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Saturday March 27, 2010Lacrosse Falls to No. 17 Ohio State, 14-9

Columbus, Ohio

The Florida lacrosse team fell to 0-2 in the American Lacrosse Conference after dropping a 14-9 decision at No. 17 Ohio State on Saturday in Columbus.

 

The game was back and forth early on, but Ohio State (6-3, 1-1) started the second half with three straight goals to take a five goal lead. The Gators (6-4, 0-2) held their own the rest of the game, but could never catch up.

 

The Gators got on the board early in the first half, as Ashley Bruns (Ellicott City, Md.) snuck out from behind the goal and fired a shot past the goalie at the 21:37 mark. Ohio State answered with two straight goals to take a 2-1 lead.

 

The young Gator squad responded with three goals to regain the lead. Kitty Cullen (Rockville, Md.) found Colby Rhea (Abingdon, Md.), who made a great move to get past her defender and finished a shot to tie the game. Bruns then spun off her defender and scored to give UF a 3-2 lead, and Brittany Dashiell (Bel Air, Md.) ran past her defender and fired a shot into the net for a two goal lead.

 

A couple of turnovers in the defensive end led to Buckeye goals and they tied the game at 4-4 with 13:54 remaining in the half.

 

Defender Jamie Reeg (Atlantis, Fla.) took a pass from midfield and ran straight to goal, scoring her first goal of the season and giving UF a 5-4 lead, but the Gators couldnít hold for long. The Buckeyes scored three goals in the final nine minutes of the half and led 7-5 at the break.

 

Ohio State came out in the second half firing on all cylinders, scoring three unanswered goals to take a 10-5 lead, forcing a Florida timeout.

 

After the timeout, Caroline Chesterman (South Nyack, N.Y.) redirected a pass from Bruns to get one goal back. Less than two minutes later, the Buckeyes responded with a goal of their own by Kelly Haggerty.

 

Cullen scored off a pass from Bruns to pull Florida back within four, but Alayna Markwordt scored for Ohio State to go up five goals. Chesterman connected with Rhea for Florida to cut the Buckeye lead to 12-8.

 

After a scoring drought of nearly 13 minutes, Ohio State took a five-goal lead at the 6:26 mark and then scored again two minutes later to take a 14-8 lead.

 

Janine Hillier scored with just over three minutes remaining to cap the scoring.

 

The game was very even on paper, with Florida totaling 29 shots to Ohio Stateís 30. The Gators recorded 26 ground balls, their second-highest total of the season, and the Buckeyes had 19. Florida continued to perform well on the draw, controlling it 14 times to OSUís 11.

 

Bruns led the team with four points on two goals and two assists. Chesterman and Cullen each had one goal and one assist. Goalie Cara Canington had a season-high six ground balls and nine saves in the net. Dashiell had five ground balls and four draw controls.

 

Florida returns home for a matchup on Tuesday night against Oregon at 6:30 p.m. at Donald R. Dizney Stadium. They will host their first ALC game of the year when Penn State travels to Gainesville next Saturday.

 

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