COLUMBUS, Ohio Ohio State suffered a narrow 17-16 loss to the No. 2-ranked Maryland Terrapins Sunday in the ALC/ACC women’s lacrosse challenge. A season high 836 watched the action at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

Ohio State jumped out to a 3-0 lead with goals from Jayme Beard, Alayna Markwordt and Gabby Capuzzi. Beard, cutting to the right of the goal, nabbed a clean pass from Kelly Haggerty and sent a quick low shot past Maryland goalie Brittany Dipper just a minute into play. Markwordt added her first of six tallies for the game at 26:28 with a nifty spin move pass the Terrapin defenders and a low shot to the right side. Capuzzi and sophomore Maghan Beaudrault paired for a Buckeye goal at 25:00, as Capuzzi sprinted toward the Maryland net and capitalized off a crisp pass from Beaudrault.

With 8:15 until halftime, Ohio State regained a one-goal lead as Rachael Cornicello opted out of the free position attempt for a pass to a waiting Markwordt who tallied again with a low shot to put the Buckeyes up, 6-5. The game was tied 9-9 at halftime.

In the second half, Haggerty passed from behind the Maryland net to Beard, who had set up on the right post just outside the crease and beat Mary Jordan top shelf to pull within one with 18 minutes remaining.

Maryland received three yellow cards between 4:15 and 3:08 to give Ohio State the man advantage for the remainder of the game. Haggerty notched a FPS at 3:04 and again at 1:37 to cut the Terrapin lead to one, but that was as close as the Buckeyes could come.

“We wanted to prove that we could play with the No. 2 and No. 4 teams in the country and I think we did that,” said OSU coach Sue Stimmel. “It’s a hard one to swallow, coming within a goal to finish.

“It was a great challenge. We had four fantastic teams. It was great to see the number of people in Columbus come out and support us. I am proud the way we competed but disappointed we couldn’t get a win.”

In the first game of Sunday’s doubleheader, No. 4 North Carolina downed No. 17 Penn State 11-7.

Ohio State, now 9-3, returns to action Sunday hosting ALC rival Vanderbilt at noon at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Maryland remains undefeated on the season at 13-0.

Lacrosse Game Summary (Final)
2009 Ohio State women’s lacrosse
No. 2 MARYLAND vs. No. 14 Ohio State
April 5, 2009 at Columbus, Ohio

MARYLAND (13-0) vs. Ohio State (9-3; 1-0 ALC)
Attendance:836   Start time:1:30 pm   End time:3:29 pm   Total time:1:59   

SCORE BY PERIOD       1  2  Tot
MARYLAND……………..  9  8 – 17
Ohio State………………..  9  7 – 16

JOHNSON, Karri Ellen 6; MOLLISON, Sarah 3; JONES, Brandi 3; McFADDEN, Caitlyn 2; MERRIFIELD, Laura 2; JONES, Brittany 1.
ASSISTS: MOLLISON, Sarah 2; JONES, Brandi 1; JONES, Brittany 1; McFADDEN, Caitlyn 1; SPINNENWEBER, Amanda 1.

Ohio State SCORING:
Alayna Markwordt 6; Kelly Haggerty 4; Maghan Beaudrault 2; Jayme Beard 2; Gabby Capuzzi 1; Rachel Hawes 1.
ASSISTS: Kelly Haggerty 4; Maghan Beaudrault 2; Gabby Capuzzi 1; Rachael Cornicello 1.

MARYLAND GROUND BALLS: GALLAGHER, Katie 3; McFADDEN, Caitlyn 2; JOHNSON, Karri Ellen 1; JORDAN, Mary 1; NIUMATALOLO, Alexcia 1; POIST, Brittany 1.
Ohio State GROUND BALLS: Kristen Gilwee 4; Kendall Gysin 2; Maghan Beaudrault 1; Laura Burke 1; Lindsay Burkhart 1; Lindsey Gysin 1.

Ohio State TURNOVERS CAUSED: Kendall Gysin 2; Maghan Beaudrault 1.

SHOTS – MARYLAND 31; Ohio State 23.
SHOTS ON GOAL – MARYLAND 25; Ohio State 19.
TURNOVERS – MARYLAND 12; Ohio State 11.
CLEARS – MARYLAND 11-11; Ohio State 16-21.
GOALIES – MARYLAND: DIPPER, Brittany (23:59 minutes, 7 shots-0 saves, 7 GA) , JORDAN, Mary 3-0 (36:01, 12-3, 9); OSU: Kristen Gilwee 8-3 (60:00, 25-8, 17).

21:39 Yellow Card, Maryland Bench (First Half)