Two Buckeye hat-tricks secure 9-7 win over No. 14 Wolverines

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The Ohio State women’s lacrosse team gathers before the Ohio State-Robert Morris game on February 20. Ohio State won 17-5. Credit: Zachary Rilley | For the lantern

Ohio State women’s lacrosse won a rivalry game against Michigan 9-7 on the road Friday.

The Buckeyes (9-4, 2-1 Big Ten) upset the No. 14 Wolverines (9-5, 1-3 Big Ten) in their first victory over a ranked team this season.

Ohio State senior offense Chloë Johnson scored three in a row after fifth-year midfielder Lindsay Epstein scored the opening goal to lift the Buckeyes to a 4-0 lead late in the first quarter .

The flurry of points marked Johnson’s fourth career hat trick and third in a row in her record-breaking season as she earned a midseason third-team All-America selection from inside the lacrosse/IL Women on April 1 and set the program record for draw checks in a single season – standing with 104.

The Buckeyes led at halftime 5-2 after freshman midfielders Julia Schwabe and Jill Smith found the back of the net for the Wolverines in the second quarter.

Ohio State senior forward Jamie Level also had three goals for the Buckeyes, one each in the second, third and fourth quarters.

The Buckeyes were bolstered by second-year goaltender Regan Alexander, who recorded five of her 10 saves in the first quarter.

Wolverines fought back to trail 6-5 in the third quarter before Level scored back-to-back goals into the net to extend the lead.

Epstein led with three of the Buckeyes’ eight turnovers.

The Buckeyes will return to Columbus to host Maryland’s No. 9 at Ohio Stadium on April 17 at noon. The match will be televised on Big Ten Network.

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