COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s lacrosse team came up short in a tale of two halves, dropping a 9-8 decision to Navy Friday night in Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Md. Senior Maghan Beaudrault led the Buckeyes with a pair of goals and junior Alayna Markwordt added three assists as they dropped to 0-2 on the season and the Mids improved to 2-0.
The Buckeyes overcame a 3-1 game-opening deficit by scoring five-consecutive goals and pulling ahead by a 6-3 margin with 5:23 remaining in the first period. Jayme Beard started off the scoring spree off an assist from Brittney Zerhusen at 17:15 and four additional Buckeyes continued it as the team took its first lead of the 2011 season. They would remain in command, up 6-4, as the teams headed into halftime.
Navy found the back of net to close out the opening period, however, and momentum stayed its favor following the intermission. The Mids rattled off three goals in a row to start the second period to take over the lead at 7-6 with 16:03 to play. The Buckeyes were not deterred, as Zerhusen scored on one of Markwordt’s three assists to tie it up and junior captain Gabby Capuzzi netted the go-ahead at the 12:21 mark.
Navy countered with the equalizer nearly two minutes later and went on to score what would stand as the game-winner with 8:38 to play on a free-position goal from Katrina Nietsch.
Nay goalie Elaina Ponchione finished the night with a school-record 15 saves, while the Buckeyes’ Annie Carruthers tallied six. Ohio State had a 30-23 shot advantage by the end of the game, including a commanding 21-9 margin in the first half. The Buckeyes also finished atop the draw control count, winning 10-of-18, and even in the groundball race, 21-21.
The Buckeyes remain on the East Coast for a noon game Sunday at American in the nation’s capital. The Eagles open their 2011 season with the Buckeyes with a team that features 19 returning letterwinners from last year’s squad, which finished 6-10 overall and 3-3 in the conference for a fourth-place tie.