COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State women’s lacrosse team (4-2, 0-1 ALC) dropped its first American Lacrosse Conference (ALC) matchup of 2008 as it fell to top-ranked Northwestern, 21-5, Friday at North Turf Field on The Ohio State University campus. With the win, the Wildcats (6-0, 1-0 ALC) extend their win streak to 27-consecutive victories.

Senior Kristen Slahor led the Buckeyes with three points from two goals and one assist. The Ellicott, Md., native has a team-best 28 points and 20 assists on the season. Also scoring twice for Ohio State was junior Rachel Hawes, who now has eight goals and nine points in 2008. The Wildcats outshot the Buckeyes, 31-18, and held possession of the game, grabbing 19 ground balls and 18 draw controls to Ohio State’s 13 ground balls and 10 draw controls.

In the first half, senior Amanda Shimp tied the game at 1-all with 26:33 on the clock, answering Northwestern’s goal by junior Hilary Bowen scored less than a minute into play. Bowen, Danielle Spencer and Katrina Dowd went on to score a goal apiece to give the Wildcats a 4-1 lead before Ohio State captain Slahor knocked in the Buckeyes’ second goal of the game to make it a 4-2 game. Cutting around the left side of the goal, Slahor beat Northwestern goalkeeper Morgan Lathrop off a pass from classmate Kristen Hannon.

The Wildcats held the Buckeyes at two goals and scored nine of their own before Slahor added her second tally of the match. Scoring 17 seconds before halftime, Kelly Haggerty found her open teammate near the crease to make the score, 13-3, at the half. In the first half, Northwestern outshot Ohio State, 20-9, while Buckeye goalkeeper Kristen Gilwee made three saves.

The Buckeyes would strike first in the second half with Eldersburg, Md., native Hawes sprinting up field for an unassisted goal 2:39 into the half. But Northwestern again went on an offensive run, tallying eight unanswered goals to take a 21-4 lead with a little more than three minutes remaining. After 43:12 of play, Buckeye goalie Gilwee was replaced with freshman keeper Annie Carruthers finishing the last 16:48 of the game. Hawes would notch her second goal of the half with 30 seconds left.  

In the second, the Wildcats held an 11-9 shot advantage.

Ohio State next hosts Robert Morris in a non-conference matchup at 1 p.m. Sunday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus.

                         Lacrosse Game Summary (Final)
              #1 NU vs Ohio State (Mar 14, 2008 at Columbus, Ohio)

                NU (6-0, 1-0 ALC) vs. Ohio State (4-2, 0-1 ALC)
Date: Mar 14, 2008  Location: Columbus, Ohio        Stadium:                    
Attendance:188   Start time:3 p.m.    End time:4:43 pm   Total time:1:43   

SCORE BY PERIOD       1  2  Tot
NU……………… 13  8 – 21
Ohio State……….  3  2 –  5

SCORING: GOALS: Bowen, Hilary 5; Donohoe, Casey 4; Dowd, Katrina 3;
Nielsen, Hannah 2; Casey, Mary Kate 2; Spencer, Danielle 2; Jacobs,
Ali 1; Matthews, Brooke 1; Frank, Meredith 1.
ASSISTS: Nielsen, Hannah 4; Bowen, Hilary 3; Jacobs, Ali 1.

Ohio State
SCORING: GOALS: Slahor, Kristen 2; Hawes, Rachel 2; Shimp,
Amanda 1.
ASSISTS: Haggerty, Kelly 1; Hannon, Kristen 1; Slahor, Kristen 1.

NU GROUND BALLS: Cammarota, Quinn 3; Harrington, Sara 3; Finch,
Christy 2; Frank, Meredith 2; Matthews, Brooke 2; Tesar, Caroline 2;
Bremer, Maggie 1; Dowd, Katrina 1; Jackson, Caitlin 1; Lathrop, Morgan
1; McGraw, Fallon 1.

Ohio State GROUND BALLS: Beaudrault, Maghan 3; Gilwee, Kristen 3;
Burke, Laura 2; Shimp, Amanda 2; Carey, Bethany 1; Hawes, Rachel 1;
Patane, Jessica 1.

NU TURNOVERS CAUSED: Finch, Christy 2; Tesar, Caroline 2; Cammarota,
Quinn 1; Frank, Meredith 1; Harrington, Sara 1; Jackson, Caitlin 1.
Ohio State TURNOVERS CAUSED: Shimp, Amanda 3; Beaudrault, Maghan 2;
Gysin, Lindsey 1; Hawes, Rachel 1; Patane, Jessica 1; Sterner, Lauren

SHOTS – NU 31; Ohio State 18.
SHOTS ON GOAL – NU 25; Ohio State 10.

TURNOVERS – NU 21; Ohio State 23.

FACEOFFS – NU 0-0; Ohio State 0-0.

GOALIES – NU: Lathrop, Morgan 6-0 (54:15 minutes, 7 shots-3 saves, 4
GA) , St. Clair-Barrie, D (05:45, 3-2, 1); OSU: Carruthers, Annie
(16:48, 5-1, 4) , Gilwee, Kristen 4-2 (43:12, 20-3, 17).

Start time: 3 p.m.    Finish time: 4:43 pm   Length of game: 1:43
Officials: Lissa Fickert; Linda Strapp; Rena Whitehouse.