Women's Lacrosse Opens CAA Action Against Towson

March 30, 2006
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

March 30, 2006

Game: Friday, March 31 - Old Dominion vs. Towson - Foreman Field - Norfolk, Va. - 4:00 p.m.

About Old Dominion: The Lady Monarchs enter Friday's game with a 3-3 record fresh off a thrilling 12-11 victory over Rutgers on Monday afternoon. Friday's game with the Towson Tigers will mark the 2006 CAA opener for Old Dominion. The Lady Monarchs are 10-4 all-time in CAA openers. Entering the game, junior Caroline Jacobs leads ODU on the stat sheet with 10 goals and 10 assists for 20 points. Both sophomore Kelly Kimener, senior Melody Shotwell, and junior Ashley Stanwick lead the team with 12 goals. Kimener, who only played four games all last season and has appeared in six this season, has racked up a total of 15 points, while Shotwell is close behind with 14 total points. Stanwick is right behind Shotwell with 13 points on the year. In goal, senior Michelle Gannon is posting a 11.63 goals against average and a .414 save percentage having made all six starts in 2006.

A Glance At The Opponent - Towson: The 2005 Colonial Athletic Association Tournament Champions, the Towson Tigers enter Friday with a 4-4 overall mark and 1-0 record in league action. The Tigers defeated Delaware, 16-13, in their CAA opener and are coming off a 9-10 loss to #9 Richmond last Sunday. Towson is led by junior attacker Shannon Witzel with 34 points from 27 goals and seven assists. Second on the stat sheet is senior midfielder Becky Trumbo, who has poured in 18 goals and nine assists for 27 points on the year. Mandy Corry has been between the pipe through the first eight games of the Tigers' season. To date, Corry is averaging a .503 save percentage and 10.19 goals against average.

The All-Time Series vs. Towson: The all-time series between the two Colonial Athletic Association rivals is 2-2. The Tigers won the last two meetings, a 10-5 win in Maryland last season and a 19-15 decision at Foreman Field in 2004. Old Dominion won the first two meetings, a 15-7 victory in Maryland in their first ever meeting back in 2002, and a 14-8 win also up in Maryland in 2003.

Last Time Vs. Towson: No. 18 Towson University held Old Dominion to one goal in the second half to pull out a 10-5 win over the Lady Monarchs back on April 17,m 2005 at Johnny Unitas Stadium. Towson jumped out to an early 3-0 lead after Becky Trumbo scored just 1:33 into the game off a pass from Shannon Witzel. Amy Middleton and Witzel posted Towson's second and third goals on a pair of free position attempts at 22:43 and 21:52, respectively. But Old Dominion battled back, netting three straight goals of its own to knot the score at three apiece. Ashley Stanwick scored the first of her three goals on the afternoon with 16:49 remaining in the half. Katie Veneziale was credited with the assist. Caroline Jacobs scored unassisted for the Lady Monarchs at 11:31, and Stanwick and Veneziale teamed up again to record ODU's third goal a little over a minute later. The score remained tied for exactly three minutes until Trumbo put the Tigers up for good with 7:37 remaining in the first with an unassisted goal. Middleton netted her second of the game at 4:50 to push Towson's lead to 5-3 before ODU's Stanwick struck again to complete her hat trick with 1:01 left in the first. Tiger Kendie Bauer recorded her second goal of the season with 14 seconds to go before the break to give Towson a 6-4 lead. The Tigers clamped down on defense in the second half, and ODU scored only one goal in 30 minutes while committing 11 turnovers. Senior Erin Cayea started the second half scoring at 13:44 when she converted on a free position attempt to put Towson up 7-4. ODU's Veneziale scored at 10:25 on a free position shot. Cayea scored again at 6:48 to make it 8-5, and Witzel recorded two goals in the final five minutes to round off Towson's scoring.

Next Up: Old Dominion will have a day off to prepare for the Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens who enter Foreman Field on Sunday, April 2nd.