Buckeyes Women’s Lacrosse Drops B1G Contest at No. 8 Maryland, 11-5

March 20, 2021


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Ohio State returns home for games vs. Penn State Friday and Sunday

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s lacrosse team fell on the road at No. 8 Maryland, 11-5, Saturday in College Park, Md.

The Buckeyes (1-7, 1-7 B1G) will be back in Columbus for two games vs. Penn State next weekend in Ohio Stadium. The teams will meet at noon Friday with the game televised by BTN and at noon Sunday with the game streamed through BTN Plus.

The Short Story

Maryland (5-1) held a 6-2 lead at halftime. The Terps scored 48 seconds into the game, answered by Chloe Johnson with her first of two on the day for Ohio State at 25:22. Maryland notched the next two before a Johnson goal at 25:22. The Terps scored three more and held the Buckeyes scoreless through the rest of the half.

The teams traded goals twice through the first 15 minutes of the second half, with Maryland leading 8-4 with 14:02 remaining. Ali Beekhuizen and Liza Hernandez tallied the goals for Ohio State. Maryland scored back-to-back at 7:49 and 6:43 to push the lead to 10-4. Each team scored once in the final 3:01, with Maura McGregor finding the back of the cage for the Buckeyes, for the 11-5 final.

Goalie Jillian Rizzo led the Buckeyes with a season-high 15 saves in the game. Johnson was first for the Buckeyes with two goals against the Terps. Ohio State had 10 caused turnovers vs. Maryland, with Caly O’Brien, Lindsay Epstein, Cai Martin and MK Bonanni each forcing two. Rizzo led the Buckeyes with four ground balls and Martin and Bonanni each picked up three.  

Maryland 11, Ohio State 5

·       The Terps opened the scoring at 29:12 and Buckeye Chloe Johnson tied the game at 25:22. Maryland scored the next two, at 19:13 and 17:46, for a lead it would not relinquish the rest of the way.

·       Johnson converted a free position shot at 16:32 to make it a one-goal game (3-2). The Terps held Ohio State scoreless the rest of the first half to stretch the lead to four at halftime with goals at 13:00, 11:34 and 6:02. Johnson, who had her second two-goal game of the season, now has five goals on the year.

·       The first goal of the second half came at 22:26 from Maryland’s Brindi Griffin.

·       Ali Beekhuizen scored for the Buckeyes less than two minutes later (20:42) to end their scoreless stretch at 25:50 and make the score 7-3. Beekhuizen had a goal in each game at Maryland this weekend, her first two goals of the season.

·       Maryland’s Hannah Leubecker, who had five goals in the game, tallied at 14:52, answered by Buckeye Liza Hernandez 50 second later, for an 8-4 game. Hernandez is first for the Buckeyes with 24 goals this season. 

·       The Terps scored at 7:49 and 6:43 to extend the lead to six (10-4).

·       Maura McGregor notched her first goal of the year for the Buckeyes at 3:01, assisted by Jamie Level, with Maryland responding 10 seconds later. That was the final goal of the game, as Griffin completed her hat trick.

Stats Synopsis

·       Maryland had the shot advantage, 37-23, and led in shots on goal, 26-17. Jillian Rizzo had 15 saves for the Buckeyes, her fourth game of the year with 10-plus stops. Maryland goalie Emily Sterling made 12 saves. 

·       The Terps won 14-of-18 draw controls and led in ground balls, 21-19. Jamie Lasda had two of the Buckeyes’ draw controls. 

·       Ohio State caused 10 of Maryland’s 15 turnovers. The Buckeyes had 11 turnovers (six caused) and were 14-of-17 on clears, with the Terps 18-for-19.


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