April 28, 2012

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BALTIMORE, Md. – The 13th-ranked Ohio State women’s lacrosse team dropped a 12-9 decision to No. 19 Johns Hopkins Saturday afternoon at Homewood Field in Baltimore, Md., concluding the regular season for both teams. The Buckeyes sit at 10-5 overall and 1-4 in the ALC, while the Blue Jays are now 8-8 on the season and 1-4 in the conference.

Alayna Markwordt and Gabby Capuzzi led the Buckeyes with four points apiece, but a trio of Blue Jay players with four points and a goalie who came up with 11 saves made the difference in the end. Ohio State led by as many as four in the first half and trailed by as much as five late in the game before answering with a three-goal run to pull within two. The Buckeye comeback attempt ended there, however.

Ohio State jumped out to a 4-0 lead over the first 10-plus minutes of action with Capuzzi starting off the scoring spree and sandwiching a tally by Katie Chase with her second score, both assisted by Markwordt. Cara Facchina converted on a pass by Jackie Cifarelli to complete the early-game run.

Hopkins stormed back to within one, making it 4-3 Ohio State, before Markwordt found the back of the net with an unassisted goal at 7:49 in the opening period. The Blue Jays scored each of the next seven goals, however, with the teams closing out the half tied 5-5 and Hopkins eventually building a 10-5 lead by the 16:02 mark of the second half. Candace Rossi had two of her game-high four goals in the game-changing swing.

Led by Capuzzi, the Buckeyes produced four of the next five goals, pulling to within two with 5:51 left on the clock. Chase added her second free-position goal of the afternoon, while Capuzzi had back-to-back scores and Markwordt added her lone goal of the game to make it 11-9. Momentum shifted for the final time when Rossi scored for JHU on a fast-break following a shot and save on the Buckeyes’ offensive end at 3:28.

The Blue Jays finished on top in shots (29-24), groundballs (23-19), draw controls (12-11) and saves (11-4).

Ohio State will return to action in ALC Tournament as the No. 4 seed May 3-5 at Donald R. Dizney Stadium in Gainesville, Fla., hosted by Florida. Official tournament seeding and schedule will be released later Saturday. Quarterfinal action begins at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, May 3 with two games followed by two semifinal games starting at 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 4. The championship game will be played at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, May 5.