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Ohio Lacrosse Set for 2004 Season Opener

Contact: Jim Stephan


The 2004 lacrosse season kicks off Friday when Ohio hosts Albany at 1 p.m.

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    ATHENS, Ohio While spring may be officially a month away, another spring sport season for Ohio University begins Friday when the lacrosse team hosts Albany at 1 p.m. on Peggy Pruitt Field. And with 17 players returning from 2003, second-year head coach Kate Brew has plenty to look forward to.

    The Bobcats posted a 5-10 record against an upgraded schedule last year and hope to build on that experience. An added prize this year is an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament for the American Lacrosse Conference champion.

    There will be some one glaring difference to the team this season as one of the greatest players in school history, Lindsey Hart, has moved from the playing field to the sideline as an assistant coach. Hart was the Bobcats' leading scorer each of the last three seasons and holds most of the school's offensive school records single-game, season and career.

    But Ohio does have plenty of weapons at both ends of the field. First-team all-conference selection Becky Oxman tallied 37 points a year ago on 25 goals and a a team-high 12 assists. She was second on the team in caused turnovers and third in ground balls.

    Senior Lynz Keys joined Oxman on the preseason All-ALC team after recording 30 goals last season. She was second on the team in ground balls with 29 while finishing with 31 points.

    In the midfield, Caitlin Link and Kristen Gombeski saw a considerable amount of action starting 14 games together. Link tallied seven points on 17 shots while Gombeski recorded 14 ground balls and won 16 draws, the third-highest mark on the team. Melissa Menna was a primary offensive threat in the midfield last year, placing fifth with 22 points. She was also one of five players to reach double figures in scoring with 13 goals.

    Defensively, Jen Cassidy played every minute in goal last year after earning all-conference honors in 2002. She held opponents to a 10.93 goals-against average and recorded a .464 save percentage. Juniors Molly Wurdack and Meg Ryan opened all 15 games in front of Cassidy and were often responsible for keeping the top opponent attackers at bay.

    The Bobcats' schedule features trips to North Carolina and Notre Dame and the first-ever visit to California for matches against Stanford and St. Mary's. Inside league play, Ohio travels to Johns Hopkins, Vanderbilt and Northwestern while entertaining Davidson, Penn State and Ohio State.