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17th-Ranked Vanderbilt Out-Duels Ohio, 8-6, in Lacrosse Action

Contact: Jim Stephan

4/18/2003

ATHENS, Ohio – Lindsey Hart and Alyssa Trocher each scored a pair of goals, but four Vanderbilt goals in the final 9:28 of the first half gave the Commodores an 8-6 American Lacrosse Conference victory over Ohio Friday afternoon at Pruitt Field.

Jeannie Crawley scored two goals and dished out two assists, including one of each in the deciding run while Jess Roguski also had two goals for the 17th-ranked Commodores (6-6, 3-2).

Hart entered the game as the nation’s third-leading goal-scorer with 3.64 per contest.

Ohio (4-8, 1-3) opened the scoring on when Lynz Keys converted a pass from Becky Oxman just 1:18 into the contest. The teams played possession offense for the next 19 minutes, until Roguski tied the score on a free position shot with 9:28 left in the period. Vanderbilt took the lead for good with 8:02 left when Lauren Peck, the second leading scorer in the ALC, tallied her only goal of the contest. The lead doubled less than two minutes later on a goal by Meg Spies at the 6:16 mark.

The Bobcats trimmed the margin back to a goal, 3-2, on a Lindsey Hart free position shot, 2:05 before halftime, but Vandy regained momentum heading into the break with Crawley’s first goal just seven seconds before intermission. Hart was

Vanderbilt added to the lead 2:17 into the second period on Roguski’s second goal of the game, but the Bobcats quickly answered on a free position shot by Becky Oxman just 15 seconds later. The Commodores struck again for a 6-3 lead on a free position shot by Crawley with exactly 26 minutes to play before Ohio trimmed the deficit back to two on a free position shot by Trocher with 22:39 left. The Commodores took just over a minute to respond, when Tara Schmucker converted a Crawley pass for a 7-4 advantage with 21:36 remaining.

Ohio scored back-to-back goals to close to within a goal, 7-6, with seven-plus minutes to play. The first saw Hart take a Kristen Gombeski pass with 13:20 left, then Trocher gave Molly Wurdack her first career assist on a goal with 7:25 remaining. But Vanderbilt held the ball for nearly five consecutive minutes, finally scoring on a Michelle Allen shot with 1:22 left.

Vanderbilt outshot Ohio 31-15 in the contest, won 10 of 14 draw controls and got to 34 ground balls. The Bobcats had 19 turnovers to the Commodores’ 14. Ashley Bastinelli made seven saves in the Vandy net, while Jen Cassidy stopped 10 Commodore shots.

Ohio returns to action Sunday against Howard in the final home game of the 2003 season. Three seniors – Trocher, Hart and Ashley Boccia – will be honored in a pregame ceremony. Vanderbilt stays on the road with a match at Ohio State the same day.

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