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Jen Heup had a career-best 18 saves, the most by a Bobcat since 2002.
Jen Heup had a career-best 18 saves, the most by a Bobcat since 2002.

April 4, 2006

Box Score

BLACKSBURG, Va. - Despite a career-high 18 saves from sophomore goalkeeper Jen Heup (Davidsonville, Md.), the Ohio lacrosse team lost at Virginia Tech, 14-5, on Tuesday. The Bobcats are now 3-8 on the season, while the Hokies improved to 7-4.

Heup's 18 saves were not only the most of her career, but also tied for seventh place on the Bobcats' single-game list. It is the most saves for an Ohio goalkeeper since Jennifer Cassidy set the school record with 23 versus Penn State on April 28, 2002. Heup has now made at least 10 saves in nine of the Bobcats' 11 games. Her 136 saves on the season ranks sixth on the Ohio single-season list.

"Jen has been a rock for us all year," Head Coach Allison Valentino said. "She's really having a tremendous season for us."

One game after scoring a season-best 16 goals, the Ohio offense was limited to five tallies against the Hokies. Five different players scored for the Bobcats. Redshirt freshman Devon Dow (Potomac, Md.) notched her 13th goal of the season and added an assist for a team-best two points. Sophomores Frannie Sullivan (Davidsonville, Md.), Shannon Hadaway (Pasadena, Md.) and Lindsey Marshall (Hilliard, Ohio) each added a goal apiece. Freshman Shannon Lynes (Ellicott City, Md.) added her second goal of the season, while junior Kathleen Macari (Huntington, N.Y.) scored her first point of the campaign with an assist.

Hadaway and sophomore Katie Smith (Ohsweken, Ontario) led the defensive effort with four ground balls and three caused turnovers each.

Lindsay Pieper had a game-high six points for the Hokies on four goals and two assists. Katie Boyle scored three times, while Kady McBrearty added three points on a goal and two assists. Carrie Hill was the winning goalkeeper making two saves and allowing two goals in 41:19 of action.

The Hokies outshot the Bobcats, 40-15, but Virginia Tech was 0-for-10 on free position shots. Ohio held an 11-10 edge in draw controls, but committed 26 turnovers in the contest.

The Hokies ran out to a quick 4-0 lead in the first 12 minutes of the contest. Pieper scored two of her goals and had an assist in the run, while Katie Russo assisted on three of the scores. Sullivan put the Bobcats on the board, scoring off a pass from Dow, but Virginia Tech responded with another 4-0 run to take an 8-1 lead at halftime.

Marshall found the net first for Ohio 1:46 into the second half to cut the lead to 8-2. The Hokies took their largest lead at 10-2 just 1:14 later on goals by Katie Boyle and McBrearty. Ohio came right back with scores by Hadaway and Lynes to make it 10-4, but the Hokies were able to score four of the last five goals to set the final margin.

"We just dug ourselves too big of a hole in the first half," Valentino said. "I was pleased with our effort in the second half, but you can't fall that far behind a good team. We need to play a 60-minute game and today we only played a 30-minute game. We had some good individual efforts, especially from people off the bench."

The all-time series between Ohio and Virginia Tech is now tied at 2-2 with each school victorious on its home field.

Ohio returns home on Sunday, April 9 to face American Lacrosse Conference foe Ohio State at 1 p.m. The Bobcats will play four of their final five games at Pruitt Field.