Bobcats sweep Rockets

By: Nick Mullens

The Ohio Bobcats (24-13, 6-4 MAC) took on Toledo (8-27, 3-7 MAC) Friday, April 8th. Savannah Jo Dorsey would take the mound in the first game to lead the Bobcats to a 4-2 win. Danielle Stiene then took the mound in the second matchup and had a stellar performance and with help from the offense the Bobcats were able to come away with an 8-0 win. These two games kept the Bobcats winning streak alive and extending it to four games.

GAME ONE:

The Bobcats offense took no time getting started in the first game. Deanna Cole (2-for-4) would get it started with a double to center. She would then get the sign to steal third and would make it safely and score on a throwing error the catcher. This would give the Bobcats a 1-0 lead in the first. The Toledo Rockets took no time responding with a solo home run in the first and second inning by Jessica Lemieux (1-for-4) and Celeste Fridge (1-for-2) respectively. In the third inning Michaela Dorset (3-for3) would be driven home by a Morgan Geno (2 –for3) base hit. This would tie the game at 2-2. Both offenses would try to get a runner across the plate for the next two innings without any luck. Then in the sixth inning Jamie Wren got walked in her first plate appearance as a Bobcat and then went on to steal second. Michaela Dorsey would drive in Wren with a double. Cole would then bring in Dorsey to give the Bobcats a 4-2 lead. The Rockets wouldn’t be able to match the Bobcats the rest of the game. Toledo left multiple runners on base and in scoring position. Savannah Jo Dorsey would have another great game of seven innings giving up only four hits and two earned runs also adding seven strikeouts. With the help of her little sister Michaela’s bat and the rest of the Bobcats offense, Savannah pulled away her 17th win on the year.

GAME TWO

Game two of the doubleheader against the Toledo Rockets was a very one-sided game. Danielle Stiene would take the mound in game two for the Bobcats. Stiene was absolutely dominant in this game. Chandler Rice and Kaitlyn Bergman both had one hit for the Rockets. These would be the only two hits Stiene gave up. She went seven innings, no earned runs, and only allowed two hits while stacking up seven strikeouts. The Bobcats offense had a much better day totaling 14 hits and eight walks which would add to 8 runs for the game. This explosive offensive day added up with the stellar performance by Stiene on the mound lead the Bobcats to an 8-0 win and the sweep against Toledo.

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Bobcats Sweep Doubleheader

By: Nick Mullens

The Ohio University Softball team picked themselves back up with a two game sweep of Kent State (22-12, 5-3 MAC). This comes following a four game losing streak to Ball State and Kentucky. Having ace Savannah Jo Dorsey on the mound, the Bobcats came away with a 4-1 game one win and a 4-2 game two win. This wasn’t even Savannah’s best performance of the season even though she stuck out 23. She was able to get enough help from the offense to pull out wins to become the program’s most winning pitcher in history.

GAME ONE:

Through the first 3 innings neither team could get anything going. This would change as we head into the bottom of the 4th where Taylor Saxton lead off the inning with an infield single and was then followed up by Deanna Cole doing the same. This would lead to a double steal advancing both runners. With two runners in scoring position Madison Claytor brought in Saxton on a double. Now with runners at the corners, Morgan Geno squared up the pitch sending it flying over the centerfield wall. By the end of the game we found out that the four run 4th proved to be enough against the struggling Golden Flashes offense whose only run would come off of a solo shot by Bailey Brownfield. This would be the only hit given up by Dorsey in this game.

Taylor Saxton went (2-for-2) and Geno Morgan would end up going (2-for-3) also getting the big three run homerun in the fourth. Deana Cole and Madison Claytor would both go (1-for-2).

GAME TWO:

In the second game of the double header it would take the bobcats offense half the time it did in the first game. The Bobcats were able to put up three runs in the second inning. The inning started with Claytor and Geno leading off with two hits to centerfield. They were brought home when Casie Hutchinson smashed a three-run homerun over the right field wall. Kent would fight back as they did in game one with a solo shot from Holly Speers in the bottom of the third. This would bring the Bobcats lead down to two with the score being 3-1. This would all change when Mikayla Cooper hit her 8th homerun of the season pulling ahead 4-1. The Bobcats would get nothing going the rest of the game offensively but would not need it. Kent couldn’t get anything going against Savannah until the 7th inning when Erika Warren added her second hit of the game with a solo homerun to center field. Savannah was just too much for the Golden Flashes in a 13-strikeout performance giving her the 66th win of her career as a Bobcat.

