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Oregon Tops Ohio in Lacrosse Home Finale

Contact: Jim Stephan


Bobcat senior Caitlin Link scored a pair of goals Saturday on Senior Day.

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    ATHENS, Ohio -- Senior Caitlin Link and freshman Kelley Windle each scored a pair of goals, but Ohio fell behind 3-0 early and never recovered in a 9-7 non-conference loss to Oregon Saturday afternoon at Pruitt Field.

    The contest closed out the 2005 home schedule for the Bobcats, who fall to 5-10 with the loss. Oregon, playing its first year of lacrosse, is also 5-10.

    The teams were scoreless for over 14 minutes before Oregon's Lindsay Killian converted a free position shot for a 1-0 lead. The Ducks got goals from Jen May and Cara Mead 26 seconds apart at 11:20 and 10:54 to expand the advantage to 3-0.

    Ohio quickly broke into the scoring column when freshman Frannie Sullivan found the net after a pass from Link with 9:26 left in the half. But Oregon repsonded with a Lindsay Pittard goal less than two minutes later at 7:37 to push the lead to 4-1.

    Windle struck for the first of her two goals with just eight seconds left in the half, cutting the deficit to 4-2 after 30 minutes.

    The Oregon lead was cut to 4-3 just 32 seconds into the second half when Link scored on a free position shot, but the Ducks answered with goals with 27:06 and 25:36 remaining to push the score to 6-3.

    The Bobcats responded with Windle's second goal on a free position shot with 22:07 to play, but Jana Bradley's second goal at 20:17 stretched the edge back to three at 7-4.

    Ohio rallied with back-to-back goals to close to within one with just under seven minutes to play. Senior Molly Wurdack and Shannon Hadaway scored unassisted at 8:47 and 6:56, respectively.

    But Killian answered 25 seconds afterward to pad the lead. May completed her hat trick with 5:19 remaining to make the score 9-6 and help preserve the victory.

    Link completed the scoring with a free position goal with 1:08 to play, but the Bobcats never seriously threatened after that.

    Ohio closes its season next Saturday when it travels to Providence, R.I. for a non-conference match at Brown. The start time is 1 p.m. Oregon begins the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament on Wednesday.