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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s lacrosse team lost a Big Ten game to No. 19 Johns Hopkins, 12-7, Saturday in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Blue Jays (10-5, 2-2 B1G) led 5-2 at halftime and pulled away late for the win over the Buckeyes (8-7, 0-4 B1G).
THE SHORT STORY
The teams combined for just three goals in the first 15 minutes. The Blue Jays scored the game’s first two goals, at 24:50 and 14:54, but Ohio State got on the board just 43 seconds after the second JHU tally. The Blue Jays went on a three-goal run to push the lead to 5-1 before a late Buckeye tally made it a 5-2 game at halftime. The teams traded goals three times in the first 5:01 of the second half, putting the Blue Jays ahead, 8-5. JHU then scored three in a row to stretch the lead to 11-5 with 6:58 remaining. Ohio State tallied two of the last three goals for the 12-7 final.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
- Johns Hopkins scored at 24:50 and 14:54 for a 2-0 lead, with the second a free-position goal.
- Buckeye junior Liza Hernandez scored unassisted at 14:11 to make it a one-goal game (2-1), marking her 31st goal of the year.
- Ohio State sophomore Sophie Baez stopped a three-goal JHU scoring run with a tally at 1:20, assisted by Hernandez. The Blue Jays led 5-2 at halftime.
- Just 43 seconds into the second half the Blue Jays scored. Senior Baley Parrott notched her own goal for the Buckeyes at 23:29.
- After a JHU goal at 20:24, the Buckeyes scored just 10 seconds later. Riley Ewing won a draw control and sent Hernandez into the Blue Jays’ zone, where she converted at 20:14.
- The Blue Jays scored on a free position shot at 18:34 and Ohio State answered at 14:59, when Hernandez fed Baez for her second goal of the game.
- Johns Hopkins notched the next three goals, at 10:46, 10:09 and 6:58. The Buckeyes stopped the run on a goal by Sara Dickinson, off another Hernandez assist, at 5:45.
- The teams closed the game with unassisted goals, with JHU scoring at 3:26 and sophomore Lindsay Epstein tallying for the Buckeyes at 1:27.
- Buckeye junior goalie Jill Rizzo had 12 saves in the game (five in the first half, seven in the second), including a number of highlight-reel stops. Hopkins’ Haley Crosson had 15 saves in the contest, with nine in the first half.
THIS AND THAT
- Liza Hernandez led the Buckeyes with three assists and five points. It was her 12th multi-point game of the season. She leads the Buckeyes with 24 assists and 56 points this year and is second with 32 goals.
- Sophie Baez had a two-goal day, her seventh game this year with two or more goals. She is third on the team with 27 goals.
- Riley Ewing had seven draw controls for the Buckeyes, while Baley Parrott had four.
- In the cage, Jill Rizzo made 12 saves in 59:05 for the Buckeyes. Senior Paige Postalwait closed out the game and did not face a shot. The game was the 10th for Rizzo this season with double-digit saves.
- Riley Ewing’s assist was the first of her career and her first point this season.
- The Buckeye seniors were recognized pregame.
JUST THE STATS
Ohio State Leading Scorers: Liza Hernandez (2G, 3A), Sophie Baez (2G)
Shots: Ohio State 30, Johns Hopkins 30
Ground Balls: Ohio State 12, Johns Hopkins 17
Draw Controls: Ohio State 14, Johns Hopkins 7
Free Position Shots: Ohio State 0-of-6, Johns Hopkins 2-of-3
Saves: Ohio State (Rizzo) 12, Johns Hopkins (Crosson) 15
Ohio State hits the road for a Big Ten game at Rutgers. The teams will meet at noon Saturday in Piscataway, N.J. The Buckeyes close the regular season at home vs. Northwestern at 5:30 p.m. April 25.