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Ohio falls in first-ever American Lacrosse Conference Match

Contact: Jim Stephan


BALTIMORE, MD - Johns Hopkins scored five goals in the first nine minutes of the game, then answered an Ohio rally to 5-4 with more goals in a span of 3-2 to cruised to a 23-11 victory over Ohio Sunday afternoon at Homewood Field. The contest was the first-ever American Lacrosse Conference match for the Bobcats, who are charter members of the new league.

Lindsey Hart and Kristen Gombeski each scored three goals for Ohio (3-2, 0-1), while Lynz Keys and Alyssa Trocher added a pair piece. Freshman Melissa Menna added the final tally. Jennifer Cassidy made 15 saves in goal for the Bobcats.

Johns Hopkins, ranked 18th, was led by sophomore Heidi Pearce, who set a school Division I record with eight goals. She also dished out two assists for 10 points, tying JHU's Division I record for points in a game. The Blue Jays also set team Division I records Sunday by scoring 23 goals and taking 56 shots.

The Blue Jays jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first nine minutes of the game, as Wellner scored an unassisted goal just 26 seconds into the contest and Pearce followed with three straight goals. However, after a goal by Larrimore, the Bobcats scored the next four goals, as Gombeski scored twice and Hart assisted on two others.

With the Hopkins lead cut to 5-4, five different Blue Jays scored the next five goals asJHU took a 10-4 advantage at the 9:08 mark of the half. After two Ohio goals Larrimore scored back-to-back markers, but Lynz Keys scored with one second remaining in the half to cut the JHU lead to 12-7.

The Bobcats kept the game close in the second half, and Ohio was within striking distance after a goal by Gombeski cut the Blue Jays' lead to 16-11 with 12:53 left. However, Wellner scored off a Pearce assist just 44 seconds later to trigger a 7-0
Hopkins run to end the game.