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Senior Day Proves Successful for Bobcat Seniors

Contact: Jim Stephan


Seniors Lindsey Hart (left) and Alyssa Trocher had a senior day to remember, combining for eight goals and 12 points.

ATHENS, Ohio – Seniors Alyssa Trocher and Lindsey Hart made their Senior Day one to remember Sunday afternoon, combining for eight goals and 12 points to lead Ohio to a 19-4 rout of Howard in non-conference lacrosse action. Trocher tallied 10 points, the third-most in school history, on six goals and four assists, while Hart, the nation’s third-leading scorer, had a pair of goals.

A total of eight different players scored goals for Ohio, which improved to 5-8 by snapping a three-game losing streak. Freshman Katie Peksa had her first career hat trick with three goals, while Lynz Keys, Caitlyn Link and Courtney Santelli each added two goals. Lauren Dansak and Melissa Menna rounded out the scoring. The Bobcats’ third senior, defender Ashley Boccia, had just one shot despite repeated passes from her teammates, but grabbed a ground ball and caused a turnover.

Eva Okereke scored two goals for the visitors, who lost their sixth straight match to fall to 2-10. The Bison trailed 12-0 at the break and 15-0 when she broke the shutout at 36:53. Chizoba Egbuono and Brittany Merritt also scored for Howard.

Ohio took just 56 seconds to break open the scoring when Menna found the net on a pass for Trocher. Goals by Link (from Kristen Gombeski) and Hart (from Oxman) at the 1:07 and 1:29 marks, respectively, made the score 3-0 before 90 second had elapsed. Trocher and Keys tallied scores 15 seconds apart at 5:06 and 5:21 to push the lead to 5-0 later in the period.

Two other sets of Ohio goals came within seconds of each other as the Bobcats led 12-0 at the half. Peksa and Santelli tallied goals Nos. 7 and 8 at 14:08 and 14:22, while Trocher and Hart combined at 35:09 and 35:18.

The regular season wraps up with American Lacrosse road matches against the undefeated co-leaders. The Bobcats travel to Penn State Friday before venturing up the road to Ohio State on May 1.