Ohio State holds off Vanderbilt
No. 11 Buckeyes win top-15 battle behind Markwordt's 10 points
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- No. 11 Ohio State withstood a late rally by No. 15 Vanderbilt to come away with a 13-11 win Sunday at the Vanderbilt Lacrosse Complex. Led by 10 points from Alayna Markwordt, the Buckeyes improved to 9-3 on the season and 1-2 in the ALC. The Commodores fell to 7-4 overall and 1-3 in the conference.
Markwordt's 10 points off five goals and four assists are a season high, one off her career best, and paced Ohio State to its second win against a ranked opponent this season and its third consecutive victory in the all-time series vs. Vanderbilt. Cara Facchina, Mary Kate Facchina and Jennifer Porretto each added two scores, while Kirsten Donahue and Katie Chase added singles to account for all the Buckeye scoring.
Despite registering her first game without a point in 2012, Gabby Capuzzi commanded a game-high five draw controls and added a pair of caused turnovers. Tori DeScenza earned the win in goal with 11 saves to her credit for the rookie netminder's fourth double-digit outing of the year.
The Buckeyes jumped out to a 3-0 lead during the first 7:32 of action as Markwordt's first two tallies sandwiched one scored off her first assist to Mary Kate Facchina. The senior attacker had a hand in seven of Ohio State's eight first-half goals, helping the team maintain at least a two-goal lead for the balance. Katie Mastropieri led Vanderbilt's charge with three goals in the opening period as the Commodores traded scores with the Buckeyes until the teams headed into halftime with an 8-6 OSU lead.
Ohio State exploded out of the gate, putting back four goals in a row in the second half to build its largest lead of the game at 12-6 with 15:45 to play. Donahue started things off with an unassisted goal less than two minutes into the period before the Facchina sisters took over and Mary Kate added her second before older sister Cara rattled off back-to-back goals, with all three coming off Markwordt assists.
Vanderbilt scored five of the final six goals in the game, pulling to within two at 3:34 but the comeback ended there. Alex Priddy had three consecutive goals in the run before the Buckeyes' Porretto stepped in to break up the momentum at the 5:12 mark. Two more Vandy scores in less than two minutes down the stretch accounted for the final 13-11 margin.
The Buckeyes finished with advantages in shots (30-24) and draw controls (15-11), while forcing nine of Vanderbilt's 16 turnovers.