Women's Roundup: Florida Runs Past Boston College
With just under 18 minutes remaining in the first half, No. 14 Boston College got a goal from Sam Apuzzo to take the lead over No. 2 Florida for the third time of the contest, having traded goals over the first 12.
After that, the unbeaten Gators took over.
Florida got four goals from Sammi Burgess and clamped down defensively, scoring five straight goals to take a lead they wouldn't relinquish and eventually cruising to a 13-6 victory at home.
The Gators improved to 8-0 with the victory, which was their fifth over a ranked team. Seniors Nicole Graziano and Devon Schneider each scored twice in the win, while goalkeeper Mary-Sean Wilcox anchored a defense that kept the Eagles off the board for stretches of 11, 16 and 21 minutes after those first three scores.
"Give Boston College credit, they came in with a great offensive game plan," Florida coach Amanda O'Leary said. "We responded well in the second half and put the necessary goals on the board to come away with a win tonight."
Florida continues its season Monday with a showdown of unbeaten teams when Towson comes to Gainesville. The No. 15 Tigers improved to 6-0 with a 17-3 victory over Stetson Friday. Boston College continues its southern swing with a visit to the Hatters on Sunday, looking to improve on its 4-3 mark before a date with ACC foe Syracuse.
Johns Hopkins stopped a three-game slide by edging visiting Boston University Friday at Homewood Field. (John Strohsacker)
Johns Hopkins Survives Scare to End Slide
Three goals and two assists from sophomore Emily Kenul helped the Blue Jays take a 13-12 nail-biter over Boston University at home, stopping a three-game skid that dropped them from the Nike/LM Top 20 earlier this week.
Dene DiMartino scored what proved to be the game-winner off a feed from Kenul with just over five minutes remaining. She finished with two goals and an assist along with five draw controls. Haley Schweizer had a hat-trick for Johns Hopkins (4-3), which also got two goals from Shannon Fitzgerald and an 11 save performance from Caroline Federico in net.
Mallory Collins scored four times for Boston University (2-4), which rallied back from a four goal deficit to tie the game late in the second half before DiMartino put the contest out of reach.
Ohio State Dominates Cincinnati
No. 20 Ohio State put on a dominating performance to down the visiting Bearcats on Friday afternoon and improve to 5-1 on the season. Senior Rainey Hodgson scored three times and assisted another, one of five Buckeye players with two or more points.
Cincinnati (4-3) scored the last two goals before halftime to trail by just two at 5-3. But the Buckeyes got those back early after the break, then answered a goal with a decisive 4-0 run, with three coming in a flurry that lasted under a minute and extended the lead from 7-4 to 10-4. Amanda Donovan led Cincinnati with a goal and two assists, while goalie Meg Gulmi made 13 saves.
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