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Bobcats Defeat Davidson 10-3 for First ALC Win

Contact: Bob Lee


Lynz Keys (left) scored a career-high five goals and Jen Cassidy stopped 14 shots in Ohio's 10-3 decision over Davidson on Friday.

ATHENS, Ohio – The Ohio lacrosse team used a potent duo on offense and a dominating goalie on defense to earn a historic victory over Davidson on Friday. The 10-3 win at Pruitt Field was the first for the Bobcats (9-4) in the newly formed American Lacrosse Conference and gave the program its highest win total in the modern era.

Lindsey Hart, who entered the game as the nation’s top scorer with a 3.83 goals-per-game average, scored four first-half goals to help Ohio to a 5-1 lead at the break.

“Everyone clicked today and everyone was hustling to the ground balls,” said Hart, a junior from Vineland, Ontario. “That was just so key that we were possessing the ball and being patient with it.”

“Lindsey never quits and is never intimidated by any opponent or any defender a team puts against her,” said head coach Anne Moelk. “She is consistently confident and I think that is what pulls her through every time.”

When the Wildcat defense began to clamp down on Hart, the Bobcat offense found Lynz Keys as the go-to scorer. Keys and Hart, teammates on the Canadian national team over the summer, finished the game with five tallies apiece to account for all of Ohio’s goals.

“They have a history together playing in the World Cup,” Moelk said. “They just seem to work really well together. Lindsey has done a really good job recently of recognizing when she is being double- and triple-teamed and starting to feed people the ball.”

On defense, Bobcat goalkeeper Jen Cassidy recorded 14 saves, including eight in the second half, while allowing only three Davidson goals.

“Cass was a wall,” Moelk said. “She had a lot to prove because she didn't feel like she played a great game last year against Davidson. She was fantastic... her best game of the season, no doubt about it.”

“Our defensive unit played amazingly well today. We fouled very little. As a unit, all seven of those people that were back on defense at any one time shut Davidson down and got the ball out, and that's how our attack was able to go to goal so often today.”

Ohio returns to action Sunday by hosting conference foe Penn Sate, currently ranked 15th in the country. The contest will begin at noon and is free to the public. A radio broadcast of the game will be available over the internet. Check back to ohiobobcats.com on Sunday morning for the link.

25:27 Lindsey Hart (free position)
20:03 Lynz Keys (free position)
14:04 Lindsey Hart (free position)
12:54 Davidson goal
7:54 Lindsey Hart (unassisted)
6:25 Lindsey Hart (unassisted)
Halftime: Ohio 5, Davidson 1
23:39 Lynz Keys (Alyssa Trocher)
20:00 Lynz Keys (unassisted)
14:03 Lindsey Hart (unassisted)
9:30 Davidson goal
7:57 Davidson goal
6:14 Lynz Keys (Lindsey Hart)
0:50 Lynz Keys (unassisted)
Final Score: Ohio 10, Davidson 3