Feb. 19, 2006
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Ohio lacrosse team opened its 2006 season with a 12-3 loss at ninth-ranked Maryland on Sunday, Feb. 19. The Bobcats are now 0-1, while the Terrapins improved to 1-1.
The Bobcats started the game with a lineup of all freshmen and sophomores. Rookie Kiersten McLouth (Centreville, Va.), one of seven Ohio players making their first start, led the offense with a goal and an assist in her collegiate debut. Sophomore Shannon Hadaway (Pasadena, Md.) and freshman Shannon Lynes (Ellicott City, Md.) each tallied their first goals of the season.
Sophomore goalkeeper Jen Heup (Davidsonville, Md.) posted career highs with 12 saves and nine ground balls, while playing all 60 minutes. Sophomore Lindsey Marshall (Hilliard, Ohio) had three ground balls, while sophomore Amanda Diehl (Westminster, Md.) corralled three draw controls on the day.
Brooke Richards and Katie Princiotto paced the Terrapins with three goals each. Preseason All-America selection Delia Cox added three assists. Goalkeeper Allie Buote made four saves in 59:02 minutes of work.
Maryland scored the first goal of the afternoon 2:11 into the contest when Richards found the back of the net off a pass from Kelly Kasper. The Bobcats came right back with the equalizer less than two minutes later when McLouth scored her first career goal by converting a free-position attempt. The Terrapins rattled off three straight goals, including one free position score, to take a 4-1 lead into halftime.
"I think we played a great first half," Ohio Head Coach Allison Valentino said. "We were in a position we wanted to be in, but what ultimately hurt us was our 29 turnovers. We came out and challenged Maryland. We did some things really well, and we never played scared."
Maryland scored the first four goals, two of them by Richards, of the second half to take an 8-1 advantage with 23:48 left in the game.
The Bobcats got back on the board with 23:11 left after an unassisted goal by Hadaway. Three more Terrapin goals stretched the advantage to 11-2 with just more than 19 minutes left. Ohio tallied its final goal of the contest when Lynes scored her first of the season off a feed from McLouth with 13:18 left. Maryland tacked on the final score of the game with 6:30 left on a goal by Princiotto.
Not only was the game the first of the season for the Bobcats, but it was Valentino's first game as a head coach.
"I felt like we were really prepared," Valentino said. "I felt like the team executed the game plan to the best of their ability, but again, we just had too many turnovers."
The Bobcats will play their first home game of the season on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 4 p.m. versus Duquesne. Ohio wraps up a quick two-game homestand with a matchup against Howard on Monday, Feb. 27 versus Howard at 3 p.m. on Peggy Pruitt Field.