No. 19 Johns Hopkins Takes ALC Tilt with No. 13 Ohio State

Ohio State answered with three goals in three minutes and Hopkins' lead was down to 11-9. Capuzzi scored back-to-back goals, including one on free position, to spark the run. Markwordt scored on a quick-stick shot from a Cifarelli feed at 5:51 and the Buckeyes appeared to have stolen the momentum. But the Blue Jays stole it right back moments later with another big save from Larash on a Hallie Keselman shot. D'Ambrogi once again came up with the loose ball and got the Jays going on the clear. Ballatori, from her knees, took a pass from D'Amore and found Rossi open in the slot. Rossi caught and quickly fired home her fourth goal of the game. That would be all the scoring as Hopkins held on for its first ALC win of the season.

Six different players scored for Hopkins, led by Rossi's four goals. D'Amore finished with one goal and three helpers to go along with a game-high five draw controls. The sophomore now has 67 on the season to break the school's Division I record (66). She is also just three draw controls shy of tying the program's all-time record (all divisions) of 70. Larash finished with a season-high 11 saves to earn the win. Capuzzi scored four goals to pace an Ohio State offense that ranked 14th in the country in scoring. Markwordt, the Buckeye's all-time leading scorer, finished with two goals and two assists. DeScenza finished with four saves in the loss.

Hopkins will now prepare for the sixth American Lacrosse Conference Tournament next week at top-seed Florida. The Blue Jays, seeded sixth, will face the third-seeded Penn State Nittany Lions on Thursday at 7:00 pm in the quarterfinals.

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BALTIMORE, Md. 13th-ranked Ohio State dropped a 12-9 decision to No. 19 Johns Hopkins Saturday afternoon at Homewood Field in Baltimore, Md., to conclude the regular season for both teams. The Buckeyes sit at 10-5 overall and 1-4 in the ALC, while the Blue Jays are now 8-8 on the season and 1-4 in the conference.

Alayna Markwordt and Gabby Capuzzi led the Buckeyes with four points apiece, but a trio of Blue Jay players with four points and a goalie who came up with 11 saves made the difference in the end. Ohio State led by as many as four in the first half and trailed by as much as five late in the game before answering with a three-goal run to pull within two. The Buckeye comeback attempt ended there, however.

Ohio State jumped out to a 4-0 lead over the first 10-plus minutes of action with Capuzzi starting off the scoring spree and sandwiching a tally by Katie Chase with her second score, both assisted by Markwordt. Cara Facchina converted on a pass by Jackie Cifarelli to complete the early-game run.

Hopkins stormed back to within one, making it 4-3 Ohio State, before Markwordt found the back of the net with an unassisted goal at 7:49 in the opening period. The Blue Jays scored each of the next seven goals, however, with the teams closing out the half tied 5-5 and Hopkins eventually building a 10-5 lead by the 16:02 mark of the second half. Candace Rossi had two of her game-high four goals in the game-changing swing.

Led by Capuzzi, the Buckeyes produced four of the next five goals, pulling to within two with 5:51 left on the clock. Chase added her second free-position goal of the afternoon, while Capuzzi had back-to-back scores and Markwordt added her lone goal of the game to make it 11-9. Momentum shifted for the final time when Rossi scored for JHU on a fast-break following a shot and save on the Buckeyes' offensive end at 3:28.

The Blue Jays finished on top in shots (29-24), groundballs (23-19), draw controls (12-11) and saves (11-4).

Ohio State will return to action in ALC Tournament as the No. 4 seed May 3-5 at Donald R. Dizney Stadium in Gainesville, Fla., hosted by Florida. Official tournament seeding and schedule will be released later Saturday. Quarterfinal action begins at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, May 3 with two games followed by two semifinal games starting at 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 4. The championship game will be played at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, May 5.

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