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Shannon Hadaway netted a goal in the Bobcats' opener at Maryland
Shannon Hadaway netted a goal in the Bobcats' opener at Maryland

Feb. 24, 2006

Saturday's Game Program

ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio lacrosse team will open the home portion of its 2006 schedule versus Duquesne on Saturday, Feb. 25 at Peggy Pruitt Field. The scheduled start time is 3:30 p.m.

The Bobcats are 0-1 on the young season after losing at ninth-ranked Maryland, 12-3, on Feb. 19. The Dukes enter Saturday's game with a 1-1 mark.

Ohio in Home Openers
In its seven home openers since the program was reinstated in 1999, the Bobcats own a 4-3 record. The Dukes were also the opponent last season in the home debut. Duquesene came out on top with a 6-5 double-overtime victory. Ohio won its 2004 home opener against Albany, 16-4.

The Ohio vs. Duquesne Series
The Bobcats have Dukes have met six times since 2000 and have split the series, 3-3. Ohio has won two of the three meetings at Pruitt Field, including a 11-8 victory in 2004. The Dukes first win in the series came last season in the season-opener, 6-5 in double overtime.

Heup Has Career Game vs. Terps
Sophomore goalkeeper Jen Heup had an impressive 2006 debut, besting her career highs with 12 saves and nine ground balls in 60 minutes of work against No. 9 Maryland. Her previous career best for saves was 11. She accomplished that twice last season versus Vanderbilt and Penn State. She more than doubled her previous high of four ground balls set last season against Oregon. Her ground-ball total tied for third on the Bobcats' single-game ledger and was the highest since Alyssa Trocher had nine versus Howard in 2003. It also set the modern record (since 1999) for the most ground balls by a goalkeeper.

Young Guns
All 12 of the Bobcats' starters in the season opener at Maryland were freshmen or sophomores. Seven players made their first career appearance in the starting lineup. Rookie Kiersten McLouth made the most of her collegiate debut, leading the team with two points on her first collegiate goal and assist.

Scouting Duquesne
The Dukes enter with a record of 1-1 after splitting a pair of games at the University of Denver last weekend. Duquesne opened the season with a 10-7 victory versus Longwood on Feb. 18. The next day they fell to the host Pioneers, 9-7. Kelly Mulford leads the team in scoring with five goals, including the game-winner against Longwood. Courtney Tamasitis is right behind with four markers. Mereidth Williams and Keri Drexel have recorded the Dukes only two assists on the young season. Meredith Norris has played all 120 minutes in goal for Duquesne, allowing 16 goals (8.0 GAA) and making 20 saves.