Feb. 26, 2006
Monday's Game Program
ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio lacrosse team will host its second game in three days when it welcomes the Howard Bison to Peggy Pruitt Field on Monday, Feb. 27. The game is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.
Both the Bobcats and Bison are searching for their first victory of the season. Ohio is 0-2, while Howard is 0-3.
Ohio Hopes Third Time is a Charm
Ohio is looking for its first win of the young season after losing tis first two games to Maryland and Duquesne. The Bobcats have started 0-3 just twice since 1999. The 2001 squad went 0-4, but rebounded to post an 8-8 record. Last season's team lost its first three games, including one to eventual national champion Northwestern.
The matchup agaisnt Howard is the Bobcats' second game in three days. It is the first of four times this season that Ohio will have only one day of rest in between games. The next will be at the end of the week when the Bobcats play at Notre Dame on Thursday, Mar. 2 and then open its American Lacrosse Conference schedule at Northwestern on Saturday, Mar. 4. Ohio will play three games in five days over spring break. The Bobcats will play at Cal on Mar. 21, at St. Mary's on Mar. 23 and at Oregon on Mar. 25.
The Ohio vs. Howard Series
Ohio and Howard have played each other each season since 2000. The Bobcats have never lost to the Bison, posting a perfect 6-0 mark, including last season's 20-2 victory at Pruitt Field.
Heup Has Another Strong Outing
Sophomore goalkeeper Jen Heup recorded a career high for the second straight game, making 15 saves in the loss to Duquesne. She had 12 stops in the Bobcats' first game of the season at Maryland. Heup also led the team in ground balls against the Dukes with seven. It was the second straight game she paced the team in that category and has a team-high 16 ground balls for the season. Heup also caused three turnovers against Duquesene.
Rookie on Top of Scoring Chart
Freshman Kiersten McLouth scored a team-high two goals against Duquesene. Through the first two games of her collegiate career, the rookie from Centreville, Va. leads the squad with three goals and four points.
Last Year's Game
The Bobcats outscored the Bison 13-1 in the first half en route to a 20-2 victory at Pruitt Field. Caitlin Link led Ohio with four goals, while Kari Fasick added three markers. It was the fourth time in six meetings against Howard that the Bobcats scored at least 20 goals.
The Bison are also searching for their first victory of the season, entering the game at Ohio with an 0-3 mark. They posted a season-high 14 goals in their last game, an 18-14 loss at Robert Morris on Feb. 25. Sakitah Holly led Howard with six goals in the game. Iram Abdullah added four markers. Alana Webb had a team-best two assists. Goalkeeper Bianca Lamar made 13 saves in the game. As a team, Howard is averaging 11.0 goals per game. Defensively, the Bison are giving up an average of 18.0 goals per contest.