COLUMBUS, Ohio - Behind six goals from senior Katie Chase and a suffocating defense, No. 10 Ohio State cruised to a 19-4 win against visiting Detroit-Mercy at the Woody Hayes Indoor Facility in Columbus and improving to 5-0 in home openers under head coach Alexis Venechanos.
The Buckeyes scored the games' first 15 goals and didn't allow a Titan score until midway through the second half. In all, Ohio State outshot UDM, 37-12, including 24-4 in the first half. Chase scored all six of her goals in the first half, which is tied for the second-most in program history.
Senior goalkeeper Tori DeScenza (1-0) recorded three saves and did not allow a goal in her 32 minutes of play. On the other end of the field, Ohio State's attack was clicking on all cylinders, assisting on 11 of its 19 goals, four of those from junior Rainey Hodgson who also led Ohio State with three ground balls. Senior Jackie Cifarelli registered three goals and two assists on the afternoon.
Overall, 10 different Buckeyes found the back of the net, with 12 registering at least one point.
"I think our team was very excited to be playing on the opening day of the 2015 women's lacrosse season," Venechanos said after the game. "I was really impressed with our start. We really wanted to come out and set the tone and I think we did that. We played very unselfish with a lot of assisted goals and a lot of players stepped up defensively. So overall a good start to the season. We're excited to be 1-0 and we're looking forward to our next opportunity to play."
Ohio State quickly found itself up 5-0 less than 7 minutes into the game and 8-0 at the halfway point of the first half. Chase then scored four of the next five goals to put Ohio State up 13-0 at the break. Ohio State then emptied its bench in the second half but never took its foot off the accelerator, outshooting the Titans 13-8 in the second half and forcing nine turnovers on defense.
Also scoring for the Buckeyes were Mary Kate Facchina and Molly Wood with two goals each, while Jennifer Porretto, Cian Dabrowski, Christina Turner, Olivia DiCarlantonio, Morgan Castelein and Katie Kerrigan all added one apiece.
Four different Titans scored for Detroit while goalkeeper Lexie McCormick (0-1) had 12 saves. Junior Christine Easton led Ohio State with four draw controls.
Ohio State returns home next Saturday when its plays host to Binghamton at 1 p.m. on the indoor field of the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.