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Lacrosse Falls to Vanderbilt, 9-6

Contact: Jim Stephan


Dana Dobbie scored four times and added a pair of assists in Ohio's 9-6 loss to Vanderbilt Friday.

  • Official Game Stats

    ATHENS, Ohio – Dana Dobbie (Guelph, Ontario) had a hand in each of Ohio’s scores, but Vanderbilt was too much for the Bobcat lacrosse squad Friday, as the visiting Commodores took a 9-6 decision in American Lacrosse Conference action at Peggy Pruitt Field.

    Ohio led by as many as two in the first half and was even with the Commodores at the break. A Vanderbilt run mid-way through the second half, however, was enough to deny an Ohio victory.

    Dobbie finished the day with four goals, two assists and seven shots.

    The Bobcats (3-8, 1-4 ALC) were the first to strike blood, scoring the game’s first tally less than five minutes into the first half. Dobbie found teammate Kristen Gombeski (Finksburg, Md.) in the middle of the circle and the senior midfielder triggered from ten yards out and found the back of the net, putting Ohio on top early, 1-0.

    Slightly more than a minute later, Ohio lit up the scoreboard again. Lurking behind the Vanderbilt goal, Dobbie tossed to a waiting Catlin Link (Finksburg, Md.) on the right side, just in front of the net. Link caught, fired and scored, giving Ohio a 2-0 edge.

    Twelve minutes in, the Commodores (5-6, 2-2) got on the board for the first time. Off a free position opportunity, Vanderbilt junior and leading point scorer Kate Hickman pushed it between the pipes and carved into the Bobcat lead.

    At the 15:19 mark, Vanderbilt evened the score with another free-position shot. This time Margie Curran scored the goal, tying the game at two.

    Less than five minutes later, Ohio took a page out of Vanderbilt’s book and capitalized on a free-position. Dobbie drove on the right side and ripped it past the Commodore goaltender, putting the Bobcats back on top, 3-2.

    Ohio regained its two-goal lead at the 6:47 mark when Dobbie took a Frannie Sullivan (Davidsonville, Md.) pass and scored her second goal and fourth point of the contest, giving Ohio a 4-2 advantage.

    The Commodores fought back again and cut into the lead at 25:41. Kendall Thrift found Nicole Pugno in the middle and the sophomore midfielder put it away, as Ohio’s lead shrunk to one.

    Under two minutes, an unassisted Commodore goal knotted the game at four. Again it was Pugno, finding the net and evening the score at the break.

    For the half, Vanderbilt won the shot battle 12-8 and forced 10 Bobcat turnovers.

    Vanderbilt opened up the scoring in the second half and took its first lead of the contest. Jennifer Tapscott scored an unassisted goal at 32:47 and put the Commodores on top 5-4.

    Ohio answered 1:10 later as Dobbie got into the act once again. The midfielder crossed from the right side and fired from the middle of the circle, scoring Ohio’s first goal of the half and tying the score at five.

    Vanderbilt regained the lead less than two minutes later and kept it for good. Curran found the net again, taking a pass from Meg Spies and giving the Commodores their second lead of the game.

    The lead swelled to two at 40:45 when Curran hit the net again off a free-position shot. That score put the Commodores on top 7-5.

    Vanderbilt scored its third straight at 43:05. Curran passed to Hickman, who slapped it in and kicked the score to 8-5.

    With less than 10 minutes remaining in the game, Ohio began to claw back. Dobbie received a pass from Sullivan and knocked it in for Ohio’s sixth goal. Still, the Bobcats trailed by a pair, 8-6.

    Vanderbilt struck back with just more than four minutes remaining. Tapscott put away her second goal of the game, streaking down the right side and finding the net to put Vandy on top 9-6.

    The Commodores, who competed in last year's NCAA Final Four, outshot Ohio 24-18. The Bobcats will play one final ALC match this season, an April 24 contest with Penn State.

    The Bobcats will remain home this weekend, but step out of conference play. Ohio will play host to Howard on Sunday. Game time is set for 11 a.m. at Peggy Pruitt Field. The Green & White Club will host a free tailgate event at the contest. The Green & White tailgate is open to the public and will begin at end of the match at approximately 12:30 p.m.