March 31, 2006
ATHENS, Ohio - Ohio scored the first eight goals of the game en route to a 16-7 victory versus Davidson in women's lacrosse action at Peggy Pruitt Field on Friday, March 31. Ohio has now won two of its last three games to improve to 3-7, while Davidson is now 6-4.
Freshman attack Kiersten McLouth (Centreville, Va.) scored a season-best four goals for the second time this season to lead the Bobcat offense. McLouth, the team's leading scorer, has now tallied nine goals and 10 points in her last three games. Sophomore Shannon Hadaway (Pasadena, Md.) matched McLouth with four points on three goals and an assist. Redshirt freshman Devon Dow (Potomac, Md.) tallied her third hat trick of the season with three goals.
"In the locker room, we all got together and decided we were going to come out, win and give our best effort," McLouth said. "We knew what we had to do. It was a total team effort. We came out with a lot of energy from the start."
Sophomore Frannie Sullivan (Davidsonville, Md.) had two goals and an assist, while sophomore Kari Fasick (Marriottsville, Md.) was the Bobcats' fifth multiple-goal scorer with a pair of markers. Sophomore Julie Roguski (Eldersburg, Md.) tallied her second goal of the season.
Sophomore Jen Heup (Davidsonville, Md.) went the distance in goal for the Bobcats, making nine saves. It was just the second time in 10 games that Heup did not record at least 10 stops. Heup also led the team with a pair of caused turnovers.
"I think we finally came together as a unit," said Hadaway. "We did a lot of things we've been working on all week. We defended really well and Jen Heup is always amazing. It was good to get the `W'."
Becky Horton led the Wildcats' attack with two goals, while Missy Gilbert added a goal and an assist. Emily Diefendorf, Emily Palmer and Eloise Grose each had one goal. Grose entered the game as the Wildcats' leading scorer, averaging nearly three goals per contest. Leslie Smith started in goal, making three saves in 22:54. Laura Johnson came on in relief and made four saves.
The Bobcats have now eight straight games dating back to last season when scoring at least 10 goals. It was Ohio's second consecutive home victory and their first game at Pruitt Field since a Feb. 27 victory against Howard.
Ohio took an 8-0 advantage in the first 22:54 of the game. Sullivan started the scoring converting a pass from Hadaway 4:35 into the contest. Fasick made it 2-0, and McLouth followed with her first goal of the afternoon taking a feed from Sullivan and finding the back of the net. Dow pushed the lead to 5-0 with back-to-back goals. She scored all three of her tallies during the Bobcats' run. The Bobcats registered five straight draw controls during the streak.
The Wildcats broke the string with 3:01 left in the half on goal by Grose. Horton followed a minute later as Davidson cut its halftime deficit to 8-2.
Hadaway put Ohio up 9-2 to start the second half, but consecutive free position goals by Walter and Horton cut the Bobcat lead to 9-4. Roguski was able to answer, knifing through the Wildcat defense on a breakaway to push Ohio's margin back to six goals. Davidson got within five once more, but Ohio posted six of the last nine scores to take the nine-goal win.
"We knew that Davidson is a very good team that is capable of coming back," Head Coach Allison Valentino said. "We knew we couldn't have any letdowns. Every time they would get a goal and chip into the lead we answered back. I couldn't be more pleased about that."
The victory was Ohio's fifth straight against Davidson, and the Bobcats now lead the all-time series, 5-3.
Ohio will travel to Virginia Tech on Tuesday, April 4 before getting back into American Lacrosse Conference play on April 9 with a home game against Ohio State.