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Seniors Lead Ohio to Season-Ending 7-4 Lacrosse Win

Contact: Jim Stephan

5/5/2004


Senior goalkeeper Jennifer Cassidy held the defending ALC champion Buckeyes to just four scores on Wednesday.

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    ATHENS, Ohio – There could not have been a more perfect ending for Ohio’s two Canadian seniors Wednesday at Pruitt Field. Lynz Keys and Jennifer Cassidy, who both hail from Whitby, Ontario, spearheaded the offensive and defensive efforts, respectively, as the Bobcats defeated Ohio State 7-4 in the season finale for both teams.

    Keys was successful on five of her seven shots and Cassidy kept the Buckeyes scoreless for over 48 minutes in the victory. With the win, Ohio capped an undefeated home season at 6-0 and finished with .500 records in both the American Lacrosse Conference (3-3) and overall (8-8). It was also the Bobcats’ first win in six tries all-time against Ohio State, who dropped eight of its last 10 for a 5-11, 1-5 finish.

    The game was a defensive struggle throughout as the teams held each other scoreless for the first 10 minutes. Keys broke the drought with all three of the Bobcats’ first-half goals. She scored unassisted at 10:52, 25:10 and 27:37 for a 3-0 lead. Cassidy made six saves in the period, but was also saved by the post on three occasions.

    The Bobcats ran the lead to 5-0 by the midway point of the second half. Melissa Menna (Downington, Pa.) scored unassisted at 39:24, followed by a Keys' goal from Caitlin Link (Finksburg, Md.) at the 44:53 mark.

    Ohio State finally got on the board with 11:46 remaining in the contest when Noemi Hites tallied an unassisted goal, then closed to 5-2 on a free position goal by Regina Oliver just 1:20 later.

    But Keys would answer, pushing the lead back to four on an unassisted play with just 4:11 remaining. A goal by senior Emily Hemmelgarn – just her fourth of the year and the 11th of her career – at 58:16 sealed the win. Ohio State tallied a pair of goals, one by Oliver and another by Natale Miller, in the last 1:32 to make the final margin.

    “All six of our seniors were awesome today,” said head coach Kate Brew. “It was great to see them step up. Lynz did a good job finding the net and Jen was solid in the cage. To hold a team scoreless for that long is amazing, particularly one with as good an offense as Ohio State.”

    Cassidy finished with 14 saves on the afternoon. Both teams recorded 21 shots, while Ohio held a 21-15 advantage in ground balls.