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Allison Brennan is one of four seniors that will be playing in their last game as a Bobcat on Saturday.
Allison Brennan is one of four seniors that will be playing in their last game as a Bobcat on Saturday.

May 5, 2006

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ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio lacrosse team will close out its 2006 season when it hosts Brown on Saturday, May 6 at 12 p.m. on Peggy Pruitt Field. The four Bobcat seniors will be honored prior to the contest.

Seniors Allison Brennan, Kim Cherneski, Tiffany Smith and Ashley Weed are all making their final appearances in an Ohio uniform this afternoon. This yer's graduating class has been part of some of the Bobcats' most memorable victories since returning to varsity status in 1999, including a win against 19th-ranked Penn State in 2004. The group was also a part of the squad that went 6-0 at home that season as the Bobcats posted the second-most wins since 1999.

Ohio has not played since losing to Penn State on April 23. Freshman Kiersten McLouth (Centreville, Va.) scored three goals and has scored seven times in the last two games. Her 27 points leads the Bobcats. If she can maintain her three-point edge, she will become the first Bobcat freshman to lead the team in scoring since Alyssa Trocher had 53 points in 2000. McLouth's four games this season with at least three goals is tops among the Bobcats.

Sophomore goalkeeper Jen Heup (Davidsonville, Md.) had 17 saves against the Nittany Lions, just one short of her career high. Heup has 183 saves on the season, third-best all-time at Ohio. Heup is only 11 saves shy of breaking the mark set by Jennifer Cassidy in 2001. Heup has had at least 10 saves in 12 of Ohio's 15 games, inlcuding a career-best 18 at Virginia Tech. Heup ranks 15th in the nation in save percentage (51.3) and 16th in ground balls (3.53 per game). Her 53 ground balls is third on the Ohio single-season list. Lindsey Hart owns that record with 69 in 2001.

Ohio Single-Season Save List
193 - Jennifer Cassidy (156 GA) - 2001
190 - Jennifer Cassidy (145 GA) - 2002
183 - Jen Heup (174 GA) - 2006

All four of Ohio's victories this season have come when scoring at least 10 goals. In fact, dating back to last season, the Bobcats have won nine consecutive games when reaching double figures. The squad's last loss when scoring at least 10 times was a 16-10 loss to Notre Dame at Pruitt Field on Feb. 27, 2005. Ohio has lost 20 straight games when scoring fewer than 10 goals. The Bobcats' last win when not reaching double figures was a 7-4 victory against Ohio State on May 5, 2004.

The halftime score has been a very good indication of what the final outcome will be for the Bobcats. Since 2003, Ohio has lost just two games when holding an advantage at halftime, posting a 21-2 mark in that span, including a 4-0 mark this season. On the flip side, the Bobcats have won only one game in which they were tied or trailed at intermission, going 1-38 since 2003. Ohio's lone come-from-behind victory was against Penn State on April 25, 2004. The Nittany Lions led 3-2 at halftime, but the Bobcats pulled out the 8-7 win.

Today's game is also the last of the 2006 campaign for the Bears. It is the first non-conference tilt for Brown since losing to New Hampshire on March 29. The Bears are coming off a 14-6 loss to Ivy League co-champion Princeton on April 29. Amie Biros paces the Bears in scoring with 27 goals, 10 assists and 37 points. Mimi DeTolla (24), Kate Staley (22) and Bethany Buzzell (22) have all scored at least 20 goals this season. Biros also leads the team with 34 draw controls. As a team, Brown is averaging 8.78 goals per game. Melissa King has gotten the majority of time between the posts. She owns an 11.54 goals against average with 151 saves. Jen Redd has caused a team-high 17 turnovers. The Bears are giving up an average of 12.36 goals per contest.

Last season's meeting in Providence, an 11-5 win by Brown, marks the only meeting in the all-time series.

A victory against Brown would give the Bobcats a 4-3 record at home. It would be the fourth time in six years of play at Peggy Pruitt Field tht Ohio posted a winning record on its home turf.