April 9, 2006
ATHENS, Ohio - Ohio's second-half rally came up just short as the Bobcats lost to Ohio State, 9-7, in women's lacrosse action at Pruitt Field on Sunday afternoon. The Bobcats are now 3-9 overall and 0-3 in the American Lacrosse League, while the Buckeyes improved to 2-9 and 1-1 in the ALC.
After pulling within one goal on a score by sophomore Shannon Hadaway (Pasadena, Md.) with 2:40 seconds remaining in the contest, sophomore Amanda Diehl (Westmister, Md.) was able to secure the ensuing draw control and give Ohio a chance to tie. The Bobcats set up a play, but were called for a charge with just 1:50 left to go. The Buckeyes were able to add an insurance goal and retain possession for the remainder of the game.
"Our thought process was that we were going to get the draw and set up a play for Shannon," Head Coach Allison Valentino said. "We thought if we executed we would be in a really good position to win the game."
Hadaway led the Ohio offense with three points on two goals and an assist. Redshirt freshman Devon Dow (Potomac, Md.), Diehl, senior Allison Brennan (Annandale, Va.), sophomore Katie Smith (Ohsweken, Ontario) and junior Kathleen Macari (Huntington, N.Y.) all added single tallies. It was Macari's first of the season. Sophomore Lindsey Marshall (Hilliard, Ohio) had an assist.
Sophomore goalkeeper Jen Heup (Davidsonville, Md.) made 13 saves in the game. It was the 10th time this season Heup has recorded at least 10 stops. She now ranks fourth on the Bobcats' single-season list with 149 so far in 2006. Heup also tied for the team lead in ground balls (4) and caused turnovers (2).
"I was really proud of our defensive effort today," Valentino said. "We worked really hard in practice on our communication and our team defense. To give up nine goals, and only three in the second half, I'm really proud of the effort we gave today."
Kristen Hannon and Kristen Slahor led Ohio State with two goals and an assist each. Lindsay Weiner notched two goals, while Bethany Carey, Jessica Patane and Natale Miller all had goals for the Buckeyes.
Kristen Gilwee started in goal and made three saves, while Kim Hastings came on mid-way through the second half and stopped two shots.
The Ohio defense was able to hold the Buckeyes' KC Carter, who entered the game as the team's leading scorer, without a point.
"I thought we played as a team," sophomore defender Julie Roguski (Eldersburg, Md.) said. "We communicated really well. We knew who their top players were, and we knew we had to keep them out to stay in the game. Our slides there and we communicated."
The Bobcats held a 22-14 advantage in ground balls, but could not overcome 25 turnovers.
Ohio State scored first on a goal by Hannon, but the Bobcats responded on a rebound goal by Diehl to knot the score at 1-1 just less than three minutes in. The Buckeyes then ran off four straight, including both of Weiner's tallies, to take a four-goal lead less than 10 minutes into the contest. The Ohio defense would stiffen, however, allowing only four more goals for the remainder of the contest.
The Bobcats pulled within 5-2 on Macari's goal, but OSU pushed the lead back to four on a score by Carey. Brennan found the back of the net for Ohio to cut the deficit to 6-3 at halftime.
Ohio State scored the first goal of the second period when Hannon converted a free-position attempt. Trailing 7-3, Ohio then began its second-half run, scoring four of the next five goals. Hadaway started the spurt with unassisted score, which was followed by a free-position goal by Dow to cut the Buckeyes' lead to 7-5 with 17:48 left. Slahor scored to make it 8-5.
Ohio came right back when Smith ran the length of the field and scored to pull Ohio within two at 8-6. Hadaway scored her final goal of the game with 2:40 left to set up the final sequence. After the Ohio turnover, Slahor scored again to set the final margin at 9-7. The Buckeyes won the following draw control and were able to run out the clock.
The game marked the first time in 2006 that the Bobcats held a team to less than 10 goals and lost.
The Bobcats make their final road trip of the season next week, playing at 14th-ranked Vanderbilt on April 14. Ohio returns home to face UMBC on April 19 in the first of three straight contests at Pruitt Field to end the season.