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Lacrosse Heads to Northwestern Looking for First ALC Win

4/11/2002


Junior attacker Alyssa Trocher (center) discusses last weekend's action and Friday's match at Northwestern in this week's journal.

  • 2002 Schedule/Results
  • Alyssa Trocher Bio

    The Ohio lacrosse team travels to Northwestern on Friday looking for its first win in the newly formed American Lacrosse Conference.

    The Bobcats (6-3) lost to nationally ranked Johns Hopkins (#17) and Vanderbilt (#9) in their first two ALC matches. Two other conference members – Penn State (#10) and Ohio State (#12) – are also nationally ranked.

    Ohio lost at Vanderbilt 17-8 on Friday before defeating Duquesne 10-9 in Pittsburgh on Sunday. Friday’s 4 p.m. contest against the Wildcats will be the team’s only competition until they travel to Niagara on April 20. The next home match for the Bobcats will be against Davidson at 4 p.m. on April 26 at Pruitt Field.

    Ohio’s Alyssa Trocher, an honorable mention All-America selection last season, continues her journal for ohiobobcats.com. The junior from Ellicott City, Md., had this to say about the squad’s current experiences:

    Last weekend, we began our road trip at Vanderbilt. The game against the Commodores went pretty well although it resulted in a loss. The score of the game in the beginning just went back and forth. They scored, we scored, and that continued for a bit... but when they pulled ahead by a few more, I think we got a little tense and that is what explains the loss.

    After the game, we headed to Cincinnati for the night. Once we got there, we just hung out and got a bite to eat. Everyone was pretty tired so we got a good night’s sleep.

    The next day, we slept in and then hit the road for Pittsburgh. Once we got there, we checked into the hotel and then went to (sophomore midfielder) Courtney Santelli’s house for dinner. It was very nice to have a home to go to for a good meal. Plus, it’s always exciting to see all the parents and just relax for a bit.

    The game against Duquesne on Sunday was one that we had looked forward to all year because of the close game last year. Last year, the game was close all the way to the end when Keys (sophomore attacker Lynz Keys) scored the game-winning goal with nine seconds left in the game. It was extremely exciting because it was our biggest win of the season.

    This year was very similar. This time, however, Becky (sophomore midfielder Becky Oxman) scored the game-winning goal off a free position shot with under a minute to go. We knew that we needed to play out the last minute though because anything can happen. Cass (sophomore goalkeeper Jennifer Cassidy) came up with a great save and the game ended with a win in our favor. We nearly gave Anne (head coach Anne Moelk) and Ali (assistant coach Alison Offenburger) heart attacks waiting until the last minute to finish off the Dukes but they were pretty happy with us in the end. :)

    This week, we have been working on a few different things for the game versus Northwestern on Friday. We are expecting a team similar to Duquesne so if we play well, we could walk away with our first conference win.

    Being a part of the American Lacrosse Conference is definitely exciting, especially with the great competition that we have within it. Coming away with a win this weekend would be a great confidence booster for the rest of the season.

    We have big competitors in the next couple of weeks (Penn State on April 28 and Ohio State on May 4) but we’ll just have to take it one game at a time. I expect that our team will be very successful if we just do what we know how to do. Our coaches have confidence in us and we have confidence in ourselves. That is all that it takes!!


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