Women's Lacrosse |
March 14, 2009
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The University of Cincinnati lacrosse team returns to Nippert Stadium take on its first opponent in school history, Vanderbilt. Cincinnati played Vanderbilt on Feb. 17, 2008 in its first lacrosse game in school history. UC will try to bounce back from a 20-8 loss at No. 19/20 Ohio State on Wednesday by hosting the No. 10/10 Commodores, the second straight ranked opponent for UC. Vanderbilt will look to rebound from a 22-16 loss to No. 3 Duke.
Fans of the University of Cincinnati lacrosse team are encouraged to wear pink when attending Sunday's game against Vanderbilt as UC works to raise awareness for the fight against breast cancer. The Bearcats will wear pink uniforms during the game against the Commodores as a way to raise awareness for the disease.
Lindsey Marshall scored three goals for UC, but Ohio State, which cracked the national rankings this week at No. 19/20, earned a 20-8 victory. Ohio State traded goals with the Bearcats in the early going but pulled ahead, 6-4, by halftime. The Buckeyes went on to score 11 of the first 12 goals of the second half.
Marshall recorded her third hat trick of the season against the Buckeyes while Lynsey Burton, Laura Simanski, MacKenzie Parsons, Natalie Starvaggi and Lauren Houck each recorded a goal for Cincinnati.
Katherine Russo, who has started all six matches for the Bearcats, was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll for the second time this season after her peformance against nationally ranked Johns Hopkins and Villanova. Russo gave up 18 goals for the week, but had 22 saves, including two crucial saves with 23 and 17 seconds remaining in the victory over Villanova. She was also named to the Honor Roll for the week of Feb. 23. So far this season she has a 12.41 goals-against average and has posted an impressive 61 saves, 12 of which came against Villanova.
Cincinnati opened the 2009 season with three straight victories but has earned only one win over its last three games. One dramatic difference on the stat sheet between the first three games and the last three are fouls. In UC's 3-0 start, the Bearcats committed 71 fouls (65 for opponents). In their recent 1-2 games, they have 116 fouls (69 for opponents).
Lindsey Marshall has scored a team-high nine goals over the last three games, recording a season-high four goals against No. 14/19 Johns Hopkins and tallying her third hat trick - and ninth career - at No. 19/20 Ohio State. Over the last three games, Marshall has recorded the most goals (9), the most assists (2), points (11), ground balls (8), and caused turnovers (8).
Lindsey Marshall, Patty Kelly, Natalie Starvaggi and Paige Stratton are the 2009 captains. The group of leaders provide solid experience for the 2009 squad that includes 15 newcomers.
The University of Cincinnati's lacrosse team was recently featured in Lacrosse Magazine, where they were praised for their involvement with the community, including raising awareness for breast cancer, service with the Marine Corps Toys for Tots campaign, and involvement with the 82nd Engineer Support Company (ESC), in Camp Ramadi, Iraq.
A QUICK LOOK AT VANDERBILT
Vanderbilt is ranked No. 10/10 and has a 2-3 overall record, earning victories against UMBC and at Boston. The Commodores' three losses have come against ranked teams, including a 22-10 loss to top-ranked Northwestern. Vanderbilt is coached by Cathy Swezey, who is in her 13th year at the helm of the Vanderbilt lacrosse program. Statistically, Katherine Denkler leads the team with 16 points and 12 goals. Carter Foote has also recorded 12 goals this season while Alex Priddy and Sarah Downing each have found the back of the net 11 times this year. Natalie Wills has a team-high 11 ground balls and has split time in goal with Rachel Wofford. Wills has 25 saves this season while Woolford has 17 saves.