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Ohio Lacrosse Falls Victim to Northwestern Rally

Contact: Jim Stephan


The Bobcats, members of the American Lacrosse Conference, open league play by hosting Northwestern at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

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    ATHENS, Ohio Ohio bolted to a 6-2 lead early in the first half, but Northwestern broke a 7-7 tie with five straight goals enroute to a 13-9 victory Saturday afternoon at Peggy Pruitt Field. The game was the home opener for the Bobcats and the American Lacrosse Conference opener for both teams.

    Junior Lynz Keys equalled her career-high with five goals and four others scored for the Bobcats. Courtney Koester answered for NU with five goals.

    Northwestern (4-0, 1-0) opened the scoring 4:24 into the contest when Erin Flynn took a pass from Koester, but Keys tallied a pair of unassisted goals to put the Bobcats ahead by the 7:57 mark.
    Becky Oxman found the net from Alyssa Trocher less than an minute later to put Ohio up 3-1.

    After Koester cut the margin back to a single score, Keys completed the hat trick on a pass from Emily Hemmelgarn with 13:34 left in the half. Hemmelgarn found the net on her own 54 seconds later for a 5-2 lead.

    But the Wildcats used goals by Lynda McCandlish and Sarah Fixler to make the score 5-4 before each team scored in the final 2:11 -- Trocher for Ohio, Koester for Northwestern -- of the half for a 6-5 score at the break.

    Northwestern didn't take long to move ahead take the lead, tying the score 57 seconds into the second on a Flynn goal, then taking lead at the 34:30 mark on a shot by McCandlish.

    Ohio retied the score at the 41:21 mark on Keys' fourth strike of the game, but Northwestern scored five straight goals in the next 9:35 to break the game open. The Bobcats tried to rally, scoring twice in a span of 2:10 in the game's final four minutes, but it was too little, too late. The tallies came from the sticks of Keys and Lindsey Hart.