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Ohio Rally Falls Short Against No. 15 Penn State

Contact: Jim Stephan


ATHENS, Ohio - No. 15 Penn State jumped out to 11-2 and 12-3 leads early in the first half, then withstood a furious Ohio rally Sunday to take a 17-12 American Lacrosse Conference victory at Peggy Pruitt Field. The Bobcats closed to within 12-10 early in the second half, but the Nittany Lions tallied three straight scores to secure the win.

Lindsey Hart scored five times and had two assists, while Lynz Keys added four goals to pace Ohio (9-5, 1-4). Colleen O'Hara had seven points (five goals and two assists) to lead Penn State (7-9, 4-2).

Ironically, Ohio opened the scoring just 58 seconds into the game when Hart converted a free position shot. But the Nittany Lions responded with a 5-0 run - the first three less than a minute apart and the last two only nine seconds apart - to seize control of the match. O'Hara scored twice during the spurt, then answered a Bobcat goal by Hart with three more. The drought continued as Penn State built the lead to 11-2 before Ohio found the net again. Hart completed her hat trick at 21:53, starting a rally that saw the Bobcats answer a Nittany Lion goal with the last four goals of the period, cutting the margin to 12-7 at intermission. Keys scored twice during the run, while Hart and Shari Kolmer added goals.

Ohio carried the momentum into the second half, scoring three unanswered goals in the first 4:59 of play. Keys got the first two in a span of 1:48, then Hart scored with 25:01 remaining to pull the Bobcats to within two, 12-10. But Penn State's defense cracked down, holding Ohio scoreless for more than 20 minutes, while the offense slowed built the lead back to five three three straight goals. Kristen Gombeski closed the lead at the 55:07 mark, but back-to-back tallies by PSU put an end to the Bobcats' three-game winning streak. The scoring ended with just 39 ticks left when Becky Oxman made the losing margin five for Ohio.

Despite the high scoring affair, both goaltenders did outstanding jobs for the teams, stopping several point-blank shots. Ohio's Jennifer Cassidy made 16 saves, while Penn State's Lee Tortorelli stopped 12 Bobcat attempts. Penn State totaled 52 shots during the contest.

Ohio returns to Pruitt Field Saturday as it hosts 16th-ranked Ohio State in the season finale. The contest starts at 1 p.m.