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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 16-ranked Ohio State women’s lacrosse team opened the 2010 season with a tough 15-14 loss at 20th-ranked William & Mary on Busch Turf in Williamsburg, Va., Sunday. The Buckeyes (0-1) are now 10-5 in season openers, while the Tribe (1-0) began its seventh-consecutive season with a win.

In a contest that featured six ties and four lead changes, All-American Kelly Haggerty fueled the Buckeyes’ offensive presence, scoring 3 goals and adding assists on 3 others. Two other OSU players – Alayna Markwordt and Britney Zerhusen – also tallied hat tricks.

It was not enough, however, as the Tribe’s Mary Zulty broke a 14-14 tie with a free position goal with 4:33 remaining and the Buckeyes were unable to add an equalizer down the stretch.

The Tribe struck first, scoring just over four minutes into the contest, but the Buckeyes fired back with three unanswered goals over the next five minutes from three different scorers to pull ahead 3-1 halfway through the first half. Maghan Beaudrault netted the equalizer, setting it up for Haggerty and Zerhusen to stretch open the lead.

The Tribe would come back for the second tied mark of the game at 3-3 and after back and forth play through a 5-4 W&M lead, Haggerty fueled a 4-0 Buckeye run with a pair of goals for the largest OSU lead of the day at 8-5 with 7:16 to play in the first half.

Ohio State would hold the lead for the remainder of the period, heading into the intermission with a 9-8 advantage following an additional goal by Gabby Capuzzi.

Zerhusen scored her third of the day 36 seconds into the second frame to make the score 10-8, but the Tribe answered with a 5-0 run over a six-plus minute span to regain the lead at 13-10 at the 18:32 mark. With the help of two scores by Markwordt, Ohio State battled back to tie the game at 14 with 5:35 to play. Zulty’s free-position goal came at 4:33, however, and neither team would find the back of the net for the remainder of the contest.

Annie Carruthers made 17 stops in goal, including 10 in the first half. Her counterpart, Emily Geary, tallied seven saves.

Ohio State opens its home season at 1 p.m. Saturday against American in Columbus.