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Ohio Lacrosse Upsets No. 18 Penn State 8-7

Contact: Jim Stephan


Bobcat senior Jennifer Cassidy made 15 saves as Ohio upset 18th-ranked Penn State 8-7 Sunday at Pruitt Field.

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    ATHENS, Ohio – Melissa Menna (Downington, Pa.) scored four goals and Jennifer Cassidy (Whitby, Ontario) made 15 saves to lead Ohio to an 8-7 lacrosse upset of 18th-ranked Penn State Sunday at Pruitt Field. The win was the first-ever over a nationally ranked opponent in the six-year history of the restarted program.

    Ohio improves to 7-6 overall and 2-2 in the American Lacrosse Conference while Penn State falls to 5-10, 2-3. The victory also marked the first time in the three-year history of the league that the Bobcats posted a win against a team other than Davidson.

    The Nittany Lions opened a 2-0 lead in the game’s first six minutes after Lori Harvilla and Stephanie Carnoles scored unassisted goals at 3:21 and 5:45, respectively. The Bobcats got on the board at the 16:26 mark with the first of Menna’s strikes. Intermittent showers slowed pace of the game as another nine minutes-plus passed before Carnoles put Penn State ahead 3-1 with exactly five minutes left in the half. Ohio swung the momentum, though, when Becky Oxman (Bryn Mawr, Pa.) scored just eight seconds before intermission, sending the Bobcats to halftime down 3-2.

    The Bobcats grabbed their first lead with back-to-back goals to start the second half. Oxman took an assist from Menna just 1:15 in to even the game and then Menna scored unassisted at 34:29 for a 4-3 advantage. Penn State tied the game at four on a Kristen Burke goal at 37:10 but the Bobcats surged ahead with three straight in the next 13 minutes. Menna took an assist from Caitlin Link (Finksburg, Md.) at 38:20 for a 5-4 lead and then Lynz Keys (Whitby, Ontario) and Link added unassisted goals at 41:42 and 50:06, respectively, for a 7-4 margin.

    Penn State answered 28 seconds later on a goal by Havrilla but the Bobcats responded. Menna pushed the lead back to three – 8-5 with 7:28 left – with her ninth goal in two games. After allowing a Sara Ward goal with 6:23 remaining, Ohio clamped down its defense over the remaining time. The final score was reached when Penn State’s Janique Craig converted as the final horn sounded.

    “One of our goals this season was a top-20 win and we have now achieved that,” said Ohio head coach Kate Brew. “It was another win in the conference so we can continue to build confidence. Melissa Menna was dominating in all phases today, and really all weekend, as she finished with five goals on Friday. Jen (Cassidy) made crucial saves at critcal points in the game. She allowed us to keep the tempo on our side. She stepped up huge. As a defense, we didn’t allow them many scoring opportunities.”

    Ohio hits the road for two games next weekend at Northwestern. The Bobcats face the Wilcats in a conference matchup on Friday and the Denver Pioneers on Saturday.