Vanderbilt 8, Ohio 6


Vanderbilt Lacrosse Defeats Ohio, 8-6 4/18/03

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Four Vanderbilt goals in the final 9:28 of the first half gave the Commodores an 8-6 American Lacrosse Conference victory over Ohio Friday afternoon at Pruitt Field in Athens, Ohio. Jeannie Crawley scored two goals and dished out two assists, including one of each in the deciding run while Jess Roguski also had two goals for the 17th-ranked Commodores (6-6, 3-2).

Ohio (4-8, 1-3) opened the scoring when Lynz Keys converted a pass from Becky Oxman just 1:18 into the contest. The teams played possession offense for the next 19 minutes, until Roguski tied the score on a free position shot with 9:28 left in the period.

Vanderbilt took the lead for good with 8:02 left when Lauren Peck, the second leading scorer in the ALC, tallied her only goal of the contest. The lead doubled less than two minutes later on a goal by Meg Spies at the 6:16 mark.

The Bobcats trimmed the margin back to a goal, 3-2, on a Lindsey Hart free position shot, 2:05 before halftime. However, Vanderbilt regained momentum heading into the break with Crawley's first goal, just seven seconds before intermission.

Vanderbilt added to the lead 2:17 into the second period on Roguski's second goal of the game, but the Bobcats quickly answered on a free position shot by Becky Oxman just 15 seconds later. The Commodores struck again for a 6-3 lead on a free position shot by Crawley with exactly 26 minutes to play before Ohio trimmed the deficit back to two on a free position shot by Trocher with 22:39 left.

The Commodores took just over a minute to respond, when Tara Schmucker converted a Crawley pass for a 7-4 advantage with 21:36 remaining. Ohio scored back-to-back goals to close to within a goal, 7-6, with seven-plus minutes to play. But Vanderbilt held the ball for nearly five consecutive minutes, finally scoring on a Michelle Allen shot with 1:22 left.

Vanderbilt outshot Ohio 31-15 in the contest, won 10 of 14 draw controls and got to 34 ground balls. The Bobcats had 19 turnovers to the Commodores' 14. Ashley Bastinelli made seven saves in the Vanderbilt net, while Ohio's Jen Cassidy stopped 10 Commodore shots.

The Commodores next game is Sunday at Ohio State. The game is scheduled for a 1 p.m. Central start.




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