The Bobcats team would take on the Toledo Rockets team on April 8th seeking to extend their winning streak.

Sweet victory puts Ohio in the WNIT Sweet 16

By: Bobby Levine

Ohio University (26-6) hosted the Virginia Tech Hokies (18-14) on Saturday in the Women’s National Invitational Tournament round of 32. Ohio is coming off their first postseason victory in program history, beating Marshall 76-68.

In the first half the Bobcats got out to an early 16-4 lead. The Bobcats went into halftime up 33-22. Quiera Lampkins shot 6 of 8 scoring 14 points. Ohio as a team shot 41 percent from the field.

Virginia Tech got their deficit to four points with three minutes left in the third quarter, with help from a technical foul against Ohio coach Bob Bolden. Ohio would go on a 13-0 run to have the largest lead of the game at 17 points with seven minutes left in the fourth quarter. The Lady Bobcats would be victorious 64-57.

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The Hokies were led by Sidney Cook 22 points and 10 rebounds. Hannah Young finished with eleven points.

Ohio was led by Lampkins who finished with 26 points and nine rebounds. Jasmine Weatherspoon finished eight points and eleven rebounds. Kiyanna Black’s shoulder popped out and was taken out of the game with 7:53 left in the fourth quarter. Black finished with 13 points.

Black said, “of course (I’ll play)” when asked about playing with the shoulder injury next game.

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Lampkins said after, “I’m extremely happy. It always feels good to get a win at home against anyone but to be able to do it in the postseason and when you’re not in the ideal tournament is great.”

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With the win Ohio is now advanced themselves to the “Sweet 16”. The Bobcats will travel to Philadelphia to take on Temple (22-11) this Thursday at 7pm.

Fingers Still Crossed for Tournament Bid After Ohio Falls to Buffalo for the Third Time this Year

By: Bobby Levine

Ohio University (24-6) travelled up to Cleveland as the number one seed in the Mid-American Conference tournament. The Bobcats faced off against the eight seeded Buffalo Bulls (18-13). The Bulls were 2-0 against the Bobcats this season and were the only MAC team to beat Ohio.

The Bobcats went into halftime up 29-28 behind the 15 points MAC defensive player of the year, Quiera Lampkins, put up. Guard Joanna Smith of Buffalo led the Bulls with 10 points and eight rebounds.

In the second half Buffalo won the final two quarters to end the game 72-60. The Bulls were led by Smith with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Stephanie Reid finished with 16 points and Cassie Oursler ended with 15 points. Buffalo becomes the first eight seed to knock off the one seed in the MAC tournament.

Ohio was led by Lampkins with 23 points, seven rebounds and five assists. First team all MAC Kiyanna Black finished 3-14 for eleven points. Senior Lexie Baldwin finished with eleven points and eight rebounds.

Ohio’s fate for the NCAA and or WNIT tournament falls on the committee who will release the bracket Monday March 23.

Tourney Time

By: Joe Crago

The MAC tournament is underway, and the Ohio men’s basketball team is scheduled to start their first tournament game tomorrow (March 10th) against Northern Illinois. The game will begin at 6:30 pm and will be played in Cleveland, Ohio at Quicken Loans Arena. This will be the third meeting between NIU and Ohio this year, the Bobcats lost their first matchup back in January 80-69 and won in their second meeting back in February 80-69.

NIU advanced to Cleveland with a 56-50 win over Western Michigan on Monday, March 7th. The Huskies ended their regular season with a record of 20-11 and a 9-9 MAC West record. While playing away from home, the Huskies have struggled. They have a 3-10 record on the road, which could affect their play against Ohio.

