May 6, 2006
ATHENS, Ohio - Brown used a 5-0 run in the second half to score a come-from-behind victory versus Ohio in women's lacrosse action at Peggy Pruitt Field on Saturday, May 6. The Bobcats concluded the campaign with a 4-12 overall record, while the Bears finished the season at 5-11.
The Bobcats led 5-4 at halftime and scored two of the first three goals of the second stanza to take a 7-5 lead, but the Bears rattled off the next five scores to go ahead 10-7. Ohio cut the lead to 10-8 with 1:09 left, but could not get any closer.
"I think we played a really good first half," Ohio Head Coach Allison Valentino said. "Overall, I thought we had a great effort. They had that great run and scored out of transition a couple of times, but I was really proud of my team. I thought we played well."
Freshman attack Kiersten McLouth (Centreville, Va.) scored three goals to lead the Bobcats' offense. It was her team-best fifth hat trick of the season. She became the first Bobcat this season to score at least three goals in three consecutive games and finished the year with a team-high 25 goals and 30 points. McLouth is the first Ohio freshman to lead the team in scoring since Alyssa Trocher in 2000.
Junior Kathleen Macari (Huntington, N.Y.) scored a career-high two goals, while sophomore Frannie Sullivan (Davidsonville, Md.), sophomore Shannon Hadaway (Pasadena, Md.) and sophomore Amanda Diehl (Westminster, Md.) each found the back of the net once. Redshirt freshman Devon Dow (Potomac, Md.) and sophomore Kari Fasick (Marriottsville, Md.) each had an assist.
"The score didn't turn out like we wanted it, but I really feel like everyone was trying their best," McLouth said. "I wish we could've come out with the win, but you couldn't ask for more effort. We really connected and our offense definitely picked it up from last game. We were working together a lot more both on offense and defense."
Sophomore goalkeeper Jen Heup (Davidsonville, Md.) made nine saves in the game, coming just one stop shy of matching the Bobcat single-season record. Her 192 saves in 2006 are the second-most in school history. Heup also had two ground balls to finish the year with a team-best 55, which puts her third on the Bobcats' single-season ground balls list.
Kate Staley led the Bears with three goals, while Amie Biros and Mimi DeTolla each had two. Bethany Buzzell tallied a goal and an assist. Melissa King made seven saves in goal for Brown.
Brown held an 11-9 advantage in draw controls, and came up with possessions at key points in the game. During their decisive run, the Bears won four of the five draws.
"We just didn't get the draws when we needed to and that is the crucial point of the game," Macari said. "We played together as a team, and that's the biggest thing you can ask for at the end of the season."
Brown also had 16 free-position opportunities, converting five of them.
"We gave up way to many eight-meters, and that's what I think cost us the game," Valentino said. "Take all the eight meters away, and we did a lot of really nice things. We played well in transition and had some good offensive possessions."
The Bobcats scored first when McLouth converted a free-position shot, one of her two in the game that ran her team-leading total to 10. Staley tied the game on a free position goal before McLouth put the Bobcats back ahead, 2-1, with 20:44 left in the half. Brown took the lead on back-to-back goals by Buzzell and Krystina DeLuca, but Ohio stormed back to re-take the lead on consecutive goals by Hadaway and McLouth. DeTolla knotted the score at 4-4 with 3:39 left, but Macari scored the first of her two goals with just 18 seconds remaining off a pass from Fasick to the give Ohio a 5-4 halftime advantage.
The loss marked the just the third time since the start of the 2003 season that the Bobcats lost when leading at the half (21-3).
Macari started the second-half scoring, converting a feed from Dow to push the margin to 6-4. Biros netted her first of the game to make it 6-5 before Sullivan extended the Bobcats' lead back to a pair with a free-position goal with 20:27 left. DeTolla scored for Brown just 15 seconds later to ignite the Bears 5-0 run that would net them the game. Staley scored two straight to give Brown an 8-7 lead with 15:30 left, and Lauren Vitkus tallied what would be the game-winning goal with 5:08 left. Biros capped the Bears' scoring with a free-position goal with 4:27 left.
Diehl tried to start an Ohio comeback, scoring on a breakaway with 1:09 left. The Bobcats won the draw, but turned the ball over and giving the Bears the chance to run out the clock.
The defeat was the 21st straight for the Bobcats when scoring less than 10 goals. Ohio has won nine in a row, including all four games this season, when scoring at least 10 times.
The game marked the final appearance in an Ohio uniform for four seniors - Allison Brennan (Annandale, Va.), Kim Cherneski (Timonium, Md.), Tiffany Smith (Massapequa, N.Y.) and Ashley Weed (Shaker Heights, Ohio).
"We definitely had ups and downs, but our team is strong," McLouth said. "No matter what, we're always together. If we lost, we lost together. If we won, we won together."