April 28, 2013

JHU Edges OSU; Rematch Coming in ALC Tourney

from press release

COLUMBUS, OH - The Johns Hopkins women's lacrosse team took its first lead of the game with 27:20 to play in the game and held on to defeat host Ohio State, 11-10, in both teams' regular season finale Sunday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Blue Jays (10-6, 2-3 ALC) earn the fourth seed in next week's American Lacrosse Conference Tournament while the Buckeyes (7-9, 1-4 ALC) will be the fifth seed.

Hopkins used a 6-1 run that bridged halftime to turn a two-goal deficit into a three-goal lead with 20:35 still to play. Ohio State answered with a three-goal burst, but back-to-back Blue Jay goals and a late Buckeye turnover were the difference for Hopkins. Hopkins was able to control the ball at the center circle, outdrawing Ohio State, 18-5.

Trailing by two with just 2:03 to play, Hopkins got back-to-back goals in the final 67 seconds to make it a 5-5 game at the half. Junior Sarah Taylor would pull Hopkins within one at 1:07 when she dodged across the top of the fan and down the right alley before blowing a shot past Tori DeScenza for her second of the afternoon. A nice individual effort by junior Sammy Cermack led to the tying goal in the closing seconds. The Buckeyes were clearing after a DeScenza save, but Cermack forced a turnover on the clear and drew a foul to earn a free position. Instead of shooting, she passed to senior Katie Duffey, who was open on the left post. Duffey cut in front of the cage, hitched and then scored with just 10 seconds on the clock.

Mary Kate Facchina opened the second half scoring with her fourth straight goal for the Buckeyes 1:40 into the second period to put OSU up 6-5. The Blue Jays would score four unanswered however to push out to the three-goal lead. Freshman Dene' DiMartino tied the game for the fourth time with a goal off a left-alley dodge at 27:53. Just 33 seconds later, Taylor scored on a dodge down the right alley and Hopkins led 7-6.

Cermack made it a two-goal game with her second of the afternoon, taking a pass from classmate Taylor D'Amore, and one-timing a shot past DeScenza from the doorstep. DiMartino bookended the run as she scored off a crease-roll on a low shot at 20:35 to give the Blue Jays their biggest lead of the game.Jackie Cifarelli got the Buckeyes back into it at the 17:03-mark, scoring on a low shot just inside the left post. Less than a minute later, Hallie Keselman found herself wide open in the alley and quick-sticked a pass from Cara Facchina past senior Cosette Larash to cut the deficit to one. Just over four minutes later, the teams found themselves tied for the fifth time when Katie Chase scored from in tight off another Cara Faccchina helper.

Hopkins answered with a pair of goals in a 50-second span to go back up by two with 8:48 to play. D'Amore, who was face-guarded for most of the game, was able to beat her defender to the goal, tiptoed along the crease and buried her second goal of the game to put JHU back on top. Sophomore Jen Cook then scored from close range off a D'Amore feed from behind and it was 11-9 Hopkins.

JHU was awarded the draw due to an Ohio State yellow card following the goal and the Blue Jays were able to run more time off the clock before Cermack earned a free position shot at 6:37. Her shot ricocheted off the far post and Heather Gravinese came up with the ground ball for the Buckeyes. Mary Kate Facchina would cash in for Ohio State, scoring her fifth goal of the game at 4:39, off a feed from Cifarelli to make it a one-goal game.

Ohio State came up with the draw and Chase drew a free position at 3:35 but Larash came up with the save. The Buckeyes controlled the loose ball, but less than a minute later, sophomore Octavia Williams checked the ball out of Cifarelli's stick and came up with the ground ball. Hopkins was able to clear and run out the clock to earn the win.

Cifarelli put the Buckeyes on the board at the 25:02-mark of the first half as she scored from the doorstep off a Cara Facchina pass. Kelsea Ayers then took a pass from Jennifer Porretto and scored to put Ohio State up by two less than two minutes later. It took Hopkins until midway through the first half to get on the board, but the Jays needed just 37 seconds to tie the game. D'Amore ended the Blue Jays' drought at 15:20 when she dodged from behind the cage, rolled the crease and snuck a side-arm shot inside the far post. Taylor then tied the game with an unassisted goal off the dodge at 14:43.

Mary Kate Facchina put Ohio State back on top with a high-to-high shot from the middle of the fan with 9:12 to go in the first half. Cermack answered quickly for Hopkins with a free position goal just 21 seconds later and the score was knotted at three apiece. Mary Kate Facchina once again gave the Buckeyes a two-goal lead with back-to-back goals at 5:55 and 2:03. The Blue Jays would get that the final two goals of the half however and the game was tied at five heading into the break.

Taylor led the Blue Jays with her seventh hat trick of the season, while also controlling four draws. D'Amore scored two goals to go with two assists and a game-high seven draws. DiMartino and Cermack each notched two goals, while DiMartino also controlled six draws. Larash finished with three saves to earn the win, the 32nd of her career to tie the JHU Division I record. Mary Kate Facchina led the Buckeyes with a game-high five goals while her sister, Cara, dished a game-high four helpers. DeScenza finished with five saves in the loss.

Hopkins will host the seventh annual ALC Tournament at Homewood Field, May 2, 3 and 5. JHU will face Ohio State in the opening game on Thursday, May 2. Opening draw for the first round game is set for 4:00 pm.

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