Some NIU players who had success against Ohio this season are Junior guard Aairc Armstead, freshman forward Levi Bradley, and sophomore center Marin Maric. Both Armstead and Bradley ended up with 15 points against the Bobcats on February 6th. Armstead and Maric led the team in rebounds that game with ten, both tallied eight defensive rebounds that game. The Huskies struggled behind the arc against the Bobcats in their last meeting, shooting only 2-15 from the three-point line. Defensively NIU only had one block and four steals against Ohio back in February.

Ohio ended their regular season with a record of 20-10 and finished with an 11-7 record in the MAC East. The Bobcats are right around .500 with a 5-6 record while playing on a neutral court; last year Ohio was knocked out of the MAC tournament in the first round by Western Michigan. The Bobcats and their new team are looking for a different result this season.

Jaaron Simmons had solid games against NIU in their last two meetings. In the first game, Simmons had 19 points along with four assists. In the second meeting between the two teams, Simmons had 24 points with 12 assists. There’s no question that the NIU defense will be trying to draw up a way to shut down Simmons for tomorrow. Antonio Campbell also had a good game against NIU back in February he tallied 11 points and seven rebounds; Campbell finished the regular season with 15 double-doubles, his last one coming against Miami on March 4th.

Ohio is looking to make a statement this year in the tournament after a strong end to their regular season, finishing in second place in the MAC behind Akron; and after a disappointing defeat in the first round of the tournament last year against Western Michigan. This game will be broadcasted on ESPN 3; tip-off is scheduled for 6:30 pm.

That’s All Folks! Lebanon Valley drops Ohio to End ‘Cats Season

By: Alex Utano

The seventh seed Ohio Bobcats headed towards The Edge Ice Arena in Illinois, home of the Robert Morris (Ill) Eagles, with one goal in mind: Bring the American Collegiate Hockey Association National Title back to Athens for the first time since 2004. However, those hopes will be put on hold, as Ohio was bounced in their first game, falling 3-2 to the tenth seed Lebanon Valley College Dutchmen.

The first period saw the Bobcats allowing the first goal for the fifth consecutive game, as Bradley Nolan put the puck past Aaron Alkema just over four minutes in. Two minutes later, Zach McKown added to the lead by scoring his fourth point in five games to make it 2-0 LVC after one.

Ohio’s comeback bid began the next period, where midway through Joey Breslin beat LVC goaltender Chase Wilson to cut the lead in half. Midway through the third, Gabe Lampron scored his fourth goal as a Bobcat, putting the rebound five-hole on Wilson to tie the game.

With just over five minutes remaining while playing four a side hockey, Bryan Hovanec showed the ACHA why he is the Dutchmen’s leading scorer, burying a rebound past Alkema to give LVC a 3-2 lead that they would not relinquish. Aaron Alkema made 38 saves for the green and white while Chase Wilson was able to turn aside 48 of 50 shots in the high shooting affair.

Lebanon Valley would be eliminated the next day by second seeded Stony Brook, who were eliminated the day after by Iowa State. Iowa State will take on Central States Collegiate Hockey League rival and third seed Lindenwood tonight at 8 p.m. E.T. in the ACHA finals to crown the next champion.

And that’s all she wrote for the 2015-2016 ACHA season for Ohio. Michael Harris, Tyler Pecka, Diego Breckenridge, Derek Rahme,and Vince Nicolella have played their final game as a Bobcat and now look to pursue careers away from Athens.

As for the rest of the team? They’ll be back next year for the 2016-17 set to start in September. I know, I know, that’s a long time to wait. But soon Ohio hockey will start again, and the next chapter in the Sean Hogan saga will be written. Will it come with ending post season woes? Will Aaron Alkema rise next year as the ACHA’s top net minder? Who will replace Michael Harris on the first line?

All these questions will be answered, and more, on next year’s edition of Ohio Bobcats hockey.

Game Day: Quest for the ACHA Title

By: Alex Utano

The Ohio Bobcats have worked hard throughout the 2015-2016 American Collegiate Hockey Association season with one goal, capture Ohio’s first ACHA title since 2004. Today, that quest begins. Coach Sean Hogan and his troops head to Illinois as the seventh seed takes on tenth seeded Lebanon Valley College. Win and they advance, lose and the 2015-2016 season will see its conclusion for Ohio.

