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Ohio Lacrosse Beats Virginia Tech 12-7

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Junior goalkeeper Jen Cassidy (#19) made 13 saves in Friday's win over the Hokies.

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    ATHENS, Ohio – Ohio senior Lindsey Hart scored six goals to help propel the Bobcat lacrosse team to a 12-7 victory over Virginia Tech Friday afternoon at Peggy Pruitt Field.

    After a Sam Sybert goal, assisted by Katie Madden, gave the Hokies (0-5) an early 1-0 lead just 1:03 into the match, Hart evened the score 11 seconds later on an unassisted tally. Virginia Tech responded, however, with a free-position goal by Lindsey Welch at the 2:36 mark and an unassisted score by Katie Madden at 5:38.

    Alyssa Trocher answered right back for Ohio (2-2) with an unassisted tally at the 6:14 mark. After a free-position goal by Madden gave the Hokies a 4-2 edge at 11:02, Trocher provided another score, this time off an assist from Melissa Menna at the 12:09 mark.

    Hart then pitched in with two straight goals – the first assisted by Menna – to give the Bobcats their first lead in the game, 5-4, in the 18th minute.

    “It took us about the first 15 minutes for us to get in rhythm and start playing our game,” said Ohio head coach Kate Brew about her first home win. “We came up with a lot of draw controls today and a lot of loose balls in the midfield. Our whole focus was to possess and control the tempo of the game.”

    Deana Cannon fed Kate Threadgold to tie the score for Virginia Tech at the 19:07 mark but the rest of the half belonged to Ohio. Trocher registered an unassisted tally, Menna recorded a free-position goal and Lynz Keys scored unassisted for an 8-5 Bobcat lead at intermission.

    The Hokies, who lost their first three games of the season to top-10 teams Duke, Georgetown and Syracuse, benefited from another goal by Sybert at the 33:04 mark. Hart, however, would seal the game for Ohio with unassisted goals in the 37th, 40th, and 51st minutes of play.

    Just 15 seconds after Threadgold added a late goal for Virginia Tech, Emily Hemmelgarn concluded the Bobcat scoring off an assist from Becky Oxman with 1:04 remaining in the game.

    “We just played our game today and that was the most important thing,” said Hart, who has scored at least five goals in a game on 13 occasions during her career. “We focused on Ohio lacrosse and not anything else. We possessed the ball and today everyone was patient all around.”

    The Bobcats will host their fourth game in nine days on Sunday with an American Lacrosse Conference match against Johns Hopkins scheduled for noon. The Blue Jays (2-1) are currently ranked 15th in the nation, with their only loss coming to No. 2 Duke. Admission is free to all Ohio lacrosse home matches at Peggy Pruitt Field on Shafer Street.