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Goucher dominates draw controls in 13-7 win

Midfielder Jojo Franklin claimed seven draw controls against Misericordia to go with her two goals.

Midfielder Jojo Franklin claimed seven draw controls against Misericordia to go with her two goals.

Though they were only tied with their opponent at halftime, the Goucher Gophers’ women’s lacrosse team outscored Misericordia 7-1 in the second half to win their third game of this young season, 13-7. Their 3-1 start is the best since 2002.

Jessica Borucki led the team with three goals and two assists while Sophie Smith had three points off one goal and two assists. JoJo Franklin, Anneka Ossoria, Zoe Merz and Rita Meissner all had multi-goal games as well.

“I am really happy with how our team played against a talented opponent,” head coach Ceri Miller said. “They definitely pushed us in certain areas and we had to find a way to respond. Those late first half goals were the turning point today.”

Goucher scored three goals in the final minute before halftime to turn the tide of the game but before that, early miscues by Goucher gave Misericordia opportunities. After the Gophers scored the first two goals of the game, Misericordia went on a 6-1 run.

Ten and a half minutes into the game, with Goucher holding a 2-0 lead, Brooke North worked the ball around following a blocked free position shot. Two minutes later, a turnover and failed clear by the gophers allowed Liv Mulvy to tie things up.

But another turnover three minutes later, this one by Borucki, led to Mulvy giving Misericordia the lead on a quick runner. The struggles weren’t over for Goucher. At 12:35, the Cougars scored their fourth-straight goal following a save by their goalkeeper Katie McLoughlin. It was the only shot on goal the Goucher’s took in the past 10 minutes. Misericordia took possession and Erin Baker made an unassisted runner at the goal and put it in the net.

Goucher finally ended the run and ended their scoring drought on the ensuing draw control. Sophie Smith got possession of the ball and ran right at the goal and put it in the net.

It didn’t spark Goucher’s offense, however. The team went through another 11-minute scoring drought.

A turnover by Meisnner led to North netting her second goal at 6:44 and the Cougars once again doubled Goucher’s lead when Danie McCreary’s turnover led to Emily Hegner getting control of the ball and netting a score at 1:13.

But like how they ended their last scoring drought, Goucher got a quick goal off the ensuing draw control. Meissner gained possession and ran right through the defense for the score. That one sparked the Gopher’s offense.

After netting only three goals in the first 29 minutes of the game, Goucher scored three in the final minute before halftime. After Meissner’s goal at the 1:00 mark, Borucki netted a quick goal off the next draw control that was won by McCreary just 12 seconds later. With 25 ticks of the clock left, following Franklin’s victory on the draw, Zoe Merz netted her first goal of the game.

That run tied the game and gave Goucher all the momentum going into the break. And out of the break they extended their run with six-straight goals.

Much of their success had to do with victories on draw controls. For the game, they won 17 of the 20 in the game. It was nothing but pressure in the second half. Goucher out-shot Misericordia 20-5 in the second half. They stopped making the mistakes that were costing them earlier.

“Jojo was extremely helpful for us in transition,” Miller said. “Her performance on the draws was the difference-maker in the game.”

At 23:33 in the second half, Borucki netted her second goal of the game on a second effort. She attempted a first shot shortly before but her attempt was saved. However, she scooped up the ground ball and put it in the net. Shortly after, Franklin got a second-effort goal after her original shot hit the post.

Borucki netted her third goal just before the midway point of the second half. Ashley Hobbs was called for a foul and shortly after, Goucher completed their possession with a score. Meissner had her shot saved by McCreary scooped up the ground ball, got the ball to Borucki and she finished things.

In the second half, it was Misericordia’s mistakes leading to goals for their opponent. A turnover gave Goucher possession for Ossorio’s second score. With less than six minutes to go, Smith found Stefi Perry for a score and one the ensuing draw control, Franklin ran right at the goal again for the score.

Perry also had five ground balls and three caused turnover to lead the defense. Through four games, she leads the team with 17 ground balls and 11 caused turnovers.

“Stefi was a huge anchor to our defense today,” Miller said. “She is someone we can count on to shut down the other team’s top attackers on a consistent basis.”

The Cougars were able to avoid the second-half shutout when Olivia Garcia scored on a free position shot but Goucher didn’t allow them to make a late run off it by controlling the next draw control. Instead, Merz added another quick goal after gaining possession.

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