April 5, 2009
COLUMBUS, Ohio - With the help of six goals from freshman Karri Ellen Johnson, the No. 2 women's lacrosse team escaped No. 14 Ohio State, 17-16, to conclude the 2009 ACC/ALC Challenge on Sunday.
The host-Buckeyes scored three unanswered goals in front of a season-high crowd to open up the period before Maryland answered with three of its own as Sarah Mollison, Caitlyn McFadden and Johnson evened the score. Ohio State's Rachel Hawes gave the lead back to the Buckeyes at 14:18 before the Terps sparked another lead change with goals from Johnson and Laura Merrifield within ten seconds of each other with 13 minutes left in the half. OSU countered with two scores to push the score to 6-5 before Amanda Spinnenweber found Johnson to tie the game and Mollison shoved the Terps to the front with an unassisted score at 6:55.
OSU scored twice more to once again shuffle the lead before Merrifield, who tallied eight goals in Maryland's win against Penn State on Friday, tied the game at the 4:20 mark. A Buckeye free position goal and a Brandi Jones score tied the game at 9-9.
The Terps came out firing to usher in the second period with three goals from Bra. Jones, Johnson and Brittany Jones and provided Maryland with its biggest lead of the game, 12-9. Ohio State's Alayna Markwordt stopped the run momentarily but McFadden found Mollison at 21:21 to cushion its lead back to three.
The squads traded goals midway through the second half until Ohio State nailed two in a row with 12 minutes left to bring the Buckeyes within one score. Bra. Jones and Johnson moved the momentum back to Maryland with two goals. Buckeye standout Kelly Haggerty took advantage of a yellow card issued to the Terrapins with two free position hits with 3:04 and 1:37 remaining, but the Maryland defense held on for the win.
Johnson tied a game-high with six goals while adding six draw controls. In total, Maryland dominated the draw control battle, 24-12. Katie Gallagher paced the Terp defense with three ground balls and two caused turnovers. The game was laced with penalties as ten yellow cards were issued, including seven to Maryland. The Terps move to 13-0 while Ohio State drops to 9-3.
"We had a lot of great opportunities offensively and were able to finish our shots," head coach Cathy Reese said. "We did a great job on draw controls as well."
The ACC came out on top in the challenge as North Carolina topped both OSU and Penn State this weekend. Maryland's next test will be against the Tar Heels Saturday in a conference showdown with ACC Tournament seeding implications on the line. That game begins at noon at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.