OSU Earns Comeback Win Over No. 20 JHU in ALC Quarterfinal

BALTIMORE, MD - Four days after meeting in the regular season finale, Johns Hopkins and Ohio State battled to a one-goal decision. This time it was the Buckeyes that came out on top with a 10-9 win over the Blue Jays in the quarterfinals of the ALC Tournament.

Hopkins ends its season at 10-7 while Ohio State improves to 8-9 and advances to an ALC Semifinal match-up with top-seeded Florida.

Hallie Keselman scored with 4:03 to play off a Jackie Cifarelli feed to stake Ohio State to a 10-9 lead. That would be all the Buckeyes would need as they forced a pair of turnovers in the final four minutes to secure the win. The goal capped a run that saw the Buckeyes outscore the Blue Jays, 7-2, over the 40 minutes.

Junior Sarah Taylor opened the scoring just 33 seconds into the game and completed her eighth hat trick of the season before the game was eight minutes old. Taylor took a pass from classmate Taylor D'Amore at the top of the fan and was able to cut right to the goal for the opening score. Junior Sammy Cermack scored just 69 seconds later to give the Blue Jays the early two-goal lead. Jennifer Pornetto cut the deficit in half at the 25:33-mark with a goal off a left-alley dodge.

Hopkins answered with three straight, as Taylor sandwiched a pair around a goal by D'Amore, and the Jays took a 5-1 lead with 22:12 to play. Taylor's second goal of the afternoon came after she dodged hard to the goal down the right alley and blew a shot past Tori DeScenza at 24:53.

D'Amore scored 40 seconds later when she dodged from behind the goal, tiptoed along the crease and snuck a shot inside the right post. Taylor then capped her hat trick when she dodged from behind, spun inside her defender and buried her team-leading 42nd goal of the season.

Jessica Hassett pulled Ohio State back within one at 20:51, dodging through the fan and scoring on a side-arm shot to make it 5-2. Sophomore Jen Cook got that one back for the Blue Jays just 65 seconds later. D'Amore found a wide-open Cook at the top of the fan, and Cook was able to cut right to the cage for the score. The Buckeyes would answer with a 5-1 run and make it a 7-7 game at the half.

Katie Chase got things going with the first of her two goals on the afternoon at 17:15 on a dodge from left goal line extended. The frenetic pace slowed from there after the teams combined for nine goals in the opening 13 minutes, there was a more than six-minute drought. Freshman Dene' DiMartino pushed the Blue Jays' lead to four with 11:02 to play in the half, scoring off a dodge down the middle of the arc.

Cara Facchina came right back with a goal for Ohio State at the 10-minute mark, scoring off a Cifarelli feed. Just over a minute later, Cifarelli drew a second defender at right goal line extended and snuck a pass to Allie Dawson in the right alley for the score. Exactly a minute later, Cara Facchina scored on a dodge from behind the cage and the lead was down to one. Mary Kate Facchina would pull the Buckeyes even with a free position goal with 3:55 to play and that's how the half would end.

Kelsea Ayers extended Ohio State's run 6:25 into the second half as the Buckeyes capitalized in transition. Ayers took the ball coming in from the sideline and went right to the cage for the score. The goal was the fifth straight unanswered for the Buckeyes and gave them their first lead of the game at 8-7. Taylor answered 58 seconds later with a goal off a hard dodge down the left alley. The goal ended a scoreless drought of 18:25 for the Blue Jays. Cook then gave Hopkins a 9-8 lead with her second of the afternoon at 18:18.

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