April 18, 2006
Wednesday's Game Program
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ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio lacrosse team will begin a season-ending three-game homestand on Wednesday, April 19 at 3 p.m. against UMBC. Following the contest, the Bobcats will host a skills clinic for all Ohio University students, faculty and staff.
The three-game home stretch is the Bobcats' longest this season. Ohio (3-10, 0-4 ALC) is 2-2 in the friendly confines of Peggy Pruitt Field. The Bobcats are 20-18 at home since moving into the facility in 2001.
Sophomore Shannon Hadaway (Pasadena, Md.) has scored two goals in each of the last two games to move into a first-place tie on the Bobcats scoring chart. Hadaway is now deadlocked with freshman Kiersten McLouth (Centreville, Va.) with 15 goals, five assists and 20 points. Hadaway has already more than tripled her numbers from her rookie season. In 2005, she registered five goals, one assist and six points. McLouth is trying to become the first Bobcat freshman since 2000 to lead the team in scoring.
Sophomore goalkeeper Jen Heup (Davidsonville, Md.) had 12 saves in the loss at Vanderbilt to increase her season total to 162 and move into a third-place tie on the Bobcats' single-season list. Heup has had at least 10 saves in 11 of Ohio's 13 games, inlcuding a career-best 18 at Virginia Tech. Heup ranks 17th in the nation in both save percentage (51.0) and ground balls (3.42/game).
UMBC enters Wednesday's game with an 8-6 overall record and a 3-1 mark in America East play. The Retrievers are coming off a 23-8 win against Vermont in their last outing. As a team, the Retrievers are averaging 12.6 goals per contest. Kelly Fiorani leads the team with 44 points on 32 goals and 12 assists. Ali Levundusky is a close second with 40 points on 32 goals and eight assists. Five players have scored at least 20 goals for UMBC. Susie Sweeney has played the majority of the season in goal. She has 123 saves and a 10.74 goals against average. As a team, UMBC allows 11.0 goals a game.
Ohio won the only other meeting between the two teams in Baltimore last season, 11-6. This is the Retrievers first trip to Athens.
The clinic after the game is free of charge and all the necessary equipment will be provided. The team will teach the basic skills of lacrosse, including catching, cradling, throwing and shooting.