Feb. 27, 2006
ATHENS, Ohio - Redshirt freshman Devon Dow (Potomac, Md.) scored a career-best four goals to lead the Ohio lacrosse team to a 16-4 victory against Howard on Monday, Feb. 27 at Peggy Pruitt Field. The victory was not only the Bobcats (1-2) first of the season, but also the first for Ohio Head Coach Allison Valentino.
Sophomore Lindsey Marshall (Hilliard, Ohio) and freshman Danielle Hale (Cleveland, Ohio) each scored twice for the Bobcats, marking each players' first career goals. Sophomore Amanda Diehl (Westminster, Md.) tallied a career-best three assists and four points on the day. Sophomore Kari Fasick (Marriottsville, Md.) had three points on a goal and two assists, while leading scorer Kiersten McLouth (Centreville, Va.) had two points, including a goal for the third straight game to start her career. Sophomore Shannon Hadaway (Pasadena, Md.) also added two points on one goal and an assist. In total, 10 Bobcats found the back of the net.
Sophomore goalkeeper Jen Heup (Davidsonville, Md.) earned the victory by making seven saves in just less than 48 minutes of work. Junior Jayme Levy (Reistertown, Md.) came on in relief, making two saves in just more than 11 minutes of action. Diehl paced the Bobcats with five ground balls and was one of three players with two caused turnovers.
The Howard offense was led by Holly Sakita's two goals. Sasha Ramirez also scored for the Bison, while the team picked up one of its scores on an own goal. Iran Abdullah and Megan Fitzgerald added assists. Goalkeeper Shatarah Ramireze made 13 saves in the losing effort.
"It was good that we went hard from start to finish today," Dow said. "After our first two games, we just decided to start over. Everybody had a clean slate, and we just really went at it today."
Hadaway put the Bobcats on the board first with an unassisted goal at the 4:31 mark. The Bison tied the game less than seven minutes later when Ramirez converted a feed from Fitzgerald. Dow's first goal at the 12:43 mark ignited a 4-0 run for the Bobcats, giving them a lead they would never relinquish. Dow scored the first two goals of the run, followed by markers from Fasick and Diehl.
Howard cut the lead to 5-2 with three minutes left in the half, when a pass over the goal deflected off Heup's stick and rolled into the net. Ohio responded with a goal with just 1:33 left in the half when sophomore Katie Smith (Ohsweken, Ontario) scored her second goal of the season off a free position.
Ohio scored four goals in the first six minutes of the second half. Fasick was credited with assists on the first two goals of the stanza by sophomore Julie Roguski (Eldersburg, Md.) and McLouth. Freshman Lauren Roguski (Eldersburg, Md.) scored her first career goal to make it 9-2 and Hale posted her first of the game to extend the margin to 10-2.
Sakita Holly stopped the Bobcat run, but Ohio again reeled off four straight scores, including two by Marshall and freshman Sarah Peterson's (Hudson, Ohio) first career goal, to take a 14-3 advantage with 11:19 left in the game. Holly again scored for the Bison before Dow and Hale rounded out the scoring.
The Bobcats outshot the Bison, 36-17 and owned a 30-17 advantage in ground balls.
Ohio will not play another home game until March 31. The Bobcats' seven-game road odyssey begins on Thursday, Mar. 2 at 18th-ranked Notre Dame and continues on Saturday, Mar. 4 at defending national champion and top-ranked Northwestern.
"This was a great opportunity for some of our young players to play, and they got some really good experience," Valentino said. "This win gives us some confidence going into our two really big games this weekend."