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Ohio Opens Lacrosse Season with 17-8 Victory over Albany

Contact: Jim Stephan


The 2003 Ohio lacrosse team won its first season opener since the program's rebirth in 1999.

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    PHILADELPHIA Ohio opened the 2003 lacrosse season Saturday afternoon with an 17-8 victory over Albany. The match was played at Temple University's Geasey Field and marked the season opener for both teams.

    Lindsey Hart scored five goals while Melissa Menna recorded her fourth career hat trick en route to the first coaching victory for first-year head coach Kate Brew. For Hart, the nation's second-leading scorer last season, it was the 12th time the senior from Vineland, Ontario, scored at least five goals in a game.

    Lynz Keys, Caitlin Link, Alyssa Trocher and Becky Oxman each scored a pair of goals while Emily Hemmelgarn had a single tally. Jennifer Cassidy earned the victory in goal for the Bobcats, who won their season opener for the first time since the program's rebirth in 1999.

    Ohio scored the game's first nine goals, three from the stick of Hart. Albany finally got on the board at the 24:15 mark of the first half, making the Bobcats' halftime advantage 9-1.

    The Great Danes came out of the break scoring three straight goals but Ohio answered with four consecutive tallies to increase the lead back to nine at 13-4.

    The teams traded goals over the final minutes with the Bobcats leading 17-6 before surrendering a pair of goals in the final 25 seconds.

    Ohio will open its 2003 home season against Northwestern on March 8. That 1 p.m. contest will also mark the conference opener for the Bobcats (9-6 in 2002) as both Ohio and the Wildcats are members of the American Lacrosse Conference.

    Admission is free to all Bobcat lacrosse matches at Peggy Pruitt Field.