March 31, 2002
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Shannon Wilson (Jr., Sherkston, Ontario) score her lone goal of the game with 1:37 left in leading the 19th-ranked Ohio State (7-1, 1-0 American Lacrosse Conference) women's lacrosse squad to a 12-11 upset victory over seventh-ranked and seven-time defending NCAA Champion Maryland (6-4). The game, played at Maryland's Ludwig Field in driving rain, broke a string of 79-straight wins by Maryland over non-conference competition. OSU's Megan Mirick (Fr., Burke, Va.) was the leading scorer for the Buckeyes with five goals and an assist. Tracey Bounds (Jr., Ellicott City, Md.) added three goals and Regina Oliver (Fr., Pottstown, Pa.) two while Carrie Weatherill (So., Malvern, Pa.) and Wilson added single tallies. OSU's Alexia Vogler (Jr., Ellicott City, Md.) contributed four assists in the victory. Terrapins Kelly Coppedge (So., Annapolis, Md.) and Courtney Hobbs (Sr., West Lakes, South Australia) recorded three goals each for Maryland with Meredith Egan (Sr., Maplewood, N.J.) and Sonia Judd (Jr., Darlington, South Australia) adding two each. Acacia Walker (Fr., Sherwood Forest, Md.) added a lone goal for Maryland.
Ohio State opened the first half by blitzing the Terrapins with five consecutive goals. Weatherill opened the scoring at 1:01, with Mirick scoring (1:19) 18 seconds later on an assist by Vogler. Oliver continued the scoring at 4:20 with Mirick scoring her second of the game at 11:00. Oliver's second goal (11:28), with an assist from Vogler, completed the 5-0 run. Maryland got on the scoreboard at 14:50 with a goal by Hobbs to make it 5-1. Mirick's third goal (17:29) and a score by Bounds (18:30) expanded the Buckeye lead to 7-1. Terrapin Egan made it 7-2 at 23:21 with a free position shot. Bounds' second goal of the game at 28:45, assisted by Mirick, gave OSU an 8-2 lead. With 10 seconds left in the half, Maryland's Coppedge, on a free position shot, scored to make the score, 8-3, Ohio State at halftime. The Buckeyes built its largest lead of the game at seven (10-3) with goals by Bounds (30:15), her third and Mirick's fourth at 34:15, assisted by Vogler to open the second half. Maryland began its comeback by scoring the next five goals to cut the lead to 10-8. Hobbs started the run with her second goal, a free position shot, at 39:27. Hobbs scored again, her third, to made it 10-5, at 40:53. Judd scored back-to-back goals, the first assisted by Coppedge at 43:57, the second at 44:21 to cut the lead to 10-7. Maryland trailed, 10-8, with a goal by Walker at 45:00, assisted by Julie Shank (Jr., Arnold, Md.). OSU's Mirick countered at 48:18 with her fifth score of the game, assisted by Vogler to make the OSU lead three at 11-8. Maryland responded with goals by Egan, her second, at 50:04, Coppedge, her second, at 50:19 and Coppedge's third goal on a free position shot at 51:58 to tie the game at 11. The Buckeyes captured the victory with Wilson's game-winning goal at 58:23 and held on for the win.
OSU's Erin Forquer (Fr., Shaker Heights, Ohio) picked up her seventh win of the season while recording 11 saves in the game for the Buckeyes. Maryland played three goalkeepers in the contest with Alexis Venechanos (Jr., Yorktown, N.Y.) playing 44 minutes and recorded six saves while giving up nine goals. Cara Gorman (Jr., Amsterdam, N.Y.) gave up one goal in 6:39 and Kirah Miles (Fr., Villanova, Pa.) gave up two goals in 9:21.
Ohio State plays its sixth consecutive road match next Saturday when the Buckeyes play at 16th-ranked Johns Hopkins (6-4, 4-2) in an ALC match at 11 a.m., April 6. The Buckeyes then return home to face 14th-ranked Notre Dame (6-1) at 4 p.m., Tuesday, April 9.
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