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Three Bobcats Join Canadian National Team

Contact: Ohio Media Relations


Jen Cassidy is one of three present or former Ohio lacrosse players that will compete this summer for the Canadian National Team.

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    GUELPH, Ontario - Ohio senior Katie Peksa and former Bobcats Jen Cassidy and Lindsey Hart have been selected to compete internationally for the Canadian national lacrosse team, after a tryout at Guelph University in Guelph, Ontario last week.

    Bobcat sophomore Dana Dobbie was selected to the team, but will not compete after undergoing surgery. Also, another former Bobcat, Lynz Keys, is an alternate for the squad.

    The sqaud's coach, Tracy Coyne, graduated from Ohio in 1983 as a letterwinner in lacrosse and field hockey. She led the lacrosse squad to a Midwest Regional crown in 1982 and took the field hockey squad to a Mid-American Conference championship in 1981.

    "It gives me a special sense of pride knowing that Ohio University will be well represented on the international lacrosse stage in Annapolis," Coyne said. "I loved my time at OU."

    Cassidy, Dobbie, Hart and Keys each played for the Canadian U-19 World Cup team in 1999 and 2003.

    Peksa, a defender from Salisbury, Md., appeared in each of Ohio’s games during her career in Athens and started all 32 over the past two seasons. In her senior season, Peksa collected a pair of goals and an assist, all against Davidson. She also recorded 11 ground balls and eight draw controls.

    As a junior in 2004, Peksa posted three goals and two assists, while gaining 11 ground balls, causing 10 turnovers and winning 11 draw controls.

    Cassidy, who graduated in 2004 as Ohio's goaltender, is the program's single game, single season and career saves leader.

    Hart, a 2003 graduate, is arguably the most dominant player in Ohio history, as she holds the program's career records for goals, assists, points, ground balls, caused turnovers and draw controls.

    "Coaching five athletes who also attended Ohio has been so much fun," Coyne said. "Who would have thought the road to the World Cup would wind through Athens?"

    Coyne and the Bobcat trio will compete this summer at the 2005 Lacrosse World Cup from June 23 to July 2 in Annapolis, Md. Canada opens up play at 1 p.m. on June 23 against Wales.