Feb. 25, 2006
ATHENS, Ohio - The Duquesne Dukes spoiled the Ohio lacrosse team's home debut, knocking off the Bobcats, 12-5, on Saturday, Feb. 25 at Peggy Pruitt Field. The Bobcats are now 0-2 on the season, while the Dukes improved to 2-1.
Ohio goalkeeper Jen Heup (Davidsonville, Md.) recorded a career high in saves for the second straight game by stopping 15 shots. Heup also led the team with seven ground balls and three caused turnovers.
Freshman attack Kiersten McLouth (Centreville, Va.) led the team in scoring for the second straight game with a pair of goals. McLouth has three goals and an assist in her first two collegiate games. Sophomore attack Shannon Hadaway (Pasadena, Md.) scored for the second straight game with a goal and an assist. Sophomore midfielder Kari Fasick (Marriottsville, Md.) and Sophomore midfielder Katie Smith (Ohsweken, Ontario) also had goals for the Bobcats.
Duquesne attacker Kathleen McNish was the Dukes' leader with six points on two goals and four assists. Courtney Tamasitis paced the squad with three goals, while Kelly Mulford and Caroline Gallagher each had two tallies. Alison Smith had two points on a goal and an assist.
Dukes' goalkeeper Meredith Norris made three saves in her 60 minutes of work. McNish and Smith each had a team-best five ground balls.
For the second straight game, the Bobcats struggled with turnovers. After 29 miscues in the opener at Maryland, Ohio committed 27 in the game against the Duquesne. The Dukes outshot the Bobcats, 34-11, and held a 27-17 edge in ground balls.
"We got what we expected from Duquesne," Ohio Head Coach Allison Valentino said. "They're a good, aggressive team. We didn't get what we expect out of ourselves today."
The Bobcats jumped out to an early 2-0 lead less than six minutes into the contest. Hadaway notched her second goal of the season by converting a free position shot 2:05 into the contest. Fasick put the Bobcats ahead, 2-0, with an unassisted marker, her first of the year.
The Dukes offense then ran off a string of eight consecutive goals to end the half with McNish assisting on three of them. Duquesne kept up the offensive attack in the second half, scoring the first two goals of the stanza, both unassisted tallies by McNish.
"We started off the game really well," Heup said. "I think if we could've kept up our intensity, we would've had a chance. We're better than what we showed today."
The Bobcats got back on the board on a free-position goal by McLouth to make it 10-3 with 20:56 remaining in the contest. Ohio and Duquesne traded goals the rest of the game with McLouth converting another free position to end the scoring with 2:39 left.
Ohio has a quick turnaround with another home game on Monday, Feb. 27 versus Howard. The first draw at Pruitt Field is scheduled for 3 p.m.