Lady Monarch Lax Travels To #5 Virginia

April 04, 2006
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

April 4, 2006

Game: Wednesday, April 5 - Old Dominion at #5 Virginia - University Hall Turf Field - Charlottesville, Va. - 7:00 p.m.

About Old Dominion: The Old Dominion Lady Monarchs enter this week on a three-game winning streak having collected a non-conference win over Rutgers and two conference victories over 2005 CAA champion, Towson, and Delaware. The Lady Monarchs currently stand at 5-3 overall and 2-0 in CAA play. Last Monday, Old Dominion snapped a three-game losing streak as sophomore Kelly Kimener grabbed three goals and two assists to lead the team to a one-goal 12-11 win over Rutgers. Old Dominion improved to an 8-4 all time record against the Scarlet Knights, having beat Rutgers in their last five meetings. The Lady Monarch followed by upsetting last season's conference champions in another one-goal victory. The 13-12 win also snapped a seven-game CAA losing streak dating back to last season. Senior Sarah Lautenbach came through with the game-winning goal with less than five minutes remaining in regulation off a feed from fellow classmate Melody Shotwell. Shotwell went on to finish the afternoon with four goals and two assists. Junior Caroline Jacobs collected three goals and two assists, while Lautenbach and freshman Jessica Noone rounded out the Lady Monarchs' multiple scorers. Trailing by a goal with under eight minutes to play, Old Dominion scored twice and held Towson away from the net. Shotwell was able to find the open Lady Monarch on both goals, feeding Jacobs to tie the game with 7:38 and then Lautenbach with 4:28 remaining. The Lady Monarchs then put together back-to-back conference wins, their most CAA victories in two seasons, with a 10-8 win over Delaware. Although Delaware struck first in the game, Old Dominion would hold the Blue Hens scoreless the rest of the half and rattle off five unanswered goals for a 5-1 halftime lead. Senior Tameka Davis got the rally started to tie the game at 1-1 with just under 20 minutes remaining and then less than 20 seconds later, junior Caroline Jacobs gave Old Dominion the lead for good. Kimener, Jacobs, and Davis all had three goals for the Lady Monarchs, while in net, senior Michelle Gannon posted a season-high 13 saves to help preserve the victory.

Making An Appearance In The Polls: The Lady Monarch women's lacrosse team made an appearance in the IWLCA Poll this week receiving four votes.

Honored Lady Monarchs: Junior midfielder Caroline Jacobs was named the CAA Co-Player of the Week for the week ending April 2nd. Jacobs, a junior midfielder led Old Dominion to a 3-0 week, including a 2-0 mark in the CAA, with eight goals, three assists, and 11 points along with 11 groundballs and seven caused turnovers. She collected five points from three goals and two assists as Old Dominion defeated 2005 defending CAA champion Towson last Friday, 13-12. She followed with three goals and six groundballs in Old Dominion's second CAA victory of the year, a 10-8 win over Delaware. She also added two goals and an assist in a 12-11 win over Rutgers. Additionally, sophomore Kelly Kimener was named to the's Honor Roll. Kimener notched seven goals, and four assists for 11 points in the 3-0 ODU week. She nabbed the game-winner in last Sunday's 10-8 victory over Delaware.

On A Roll: Old Dominion's three-game win streak is currently the longest win streak for the Lady Monarchs in the last two seasons. Additionally, the Lady Monarchs, who were picked last in the CAA Preseason Poll, have already notched two conference wins, the most since the 2003 season.

In CAA/NCAA Stats: Junior midfielder Caroline Jacobs ranks third in assists per game (1.50), seven in points per game (3.50), second in groundballs per game (3.88), and fourth in caused turnovers per game (2.00). Jacobs ranks 10th in groundballs and 13th in caused turnovers nationally. Junior midfielder Katie Veneziale ranks fifth in draw controls per game (2.62), which puts her 32nd in the country.

A Glance At The Opponent - Virginia: The Cavaliers enter Wednesday's game with a 10-2 overall and a 2-1 ACC record. Virginia has played nine ranked opponents to date and come into the match riding a four-game win streak which includes an 11-10 victory over #2 Duke in their last outing. The Cavaliers' losses have both been by one goal and have come from the hands of #7 North Carolina (9-10) and Richmond (7-8), who vaulted into the nation's Top 10 after the victory. On the stat sheet, the Cavaliers are led by rookie attacker Blair Weymouth with 32 goals, 17 points, and 49 total points followed by senior attacker Tyler Leachman with 33 goals, 15 assists, and 48 points. Senior midfielder Nikki Lieb follows with 17 goals, eight assists, and 25 points. In net, senior Ginger Miles has seen a majority of the action between the pipes holding a 7.56 goals against average and a .480 save percentage.

The All-Time Series vs. Virginia: Virginia holds the all-time series record between the intra-state rivals with a 27-1 record. The lone Lady Monarch victory in the series came in ODU's first varsity season back in 1980.

Last Time Vs. Virginia: Ashley Stanwick scored the Lady Monarchs' lone goal of the afternoon off a feed from classmate Caroline Jacobs in the Old Dominion women's lacrosse team's 20-1 loss to #5 Virginia back on April 6th. In all, nine different Cavaliers reached the back of the Lady Monarch net led by Kate Breslin with four goals. Megan Havrilla also added three tallies in the victory. The Cavaliers outshot the Lady Monarchs 32-8 and held the edge in draw controls, 14-10, and groundballs, 22-14.

Next Up: Following Old Dominion's appearance in Charlottesville, the Lady Monarchs return to CAA action. The Lady Monarchs return home to host #18 James Madison on Friday and then hit the road again, traveling to George Mason on Sunday.