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COLUMBUS, Ohio Ohio State women’s lacrosse closed its home season with a dramatic 15-13 ALC victory over No. 10 Vanderbilt Sunday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. 

The Buckeyes, now 10-3 and 2-0 in the American Lacrosse Conference, are ranked 13th by WomensLax.com, 15th by the IWLCA and 16th by Inside Lacrosse this week.

A career-best five goals from senior Rachel Hawes were the difference on Senior Day in the back-and-forth contest. Leading 6-5 at the half, the Buckeyes never trailed during the second stanza, but the Commodores tied the game at 7-7 and 9-9 and got as close as 14-13 with 2:53 remaining on a goal from Ally Carey. But Buckeye goalie Kristen Gilwee stopped an Alex Priddy shot with 43 seconds remaining, and OSU’s Alayna Markwordt punched in a goal as time expired for the 15-13 decision.

“I’m so excited that we were able to beat Vanderbilt. We’ve had a lot of close games with them but haven’t beaten them in 10 years,” said Ohio State coach Sue Stimmel. “The way the season has been going is quite an accomplishment for our seniors.”

Hawes and junior Kelly Haggerty (3 goals, 2 assists) led Ohio State with five points each. Markwordt and Maghan Beaudrault had three points each, while Jayme Beard, Olivia Annalora nd Gabby Capuzzi scored single goals. Gilwee finished with 12 saves.

Seniors Kristen Gilwee, Libby Graf, Kendall Gysin, Rachel Hawes, Mallory Mayhew and Margaret Prunte were honored in ceremonies before the match. The Buckeyes conclude the regular season with road matches at Detroit Mercy (Tues., April 14), Penn State (Sun., April 19) and No. 1 Northwestern (Weds., April 22). The ALC Tournament begins April 30 at Penn State.

Lacrosse Game Summary (Final)
2009 Ohio State women’s lacrosse
Vanderbilt (8-4; 2-2 ALC) 13, Ohio State (10-3; 2-0 ALC) 15
Date: Apr 12, 2009  Location: Columbus, Ohio        Stadium: Jesse Owens Memorial
Attendance:332   Start time: Noon      End time: 1:50 p.m.   Total time:1:50   

SCORE BY PERIOD       1  2  Tot
Vanderbilt………………..  5  8 – 13
Ohio State………………..  6  9 – 15

Vanderbilt SCORING:
GOALS:
Sarah DOWNING 4; Katherine DENKLE 3; Cara GIORDANO 2; Ally CAREY 2; Carter FOOTE 1; Alex PRIDDY 1.
ASSISTS: Laura KEENAN 2; Allie FRANK 1.

Ohio State SCORING:
GOALS:
Rachel Hawes 5; Kelly Haggerty 3; Maghan Beaudrault 2; Alayna Markwordt 2; Jayme Beard 1; Gabby Capuzzi 1; Olivia Annalora 1.
ASSISTS: Kelly Haggerty 2; Maghan Beaudrault 1; Rachael Cornicello 1; Kirsten Donahue 1; Alayna Markwordt 1.

Vanderbilt GROUND BALLS: Natalie WILLS 3; Katherine DENKLE 2; Sarah DOWNING 2; Cara GIORDANO 2; Ally CAREY 1; Carter FOOTE 1; Megan GIBSON 1; Claire LEONARD 1; Alex MUNDY 1.

Ohio State GROUND BALLS: Maghan Beaudrault 4; Kendall Gysin 2; Rachel Hawes 2; Jayme Beard 1; Gabby Capuzzi 1; Kristen Gilwee 1; Lindsey Gysin 1; Kelly Haggerty 1.

Vanderbilt TURNOVERS CAUSED: Katherine DENKLE 1; Sarah DOWNING 1; Claire LEONARD 1.
Ohio State TURNOVERS CAUSED: Maghan Beaudrault 2; Rachel Hawes 2; Gabby Capuzzi 1; Kendall Gysin 1; Alayna Markwordt 1.

SHOTS Vanderbilt 35; Ohio State 28.
SHOTS ON GOAL Vanderbilt 25; Ohio State 24.

MAN-UP OPPORTUNITIES – Vanderbilt 3-0; Ohio State 6-0.

TURNOVERS – Vanderbilt 16; Ohio State 10.

CLEARS – Vanderbilt 10-14; Ohio State 16-16.

GOALIES – VANDY: Natalie WILLS 8-2 (60:00 minutes, 24 shots-9 saves, 15 GA); OSU: Kristen Gilwee 9-3 (60:00, 25-12, 13).