The Dutchmen finished the season 24-6-0 record and road a nine game win streak into the final game of the season, where the streak was ended by Stony Brook in a 4-1 loss. Stony Brook, the two seed in the ACHA tourney who is currently awaiting the winner of this match up, did fall victim to LVC twice during the nine game win streak. Lebanon Valley has also thrived away from home this season with an 11-3 road record.

The Lebanon Valley roster boasts many players with the ability to give any defense trouble. Bryan Hovanec leads the Dutchmen in goals (24) and points (37) and has recorded four points (2g 2a) in his last four contests. The defense is not as high scoring as Ohio’s, with Michael Straub leading the defense in points (16). Three Bobcat defenders (LaFrenier, Pecka, Moore) have more points and one (Faiella) is tied with that amount. Straub has been picking it up lately, with one goal and two helpers over his last six contests. Brenden Manquen is leading LVC in goal, posting a 12-3-0 record in 15 starts along with a .884 save percentage and one shutout.

The Bobcats dropped a heart breaker to Robert Morris (Ill) 3-2 in overtime in the Central States Collegiate Hockey League finals in their most recent contest and look to put their post season heartbreak in the rear view mirror. The Bobcats won five of their last six games prior to being upset by RMU, who is set to play the fifth seed Davenport later tonight.

As they have all season long, the top line of Joe Breslin, Michael Harris, and Patrick Spellacy continue to lead the Bobcats in scoring in this order. Breslin leads the team in assists (28) and points (44) and has three assists the last four games. Senior captain Michael Harris leads the team in goals (20) and is second in points (40) and looks to cap off his Ohio career with a ACHA Title.

Aaron Alkema continues to show why he is one of the top netminders in all the ACHA. He is 4-0-1 in his last five starts in which he has played the whole game (he was pulled against Illinois after giving up four goals in one period). His win total, 19, is tied for fourth in the league and his four shut outs is tied for second.

If Lebanon Valley wants to upset Ohio, they need to dominate special teams play. Ohio is the 14th most penalized team in the ACHA with 615 while the Dutchmen are the third least penalized team with 350. If given the opportunity to play on the man advantage, LVC has to capitalize. The Bobcats are also a team you don’t want to be shorthanded against, with their power play operating at 24.4%. If the Dutchmen can continue their disciplined play and capitalize on their power play opportunities, they might be seeing Stony Brook in round two.

If Ohio wants to end their post season woes, they’ll need to continue to play tough in the neutral zone. The Bobcats troubled opponents all year long with quick sticks and big hits in the neutral zone and is a big reason why their penalty kill, which has killed 87% of penalties this season, is so effective. If they can continue this success, the Bobcats will set up a lovely date with Stony Brook tomorrow.

Puck drop is at 3 p.m. ET at The Edge Ice Arena in a win or go home situation. The winner of this game will face two seed Stony Brook tomorrow at 2 p.m. ET.

 

Bobcats Champs Again!

By: Bobby Levine

Ohio University (23-5; 15-2) hosted Bowling Green State University (10-16; 6-11) Wednesday evening in the final home game of the season. Ohio needed to either win or have Central Michigan lose to clinch becoming the Mid-American Conference champion for the second consecutive year.

In the first half the Bobcats forced 10 turnovers but shot abysmal 2-17 from three-point range. BGSU shot over 57 percent from behind the arc and held a 34-31 lead going into halftime.

To start the second half, the Lady Bobcats went on a 12-0 run to get a nine-point lead, never looking back. Ohio would cruise to a 75-58 win to clinch the program’s first ever back to back conference titles.

Senior guard Kiyanna Black led all scorers with 29 points. Quiera Lampkins helped with 16 points and nine rebounds. Jasmine Weatherspoon tied her career high with 14 points.

“That’s something I have been doing all year just trying to put my team in position to be on top at the end of the year.” Black said after the game, taking about her last moments as a Bobcat.

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Senior forward Lexie Baldwin said, “It feels good, I’m happy that we accomplished the first goal next is the overall championship and winning a game o two in the NCAA tournament.”

Ohio will travel to Miami Ohio (9-19; 3-14) for the final regular season game of the year. The MAC tournament will start next Monday, March 7. The Bobcats have clinched the number 1 seed as they will play the winner of he 8-9 seed match up game at noon.

