Around the Oval: Women's Lacrosse Loses Twice, Women's Gymnastics Ends Regular Season, Men's Tennis Drops Two Competitions

By Jake Anderson on March 18, 2019 at 1:05 pm
The women's lacrosse team prepares for its upcoming match.
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Buckeye excellence is not exclusive to the football field or the basketball court. Around the Oval is our way of keeping you informed of the amazing things happening with the other 34 varsity sports on campus.

Women's Lacrosse Goes Winless Over Spring Break

Ohio State's women's lacrosse team spent its week without classes traveling down the East Coast, playing Massachusetts and Maryland away from home. The Bucks lost both competitions.

Massachusetts jumped out to an early lead and did not look back. The opponents held its largest leads at 14-9 and 15-10 before the Buckeyes' comeback attempt in the final four minutes, resulting in a final score of 15-14 in favor of Massachusetts. Senior Baley Pallet, Ohio State's leading scorer, netted a team-high three goals. 

In College Park, No. 2 Maryland simply took care of business. The undefeated Terrapins scored twelve times in the first half, eventually defeating the Bucks 16-1. Senior Sara Dickinson scored Ohio State's lone goal. 

The Buckeyes will host Michigan on Thursday night. 

Women's Gymnastics Finishes up Regular Season

No. 22 Ohio State wrapped up its regular season this past weekend in Morgantown. The meet, featuring West Virginia, Penn State, and NC State, ended with the Buckeyes posted a meet-low 194.925. 

The Buckeyes were unable to win any events but received quality performances from their underclassmen. Freshman Sydney Jennings tied for third on vault with 9.850. Freshman Claire Gagliardi tied for third on beam with 9.850, her fifth straight time at or above 9.800 in the event. Sophomore Danica Abanto tied for fifth on the floor with a score of 9.850, tying her career high. 

Ohio State will participate in the Big Ten Championships this coming Saturday. 

Men's Tennis Drops Two Matches in Texas

No. 1 Ohio State struggled without star J.J. Wolf, going 0-2 over spring break. The losses came in Texas at the hands of the No. 28 Aggies and No. 4 Longhorns. 

Against A&M, the Bucks took the doubles point to start the match. From there, Ohio State needed three of the six singles matches to win the competition. John McNally and Hunter Tubert took care of business, but the Buckeyes dropped four matches, losing the bout 4-3. Three of the four singles matches Ohio State lost went to a third set. 

From there, the scarlet and gray headed to Austin. The Buckeyes started poorly, losing the doubles points for the first time this season. Freshman James Trotter provided Ohio State with its only points as the Bucks lost 4-1. 

The tennis team will be back in Columbus on Friday to open up Big Ten play against Michigan State. 

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