Sept. 16, 2011
Moon Township, Pa. - No. 15 Ohio was handed its first loss of the season this afternoon at Robert Morris in overtime, 1-0. The Bobcats held a 16-2 edge in shots and a 12-2 advantage in penalty corners but could not find the back of the cage against the Colonials.
Freshman Michelle Lewthwaite, the reigning NEC Player and Rookie of the Week, scored the game-winner off a penalty corner for RMU three minutes into overtime. It was the first chance for either time in the overtime period. Lewthwaite was the first Colonial in the program's seven-year history to earn the conference's Player of the Week honor.
RMU goalkeeper Erin McKenzie finished with eight saves on the afternoon, the most by a netminder against the Bobcats this season.
10 different players had a crack at goal for the Green & White with Cathryn Altdoerffer leading the way with five shots.
The first offensive foray from either team occurred in the third minute of regulation when Brooke Edwards had a try denied by McKenzie. In the 27th minute, Louzeth Schutte had a try blocked and McKenzie denied Altdoerffer on the rebound. Another sequence happened in the last minute of the first period when Altdoerffer was denied again by McKenzie and Taylor Brown had the rebound blocked away.
Ohio’s attack picked up even more in the second half as the ball barely left the RMU end of the field. In the first 10 minutes, Ohio had a few great chances to grab the lead. First, Altdoerffer and Jenna Green were blocked on consecutive plays and then Andrea Biegalski was stoned twice by McKenzie.
In the span of 1:40, Ohio had four tries on goal when Laura Mastro went wide, Brown was denied by McKenzie, Jessica Vaeth had an attempt blocked and Jessica Jue went wide. Altdoerffer was then denied one last time as the horn sounded to close regulation.
The 16 shots for the Bobcats was the second-highest total of the season. Ohio entered the game averaging 3.5 goals per game but was blanked for the first time this season.
Ohio was off to its best start in program history, as it moved up to No. 15 in the most recent NFHCA poll. The Bobcats had not been ranked this high since 2007.
This contest marked the end of a five-game road swing for the Bobcats as they return to Pruitt Field for the first time since late August to play Indiana on Sunday.