Double OT game-winner lifts Penn St.
Steadman has career-high tying five goals
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Senior attacker Jen Steadman scored a game-winning goal 45 seconds into double overtime, sending the No. 15 Penn State women's lacrosse team to a thrilling 11-10 sudden victory win against No. 19 Ohio State (8-5, 2-2) on Sunday afternoon at Jeffrey Field.
The victory was the Nittany Lions' sixth consecutive over the conference rival Buckeyes.
Steadman made her final regular season game at Jeffrey Field an unforgettable one, tying her career-high by netting five goals and tallying one assist in leading the Nittany Lions to the Senior Day win. Another senior, Laura Lesnick represented Penn State's only other multiple goal scorer, as she registered two, including the game-tying goal late in the second half. Steadman, Lesnick, and fellow seniors Ashley Boccio, Mary Dean, Maggie Dunbar, Jackie Eastman, Megan Hollerbach and Katy Wick were recognized in a ceremony preceding the key American Lacrosse Conference contest.
Dana Cahill was stellar in goal for Penn State, recording a career-high 14 saves against 37 Ohio State shots. The Nittany Lion defense was solid, limiting OSU's Brittany Zerhusen, who entered the game tied for the team lead with 38 goals, to zero scores and just one point. Colleen Shea topped PSU with three caused turnovers.
Penn State (8-6, 2-2) found itself behind early on, as Ohio State's Jayme Beard netted her 17th goal of the season just 27 seconds into the game. The Lions responded with back-to-back goals by Aly Adams and Steadman to take their first of just two leads for the game.
Ohio State answered with two consecutive goals from Jacqueline Orona and Maghan Beaudrault to retake the lead at 3-2 with 13:50 left in the half.
Off an assist from Bridget Callahan, Lesnick then pulled Penn State even with the Buckeyes with her first goal of the game. However, Ohio State would go on to outscore Penn State, 3-1, including a goal by Beard with just two seconds on the clock, to head to halftime with a 6-4 advantage.
Penn State chipped away at the Ohio State lead soon after the opening draw of the second half, as Mary Dean put in her 15th of the season. After OSU's Alayna Markwordt scored the first of her three second half goals, the Lions fought back to tie the game for the first time in 20-plus minutes, getting goals from Steadman and Maggie Dunbar.
Ohio State then reclaimed a two-goal lead, its largest lead of the game with consecutive scores from Markwordt and Gabby Capuzzi in the span of less than two minutes.
Steadman again came through when a goal was needed, stemming the Buckeyes tide by notching her third of the game to cut the deficit to 9-8.
Following a Markwordt goal at the 4:21 mark that put OSU up 10-8, Penn State looked to be running out of chances and time. But the duo of Steadman and Lesnick proved to be clutch once again as each senior netted a goal in the remaining time to send the game to overtime. Lesnick and Dunbar also earned assists on the scoring plays. The Buckeyes won the ensuing draw control and posted two shots in the closing seconds of regulation but Cahill stopped both to force overtime.
Alayna Markwordt had a team-high four goals with three of them coming in the second half for the Buckeyes, while four others added at least one tally.
Ohio State outshot Penn State 3-0 in the first extra session, but Cahill thwarted the first attempt from Brittney Zerhusen and the next two Buckeye attempts went wide as the teams headed into the second period, this one sudden death, still tied at 10-10. Penn State controlled the draw and scored on its first shot as Jackie Eastman earned the assist on Steadman’s fifth tally of the day.
Ohio State finished with a 37-29 advantage in shots and a 15-10 draw control margin. Annie Carruthers had a season-high 13 saves between the pipes.