The John Carroll University women’s lacrosse team earned a hard fought victory against Otterbein University on Saturday, April 23. John Carroll finished on top come the final horn, winning the conference meeting 12-10.
As the conference schedule progresses through its final contests, each game proves to be more important than the last. With the victory over Otterbein, John Carroll moves into third place in the conference with just two games remaining on the year.
Sophomore Gina Visack continued her fine goal scoring form as tallied four of the 12 goals for the visitors. Visack is second on the team in points and first in goals for JCU. Freshman Jillian Millard started the scoring at just 2:44 into the contest. Both teams traded goals until the 6:46 mark of the first half when freshman Brooke McQuinn gave JCU a two goal advantage.
However, Otterbein would not go away quietly. Otterbein junior Katy Williams tallied two key goals for the hosts to tie the game two different times in the first half.
Heading into the locker rooms at halftime, John Carroll had a 6-5 advantage.
The second half showcased a solid start for JCU. Vilsack and freshman Alexis Gauge provided scores within the opening minutes of the second half. Otterbein would provide resistance just 90 seconds later with two quick scores to tie the game.
In the final minutes of regulation time, JCU went on a 3-0 run to secure the victory. This included goals from the usual suspects like Vilsack and McQuinn but also included a goal by senior Kaley LaForce, sealing the victory for JCU.
Sophomore goal tender Caroline Smith would finish the game with nine saves after facing 19 shots from Otterbein.
It was a close match with JCU scoring six goals in each half while Otterbein scored five per half. However, Otterbein led the game in shots, ground balls and had less turnovers. John Carroll led in draw controls and free-position shots, which proved to be the difference in the victory.
John Carroll now moves to 3-2 in the Ohio Athletic Conference, which is good for the third place spot. The win also moves the squad to 9-4 on the season.
Editor’s Note: John Carroll will travel to cross-town rival Baldwin Wallace University on Wednesday, April 27. The start time is set for 7:30 PM at George Finnie Stadium.