March 21, 2006
BERKELEY, Calif. - The Ohio lacrosse team began its three-game West Coast road trip with a 10-6 loss at California on Tuesday, March 21. The Bobcats are now 1-6 overall, while the Golden Bears improved to 4-3.
Redshirt freshman attack Devon Dow (Potomac, Md.) scored three goals for her second hat trick of the season. It was the second-highest single-game total for a Bobcat this season behind her four-goal effort against Howard. Freshman Kiersten McLouth (Centreville, Va.), freshman Lauren Roguski (Eldersburg, Md.) and sophomore Frannie Sullivan (Davidsonville, Md.) each recorded goals for Ohio.
Sophomore goalkeeper Jen Heup (Davidsonville, Md.) made 11 saves, her sixth double-digit game in the Bobcats' first seven outings. Sophomore Katie Smith (Ohsweken, Ontario) paced Ohio with four ground balls.
Liz Reafsnyder led the Golden Bears with three goals, while Leanne Zilioli added two scores. Cal goalkeeper Hilary Lynch made nine saves in the victory.
California scored the first two goals of the game before Dow converted a free-position attempt to make it 2-1 with nine minutes left in the first half. The Bears tacked on two more goals before the break to take a 4-1 halftime advantage.
The Golden Bears continued their momentum in the second half, netting the first three goals of the period to take a 7-1 lead. Roguski tallied her third goal of the season to cut the margin to 7-2 with just more than 22 minutes left in the game. Cal came right back to score a pair of unanswered goals for its largest lead of the game at 9-2. Ohio scored four of the last five goals in the game, including a run of three straight to make it 9-5 with 11:19 left. Cal scored its final goal of the contest five minutes later to take a 10-5 lead before McLouth tallied her sixth goal of the season to set the final margin.
The game marked the first time the Bobcats have allowed 10-or-fewer goals in a loss this season. It was also just the second loss to an unranked team for Ohio this season.
The Bobcats continue their three-game trip to the West Coast on Thursday, March 23 when they play at St. Mary's. Ohio concludes its trip on March 25 at Oregon.