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Shannon Hadaway is the only Bobcat this season to score multiple goals in three straight games.
Shannon Hadaway is the only Bobcat this season to score multiple goals in three straight games.

April 22, 2006

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ATHENS, Ohio -The Ohio women's lacrosse team will try for its second consecutive victory when it hosts Penn State on Sunday, April 23 at Pruitt Field. The first draw is scheduled for 1 p.m.

The Bobcats (4-10, 0-4 ALC) are coming off a 10-6 victory against UMBC last Wednesday. Freshman Kiersten McLouth (Centreville, Va.) tied a career-best with four goals and leads the team with 19 tallies on the season. She is also tied for the team lead in points with 24. Sophomore Shannon Hadaway (Potomac, Md.) scored three goals and added an assist against the Retrievers for her 24th point of the campaign. It was Ohio's ninth straight win when scoring at least 10 goals.

After falling behind early, 4-1, the Ohio defense limited UMBC to only two goals in the last 40 minutes of the game. Sophomore Jen Heup (Davidsonville, Md.) made four saves, while the defense allowed the Retrievers to get off just 15 shots in the contest. The Bobcats held a 13-5 advantage in draw controls.

Ohio led UMBC at halftime, 6-4. The halftime score has been a very good indication of what the final outcome will be for the Bobcats. Since 2003, Ohio has lost just two games when holding an advantage at halftime, posting a 21-2 mark in that span, including a 4-0 mark this season. On the flip side, the Bobcats have won only one game in which they were tied or trailed at intermission, going 1-37 since 2003. Ohio's lone come-from-behind victory was against Penn State on April 25, 2004. The Nittany Lions led 3-2 at halftime, but the Bobcats pulled out the 8-7 win.

The Nittany Lions are playing their second game in three days after defeating Ohio State, 19-12, in Columbus. Shari Maslin leads Penn State with 33 goals, 10 assists and 43 points on the season. She scored six points on four goals and two assists. Lori Havrilla led the team with five goals against the Buckeyes. As a team, Penn State is averaging 12.2 goals per contest. Cammie Jurkowsky has gotten the majority of playing time in goal for Penn State. She leads the team with 80 saves. Defensively, the Nittany Lions are giving up 10.9 goals per contest.

The Nittany Lions lead the all-time series, 3-1. The two teams have played every season since the ALC was created in 2002. The Bobcats scored an 8-7 win in 2004, PSU's last trip to Athens.

Ohio will play its season finale on Saturday, May 6 against Brown at Peggy Pruitt Field.