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Kiersten McLouth had two assists at top-ranked Northwestern.
Kiersten McLouth had two assists at top-ranked Northwestern.

March 9, 2006

BALTIMORE, Md. - The Ohio women's lacrosse team continues its challenging schedule when its travels to fourth-ranked Johns Hopkins on Friday, March 10 at 4 p.m. The Bobcats are 1-4 overall and 0-1 in American Lacrosse Conference action, while the Blue Jays are 2-0 and will be making their 2006 ALC debut.

Friday's contest marks the Bobcats' third straight game versus a top-20 opponent and the fourth this season against a ranked team, all on the road. Ohio has lost at No. 9 Maryland, No. 17 Notre Dame and No. 1 Northwestern.

Ohio's offense is paced by freshman attack Kiersten McLouth (Centreville, Va.). The rookie has scored at least one point in each of her first five collegiate games, including a two-assist performance at Northwestern. McLouth leads the team with five goals, four assists and nine points. Sophomore Shannon Hadaway (Pasadena, Md) is next on the list with four goals, three assists and seven points. Hadaway also ranks seventh in the ALC with 2.4 draw controls per game.

Bobcat goalkeeper Jen Heup (Davidsonville, Md.) has registered double-digit saves in four of Ohio's first five games. She had a career-high 17 stops last time out against Northwestern. Heup also leads the conference with 4.8 ground balls per game and is sixth with 1.2 caused turnovers per contest.

The Blue Jays are 2-0 after defeating George Washington on the road and earning an 8-7 victory versus third-ranked Princeont last Saturday. Mary Key has racked up seven goals and six assists for 13 points through the first two games of the season. Key scored the game-winner in the Blue Jays upset of Princeton to earn player of the week honors from the ALC, InsideLacrosse.com and womenslacrosse.com. The junior has already amassed 114 goals and 60 assists for her career.

Lauren Riddick has played all 120 minutes in goal for Johns Hopkins. She has made 16 saves and boasts a 7.50 goals against average.

The Ohio vs. Hopkins series dates back to 2002 and the formation of the American Lacrosse Conference. The Blue Jays have won all four meetings between the two teams, including both games at Homewood Field in Baltimore.

Following Friday's contest, the Bobcats will have 10 days off before heading to the West Coast for three games. Ohio will play at California on March 21, at St. Mary's on March 23 and at Oregon on March 25.