COLUMBUS, Ohio The No. 14 Ohio State women’s lacrosse team dropped a 10-8 contest to No. 4 North Carolina Friday night at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium as part of the ALC/ACC Challenge. The loss snapped a seven-game Ohio State win streak.

In an evenly played game, North Carolina took its biggest lead at 7-3 at the start of the second half on a free-position goal by Jenn Russell with just 1:35 elapsed in the second period. Three Ohio State goals during the next six minutes by Alayna Markwordt (24:39), Kelly Haggerty (23:29) and a free-position score by Maghan Beaudrault (22:37) brought the Buckeyes to within one at 7-6. 

The Tar Heels’ Kristen Taylor scored at 17:42 to give UNC an 8-6 advantage, but Haggerty answered for the Buckeyes just 41 seconds later with an unassisted goal to make the score 8-7. After a UNC goal by Becky Lynch, Ohio State scored once more, on a shot by Beaudrault from Markwordt at 9:22, but Laura Zimmerman’s score with 7:04 remaining gave North Carolina its 10-8 win.

Markwordt, Haggerty and Beaudrault each had two goals for Ohio State, while Jayme Beard and Olivia Annalora scored once each. Russell and Taylor had three goals each for UNC.

In goal, senior Kristen Gilwee took the loss for the Buckeyes, despite 12 saves in the game, seven of those during second-half action.

“I’m disappointed about the loss but proud of the effort we put forth,” said OSU coach Sue Stimmel. “This season, we’ve been trying to prove we can play with the best and I believe we did that tonight.

“Maryland’s a great team. We have to take this loss, learn from it, and be ready Sunday.”

In the first game of Friday’s doubleheader, No. 2 Maryland defeated No. 17 Penn State 20-12. The Terrapins were ahead 14-8 at the half and got eight goals from sophomore Laura Merrifield, seven of those in the first period.

Ohio State (9-2) faces Maryland (12-0) Sunday at 1:30 p.m. while Penn State (5-5) and North Carolina (10-2) square off Sunday at 11 a.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Admission is free.

Lacrosse Game Summary (Final)
2009 Ohio State women’s lacrosse
No. 4 North Carolina 10, No. 14 Ohio State 8
April 3, 2009 at Columbus, Ohio

North Carolina (10-2) vs. Ohio State (9-2)
Attendance:618   Start time:7:30      End time:9:12 pm   Total time:1:42   

SCORE BY PERIOD       1  2  Total
North Carolina…………..  6  4 – 10
Ohio State………………..  3  5 –  8

North Carolina SCORING:
Kristen Taylor 3; Jenn Russell 3; Becky Lynch 2; Megan Bosica 1; Laura Zimmerman 1.
ASSISTS: Corey Donohoe 2; Megan Bosica 1; Amber Falcone 1.

Ohio State SCORING:
Alayna Markwordt 2; Kelly Haggerty 2;Maghan Beaudrault 2; Jayme Beard 1; Olivia Annalora 1.
ASSISTS: Alayna Markwordt 1.

North Carolina GROUND BALLS: Mia Hurrin 3; Jenn Russell 2; Kristen Carr 1; Amber Falcone 1; Kelly Taylor 1.

Ohio State GROUND BALLS: Gabby Capuzzi 2; Maghan Beaudrault 1; Laura Burke 1; Olivia Cora 1; Lauren Sterner 1.

North Carolina TURNOVERS CAUSED: Amber Falcone 3; Kristen Carr 2; Jenn Russell 1.
Ohio State TURNOVERS CAUSED: Olivia Cora 1; Lindsey Gysin 1; Lauren Sterner 1.

SHOTS – North Carolina 28; Ohio State 16.
SHOTS ON GOAL – North Carolina 22; Ohio State 13.

MAN-UP OPPORTUNITIES – North Carolina 1-0; Ohio State 0-0.

TURNOVERS – North Carolina 12; Ohio State 15.

CLEARS – North Carolina 9-10; Ohio State 12-15.

GOALIES – NC: Logan Ripley 10-2 (60:00 minutes, 13 shots-5 saves, 8 GA); OSU: Kristen Gilwee 8-2 (60:00, 22-12, 10).