February 19, 2016
Cian Dabrowski's penchant for clutch play continued Friday with her game-winning goal in overtime to lift Ohio State to a 16-15 win at Cal.
Cian Dabrowski's penchant for clutch play continued Friday with her game-winning goal in overtime to lift Ohio State to a 16-15 win at Cal.

Dabrowski's OT Goal Lifts Ohio State to 16-15 Win at Cal

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BERKELEY, Calif. -- Senior Cian Dabrowski scored the game-winning goal 30 seconds into overtime to give the No. 17 Buckeyes a 16-15 victory at host California Friday afternoon in Berkeley, Calif.

The win moves the Buckeyes to 2-0 on the young season before crossing the bay to face No. 15 Stanford at Noon/3 p.m. ET in Palo Alto Sunday. Cal drops to 0-1 on the season.

Dabrowski scored four goals on the day while senior Rainey Hodgsonadded four goals of her own and two assists. Sophomore Molly Woody had another solid all-around game with two goals, two assists and was dominant on the draw controls with a career-high 13, including the one in overtime to gain possession and seal the win. Classmate Lauren Sherry also added two goals.

Ohio State led by six, 13-7, with 18:44 left on Morgan Fee's unassisted goal. From that point, Cal would close the half on an 8-2 run to force overtime. With the Buckeyes leading 14-13 with under 5 minutes remaining, Hodgson scored an all-important goal to give Ohio State a two-goal cushion with 3:31 left.

But Cal struck back with back-to-back goals to end the half from Bella Huther and Meredith Haggerty to tie the score. Ohio State had a couple chances at the end of regulation, but two great shots by the Buckeyes, including a diving shot by Dabrowski, couldn't find the back of the net.

The Buckeyes scored the first four goals of the game and eventually led 9-6 at the half after both teams seemingly traded goals from that point. Ohio State then scored four of the first five goals of the second half, setting up the dramatic final 10 minutes.

Also scoring for the Buckeyes on the day were Paulina Constant, Meghan McGillis and Olivia DiCarlantonio. Christina Turner led the Buckeyes with four ground balls.

The Buckeyes won the draw control battle, 21-13, due in large part to Wood. Christine Easton also chipped in with four. Ohio State took 33 shots on the day, 27 of those on target (11 saves, 16 goals).

Huther led Cal with five goals, Chole Landry four and Haggerty three.

Oregon Holds Off Michigan

For the second straight week, Michigan fell one goal short of a landmark win, as Oregon held off the Wolverines for a 12-11 victory Friday in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Michigan, which saw its upset bid at No. 11 Florida foiled in the final seconds last week, fell to 1-2. It was the season opener for the Ducks (1-0).

The Wolverines raced out to a 5-2 lead and went up 7-5 on the second of Jess Angerman's four goals with 6:05 left in the first half.

But Oregon ended the first half on a four-goal run, including Carly O'Connor's buzzer beater with 0:01 remaining to take a 9-7 halftime lead.

The Ducks stretched the lead to three in the second half. Angerman and Allie Breitfeller scored with 4:44 and 1:48 remaining, respectively, to pull Michigan within one. But the Wolverines would get no closer.

Holly Johnson led Oregon with four goals. O'Connell, Bella Pyne and Cambi Cukar added two goals apiece.

Michigan outdrew Oregon 17-7. The teams combined for 48 turnovers in a back-and-forth game.

Elon Improves to 3-0

Elon scored three unanswered goals in the final 13:42 — including the game-tying and winning goals by Sloane Kessler — for a 5-4 comeback victory at Coastal Carolina. The Phoenix improved to 3-0 going into next Wednesday's game at nationally ranked Duke.

Winthrop Cruises at Jacksonville

Allie Yeager scored five goals and Alaina Girani recorded 10 saves Friday as the Winthrop lacrosse team cruised to a 13-6 season-opening victory at Jacksonville.

The Dolphins, who fell to 0-3, pulled within 6-4 with 26:54 remaining. But Yeager netted two goals in 17 seconds to ignite a game-ending 7-0 run for the Eagles.

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