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Bobcats Nearing First Winning Lacrosse Season


Ohio junior Alyssa Trocher continues her weekly journal about the Ohio lacrosse team.

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    By winning both its matches on the road this weekend, the Ohio lacrosse team can secure its first winning season since the program began in 1999. The Bobcats (6-4) play at Niagara at 1 p.m. on Saturday and then stay in the Buffalo area to face Canisius at 11 a.m. on Sunday.

    Ohio closes out its 2002 campaign with three consecutive home matches against American Lacrosse Conference opponents beginning with Davidson at 4 p.m. on April 26. Nationally ranked Penn State and Ohio State then visit Pruitt Field on April 28 and May 4, respectively.

    Alyssa Trocher – who earned honorable mention All-America honors after providing the Bobcats with a school-record 54 goals and 23 assists last year – continues her weekly journal at ohiobobcats.com, the official website of Ohio Athletics. Here is what the junior from Ellicott City, Md., had to say about last weekend’s 9-8 loss at Northwestern:

    On Thursday, we met at the Convo at 1 p.m. for the bus to Chicago. A few people were running a little late because they were finishing up exams. Some may be surprised that we drove the entire way to Chicago instead of flying, but we did. It took about eight hours. Most of the trip goes by pretty quickly if you sleep. That's what I usually do!!!

    There are TV screens all over the bus so we usually have a movie playing. It takes about four movies to get to Chicago so it kept us pretty occupied. Some of my teammates do school work while some sit around and talk to each other. For the most part, we don't mind the bus rides although we spend a majority of the weekend trips on it!

    The bus crew consists of 25 players, one or two trainers, two coaches and the driver. It’s pretty packed in but not too bad. Some players get seats to themselves while others have to share. We try to switch it around each trip but most of the time seniority takes over!

    When we arrived in Chicago, it was around 9:15 p.m. Chicago time (10:15 Athens time). We hung out for a bit and ordered some food for the people who were hungry. Then everyone headed to bed.

    Sometimes we practice on the trips but other times we spend much of the time traveling so there is no time to practice. It’s a good idea to get a little touch on the ball before the game, especially since we have such long bus rides and are extremely lethargic when we get off the bus.

    The hotels that we stay at vary, but I have noticed that we usually stay at a Holiday Inn or Days Inn when possible. The hotels are normally very nice. We stay 2-3 to a room. The coaches choose them randomly but try to keep the upperclassmen in the 2 to a room. But the roommates always stay the same for the entire season.

    On the day of the game, we woke up around 8:30 and headed down to have breakfast in the hotel. After that, we were free to walk through the town and keep our feet moving a bit so we don’t feel lazy once we get to the game. Then we were able to choose between Panera and Einstein’s Bagels for lunch. After lunch, we went back to the hotel and packed up our things and got ready for the game.

    When everyone was ready, we went over to the locker room provided by Northwestern and had a little pep talk and then headed over to the field. We began warming up and throwing around for a bit. Northwestern didn’t get to the field until about 30 minutes before the game was scheduled to begin. We were there about 1 hour and 15 minutes.

    Not too much can be said about the game. The bottom line was that we did not play Ohio Lacrosse and that is why Northwestern was able to walk away with the win. As Anne (head coach Anne Moelk) always says, “Anyone can beat anyone on any given day.” This was proven that day.

    I would prefer not to talk about the actual game because there is not too much positive input that can be said. I would like to say that a few players on our team did play to their potential but it obviously takes all of us to gain the win. After the game, we showered – pretty much in silence – and got back on the bus. Subs were ordered from Jimmy John’s for us and we ate them in silence as well. I think everyone knew that we are a much better team than we showed that day. We arrived back to Athens around 4:30 a.m. so everyone went home and went to bed.

    For this weekend against Canisius and Niagara, we expect to walk away with two wins. But after last weekend, we know that we will have to play good, tough Ohio Lacrosse in order to make that true. Our record is 6-4 right now and we would very much like for it to be 8-4 after this weekend. We have taken ourselves a step back in our season and would like to redeem ourselves and show everyone what Ohio Lacrosse is made of!!