Ohio Begins Home Lacrosse Season This Weekend
Bobcats return 11 of 12 starters for fourth season in modern history
The Bobcats begin the 2002 season as a founding member of the American Lacrosse Conference.
ATHENS, Ohio – The Ohio lacrosse team begins its home season this weekend against Monmouth on Saturday and St. Bonaventure on Sunday. Both contests will begin at noon on Pruitt Field.Attack
The Bobcats (0-1) lost at Notre Dame, 15-3, in their season opener last Sunday.
Ohio began its fourth season of modern-era lacrosse with a new outlook. The previous two seasons have been met with continued improvement and now the Bobcats have the benefit of a new affiliation – the American Lacrosse Conference.
Joining Ohio as founding members of the ALC are Ohio State, Penn State, Northwestern, Davidson, Johns Hopkins, and Vanderbilt. The move should provide the Bobcats with better competition and increased postseason chances.
Ohio returns one of the top scoring offenses in the country. Leading the Bobcats is tri-captain Alyssa Trocher (Ellicott City, Md.), who finished last season with a team-high 75 total points and who was ranked in the top 20 nationally for goals, points per game and assists. For her efforts, the junior was an honorable mention All-America selection in 2001, the first player so honored since the return of the program.
Two other starters are also returning up front. Lynz Keys (Whitby, Ont.) will anchor the attack with her composure and consistency. Keys, who scored 22 goals for the Bobcats as a freshman last season, spent this past summer training for and playing in the Lacrosse World Cup Championship in High Wycombe, England. As a member of Team Canada, Keys was essential in its scoring offense.
Melissa Menna (Downingtown, Pa.) is the third component of this year’s threatening attack. The sophomore used her tremendous field vision and dangerous skills inside to record 32 total points last year on 25 goals and seven assists. She is a slippery attacker who is able to manipulate inside for a high percentage shot on goal.
This year’s midfield is packed with speed and skill. Anchoring the midfield will be tri-captain Lindsey Hart
(Vineland, Ont.), who finished last season with 45 goals and 20 assists. She joined teammate Keys as part of the Canadian National Team at the World Cup, where she earned Player-of-the-Match honors twice while leading the team in scoring. Hart also joined Trocher in the national rankings for goals and points per game while also placing in the top 20 for total ground balls.Ashley Bauer
(Hudson), a quick midfielder who is strong on both the attack and defensive ends of the field, returns for her senior season. A team leader, she scored 12 goals last year and finished second on the team with 12 draw controls. Also returning to the tenacious midfield is sophomore Becky Oxman
(Bryn Mawr, Pa.). She finished last season third on the team with 36 total points on 24 goals and 12 assists.
This year's midfield will also be complemented by newcomers Kristen Gombeski
(Finksburg, Md.) and Molly Wurdack
The defensive unit, led by senior tri-captain Megan Sanders
(Dublin), will again be a strength for the Bobcats. It returns a full complement of players including all three starters. Sanders, an Academic All-American last season, recorded 10 draw controls and caused 13 turnovers.
Joining Sanders on the defensive end will be junior Ashley Boccia
(Salisbury, Md.) and senior April Luedecke
(Hudson), who also started all 16 matches in 2001. Luedecke returned from a serious knee injury two years ago and should be poised for a solid senior campaign.
Sophomore Katie Peksa
(Salisbury, Md.) started twice a year ago but was hampered by injury throughout much of the campaign. Newcomer Meg Ryan
(Downington, Pa.) will also compete for playing time on defense.GoalkeepingJen Cassidy
(Whitby, Ont.) returns to the Bobcat net after a tremendous freshman year. She finished last season ranked 20th in the nation with a .552 save percentage and allowed 10.69 goals per game. Senior Katie Borokhovich
(Powell) made three appearances last season, including one start, but has improved steadily during her career and will provide depth at the position.ohiobobcats.com