March 4, 2006
EVANSTON, Ill.. - The Ohio women's lacrosse team lost at defending national champion and top-ranked Northwestern, 19-3, on Saturday, March 2 in the American Lacrosse Conference opener for both teams. The Bobcats are now 1-4 overall and 0-1 in the league, while the Wildcats improved to 4-0 and 1-0, winning their 25th consecutive game.
Sophomore goalkeeper Jen Heup (Davidsonville, Md.) made a career-high 17 saves in the loss, tying for ninth place on the Ohio single-game ledger. It was the most saves for a Bobcat goalkeeper since Jennifer Cassidy had 17 versus Ohio State on May 4, 2002.
Sophomore Frannie Sullivan (Davidsonville, Md.) scored a team-best two goals for the second straight game. Sophomore Kari Fasick (Marriottsville, Md.) tallied the Bobcats other goal in the contest. Freshman Kiersten McLouth (Centreville, Va.) had her string of four games with a goal stopped, but she chipped in with a career-high two assists. She has now scored at least one point in each of her five collegiate games. Sophomore Lindsey Marshall (Hilliard, Ohio) picked up a team-high three ground balls.
Kristen Kjellman led the Wildcats with six points on five goals and an assist. Laura Glassanos tallied five points on three goals and two assists. Morgan Lathrop and Abby Bangser split time in goal for Northwestern, each making two saves.
Ohio turned the ball over a season-low 13 times, but were on the short end of a 13-7 draw control margin.
Northwestern scored the first three goals of the game before Fasick converted a pass from McLouth to make the score 3-1 at the 10:04 mark. The Wildcats then went on a 14-0 over the next 35 minutes to take a 17-1 advantage. Kjellman scored four of her five goals during the spurt.
Ohio stopped the streak with back-to-back goals by Sullivan to cut the deficit to 17-3 with 9:33 left in the game. Northwestern was able to tack on two more tallies to set the final score.
Three of the Bobcats' four losses this season have been to top-20 teams. Ohio continues its stretch of seven-straight road games with a contest at ALC foe Johns Hopkins on Friday, March 10. The Blue Jays are ranked eighth in the latest IWLCA poll.