April 26, 2005
Writer Maurice Switzer once stated, "There's a lot to be said about the man who doesn't say it himself." After meeting and talking with Ohio women's lacrosse player Dana Dobbie, I am convinced that Mr. Swtizer must have known her.
If you follow the Bobcats, I am sure you have seen her name at one time or another because there is not a lacrosse story without her. Dobbie is the sophomore standout that came to Athens all the way from Canada. So far this season, she leads the squad in goals (37) and assists (13).
Last year, as a freshman, she was named first-team all-conference after leading the team in assists and finishing second in goals even though she suffered a season-ending concussion after 11 games.
Dobbie's lacrosse career, however, started long before her days wearing the Green and White. When she was just four, she started playing lacrosse under her father, Gary Dobbie, in a boy's league.
"We used to build nets in our backyard and just play all day," she said remembering her early days of lacrosse with her dad and her brother Jason.
Dobbie said she owes a lot of her skill to her brother, who is three years older than her. "He doesn't play anymore but he could've gone pro," she proudly boasted. "He was awesome."
At 13, Dobbie moved on to the Canadian National Junior Women's Lacrosse Team. She also played five sports for her high school. She explained, however, that high school sports in Canada - and sports in general - are not as competitive as here in the United States.
"It is so much more intense here," she explained. She went on to say that high school sports are comparable to intramural sports here at Ohio University.
As a member of the Senior Canadian National Women's Team, Dobbie will compete in the World Cup this summer. The prestigious international competition will be held June 23-July 3 at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.
Although Dobbie is certainly a talented athlete, you would never guess it by just talking to her. She uses words like "amazing," "phenomenal" and "awesome" but never when talking about herself. These are the words she uses to describe her teammates over the years and her fellow student-athletes at Ohio University.
When I asked Bobcat head coach Kate Brew what she thought Dobbie brought to her team, Brew simply answered, "Everything!" With that, Dobbie's face turned a bright red and she uttered, "I knew I should have left the room."
According to Brew, Dobbie is the best ball handler she has ever coached, a player with incredibly advanced skill and a people person. She went on to say that Dobbie's value is about more than her physical talent.
"I think Dana could have been this good at any sport she wanted to pursue but her talents would have been wasted on a one-person sport," Brew stated. "She is supportive and humble and you just can't teach what she sees."
The year Brew recruited Dobbie, she was strapped for time and only made it to one game before choosing to sign her.
"I only saw her play for 10 minutes and she was still my top recruit," Brew said as she laughed. Dobbie, meanwhile, blushed and giggled uncomfortably.
In the midst of her sophomore season, Dobbie is shining bright. Although she hopes to coach college lacrosse one day, she is busy for now compiling records and awards as a Bobcat.
There is only one more chance to catch Dobbie and the Ohio lacrosse team in action at home this season. On Sunday, April 30, the Bobcats will host Oregon at 11 a.m. on Pruitt Field.
Chelsea Ballint is a freshman in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism