March 23, 2006
MORAGA, Calif. - Freshman Kiersten McLouth (Centreville, Va.) and sophomore Kelley Windle (Columbus, Ohio) each scored a career-best four goals to lead the Ohio women's lacrosse team to a 13-10 victory at St. Mary's on March 23. The Bobcats improved to 2-6, while the Gaels are now 3-4.
The victory stopped a four-game overall losing streak for the Bobcats and a seven-game road losing string dating back to last season.
McLouth and Windle's four goals tied Ohio's single-game high this season. McLouth has scored at least one point in all seven games she has played in and leads the team with 10 goals and 14 points. Windle posted her first career hat trick, including her final goal that gave the Bobcats a two-goal lead with less than five minutes remaining.
Sophomore Shannon Hadaway (Pasadena, Md.) was the Bobcats' other multiple-goal scorer with two tallies. In addition to finishing twice, Hadaway was instrumental in starting the Bobcat offense with a team-best four ground balls and two caused turnovers. Sophomore Kari Fasick (Marriottsville, Md.), redshirt freshman Devon Dow (Potomac, Md.) and senior Allison Brennan (Annandale, Va.) each scored for Ohio. Dow and sophomore Frannie Sullivan (Davidsonville, Md.) were each credited with assists.
Sophomore goalkeeper Jen Heup (Davidsonville, Md.) made 10 saves in the victory, her seventh double-digit save game in eight tries. Heup, who is fifth in the nation in ground balls per game, registered a pair in the victory.
"I was really pleased with Kelley and Kiersten's play," said Head Coach Allison Valentino. "They've both been injured, but they were very aggressive going to the cage. We've stressed that all week and they were both aggressive from the beginning."
Ohio converted 12-of-13 clears and turned the ball over just 12 times in the contest.
Jackie Spencer and Sonja Kapusta led the Gaels with three goals each. Sara Jo Rodriguez and Hillary Gardner split time in goal. Rodriguez had three saves in the first half, while Gardner registered six in the second stanza.
The Bobcats jumped out to a 3-0 lead, scoring first for just the third time this season, on unassisted scores from Windle, Hadaway and McLouth. After St. Mary's scored its first goal, Ohio ran off three more tallies, including two by Windle, to take its largest lead at 6-1.
St. Mary's would not go quietly, however, scoring seven of the next nine goals over the final 16 minutes of the first half and the first six minutes of the second half. With the score tied 8-8, McLouth went to work, tallying back-to-back unassisted goals to give the Bobcats back the lead at 10-8 with 21:46 left in the contest. Hadaway pushed the lead to 11-8 before the Gaels made one final push, pulling within one on consecutive goals by Spencer. Windle and McLouth finished the scoring to set the final 13-10 margin.
"St. Mary's is a scrappy team and was able to claw their way back into the game," Valentino said. "I was proud of how we responded after they tied it up. We were able to get the lead back and never had to play from behind."
Ohio has one game remaining on its three-game West Coast road trip. The Bobcats will play at Oregon on Saturday, March 25. The Bobcats return home for an American Lacrosse Conference matchup with Davidson on March 31.