It was a battle of top three Ohio Athletic Conference teams when John Carroll University women’s lacrosse team traveled to Columbus, Ohio for a meeting with Capital University.
A seven goal first quarter for the hosting Crusaders set an earlier tone the Blue Streaks could not match. JCU dropped their second straight conference game after a 10-7 final with Capital.
Capital found the scoring column first, but sophomore attack man Gina Vilsack evened the score on the next JCU possession. Vilsack led JCU scorers with four tallies in the game.
Freshman attack man Jillian Millard followed up Vilsack’s performance with a goal of her own just over a minute later. From there, Capital took over the first half with a six goal run to wrap up the opening half. Heading into the break, JCU trailed 7-2.
Tides seemed to turn when the squads returned to the field for the second half. Vilsack started things off with a goal just 47 seconds into the half. JCU supplied some resistance later in the half thanks to goals from freshman attack man Mariella St. Amand, who supplied two tallies in the second frame. St. Amand and Vilsack were the only goals scorers for JCU in the second half.
Sophomore goaltender Caroline Smith had a career best 12 saves in the net. The sophomore was busy between pipes, facing 26 shots from Capital. The hosts also had the advantage in the draw circle with a 7-3 advantage in controls.
John Carroll only saw three goal scorers in the game. Vilsack, St. Amand and Millard were the leading force on the offensive side of the ball. Senior Kaley LaForce and sophomore Meghan Harte each grabbed four ground balls in conference match up.
With the loss, JCU drops to 7-4 (1-2 OAC) on the season. The loss also marks the first back-to-back losses for JCU on the year. The two losses produced the lowest scoring games so far on the season for JCU. In both conference losses, John Carroll was held to just seven goals.
John Carroll is now tied for fifth place in the OAC. Ohio Northern University has an equal 1-2 record in the conference. Both squads will meet in University Heights for the season finale.
Editor’s Note: JCU returns home to Don Shula Stadium on Wednesday, April 20 for a conference meeting with Muskingum University.