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Allison Valentino leads the Bobcats against Cal on Tuesday.
Allison Valentino leads the Bobcats against Cal on Tuesday.

March 20, 2006

BERKELEY, Calif. - The Ohio lacrosse team (1-5) begins its spring trip with a game at California on Tuesday, March 21 at 6:30 p.m. EST. The match-up with the Bears is the first of three games over five days for the Bobcats.

Ohio has dropped three straight games, all to ranked opponents. Cal will be just the third unranked team the Bobcats have faced this season and the first since defeating Howard on Feb. 27.

The Bobcats have had 10 days off since their last competition, a 17-6 loss at fourth-ranked Johns Hopkins back on March 10. It is the second-longest stretch between games on the 2006 schedule. Ohio will have 12 days between games against Penn State on April 23 and Brown on May 6.

Freshman Kiersten McLouth (Centreville, Va.) leads Ohio's offense with five goals, four assists and nine points in five games. Sophomore Shannon Hadaway (Pasadena, Md.), one of six players to start all six games, is second on the squad with eight points on five goals and three assists. Fourteen different players have found the back of the net for the Bobcats, including six with at least four goals.

Sophomore goalkeeper Jen Heup (Davidsonville, Md.) has registered double-digit saves in five of the first six games. She has a total of 77 stops, 11 more than her season total from 2005 (nine games). Heup also leads the team with 29 ground balls and six caused turnovers.

Cal is currently 3-3 on the season after splitting its recent two-game New York road trip. The Golden Bears lost at Cornell, 14-1, on March 10 before rebounding to defeat Colgate, 12-10, on March 12. The Bobcats and Bears have played one common opponent thus far in 2006 with both teams losing to Ntore Dame.

Danni Zuralow is Cal's top scorer with 14 points on 11 goals and three assists. Laura Cavallo and Leanne Zilioli have each scored nine goals. Hilary Lynch has started all six games in goal for the Bears. She has made 65 saves while posting a 13.02 goals against average.

The Bobcats will continue its West Coast run on Thursday, March 23 when it travels to St. Mary's. Ohio will also play at Oregon on Saturday, March 25.