April 28, 2013

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Despite nine combined points between Mary Kate Facchina and Cara Facchina, the Ohio State women’s lacrosse team was edged by Johns Hopkins, 11-10, Sunday afternoon on a rain-soaked Bert L. and Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes conclude the regular season with a 7-9 overall record and 1-4 mark in the ALC, while the Blue Jays head into the postseason at 10-6 on the season and 2-3 in the conference.

Ohio State now will be the fifth seed in the ALC Tournament and take on fourth-seeded host Hopkins in quarterfinal action at 4 p.m. Thursday at Homewood Field. For the complete schedule and information on the seventh-annual tourney, visit the Tournament Central page.

Against the Blue Jays Sunday, Mary Kate Facchina led the charge with a career-high five goals, while older sister Cara had a game-high four assists and Jackie Cifarellialso had four points off two goals and two assists.

The Buckeyes stayed ahead or tied throughout the first half, leading by two, 5-3, with 2:03 left until the break. Mary Kate Facchinahad three of her goals in the early going, including back-to-back tallies to break a 3-all tie and give Ohio State its largest lead of the game. Hopkins closed out the first half with two goals, however, and used a 6-1 run that spanned the two periods to turn its deficit into a three-goal lead by the 20:35 mark. Ohio State answered with a three-goal burst, but back-to-back Blue Jay goals and a late Buckeye turnover would end up being the difference.

Tied at 5 out of the break, Mary Kate Facchina opened the second-half scoring with her fourth-consecutive goal for the Buckeyes 1:40 into the second period to put Ohio State back on top, 6-5. The Blue Jays then produced four unanswered over a 7:18 span to pull ahead 7-6 at 20:35, their first lead of the game. Cifarelli got the Buckeyes back into it at the 17:03 mark, sneaking one inside the post and, less than a minute later, Hallie Keselman found herself open and quick-sticked a pass from Cara Facchina to make it 9-8 . Just over four minutes later, the teams found themselves tied for the fifth time, 9-all, when Katie Chasescored off another Cara Faccchina helper, her fourth of the day.

Taylor D’Amore and Jen Cook scored less than a minute apart for the Blue Jays, making it 11-9, but a free-position shot off the pipe by Sammy Cermack ended in a groundball pickup for Heather Gravinese and gave momentum back to the Buckeyes. Mary Kate Facchinawould cash in for Ohio State, scoring her fifth of the game at 4:39, off a feed from Cifarelli to make it a one-goal game. The Buckeyes won the draw and were able to get a couple shots off before a costly turnover with 2:49 led to JHU’s Octavia Williams coming up with a caused turnover and groundball. Hopkins cleared the ball and ran out the clock for the win.

Johns Hopkins finished on top in shots (28-19) and draw controls (18-5), while the Buckeyes had the advantage in groundballs, 15-12. Between the pipes, Ohio State’s Tori DeScenza came up with five saves, all in the first half, while her counterpart Cosette Larash made three stops.