#18 Ohio State Comeback Falls Short vs. #12 Notre Dame

COLUMBUS, Ohio Kelly Haggerty and Gabby Capuzzi scored three goals apiece and Alayna Markwordt added five points off two goals and three assists, but a last-minute score from 12th-ranked Notre Dame gave No. 18 Ohio State a 12-11 loss Thursday afternoon at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

The Buckeyes drop to 8-6 on the season, with all six losses coming against higher-ranked teams, while the Fighting Irish improve to 10-4 overall and extend their winning streak to five games.

All three of Haggerty's goals came in the first 5:14 of the game as the Buckeyes jumped out to a 3-2 lead and stayed in the game through the remainder of the half with strong play on both sides of the field. The opening period featured three ties, a pair of lead changes and a 13:12 scoring draught for both sides. With the score 4-4 at 14:34, neither squad found the back of the net until the 1:22 mark when Shaylyn Blaney gave the Irish a 5-4 lead.

Capuzzi would once again tie the score five-all coming out of the intermission, but a 4-0 run from Notre Dame stretched the score to 9-5 just over nine minutes into the period. The Buckeyes quickly went to work, however, and Olivia Annalora started the comeback off one of Markwordt's assists to pull them back into the game at 9-8, Notre Dame.

Blaney scored once again, but Ohio State rattled three of the next four tallies to mark the fifth tied score of the contest, 11-11 with 3:52 to play. Maghan Beaudrault assisted on two of the tallies and Jayme Beard added a goal and an assist in the run, but a crease violation on an apparent Buckeye score stalled the comeback attempt.

After nearly three and a half minutes without a score, Notre Dame's Maggie Tamasitis scored her lone goal of the game with 24 seconds to play and the Irish controlled the ensuing draw to hold on for the 12-11 win.

Annie Carruthers made eight of her 13 saves in the first period and the defense forced 10 turnovers, including a pair of pivotal ones by Lindsey Gysin in the second half to limit the Irish attack. Shaylyn Blaney led Notre Dame with five goals on the day. Notre Dame out-shot Ohio State 32-21 and held a 16-9 margin in draw controls, including an 11-4 mark in the second half.

With her three goals, Haggerty needs just five to tie the all-time career goals record. She has 138 to her credit, trailing Megan Mirick's record 143 set during the 1999-2003 seasons. Also making inroads on the record books is Carruthers, who moved into third for single-season saves with 158.

The Ohio State-Notre Dame game from today will be broadcasted on tape delay at 10 p.m. Friday on the Big Ten Network. Evan Winkosky and Alicia McClure, who lettered for Ohio State in 2003 and 05-06, have the call.

The Buckeyes return to action and close out their home season at 1:00 p.m. Sunday against Detroit in Jesse Owens. Six seniors will be honored - Laura Burke, Lindsey Burkhart, Rachael Cornicello, Kelly Haggerty, Michelle Minshall and Lauren Sterner - for their years at Ohio State. The Titans are 6-10 on the season and coming off back-to-back losses to LeMoyne and Longwood.

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Columbus, Ohio ... The Notre Dame women lacrosse team has lived on the edge all season so there was no reason to stop on Thursday afternoon when the Irish pulled out a 12-11 win over Ohio State at Jesse Owens Stadium. Maggie Tamasitis scored the game winner with just 24 seconds left on the clock for the big road win for Notre Dame.

In nine of the first 14 games this season, the Irish have gone to overtime twice, played in six one-goal games and had all nine decided by two goals or less. Notre Dame is 2-0 in overtime, 5-1 in one-goal games and 7-2 in games decided by tow or less.

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2010-04-22



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