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Ohio Earns Spring Break Split with 22-12 Win at St. Mary's

Contact: Jim Stephan


Dana Dobbie continued her spectacular freshman season with five goals on Saturday.

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    MORAGA, Calif. Lynz Keys and Dana Dobbie scored five goals each as the Ohio lacrosse team tied a school record for goals with a 22-12 victory over St. Mary's (Calif.) Saturday afternoon.

    Seven different Bobcats found the net with Melissa Menna adding four goals, Caitlin Link three and Emily Hemmelgarn and Kristen Gombeski two each. Katie Peksa recorded a single tally. The Bobcats also had a season-high 14 assists, led by Keys with four.

    After falling behind 1-0 in the first 29 seconds, Ohio ran off eight straight goals before the 12-minute mark. Link evened the score on a free position shot at the 1:19 mark and then Gombeski put the Bobcats ahead for good with her free position goal 1:17 later. The barrage continued as Peksa, Dobbie and Keys all found the net in a span of two minutes, 35 seconds to put Ohio ahead 5-1 just 5:49 into the contest.

    Link started a second scoring spurt at the 10:31 mark as Hemmelgarn and Gombeski also tallied goals in the next two minutes.

    St. Mary's would rally with four straight goals to pull to within 8-5 with 12:05 remaining in the half, then the teams traded goals in the final 1:45 to head to the intermission at 9-6 in favor of Ohio. Menna tallied the final goal of the period for the Bobcats.

    The Gaels continued their rally to 9-8 by scoring the first two goals of the second half but Keys answered 18 seconds later with the first of back-to-back Ohio goals for an 11-8 lead. After another St. Mary's score, the Bobcats tallied seven of the next eight goals to pull away.

    Ohio scored three goals in the final 1:45 of the contest to equal the school standard.

    "We dominated the midfield in the second half," said head coach Kate Brew. "That helped us build confidence and led to some beautiful transitions to offense. We saw the open person and moved the ball well.

    "Dana was important today in the midfield with 15 draw controls and Meg Ryan made four or five clean interceptions. She was the glue that held our defense together."

    The win improved the Bobcats to 4-3 overall this season and gave them a split in their their first-ever trip to California.

    "I am pleased with the split on this trip," added Brew. "I think that we came out strong in both games. We did not allow the travel to affect us; instead, we set the tone early both days."