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Ohio Lacrosse Loses to Denver 9-8

Contact: Jim Stephan

5/1/2004


Bobcat senior Lynz Keys scored five goals against Denver on Saturday.

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    EVANSTON, Ill. Ohio's Caitlin Link had a last-second shot bounce in-and-out of the goal Saturday, sending the Bobcats to a 9-8 neutral-site loss to Denver in the final regular-season road game of the year.

    Lynz Keys (Whitby, Ontario) led the Bobcats with five goals while Caitlin Link (Finksburg, Md.) added a pair of goals. Melissa Menna (Downington, Pa.) had the other tally for Ohio.

    After allowing a goal just 18 seconds into the match, the Bobcats responded with back-to-back goals. Keys started the scoring unassisted at 2:32, followed by a free position goal by Keys at 4:21. However, the Pioneers tied the game on a free position shot just 39 seconds later, then added six more unanswered goals for an 8-2 lead.

    Ohio ended the half with three straight scores to close to within 8-5 at intermission. Keys struck for the first two at 20:08 and 23:45, followed by Menna's free position goal with just 1:35 left in the period.

    The second half was a defensive struggle as the teams found the net just four times. Keys scored at 6:56, then again at 13:23 as Ohio pulled to within one, 8-7. The Bobcats evened the score at 8-8 on Link's second goal of the contest, this one with 5:14 remaining.

    The score remained tied until the final minute when Denver's Steph Greenlee converted a free position shot for her fourth goal of the game.

    "We had a nice comeback in the second half, so I am pleased with that," said head coach Kate Brew. "Unfortunately, we came out slow in the first half and could never completely recover."

    Ohio falls to 7-8 overall with its second straight loss. The Bobcats close out the 2004 season at Pruitt Field Wednesday afternoon at 4 p.m. when they host American Lacrosse Conference rival Ohio State.