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Bobcats Host #14 Ohio State in Lacrosse Finale


The Ohio lacrosse team hosts #14 Ohio State at 1 p.m. Saturday in the season finale at Pruitt Field.

  • 2002 Ohio Lacrosse Schedule/Results

    ATHENS, Ohio – When the Ohio lacrosse team hosts #14 Ohio State Saturday at 1 p.m. on Pruitt Field, the Bobcats (9-5) hope to send their six seniors off with the program’s first win over a ranked opponent.

    The Buckeyes (10-4) are led by Megan Mirick and Tracy Bounds. Mirick leads the team in goals with 51 and is Ohio State's career record-holder for goals (141) and points (180). Bounds, the American Lacrosse Conference Player of the Week, is the Buckeyes’ record-holder for assists in a season with 24.

    Ohio counters with Lindsey Hart, whose 4.00 goals per game average leads the nation. Bobcat goalie Jen Cassidy is ranked 17th in the country with a .554 save percentage.

    Ohio’s Alyssa Trocher, a junior attacker from Ellicott City, Md., continues her weekly journal for ohiobobcats.com, the official website of Ohio Athletics. Here is what she had to say about last weekend’s matches and the upcoming season finale against Ohio State:

    Friday afternoon, the team met in the locker room and got dressed for the game against Davidson. Lindsey Hart, Megan Sanders, and I had gotten together the night before and made a puzzle piece for each player and coach on our team and before the game everyone put their piece on the board and it spelled out OHIO. I think that it pumped the team up and got Anne (head coach Anne Moelk) a little teary eyed. We listened to some music while we were getting ready, had our pep talk (where we decided to just “Get the job done”), and then we were on our way out to the field.

    From the very beginning of the game, Ohio lacrosse was shown. Everything came together and everyone did her individual part. There wasn’t anyone who didn’t play well that day. But I must say, it was a game where Canada stood out!! Our Canadians were unstoppable! Jen Cassidy did not let anything go past her. It was her cage and she wasn’t letting anything in! Lynz Keys and Lindsey Hart each had awesome games as well. They got past their defenders, moved the goalie, and put the ball in the net. They stepped up when we needed it. The rest of the team should be proud, too. I can’t explain what it felt like to be on the field that day. It didn’t even seem like we were thinking about anything too hard. We just had fun and the win came naturally.

    On Saturday, we had an hour of practice where we got some touches on the ball and just got a chance to move our feet and get ready for Sunday’s game. At the very end of practice, we ended on a bad note with Caitlin Link falling down as she was going to goal and hurting her arm pretty bad. She had to go to the hospital and practice ended. That night we had our annual team dinner at Toscano’s with the team, coaches, trainers, family, and a few friends. We ate and had a few speeches from coaches and parents and then everyone went out for a bit to hang out with our families. Both of my parents were here this weekend as well as my boyfriend because my 21st birthday was on Monday. It was nice to get to hang out with my parents for some home games!

    Having the home games this past weekend was wonderful! We don’t have too many during the season so the ones that we do have, we look very forward to. We have the best parents ever!! They travel with us all over the country. No matter where we go, we usually have more fans than the team that we play at their home field!! This weekend we had a lot of fans. Our parents came in from different places… from parts of Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Canada, Colorado, New York and Michigan!! This was definitely a great weekend to have home games!!

    On Sunday, we met in the locker room again and got dressed. The day seemed to start out the same as it did against Davidson. Then we headed over to the field. The game versus Penn State started out pretty slow. In no time, we were down 10-2. When we started scoring a few goals and realized that we could stay with Penn State, we started to play our game again. Then we came back and the score got within 2 points at 10-12, Penn State ahead. The comeback was exciting because a win had come within our reach again. However, Penn State wasn’t about to give up and let us back in the game. They hit a few more in the net to end the game ahead. If we had begun the game playing the way that we know how, we could have walked away with the win. But now we will just take this game into the next one against Ohio State on Saturday.

    This Saturday, we close our season with a 1 p.m. game against Ohio State. This game will be similar to that against Penn State, but we hope to come out on top this time. Ohio State, so far, has had a very good season and will be tough to beat. However, we can do it! They play a similar fast game like Penn State and we just have to stay on our toes and do the things we know how to do. If we play how we did vs. Davidson, we’ll beat them. All it takes is our tough defense, our unstoppable attack, and two coaches who believe in us!! I think we can do it!