March 30, 2013

Gottlick OT Goal Caps Ohio State Rally Past Hofstra

from press release

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Kaila Gottlick scored with 1:24 remaining in overtime to send the Ohio State women's lacrosse team over Hofstra, 11-10, Saturday afternoon at Bert L. and Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes (4-6) battled back from a five-goal deficit in the first half off the strength of Katie Chase's career-high, five-point (4g, 1a) performance.

"The whole season was kind of wrapped up in the game today," Alexis Venechanos, Ohio State head coach, said. "I thought we played some decent lacrosse. We saw some things we haven't seen before but we were able to gut it out, make some adjustments and the players reacted well on the field. We didn't have much time to prepare for Hofstra so I am proud of the way our players reacted and adjusted in the moment."

In Ohio State's first overtime contest of the season, Gottlick caused a turnover on the defensive end and took the ball coast-to-coast, finishing off the game-winning score with a rocket by the Pride goalie. The junior midfielder finished with two goals, along with Jennifer Poretto and Hallie Keselman, while Cara Facchina added the final tally to go along with an assist.

The Buckeyes held an early 2-1 lead off scores from Keselman and Gottlick, but the Pride quickly pounced and built a 6-2 advantage by the end of the first half. Emily Considine and Brittain Altomare had two goals apiece for Hofstra in the half, with Altomare ending the day with a team-high three.

The second half started out with another Hofstra goal as it built its first of two five-goal leads. Ohio State out-scored the Pride 7-3 through the remainder of the half, however, with Chase tallying all four of her scores including the eventual game-tying goal with 2:51 to play in regulation off a free-position shot. The Pride had a smattering of goals in the period to break up the run, but Chase and the Buckeyes were not deterred.

"She's such a fantastic player," Venechanos said of her junior attacker. "We ask a lot out of her and she just keeps stepping up every time."

Heading into overtime for the first time since the ALC quarterfinal win over Vanderbilt last season, the Buckeyes managed to score on their second shot in extra time. Gottlick forced a turnover by Hofstra's Becky Conto, scooped up the groundball, made quick work of the clear and buried the shot for her second game-winner of the year.

The Buckeyes took care of the ball throughout the game, turning it over just eight times and going a perfect 22-22 on clears. They out-shot the Pride 30-26 and were tied in groundballs (20-20), while trailing in draw controls (15-10). Tayler Kuzma and Rachel Wiederkehr were the Buckeye strongholds in the center circle, earning three and two draws, respectively.

Ohio State continues its three-game homestand with San Diego State (7 p.m., April 3) and Vanderbilt (Noon, April 7), both at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The game vs. the Aztecs will be streamed online through BigTenNetwork.com, with possible re-air on BTN, and the matchup with the Commodores will be live on BTN with Neil Sika and former Buckeye All-American Kimberly Lowe on the call.


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