April 23, 2006
ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio lacrosse team lost its American Lacrosse Conference finale, 14-5, versus Penn State at Peggy Pruitt Field on Sunday, April 23. The Bobcats are 4-11 overall and end the campaign 0-5 in ALC play. The Nittany Lions improved to 7-8 overall and 3-1 in league play.
The Bobcats couldn't recover from an early Penn State run that netted the Nittany Lions 10 answered goals in a span of less than 25 minutes. Freshman Kiersten McLouth (Centreville, Va.) scored the first goal of the game to give Ohio a 1-0 lead just more than three minutes in. The Bobcat defense kept the Nittany Lions off the board until the there were more than 13 minutes gone by in the first half, but Lindsay Hagemann scored the first of back-to-back goals to ignite the run that would eventually give Penn State a 10-1 lead with 23:24 left in the game. Eight different players scored for the Nittany Lions, including two each from Hagemann and Karen Long.
"We really wanted to slow the game down," Ohio Head Coach Allison Valentino said. "They are a team that really likes to push the ball and use their speed. They can score in spurts. We knew if we had possession we could make them a little antsy and rush some shots. Our first possession was what we wanted."
McLouth was able to score two more goals in the second half for her second consecutive hat trick and fourth of the season. She leads the Bobcats with 22 goals and 27 points. With one game remaining in the season, McLouth has a three-point lead on the Ohio scoring ledger. She would be the first Bobcat rookie since 2000 to lead the team in scoring.
"Kiersten is playing great this season even though she's been injured almost the entire season," Valentino said. "You really haven't even seen the Kiersten McLouth that we know. She doesn't play like a freshman. At the end of the game, she wants the ball and wants to score."
Sophomore Frannie Sullivan (Davidsonville, Md.) added a goal and an assist for the Bobcats, while sophomore Amanda Diehl (Westminster, Md.) scored her fifth of the season.
Ohio goalkeeper Jen Heup (Davidsonville, Md.) registered 17 saves in the contest, one shy of her career best, to run her season total to 183. It was her fifth game of the season with at least 15 saves and her 12th double-digit save game of the season. Heup needs 11 saves in the season finale to break Ohio's single-season saves mark. Heup also recorded six ground balls and ranks third on the Bobcat single-season list with 53.
Lori Havrilla led a balanced Nittany Lion attack with two goals and two assists. Jessi Lieb, Shari Maslin , Karen Long and Hagemann each scored twice, while Kim Konston added two assists. Penn State used a pair of goalkeepers with Cammie Jurkowsky getting the victory after making two saves in the first half. Jess Boccio made four second-half stops.
The Nittany Lions held a 16-5 advantage in draw controls, including a 10-1 margin in the first half. Penn State also converted on 9-of-10 clears, while Ohio was 10-for-19.
Ohio answered the Penn State scoring run with three straight goals of its own to cut the lead to 10-4 with 19:39 left. Sullivan converted a free position shot followed by back-to-back goals by McLouth. Penn Sate scored the next two to go back up by eight at 12-4 before Diehl found the back of the net off a pass from Sullivan for Ohio's last goal. The Nittany Lions tallied the last two for the 14-5 victory.
"We got a lot of the draws (during the second-half run)," Sullivan said. "That was the thing that killed us in the beginning. The draw is the main thing. If you get the draw you're going to win the game. When we got the draws we scored."
The Bobcats have one game remaining on the 2006 schedule. Ohio will host Brown on Saturday, May 6 at 12 p.m.