Lady Monarch Lax Faces #5 Virginia On Wednesday

April 05, 2005
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

April 5, 2005

NORFOLK, Va. -- Both the Old Dominion and Virginia women's lacrosse teams will be looking to return to the win column on Wednesday as the two in-state rivals square off on Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. at Foreman Field.

The Lady Monarchs (3-5, 0-2 CAA) are coming off two straight Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) losses and are looking to return to their winning ways. Old Dominion continues to be led by sophomores Caroline Jacobs (Gaithersburg, Md.) and Ashley Stanwick (Aquasco, Md.). Jacobs has registered 15 goals, 12 assists, and 27 points. Additionally, she is posts a team-leading 13 caused turnovers. She ranks third in the CAA in assists (1.50 apg) and seventh in point (3.38 ppg). Meanwhile, Stanwick has a team-leading 19 goals and is second on the squad in points with 22. Her stats put her seventh in the conference in goals per contest (2.38 gpg).

Sophomore Katie Veneziale (Downingtown, Pa.) continues to lead the Lady Monarchs in draw controls, ranking 12th nationally in the category last week. Additionally, she is scooping up a team-leading 23 groudnballs per game.

The Cavaliers (7-2, 2-1 ACC) had their five-game win streak snapped on Saturday with a 12-16 loss to #12 Duke. Virginia's other loss of the season ame at the hand of then top ranked Penn State in the second game of the season. The Cavaliers and Lady Monarchs have several common opponents on this year's slate. Virginia upended Maryland, 15-8, Richmond, 11-5, William & Mary, 16-7, and Jame Madison, 8-6.

On the stat sheet, All-American and Lacrosse Magazine Preseason Player of the Year, Amy Appelt, leads the way with 41 points from 22 goals and 19 assists. To date, Appelt has recorded four hat tricks. Last season, the Lady Monarch defense held Appelt, who was leading the nation in scoring at the time, to only three goals.

Second to Appelt is junior attacker Tyler Leachman. Leachman has 32 goals and an assist along with six hat tricks under her belt.

In net, Ginger Miles has racked up 84 saves in the nine games thus far for the Cavaliers posting a .580 save percentage and 7.57 goals against average. Kendall McBrearty has seen limited minutes, but has 12 saves, a 7.44 goals against average, and a .600 save percentage in her 64 minutes between the pipes.

After Wednesday's match-up with the Cavaliers, the Lady Monarchs return to action this weekend in two conference contests. Old Dominion hosts #10 Hofstra on Friday at 3:00 p.m. and Drexel on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. Sunday's contest against the Dragons will be the annual scholarship game with the five dollar admission going to benefit the Intercollegiate Foundation for Lacrosse Scholarships. Additionally, at the conclusion of the game against the Dragons, the Lady Monarchs along with the Hampton Roads Chapter of the U.S. Lacrosse will be hosting a clinic for girls interested in lacrosse and improving their skills. For more information, log on to