ODU Lax Travels To Drexel, Hofstra This Weekend

April 13, 2006
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

April 13, 2006

Game: Old Dominion at Drexel - Friday, April 14th - Philadelphia, Pa. - 4:00 p.m.
Old Dominion at Hofstra - Sunday, April 16th - Hempstead, N.Y. - 1:00 p.m.

About Old Dominion: The Lady Monarchs have three regular season games left on their slate with road trips to Drexel, Hofstra, and William & Mary. Old Dominion enters Friday's game with the Dragons holding a 5-7 overall mark and 2-2 record in the CAA. The Lady Monarchs are coming off a 14-6 loss to #6 North Carolina, ODU's fifth game against a ranked opponent this season and fourth in the IWLCA Top 10. Old Dominion was led by the four-goal effort from junior Caroline Jacobs. Sophomore Kelly Kimener (Oakton, Va.) and senior Melody Shotwell also scored in the loss. Rookie Lindsey Belle, a defender who has started all 12 games thus far, tallied her first career assist. For the North Carolina, 10 different Tar Heels found the back of the Lady Monarch net with four Tar Heels registering multiple goals. The Lady Monarchs struck first, a mere 3:12 into the game, as Jacobs collected her own rebound off Tar Heel keeper Kristen Hordy. However, North Carolina responded by recording four answered goals to take the lead and never looked back. Kimener stopped the scoring barrage at the 14:26 mark to cut the Lady Monarch deficit to two, 4-2. North Carolina scored three of the next four goals and entered the half up 7-3. The Tar Heels opened the second half scoring three straight only to be answered by three consecutive goals by Jacobs. Jacobs' final tally with 9:56 left in the game cut North Carolina's lead to 10-6. In the final minutes of the game however, the Tar Heels reeled off four nets to finish the game. In goal, Old Dominion's Michelle Gannon made four stops playing a majority of the minutes in net. The Lady Monarch held a slight edge in groundballs, 25-24. Jacobs led the Lady Monarchs in groundballs by tying her career-high for the third time this season with seven. North Carolina won the battle of the draws, 13-9, with with junior Kristen Truax posting a team-high three for Old Dominion. Jacobs led ODU in caused turnovers with four.

A Glance At The Opponent - Drexel: The Dragons enter Friday's match-up with a 9-3 overall mark and 1-3 in the CAA race. Drexel opened up the season with eight straight non-conference victories, but saw their streak come to a stop in their first CAA games with losses to James Madison, George Mason, and Towson. The Dragons just recently ended the skid with a 10-9 victory over Delaware last weekend. Leading Drexel in the stats column is junior midfielder Emily Hoesch with 51 points stemming from 39 goals and 12 assists. Junior midfielder Kerry Kelly checks into the game as the Dragons' second leading scorer with 29 goals, 12 assists, and 41 points. Sophomore midfielder Katie Bradley is next in scoring checking in with 32 points from 12 goals and 20 assists. In net rookie Lauren LaBella has started all 12 games and is posting a .548 save percentage and 7.69 goals against average. Freshman Rachael Behrndt has seen limited action between the pipes recording 19 saves, a .513 save percentage, and a 8.48 goals against average in eight appearances.

The All-Time Series vs. Drexel: The series between the Lady Monarchs and Dragons began when Drexel entered the CAA in the 2002 season with the all-time record tied at 2-2.

Last Time Vs. Drexel: The Old Dominion women's lacrosse team pulled to within 7-6 with 18:14 remaining in the game, but the Drexel Dragons went on to score five of the game's last six goals to walk away with a 12-7 victory over the Lady back on April 10, 2005 at Foreman Field. Of the five Lady Monarchs registering goals, Ashley Stanwick led the way with three goals. Drexel was led in scoring my Colleen Rocks with three tallies, while Nicole Adams and Gwenna Johnson were the other Dragon multiple scorers on the afternoon. Five of Drexel's 12 goals came off of free position shots. The Dragons opened the game by scoring four unanswered goals by the 18:37 mark of the first half. Following a timeout, Old Dominion finally managed to light up the scoreboard by scoring twice in less than a span of a minute. Sarah Lautenbach got the Lady Monarchs rolling at 18:07 followed by a free-position tally by Caroline Jacobs with 17:31 left in the half to cut the Dragon lead to 4-2. Dragon leading scorer Colleen Rocks registered back-to-back free position goals to bump the Drexel lead back up to four, 6-2, as time was winding down in the first stanza. However, Old Dominion's Stanwick found the back of the Dragon net with just three seconds left in the half as the Lady Monarchs entered halftime down 6-3. Twice in the second half the Lady Monarchs were able to pull within one. Stanwick started the second half right where she left off scoring a minute and 15 seconds into the second half of play, followed by Colleen Carver finding Krista Townsend along the left side of the Drexel net firing away to put the Lady Monarchs within one, 7-5 with 23:38 remaining in the game. Jennifer Bonini extended the Dragon lead by two at the 18:30 mark, but a mere 16 seconds later had the Lady Monarchs back within one thanks to an unassisted tally by Katie Veneziale. Trailing, 7-6, Old Dominion gave up five Dragon nets while managing just one of their own in the game's final 12:48 of action, which included three position shot goals, two by Nicole Adams and another by Kerry Kelly. The Lady Monarchs' lone goal during the span came from Old Dominion's leading scorer of the day, Stanwick, with 8:50 left in the game, stopping a three-goal run by the Dragons. In net, Michelle Gannon made six saves, while back-up netminder Sarah Larson played out the game's final 4:27 and registered a save. Drexel's Kristen Urian recorded eight stops between the pipes. Old Dominion outshot the Dragons, 22-15, and also held the advantage in draw controls, 13-10, and groundballs, 26-22. The Lady Monarchs' draw control specialist, Veneziale, who ranked 14th in that week's NCAA stats, collected four, while Rocks amassed four as well to lead Drexel. Veneziale also led ODU in the groundball department with four as did Rocks for Drexel with a game-high five scooped up.

