COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s lacrosse team closed out a four-game home stand by defeating Florida, 14-9, Saturday afternoon at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Alayna Markwordt led all goal scorers with five tallies, as the Buckeyes improved to 6-3 on the season and 1-1 in the ALC. Florida dropped to 6-4 overall and 0-2 in the conference.
Kelly Haggerty joined Markwordt with four goals, while Britteny Zerhusen had twoand Jayme Beard, Gabby Capuzzi and Jacqueline Orona each scored a single. In goal, Annie Carruthers followed up her 22-save performance against Northwestern earlier this week with 15 saves vs. the Gators. The junior Columbus Academy product now has tallied at least 10 saves in five of eight games this season.
The teams swapped scores over the first 20-plus minutes of the game, playing to a 5-5 score by the 8:10 mark in the first half. Haggerty then scored on back-to-back shots, both off assists from Beard, to take a 7-5 lead into the half.
The Buckeyes’ momentum continued in the second half as Capuzzi, Beard and Zerhusen came to life and rattled off the next three goals to build a 10-5 lead, their largest of the game. Back-and-forth play kept the game within four or five until the 19:47 mark when Ohio State held the 12-8 lead.
From there, it took nearly 13 minutes to find the back of the net, until Markwordt ended the drought with 6:26 to play and Haggerty scored her fourth two minutes later to take a 14-8 lead.
Janine Hillier scored for Florida with just over three minutes remaining to cap the scoring.
The teams matched up well on the field with Ohio State holding a narrow 30-29 advantage in shots, while the Gators held the edge in groundballs, 26-19. The Buckeyes controlled 11 draws, compared to 14 by Florida.
The Buckeyes return to the road for three-consecutive away games, beginning at noon April 5 against Canisius in Buffalo, N.Y.