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Kiersten McLouth, Ohio's leading scorer, will try and stop a two-game scoring drought against Vandy.
Kiersten McLouth, Ohio's leading scorer, will try and stop a two-game scoring drought against Vandy.

April 13, 2006

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Ohio lacrosse team will play its final road game of the season when it travels to 19th-ranked Vanderbilt on Friday, April 14. The Bobcats are 3-9 overall and 0-3 in the American Lacrosse Conference, while the Commodores are 4-7 overall and 0-2 in the ALC.

The Bobcats are coming off a 9-7 home loss to Ohio State in their last game. Sophomore Shannon Hadaway (Pasadena, Md.) led the offense with three points on two goals and an assist, while sophomore goalkeeper Jen Heup (Davidsonville, Md.) made 13 saves. It was the first time this season that Ohio held a team to fewer than 10 goals and lost.

Freshman Kiersten McLouth (Centreville, Va.) is the Bobcats' top scorer with 15 goals, five assists and 20 points. Hadaway is next on the list with 13 goals, five assists and 18 points. Redshirt freshman Devon Dow (Potomac, Md.) ranks second on the team with 14 goals and is third on the squad with 16 points.

Heup has recorded double-digit saves in 10 of Ohio's 12 games this season. Her 149 saves ranks fourth on the Bobcats' single-season ledger. Heup owns a 51.0 save percentage, which ranks second in the ALC and 17th in the nation. She is also the team leader in ground balls with 41. Her 3.42 ground balls per game is also second in the league and 17th in the nation.

Vanderbilt is currently in the midst of a four-game losing streak, suffering defeats by Cornell, Duke, Johns Hopkins and North Carolina. The Commodores average just above 10 goals per game and have three players with at least 20 goals. Margie Curran is the team leader in points with 46 off 26 goals and 20 assists. Kate Hickman has found the back of the net a team-best 31 times and has 44 points. Brooke Shinaberry has played the majority of minutes in goal, amassing 88 saves and a 10.51 goals against average.

The game is a homecoming for Bobcat assistant coach Jess Roguski. Roguski graduated from Vanderbilt in 2004 and helped the Commodores to the 2004 NCAA semifinals. She led the team in scoring with 42 goals.

The Commodores have won all five of the previous meetings with Ohio. Vanderbilt scored a 9-6 victory at Pruitt Field in 2005. The game will mark the Bobcats' fifth against a ranked opponent this season.

Ohio plays its final three games of the season at Pruitt Field, beginning on April 19 versus UMBC at 3 p.m. Following the contest, the Bobcats will host a lacrosse skills clinic open to all Ohio University students, faculty and staff. There is no charge for the clinic.