BALTIMORE, Md. – Brittney Zerhusen scored three goals and Kelly Haggerty led the Buckeyes to a first-half lead with two goals, but the No. 17-ranked Ohio State women’s lacrosse team dropped a 9-8 decision to Johns Hopkins Sunday afternoon on a hot and steamy Homewood Field to close out the regular season. The loss gives Ohio State a 9-7 overall record and a 1-4 finish in the ALC, while Hopkins improves to 10-6, 3-2 with the win.
With Haggerty’s two goals, she pulled within two of tying the all-time career record for goals with 141 to her credit. Both came during a first-half run that also saw a pair of assists from both Jayme Beard and Alayna Markwordt. With an additional single tally, Markwordt finished the day with three points, second behind Zerhusen’s four.
The Blue Jays jumped out to a 2-0 lead over the first five minute of action, but Beard connected on back-to-back passes with two assists to start a 5-1 Buckeye run. Zerhusen’s first tally of the day was sandwiched between a pair from Haggerty as Ohio State took its first lead of the game, 3-2, with 12:42 to play in the first half.
Hopkins’ Brooke Foussadier broke up the spree with a game-tying goal, but the Buckeyes quickly answered with two – one from Kirsten Donahue and a second by Zerhusen – to stretch the lead to 5-3 at the 7:14 mark. Paige Ibello had the last word in the first half, however, and closed out scoring for the period at 4:45 to bring the game within one, 5-4, in favor of Ohio State.
Coming out the half with the lead for the 12th time this season, the Buckeyes lost momentum and Hopkins scored four-consecutive goals over the first 10:01 of the period. Fran McCaffery had three in a row during the stretch as the Blue Jays took an 8-5 lead.
Zerhusen ended the Hopkins run with a free-position goal at 15:36 for the Buckeyes’ first goal since 7:14 of the first half. With the score 8-6, Hopkins, the Bluejays would stretch the lead to three before Markwordt scored on a left-handed shot inside the 8-meter to pull back within two, 9-7, at 12:21.
Play settled for the next five-plus minutes with neither team finding the back of the net, but Maghan Beaudrault broke dry spell by sending one just inside the right pole off an assist by Zerhusen at 6:59. The score stayed within one at 9-8, Blue Jays, for the remainder of the game as Hopkins stalled on its half of the field and the Buckeyes were unable to capitalize on their possession with 22 seconds remaining.
The Buckeyes finished the first half with a 7-3 advantage in draw controls, but ended the day down 10-9. They were out-shot 22-18 on the day and held a narrow 13-11 margin in groundballs.
Ohio State returns to action in the quarterfinals of the ALC Tournament Thursday, hosted by Ohio State in Columbus. The official seedings and pairings will be released later Sunday pending the conclusion of Northwestern vs. Florida game beginning at 2 p.m. ET.