Hart Leads Bobcats to Lacrosse Win at Niagara
Six-goal outing key to 16-6 rout of Purple Eagles
Contact: Jim Stephan
NIAGARA, N.Y. – Ohio opened its final road trip of the season, a two-game swing through western New York, Saturday with a convincing 16-6 victory over Niagara in women's lacrosse action on Saturday afternoon. The Bobcats (7-4) started out strong and finished even stronger in the non-conference game to move to within one win of the school record.
Lindsey Hart continued her scoring tear of late, tallying six goals, while Lynz Keys and Caitlin Link recorded two goals each. Six other players found the net to complete the scoring.
The Bobcats struck for three goals in the first 166 seconds, the first two by Hart at the 0:57 and 1:53 marks of the game. Keys then notched her first goal of the game to close the scoring run. The Purple Eagles closed to within one at 3-2 with goals 17 seconds apart, 5:06 and 5:23 into the contest. But Ohio pushed the lead back to two on goals by Becky Oxman at the 8:16 mark and Link 40 seconds later.
The teams then traded goals twice, Niagara hitting the net at 10:21 before Alyssa Trocher scored for the Bobcats. The junior was also credited with five assists on the afternoon. After a Purple Eagle goal made the score 7-4, Ohio broke open the game with three straight goals in just over eight minutes as Hart, Keys and Melissa Menna found the net. Each team scored in the final minute of the half - including Hart for the Bobcats - to make the score 10-5 at intermission.
The second half started with a bang as Hart took just 35 seconds to add to the Bobcat lead. Ohio added four straight goals - by Dianne Villarreal, Link, Hart and Emily Hemmelgarn - before Niagara tallied its final point. Lauren Dansak capped the scoring with her second goal of the year with just 1:35 remaining in the game.
The Bobcats outshot the Purple Eagles 39-15 while causing 16 of Niagara's 26 turnovers. Jennifer Cassidy had just five saves in net for Ohio.
Ohio looks to tie the school record for wins at eight tomorrow afternoon when it plays at Canisius. The Bobcats, in their fourth year of existence, posted an even 8-8 mark a year ago.