April 23, 2022

Buckeyes Drop Close Game at Johns Hopkins

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – In a Big Ten Conference game that had four ties and four lead changes, the Ohio State women’s lacrosse team fell to Johns Hopkins, 17-14, Saturday in Baltimore. The game was tied at halftime but the Blue Jays outscored the Buckeyes 5-1 in the third quarter to take the lead. Ohio State drew within one with three straight goals to open the fourth, but was unable to get the score even.

The Buckeyes are now 9-6 on the year and 2-3 in the Big Ten, with the Blue Jays 9-7 and 1-4 in league play.

The Short Story

Ohio State scored the first four goals of the game, but Johns Hopkins tallied the next six. Ohio State led 4-3 Buckeye after the first quarter and the Hopkins moved ahead 6-4 with 10:28 left in the second. After the teams traded goals for a 7-5 JHU lead at 5:58, Ohio State went on a three-goal run for an 8-7 lead at 3:26. The Blue Jays deadlocked the score with 1:34 left in the quarter, sending the teams to halftime tied at eight.

Hopkins scored the first goal of the second half, with Ohio State answering for a 9-9 game. The Blue Jays controlled the rest of the third, scoring four times and shutting out the Buckeyes for a 13-9 lead through 45 minutes. Ohio State closed to within one with the first three goals of the fourth, but back-to-back JHU tallies pushed the edge back to three (15-12) with 6:37 remaining. Ohio State scored twice before the end of the game, but the Blue Jays answered each time.

Nicole Ferrara had a Buckeye-best four goals, while Ali Beekhuizen had a hat trick and an assist for four points. Chloe Johnson recorded 11 draw controls, along with two goals and an assist, while Sophie Baez scored twice. Jamie Level notched five draw controls, five ground balls and two caused turnovers, along with a goal and an assist. Regan Alexander made 10 saves, as the Blue Jays outshot the Buckeyes, 35-25. Ohio State had the edge in draw controls, 22-14. Johnson because the third Buckeye to reach 200 career draw controls in the game and now has 203, extending her school single-season record to 118.

Up Next

The Buckeyes’ regular-season finale is set for 8 p.m. Thursday vs. Rutgers in Ohio Stadium, with BTN televising the contest.

How it Happened

  • Ohio State scored the game’s first four goals for a 4-0 lead with 4:22 remaining in the first quarter.
  • Jamie Level set up Sophie Baez for a goal at 13:54 and then drove the cage for a goal of her own at 11:21. Nicole Ferrara had a shot deflect in at 9:42 and Jamie Lasda notched a free position score at 4:22.
  • The Blue Jays scored three times in the final 3:09 of the opening quarter for a one-goal game, including free position tallies at 2:21 and :49.
  • The Hopkins’ goal run stretched to six with goals at 12:19, 11:45 and 10:28 of the second quarter for a 6-4 JHU lead.
  • The teams traded the next two goals, with Chloe Johnson tallying for the Buckeyes at 9:50 and Johns Hopkins scoring at 5:58.
  • The Buckeyes then went on a run of their own to take an 8-7 lead. Ali Beekhuizen scored unassisted at 5:10, Jane Cowley set up a Jamie Lasda backhand goal at 4:32 and Baez had an unassisted tally at 3:26. The Blue Jays ended the Ohio State run and tied the game with a score from Jordan Carr with 1:34 remaining in the half.
  • Hopkins opened the scoring 25 seconds into the third quarter for a 9-8 lead but Ferrara spun and scored off a pass from Caly O’Brien at 13:06 to again tie the score.
  • The Blue Jays scored the final four goals of the third quarter for a 13-9 lead.
  • Ohio State drew within one (13-12) with three straight goals to start the fourth quarter. Ferrara scored on a fast break, assisted by Chloe Johnson, at 12:35 (with a Maura McGregor ground ball starting the play) before a Beekhuizen tally at 11:36. Beekhuizen then assisted on a Johnson goal at 10:29.
  • The Blue Jays notched the next two to push the lead to three (15-12) with 6:37 remaining.
  • Sarah Johnson grabbed a ground ball and led a fast break, finding Ferrara for the score at 3:36.
  • Less than a minute later the Blue Jays again responded.
  • Beekhuizen converted a free position chance at 2:03 for a 16-14 game but Ohio State could get no closer, with the Blue Jays sealing the win with a goal with 17 seconds remaining.

Noting the Buckeyes

  • Ferrara moved her point streak to 20; she has 45 goals, 21 assists and 56 points during her scoring streak. She leads the Buckeyes with 47 points and now has 99 points in the Scarlet and Gray. It was her second career four-goal game and the second-highest single-game total of her career, behind only the six goals she scored vs. Northwestern last season.
  • Chloe Johnson’s 11 draw controls are tied for the fifth-most in a single game in program history and two shy of the school-record 13 set by Johnson and Molly Wood (twice).
  • Sarah Johnson’s assist was the first point of her Buckeye career.
  • Baez now has 105 points in 54 games in the Scarlet and Gray, with 68 goals and 37 assists.
  • Beekhuizen had her first game with four or more points since a five-point game vs. Towson March 10, 2020 and her third career game with four or more. It was her first hat trick of the season and fifth as a Buckeye.
  • Level’s five ground balls were a career best.