COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Senior Katie Frederick made 14 saves in goal and senior Rainey Hodgson scored three goals, including the eventual game winner, as No. 17 Ohio State picked up a hard-fought victory over No. 18 Johns Hopkins, 8-7, Saturday afternoon at Ohio Stadium.
The win moves Ohio State to 4-1 on the season while Johns Hopkins drops to 3-3.
The Buckeyes never trailed in this one and led 5-3 at the half, despite being outshot 20-11 in the first 30 minutes. The Blue Jay offense was stymied by the play of Frederick, who made 11 of her 14 saves in the first half as the senior turned away one shot after another.
"Katie was tuned in and focused and I think she was our spark right off the bat," head coach Alexis Venechanos said after the game. "She gave our defense confidence and gave the opportunity for our attack to get their legs going. It kind of took us a while to score, but she stepped up right from the start and the team loves playing with her."
The Blue Jays would eventually tie the game at 5-5 on consecutive goals by Alexis Maffucci (26:01) and Shannon Fitzgerald (24:44) early into the second half. The Buckeyes then took the lead back on a free-position goal by Cian Dabrowski at the 19:09 mark, before Hopkins tied the score once again at 6-6 on another goal by Maffucci.
The last 15 minutes, however, belonged to the Buckeyes as Hodgson scored twice more -- once on an unassisted goal at 14:03 and another on a free-position attempt at 12:21 -- to give the scarlet and gray a two-goal cushion. Senior Olivia DiCarlantonio also was integral in the victory, recording four second-half draw controls, including the final one at the 3-minute mark, enabling the Buckeyes to run out the clock while nursing a one-goal lead.
"You have to give credit to Hopkins. It's always a battle when our two programs meet," Venechanos said. "We knew we had to stop their attack and our defense really set the tone early in the game, which is something we talked about. I thought we grew up a lot with our maturity in closing the game out. We had a lot of new players in those (end-of the game) scenarios who have never been there before. But we stuck together and that's what you need to do to beat a team like Hopkins."
Senior Cian Dabrowski and sophomore Molly Wood each scored twice for the Buckeyes and Kelsey Gallagher added one goal and an assist on the day. DiCarlantonio finished with a game-high five draw controls.
Fitzgerald and Maffucci led JHU with two goals each while Caroline Federico (3-3) took the loss in goal with six saves.
Ohio State returns to action next weekend when they host Cincinnati at 4 p.m. Friday and Virginia Tech at Noon Sunday. Both games will take place at Ohio Stadium.
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