COLUMBUS, Ohio - Senior captain Laura McIntosh scored back-to-back goals in the first period and led the Ohio State women's hockey team to a 4-3 victory over Syracuse Saturday at the Tennity Ice Pavilion in Syracuse, N.Y. The Buckeyes (7-4-1) picked up their third series sweep of the season with the win.
Ohio State outshot Syracuse (5-9-0), 39-22, and held a 30-27 advantage in faceoffs. Redshirt sophomore Chelsea Knapp earned her fifth start in the net and finished with 19 saves to improve to 2-2-1 on the season. Syracuse goalie Jenesica Drinkwater had 35 saves and fell to 2-4-0.
The Orange put a goal on the board first at 12:11 in the opening period. Allie LaCombe scored for Syracuse with assists to Casey Hirsch and Jordyn Burns. The Buckeyes responded three minutes later when McIntosh tallied her fifth goal of the season at 15:21. Fellow seniors Natalie Spooner and Kelly Wild earned the assist.
McIntosh struck again barely a minute later and put the Buckeyes up 2-1 at 16:31 with the assist going to sophomore Madison Marcotte. Ohio State went into the first intermission with a one-goal lead.
Syracuse locked the score at two apiece at 5:55 in the second on a Julie Knerr goal. Ohio State, however, notched another score at 12:24 when junior Hokey Langan capitalized on a pass from freshman Sara Schmitt to take a 3-2 lead.
Sophomore Ally Tarr gave Ohio State a two-goal advantage at 10:18 in the third with an unassisted goal. The Orange pulled their goalie in the final minutes and took advantage of the extra player as Margot Scharfe scored the final goal of the game at 18:53.
The Buckeyes return to the OSU Ice Rink for a WCHA series against Minnesota Duluth, Nov. 25-26. Games begin at 7:07 p.m. and 4:07 p.m., respectively.