March 1, 2006
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The Ohio lacrosse team will play a pair of top-20 teams when it travels to 17th-ranked Notre Dame on Thursday, March 2 and No. 1 Northwestern on Saturday, March 4. The Bobcats are 1-2 on the season after defeating Howard last Monday.
Head Coach Allison Valentino earned her first career victory in the 16-4 triumph versus the Bison. Devon Dow was the offensive star, scoring a career-best four goals. Amanda Diehl also tallied four points on a goal and three assists. In all 10 Bobcats found the back of the net at least once.
Freshman Kiersten McLouth (Centreville, Va.) maintained her team lead in points by scoring a goal and adding an assist against Howard. McLouth has scored at least one goal in her first three collegiate games and paces the Bobcats with six points on four goals and two assists. Shannon Hadaway (Pasadena, Md.) has also scored a goal in each of the first three games. She is second on the squad with five points (3 goals, 2 assists).
Goalkeeper Jen Heup (Davidsonville, Md.) owns a 9.60 goals against average in 168:41 minutes of work. She has recorded double-digit saves in two of Ohio's first three games, including a season-best 15 against Duquesne. She also leads the Bobcats with 19 ground balls and six caused turnovers. Jayme Levy (Reistertown, Md.) saw her first action in goal against Howard, making two saves in 11:19 minutes of action.
Ohio has already faced one ranked team this season, losing at No. 9 Maryland to start the season. The Bobcats have one victory against a ranked team since the program was brought back in 1999, defeating 19th-ranked Penn State, 8-7, at Pruitt Field on April 25, 2004.
Notre Dame is 2-0 on the season, picking up a pair of victories at Cal (23-11) and at Stanford (12-11, 3OT). Crysti Foote leads the Irish with 12 goals and 15 points. Jill Byers has scored 10 goals and 13 points. Carol Dixon has played all 127:34 of the season in goal, making 21 saves and posting a 10.35 goals against average.
The Bobcats and Fighting Irish have played each season since the 2000 campaign. Notre Dame leads the series, 6-0, including a 3-0 record at home.
Northwestern, the defending national champion, has won its first three games of the season to run its overall winning streak to 24 games. The Wildcats defeated Maryland (13-8), Hofstra (16-9) and Rutgers (18-3) on the road. Saturday's game against the Bobcats will be the squad's first home game of 2006 and the American Lacrosse Conference opener for both teams.
Kristen Kjellman leads the Wildcats with 10 goals, eight assists and 18 points. Lindsey Munday and Laura Glassanos have also reached the double-figure mark with 12 and 11 points, respectively. Morgan Lathrop and Abby Bangser have split the goalkeeping duties. Lathrop owns a 5.92 GAA in 91:14 minutes, while Bangser has a 7.44 goals against average in 88:46 minutes.
Ohio and Northwestern began the all-time series in 2002, the first season of the American Lacrosse Conference. The Wildcats have won all four meetings, including both games in Evanston.
This week's games are the first of seven consecutive road games for Ohio. The Bobcats will not play at home again until Friday, Mar. 31 versus Davidson.