Second-Half Surge Leads Ohio Lacrosse Past Duquesne, 12-11
Athens, Ohio - Freshman Lynz Keys (Whitby, Ont.) tallied an unassisted goal with 9.8 seconds left to lift the Bobcats to a 12-11 victory over Duquesne in the season finale on Wednesday afternoon at Pruitt Field. The Bobcats (8-8) avenged a 20-6 loss against the Dukes last season.
Duquesne got on the board first when Jennifer Gustin found the back of the net at the 28:21 mark. Becky Oxman (Bryn Mawr, Pa.) tied the score with a free position goal less than three minutes later. Alyssa Trocher (Ellicott City, Md.) gave the Bobcats a one-goal advantage with her 50th tally of the season at the 23:06 mark. Ohio held a 5-3 lead with less than five minutes to play before the Dukes scored back-to-back goals to end the first half.
Duquesne continued the run after the intermission with four unanswered goals to take a commanding 9-5 lead. The Bobcats snapped their scoreless streak when Trocher scored her third goal of the game on a pass from Oxman at the 8:59 mark. Duquesne continued to control the tempo and held a 10-7 advantage with just under six and a half minutes left to play before Ohio's offense found its rhythm. Four different Bobcats scored in a four-minute span to give Ohio an 11-10 lead. The Dukes quickly answered when midfielder Kristin Harner took the draw and raced down the left wing for the equalizer. Ohio was stopped at point blank range two times in the final minute before Keys scored the game-winner.
Oxman registered two goals and three assists in the victory. Trocher tallied three goals and Ashley Bauer (Shaker Heights) added two for Ohio. Freshman Jennifer Cassidy (Whitby, Ont.) made 10 saves to secure the Bobcats fourth straight win at home.
Ohio 5 7 -- 12
Duquesne 5 6 -- 11
Ohio - Oxman (2g, 3a), Trocher (3g), Bauer (2g, 1a), Menna (2g), Keys (1g,
1a), Hemmelgarn (1g), Hart (1g), Villarreal (1a)
Duquesne - Hungate (4g), Katie Harner (1g, 3a), Kristin Harner (2g, 1a),
Mincher (1g, 1a), Gustin (1g), Watkins (1g), Dutch (1g)
Ohio - Cassidy (10 saves)
Duquesne - Harrison (5 saves)