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First-Half Surge Leads Vanderbilt Past Ohio

Contact: Jim Stephan


Nashville, Tenn.__ -- Tenth-ranked Vanderbilt scored 12 unanswered goal in a 33-minute span around halftime to break a 4-4 tie and cruise to a 17-8 American Lacrosse Conference victory over Ohio Friday afternoon at the Vanderbilt Football Stadium. Lindsey Hart led the Bobcats (5-3, 0-2) with four goals, while Kristen Gombeski added a pair. Junior Tara Schmucker and sophomore Jess Roguski each had four goals on the day for the Commodores, while sophomore goalkeeper Liz Exline made 12 saves.

The first nine minutes of the game were back and forth, with each team scoring four goals. The Commodores broke into the scoring column just 32 seconds into the game when Schmucker found the net. But Hart answered with her first goal, from a free position, at the 1:14 mark to even the game. Vandy retook the least 4:16 into the contest, but Alyssa Trocher tallied a goal 42 seconds later to retie the match at two.

Lindsey Keys gave the Bobcats their only advantage of the match at the 5:41 mark, but back-to-back scores gave the Commodores at 4-3 advantage. Gombeski's first goal knotted the game at four with 21:39 left in the opening period. But at the 10:25 mark, Schmucker completed her first career hat-trick and gave Vanderbilt a lead it would not relinquish.

Over the next 34 minutes, the Commodores held the Bobcats scoreless while rattling off 11 more goals of their own to open up a 16-4 advantage. Vanderbilt allowed a few late goals, but scored in the final ten seconds of the game, giving it the 17-8 victory.

The Bobcats trailed 12-4 at the half and were never in the contest after that.

Ohio continues its road trip Sunday with a match at Duquesne.