No. 10 Buckeyes Edged at No. 9 Johns Hopkins, 8-7
Junior goalie Tori DeScenza
April 26, 2014
BALTIMORE, Md. – Junior goalie Tori DeScenza had 12 saves and sophomore attack Cian Dabrowski had four points (3g, 1a), but the tenth-ranked Ohio State women’s lacrosse team fell, 8-7, at No. 9 Johns Hopkins Saturday afternoon at Homewood Field in Baltimore, Md. The Buckeyes conclude the 2014 regular season with a 12-5 overall record and a 4-2 mark in ALC play. The team will now prepare for the 2014 ALC Tournament and will be the No. 2 seed, facing No. 7 seed Michigan at 7 p.m. CT Thursday, May 1 in Evanston, Ill.
Down 6-3 at half, the Buckeyes rallied to tie the score at 6-6 in the opening minutes of the second half. The teams then exchanged goals to knot it at 7-7 with under 10 minutes left in regulation before the Blue Jays (14-3, 3-3 ALC) scored the eventual gamewinning goal at 3:52 to earn the conference victory on their Senior Day. The contest was televised live on ESPNU.
Offensively, Dabrowski had a team-high four points, collecting her fifth hat trick of the season, while junior midfielder Jennifer Porretto had a pair of goals and an assist and senior attack Cara Facchina had a goal and an assist. Freshman Allie Ogilvie also scored a goal and junior Jackie Cifarelli picked up an assist vs. Hopkins.
Defensively, the Buckeyes held the Blue Jays scoreless for more than 20 minutes after the home squad jumped out to a three-goal lead at half. DeScenza led the way with 12 saves, facing 31 shots. Junior Mary Kate Facchina and sophomore Christine Easton has four groundballs, while junior Taylor Donahue had three groundballs and a caused turnover. On the draw, Porretto led the way with four controls followed by Easton with three.
A native of Smithtown, N.Y., Porretto led the Buckeye charge out of halftime when she forced a turnover and collected a ground ball before being fouled to cause a man-up situation for Ohio State. She then scored at 23:55 in front of net with the assist from Cara Facchina to make it 6-4. Just 17 seconds later, a won draw by the Buckeyes led to a Dabrowski goal at 23:38 when she sprinted right up the middle for her second score of the game. The Buckeyes then tied it at 6-6 when Cifarelli sent a pass to the far post to an open Porretto, who tallied her second of the half at 22:01. The goal marked a 4-0 run for the Scarlet and Gray.
With less than 10 minutes to play, Hopkins regained the lead, 7-6, following a goal by Taylor D’Amore. Ohio State rebounded when Dabrowski collected her third of the game a minute later with a goal on a free position attempt at 8:02. However, the Blue Jays then scored on a bouncer that just made it inside the cage at 3:52 by Jenna Reifler for the final goal of the contest. Overall shots were 31-15 in favor of Hopkins, while the Buckeyes held a 9-8 advantage on draw controls.
The first ten minutes of play went scoreless as DeScenza held strong in front of net, collecting three of her seven first-half stops in the early goings vs. the Jays. The Buckeyes struck first when Porretto found a cutting Dabrowski in the crease who sent a low shot in net at 18:41 for her 26th goal of the year. Three minutes later after a save by DeScenza, the Buckeyes went quickly on the attack and Cara Facchina made it 2-0 when she worked her way around goal and fired in a top-shelf shot at 15:41. The score was her sixth of 2014.
After a media timeout, the Blue Jays went on a 6-0 run vs. the Scarlet and Gray, scoring six goals in a 12-minute span. DeScenza came up with her sixth save on a free attempt by Hopkins. However, moments later after an OSU turnover, the Jays tied it at 2-2 at 11:33. Johns Hopkins then took its first lead of the afternoon on a man-up situation at 9:27 with a shot from the near post. The Jays then took advantage of back-to-back free position attempts to extend their lead to, 5-2. The home team continued its momentum at 2:27 when D’Amore scored on a fast break goal into the right side of the cage.
Down four goals, the Buckeyes were able to kill Hopkins’ offensive surge with a man-up goal with under two minutes to go heading to halftime. Dabrowski found an open Ogilvie on the near side, who finished off the scoring play with a shot in net at 1:17. The goal marked her seventh of the season. At half, shots were 20-6 in favor of Hopkins, while the Blue Jays held a 6-4 lead in draw controls.
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