just over 12 minutes into the contest. Midway through the first half, Maack struck again for the Aztecs, making the score 8-2; however, Ohio State continued to dominate offensive play through the remainder of the half, tallying goals from Cifarelli (2), Hallie Keselman, Donahue, Markwordt and Mary Kate Facchina for a 14-2 lead heading into the break.
Donahue and Markwordt opened the second half with a pair of goals before Jackie Mills netted the third goal of the game for the Aztecs. The Buckeyes scored the next three prior to Meris Walsh's goal with just over two minutes remaining that provided the final 19-4 margin.
Ohio State finished on top in the draw count, 13-12, and commanded play on the ground with 21-15 advantage in groundballs. The Buckeyes also posted a 38-12 shot margin.
Ohio State will return to action at 6 p.m. ET Sunday against No. 6 Stanford, who dropped an 18-6 decision to top-ranked Northwestern in its season opener Friday night. The Cardinal holds a 5-3 advantage in the all-time series, including a 17-5 victory last season in Columbus.