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American Lacrosse Conference Tournament - University of Florida - Gainesville, Florida - 2012

ALC Quarterfinals Game 2 – Thursday, May 3, 2012

Ohio State 10, Vanderbilt 9 OT

Post-Game Quotes

 

Ohio State Head Coach Alexis Venechanos

 

Opening Statement:

“I have to give a lot of credit to Vanderbilt. They definitely tested us to our limits. We weren’t expecting them to come out at the beginning of the game and they put us on our heels for the majority of the game. I would say 75% of the game we were playing on our heels and we kept fighting. We had those shots and were able to score them at the end. I thought the draw control at the end of the game was crucial for us. We couldn’t get anything for the first part of the game. Rachel Wiederkehr had a lot to do with changing that. She came in and then the people around the circle did their job. Just really proud of the team and how they stuck in there until the end. We practice all of those situations at the end of the game and never know when you are going to get to use them. Really proud of how they fought and put ourselves in a situation to win.”

 

On Cara Facchina’s game-winner:

“She is definitely a poised person and a poised attacker. We had complete faith in her. We were talking about calling free positions earned positions because you work so hard for them. We talked a lot about how those moments would be crucial for us and the athletes stepped up. I was really proud of them.”

 

On playing Florida again:

“We are just excited to move on. We are happy to play another opponent. We are going to regroup tonight and are just excited to keep playing in the tournament. This tournament is phenomenal and to get to the semis the second year in a row is a strong feat, especially against a strong Vanderbilt team. It was just a tremendous game. We are going to dissect some video and we have some momentum going into the game, but we know Florida is a very strong team and they play very strong here. We are excited just to move on. We are going to just be in the moment.”

 

Ohio State Sophomore Midfielder Cara Facchina

 

On what went through her mind when taking last free position shot:

“I feel like I just had to relax and be poised. Whatever happens, happens. I knew if I was relaxed, whatever happened would be fine. I was glad we weren’t down by one because it would have been more of a pressure situation.”

 

On coming back in game:

“I think the draw was very important. We fought hard and won battles for the draw. We were able to get possession and hold the ball.”

 

On playing Florida in ALC semifinal round:

“We are just going to come out hard and see what we can do.”

 

Vanderbilt Head Coach Cathy Swezey

 

Opening Statement:

“I have to tell you that my heart is actually bursting with pride because our team laid it on the line and that is what we ask of them every time we come out here. It may have been the last game of our season, but we literally put 60 minutes into it and actually six more so 66. They fought their tails off and we couldn’t be more proud of the effort they put into it. Especially being a few players down, the energy and effort was amazing.”

 

On Ohio State overcoming the deficit:

“I think they were a patient offense today. I think while we were holding them they also ran some ball possessions to try and give themselves a chance to get to tomorrow and play again. I think they had a great game plan. They changed things up at halftime and started pressuring us behind the goal offensively and that too was a good game plan. That changed things that we needed to do offensively.”

 

On the Commodore seniors:

“I mean, you can’t say enough. These girls came in with huge hearts and a lot of hope and determination to make this program a great one and they have left their mark. It is always hard to go out on a losing note, but let’s face it, only one team each year goes out on a winning note. We are proud of them and overall I think they are proud of themselves and that is the key.”

 

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