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Lacrosse Begins "Second Season" at Vanderbilt


All-America candidate Alyssa Trocher will provide journal entries to ohiobobcats.com for the remainder of the 2002 Ohio lacrosse season.

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  • Alyssa Trocher Bio
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    After two weeks without a match, the Ohio lacrosse team travels to Nashville for a 3 p.m. contest against Vanderbilt on Friday. It will be the second American Lacrosse Conference match of the season for the Bobcats (5-2), who lost to ALC member Johns Hopkins 23-11 on March 17.

    Ohio is riding a two-match winning streak into its contest against the Commodores. Vanderbilt, ranked 10th in the country with a 6-2 record, has won four straight and recorded early wins over 16th-ranked Penn State and 19th-ranked Johns Hopkins. The Commodoresí only two losses of the season came to top-ranked Georgetown and 6th-ranked Duke.

    The Bobcats will travel to Pittsburgh on Sunday for a 1 p.m. non-conference match against Duquesne. Ohio will then play three more road contests before finishing the regular season with three straight conference matches at home, starting with a 4 p.m. contest against Davidson on April 26 at Pruitt Field.

    For the remainder of the season, Bobcat attacker and tri-captain Alyssa Trocher will provide journal entries to ohiobobcats.com giving an inside look into the Ohio lacrosse program. The junior from Ellicott City, Md., was an honorable mention All-America selection last season and has been one of the nationís top scorers since arriving at Ohio.

    Here is Trocherís first entry recapping the first portion of the 2002 season:

    So far this season we are 5-2, which we are very excited about. That is a great start. However, we have basically divided our season into two halves. The first ďseasonĒ is over with and our second ďseasonĒ starts this Friday at Vanderbilt.

    We are going into this game with the mindset that our record is 0-0 and we need to get off to a good start. We do not want the game at Vanderbilt to be like our first game this year at Notre Dame where we were a bit intimidated and had first-game jitters. So to do this, we have focused a lot on having fun and getting the small things done first.

    Vanderbilt will be on a grass field (our first of the season) so we have been preparing for that by doing a bit of stick work on the soccer field. In my opinion, it is our work ethic that will take us where we want to go. We work extremely hard in the off-season on our conditioning, which shows in the games we play. If we get beat, it is not often because we were tired but because we didnít play a full game. Our most complete game this year was against Johns Hopkins where we played the middle of the game to our fullest potential but not so much the first 10 minutes or the last 10 minutes and that is what explains the loss.

    One of our team goals for the rest of the season is to play an entire game to our fullest potential. We find ourselves often playing a full first half or a full second half. Now we just want to finish. We are very excited for Vanderbilt as well as Duquesne this weekend. We are confident that we can give both teams a run for their money and if we play to our potential, there is a good chance that we can walk away with a 2-0 record on the weekend. The past two weeks we have been working a lot on our shooting and our defense, which are two of the things that we have room to improve.

    We have been focusing on what lies ahead and what itís going to take to be successful in the rest of the season. We have tough games ahead of us that canít be won by just playing well enough to win. We have to play all-out to come away with the wins.