Bobcats Trounce Flashes

By: Bobby Levine

Ohio University (22-4; 14-1) hosted Kent State (5-20; 2-13) Wednesday night in a battle featuring the first place team in the Mid-American Conference against the last place team.

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Ohio got help in the first half with eight offensive rebounds. Hannah Boesinger came off the bench to lead all scorers with 13 points in the first half shooting six of eight from the field. The Bobcats held a commanding 47-29 lead, shooting 53 percent from the field.

The second half was much of the same. All of the starters were taken out before the fourth quarter began. Ohio outscored Kent State in the third quarter 27-12. Ohio would ultimately win with a final score 86-52.

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Kent State was led by Jordan Korinek with 18 points. The Flashes as a team committed 20 turnovers and were out rebounded 48-35. This loss marks the third in a row for Kent State.

Ohio was led by Kiyanna Black who finished with 19 points, Boesinger ended with 15 points, Lexie Baldwin had 14 points and eight rebounds and Quiera Lampkins had 12 points, seven assists and four rebounds.

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“It’s always great when my teammates set up to score. They really did all the work to drive in and I happened to be in the right place at the right time. But it definitely felt good to get those easy baskets and it boosted my confidence.” Boesinger said after the game adding, “These last 3 games will hopefully allow us to continue to get better at some of our weakness, such as rebounding and taking care of the ball. It will also be nice to get out there a few more times just to work hard and compete.”

In the latest ESPN bracketology released this past Monday, Charlie Creme had Ohio at an eleven seed, in the College Park, Maryland regional. The Bobcats now hold a two game lead in the MAC with only three games left. This Saturday Ohio will host Buffalo at 1 pm. The Lady Bobcats will try to avenge their eight-point loss earlier this month that occured when they traveled up to Buffalo.

Bobcats Out for Revenge

By: Joe Crago

The Ohio Men’s Basketball team is looking for revenge tonight (Feb. 22nd) against the Bowling Green Falcons. Ohio suffered a 91-75 loss to Bowling Green back on January 12th earlier this year. That loss was one of Ohio’s two home losses this season. The Bobcats are now on a five-game winning streak and have won eight out of their last ten games. Ohio is coming off a 76-64 win against rival Miami improving their overall record to 18-8 and their MAC East record to 9-5. They continue to sit in second place in the MAC East and a game behind Akron (21-6, 10-4 MAC East). Tonight’s game is set to start at 7: 00 pm and will be played at the Stroh Center in Bowling Green, Ohio.

Bowling Green (13-14, 4-10 MAC East) is currently in fifth place in the East and six games back from Akron. The Falcons recently suffered an 88-77 loss to Buffalo; they have now lost seven games in a row and dropped nine out of their last ten. When playing conference games at home this season, Bowling Green is 1-6, while Ohio sits at a 4-4 record when playing away. Senior forward Spencer Parker is continuing to have a good season this year for the Falcons since these two teams have met. Parker is averaging 14.3 points per game, he’s shooting well behind the arc with a .404 three-point field goal percentage, the same goes for close range shooting Parker has a .468 field goal percentage so far this season. Another threat, especially down low for Ohio is Sophomore Zack Denny, Denny leads the team in rebounds with 192 and is averaging 7.1 rebounds a game, Denny is also averaging 11.9 points per game.

Junior forward Antonio Campbell continued his outstanding season on Saturday against Miami recording 16 points and a career-high 20 rebounds. Sophomore guard Jaaron Simmons led the team in points with 25 points; he was 8-of-9 from the field. Ohio as a team shot 50.0 percent (25-50) from the field on Saturday and held Miami to 47.1 percent from the field. The Bobcats also out- rebounded Miami (35-26) and outscored them in the paint (30-22).

Ohio is trying to secure a first place position in the MAC East with the remaining four games; they are only one game behind Akron. Akron just suffered a loss to Kent State last Saturday, and they are playing Miami tonight in Miami. The MAC tournament is quickly approaching, it is set to start on March 7th, the Bobcats are looking to improve from their one and out appearance in last year’s tournament.