April 7, 2006
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ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio lacrosse team (3-8) will play its first American Lacrosse Conference game since March 10 when it hosts Ohio State (1-9) at Peggy Pruitt Field on Sunday, April 9 at 1 p.m.
Ohio is currently 0-2 in the ALC with losses to the Blue Jays and Northwestern, the top two teams in the nation according the latest IWLCA poll. Ohio State is 0-1 in league play.
The Bobcats are coming off a loss at Virginia Tech on Tuesday. Devon Dow (Potomac, Md.) led the team with two points on a goal and an assist. For the season, rookie Kiersten McLouth (Centreville, Va.) leads the team with 15 goals and 20 points. Dow is next on the scoring list with 13 goals and 15 points, while sophomore Shannon Hadaway (Pasadena, Md.) has 11 goals and four assists for 15 points.
Sophomore goalkeeper Jen Heup's (Davidsonville, Md.) 18 saves at Virginia Tech were not only the most of her career, but also tied for seventh place on the Bobcats' single-game list. It is the most saves for an Ohio goalkeeper since Jennifer Cassidy set the school record with 23 versus Penn State on April 28, 2002. Heup has now made at least 10 saves in nine of the Bobcats' 11 games. Her 136 saves on the season ranks sixth on the Ohio single-season list.
The Buckeyes stopped a season-opening eight-game losing streak with a win against Davidson on April 2. They followed that up with a loss at home to 10th-ranked Notre Dame last time out. KC Carter is the team's top scorer with 20 goals and 22 points. Jessica Patane is the the Buckeyes' only other double-digit scorer with 13 tallies. Kristin Slahor leads the team with seven assists. As a team, Ohio State is scoring 8.1 goals per contest. Kristin Gilwee and Kim Hastings have split the majority of time in goal. Gilwee has an 11.48 GAA and 61 saves, while Hastings has a 13.55 GAA and 55 saves. OSU is giving up 12.8 goals a game.
The two teams have played six common opponents this year with the same result for each team. Both squads have lost to Cal, Johns Hopkins, Virginia Tech, Maryland and Notre Dame. The Bobcats and Buckeyes have both defeated Davidson.
The Bobcats and Buckeyes have met every season since 1999 when Ohio reinstated the program to varsity status. Ohio State has won six of the seven previous meetings, including a 9-8 decision in Columbus last season. The Bobcats' victory in the series was a 7-4 win at Pruitt Field in 2004.
Ohio plays its final road contest of theseaon on Friday, April 14 against Vanderbilt. The Bobcats end the season with three straight home games against UMBC on April 19, Penn State on April 23 and Brown on May 6.