Johns Hopkins Upsets the No. 17 Buckeyes

BALTIMORE, MD - The Johns Hopkins women's lacrosse team upset visiting 17th-ranked Ohio State, 9-8, on Sunday in the Blue Jays' regular season finale on a hot and humid afternoon at Homewood Field. The Blue Jays knock off their second straight ranked opponent and improve to 10-6 overall and 3-2 in the American Lacrosse Conference. The Buckeyes slip to 9-7 overall and 1-4 in the ALC. Hopkins secured the three seed in next weekend's ALC tournament with the win, while Ohio State will be seeded fifth.

Hopkins led 9-6 with just over 15 minutes to play in the contest after a goal from freshman Katie Duffey (Mt. Laurel, NJ/Lenape). The Buckeyes answered with a pair of goals to cut the deficit to one with 6:59 still to play. Alayna Markwodt dodged to the cage and scored on a left-handed side-arm shot for her first of the day with 12:21 on the clock.

Just over five minutes later, Maghan Beaudrault took a pass from Brittney Zerhusen and fired a shot that appeared to hit the post and ricochet out. On further review, the shot hit just behind right post caromed out and was ruled a goal. It was her only goal of the day.

Hopkins won the ensuing draw but a shot by sophomore Candace Rossi (Farmingdale, NY/Farmingdale) missed the mark and Ohio State successfully cleared. Junior Brooke Lipinski (Phoenix, MD/Maryvale Prep) caused a turnover on the ensuing Buckeye's possession, getting the ball back for the Blue Jays with just over five minutes to play.

Hopkins was able to run off more than four and a half minutes before Beaudrault forced a Hopkins' turnover. Ohio State was unable to clear the ball, however, and with 16 seconds on the clock, Hopkins took over and held on for the win.

Back-to-back goals from sophomore Colleen McCaffrey (Mount Sinai, NY/Mount Sinai) and senior Sam Schrum (Pasadena, MD/St. Mary's) gave the Blue Jays a 2-0 lead before five minutes were gone in the game. Ohio State answered with a 5-1 run that spanned more than 15 minutes to push out to a 5-3 lead.

Kelly Haggerty got things going when she curled around the crease and scored over the left shoulder of freshman goalie Cosette Larash (Crownsville, MD/Archbishop Spalding). Nearly three minutes later, Zerhusen one-timed a pass from a goal-line extended Jayme Beard for the first of her three on the day. Haggerty then gave the Buckeyes a 3-2 lead, converting a cross-crease pass from Beard, with 12:42 to play.

Junior Brooke Foussadier (Turnersville, NJ/Washington Township) halted the run and knotted the game at 3-3 with 10:34 on the clock off a feed from McCaffrey. Ohio State came back with goals from Kirsten Donahue and Zerhusen to give the Buckeyes a 5-3 lead with just over seven minutes to play in the half. Senior Paige Ibello (Cockeysville, MD/Maryvale Prep) cut the deficit to one and started a 5-0 Hopkins' run that bridged the half, scoring on a goal-line extended pass from Schrum with 4:45 to play.

With just over four minutes gone in the second, Rossi dumped a pass down to a cutting Foussadier, who slipped a shot past Annie Carruthers to tie the game at 5-5. McCaffrey then scored three straight free position goals, in a span of just over five minutes, to turn a tie game into a three-goal advantage for the Blue Jays. Zerhusen answered McCaffrey's natural hat trick with a free position goal of her own, the only one on the day for the Buckeyes, to make it an 8-6 game with 15:36 to play.

Senior Erin Russell (Annapolis, MD/Severn) won the ensuing draw and just 21 seconds after Zerhusen made it a two-goal game, Duffey took a pass from Rossi in the left alley and fired it past Carruthers to push the lead to three and set up the late game dramatics.

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