A Glance At The Opponent - Hofstra: Ranked 16th in the IWLCA Preseason Poll and the 2005 CAA regular season champions, Hofstra enters the weekend with a 5-6 overall mark and 2-2 record in league play. The Pride will host #13 William & Mary on Friday night before entertaining the Lady Monarchs on Easter Sunday. Hofstra was won two straight needing overtime to get past Delaware, 16-13, and avenging last year's championship game loss to Towson with a 15-9 win over the Tigers. Junior attack Kimberly Hillier currently leads the Pride amassing 43 points on 30 goals and 13 assists. Next in scoring is junior midfielder Casey McGrath, who has 30 goals along with Hillier and five assists for a total of 25 points. Third on the Pride in scoring is freshman midfielder Lauren Whitcomb with 18 points, 16 goals and two assists. In goal, Hofstra looks to sophomore Maisie Osteen who is posting an 11.62 goals against average and .438 save percentage.

The All-Time Series vs. Hofstra: Like Friday's opponent Drexel, the series between the Lady Monarchs and the Pride began when Hofstra entered the CAA in the 2002 season. The Lady Monarchs hold a 3-2 edge in the all-time series with the teams meeting once in the post season.

Last Time Vs. Hofstra: The 10th-ranked Hofstra women's lacrosse team needed double overtime to defeat the Old Dominion Lady Monarchs back on April 8, 2005 at Foreman Field as the Pride edged out the Lady Monarchs 9-8. The Pride's Kim Hillier tied the game up in regulation at 7-7 with 1.9 seconds on the clock and Casey McGrath sent home the game-winner with 2:11 left in the day's second overtime. McGrath, who tallied the game winner, and Old Dominion's Katie Veneziale each finished the afternoon with three goals. Tara Buecker was Hofstra's other multiple scorer with two goals, while Ashley Stanwick and Krista Townsend each found the back of the Pride net twice. Old Dominion never trailed in the first half of play and held on a one-goal edge at the half against the nationally ranked Pride, 4-3. Hofstra took over the lead for the first time with 13:37 remaining in regulation. Tara Buecker, off a feed from Jaime Irving, tied the game at 5-5 just two minutes earlier and then McGrath gave the Pride a 6-5 advantage on her first goal of the day. With time winding down, the Lady Monarchs' Stanwick tied the game back up, 6-6, with 5:09 remaining in the second half. Following Stanwick's goal, the Pride collected the draw and raced down field managing a shot on the ODU net. After keeper Michelle Gannon made the save, giving control back to Old Dominion, the Lady Monarchs brought the ball down to the other end of the field and held for a last second shot. With only 12 seconds remaining in regulation, Stanwick scored again, to what looked like would be the game-winning goal and the upset victory over the Pride.. However, Hofstra's Hillier quickly collected the ensuing draw and raced down field to find the back of the Lady Monarch net with only 1.9 seconds left in regulation to force overtime. McGrath collected her second tally of the game to give Hofstra the first goal of the overtime session, but Old Dominion once again managed to tie the game up and force sudden victory overtime. Veneziale shot point-blank at Hofstra keeper Lisa Papa and collected the ball as it ricocheted off her stick. Collecting the groundball, Veneziale found the back of the net and her second attempt to tie the score at 8-8. In sudden victory overtime, it was McGrath's third and final goal that gave the Pride its escape from Forman Field. In net, Old Dominion's Gannon played all 69:39 between the pipes registering a season-high 13 stops. Maisie Osteen recorded one save for the Pride playing the first half, while Lisa Papa took over the net for the second half and overtime to accumulate four saves. Hofstra held the slight edge in groundballs, 33-30. Buecker led the Pride with four, while Caroline Jacobs had a game-high six for the Lady Monarchs. Sarah Wosczyna also scooped up five groundballs in the loss. In draws, the Pride also held the advantage, 16-5, as Hofstra's Caitlin Connolly recorded seven. Old Dominion was led by Jacobs with three.

Next Up: The Lady Monarchs will travel to Williamsburg on Wednesday to close out the 2006 regular season with #13 William & Mary. Game time is 7:00 p.m.