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Nation's Top Lacrosse Scorer Leads Bobcats Against Davidson

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Lindsey Hart (left) leads the nation with a 3.83 goals per game average and Alyssa Trocher continues her weekly journal on the Ohio lacrosse program.

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    ATHENS, Ohio The Ohio lacrosse team returns to the friendly confines of Pruitt Field on Friday as it hosts Davidson at 4 p.m. A win over the Wildcats (5-10) would give the Bobcats their first victory in the newly formed American Lacrosse Conference. Admission to the contest is free.

    Ohio (8-4) then hosts another conference foe, Penn State, at noon on Sunday. The Nittany Lions are currently ranked 15th in the country with a 6-7 record, having faced many of the nation's top teams.

    The Bobcats will close out their 2002 campaign with a May 4 contest against Ohio State. The Buckeyes are currently 8-4 and ranked 16th in the country. That match at Pruitt Field will begin at 1 p.m.

    Ohio's Lindsey Hart currently ranks first in the nation in goals per game. The junior from Vineland, Ontario, has scored a career-high 46 goals in 12 games this year for a 3.83 average. Her 5.0 points per game ties her for third in the country. Bobcat goalkeeper Jen Cassidy ranks 19th in the nation with a .544 save percentage. The sophomore from Whitby, Ontario, has registered 135 saves compared to 113 goals allowed. As a team, Ohio ranks 10th nationally in scoring offense with 150 goals for a 12.5 average and 13th in caused turnovers with 154 for a 12.83 per game average.

    Continuing her weekly journals for ohiobobcats.com, Alyssa Trocher describes the Bobcats' weekend trip to the Buffalo/Niagara Falls area that resulted in a 16-6 win at Niagara on Saturday and a 19-1 victory at Canisius on Sunday. Here is what the junior attacker from Ellicott City, Md., had to say:

    We left for Buffalo on Friday around 1 p.m. It was about a six-hour bus ride so we arrived at dinnertime. After eating, we just hung out in the hotel. Some people went in the hot tub.

    We woke up early Saturday morning and ate breakfast. We left at 11 a.m. for our game against Niagara. During the game, it was close at first. Then we realized we needed to pick it up. We started getting a lot of fast breaks and we just played well even though it was a grass field.

    Northwestern's field is grass and we didn't play well against them. I'm not saying that is why we lost though. Personally, I think it's tough because we're so used to turf. When you get on grass, you feel a lot slower and there are bumps in the ground. Turf is flat and easy to run on. If you drop the ball on turf, it bounces right back up to you. On grass, it just dies and you've got to get down and get it. Fortunately, everything just came together for us.

    After the game, we showered and went to Niagara Falls on the Canada side. Going through customs, we all had to get out of the bus and show them our birth certificates. We had about an hour to walk around and see the Falls. I had never seen the falls before and I think a lot of the other girls had not either before then.

    Then we went to Lindsey Hart's home in Vineland, Ontario, for dinner. There was tons of food and as always it was great getting a home cooked meal. A bunch of the parents were there. On our way back to the hotel, we drove past the Falls again and it was pretty neat to see the lights on them this time at night. When we got back to the hotel, we all just went straight to bed.

    On Sunday, we woke up early again and ate breakfast at the hotel. We left for our game against Canisius at 9:30 a.m. It was probably the only game of the season that we played the full 60 minutes. That was one of our goals for this year. Since we started out, we've been playing good first halves and second halves of different games but we finally put a complete game together. I think we just had fun and that's why it came together.

    This time it was on turf and everything clicked. Everyone did their part. Once everyone plays for themselves and we put it all together as a team, that is when we come out on top. Everyone has the potential to do great things on the field. Everyone on the team got a chance to play and many different players scored goals. It's always fun to watch everybody play and cheer everyone on.

    Both of our goalies Jen Cassidy and Katie Borokhovich did a great job. Being a goalie is a tough job. My high school coach let me play goalie once in high school when we were ahead by a lot. It was a fun and interesting experience, but I think I'll stick with attack!!

    We definitely have to take these last three games one at a time because they're each going to be tough games. Last year Davidson beat us 10-8, so we're looking for revenge on them. Between Penn State and Ohio State, they'll be tough but I think everyone is really excited to face both of them. Getting wins over them would be huge for us. We can do it, no doubt about it, if we just play to our fullest potential.

    We love playing home games especially because we don't have very many of them. We've been on the road for the past month and a half. It will be really nice to have the home fans. I hope we have a lot of support from the fans this weekend as they root on the Bobcats!