No. 8 Field Hockey Hosts Richmond In Home Opener

September 23, 2004
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Sept. 23, 2004

NORFOLK, Va. -- The eighth ranked Old Dominion field hockey team returns home after a season-opening six-game road trip to begin a four-game home stand. The Lady Monarchs host #12 Richmond on Friday night at 6:00 p.m. in their 2004 home opener and welcome #13 Virginia on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.

The Lady Monarchs will be looking to snap a two-game losing streak that saw Old Dominion drop a 1-0 contest to North Carolina and fall 4-2 to Duke. Old Dominion enters this weekend's match-ups with a 3-3 overall record will all three losses to teams ranked in the top five of this week's STX/NFHCA Division I Coaches' Poll (#1 Maryland, #2 North Carolina, #5 Duke).

The Spiders, ranked 12th, enter Friday evening's contest with a 6-1 overall mark. Richmond's lone loss was a 2-0 setback to then 13th ranked American last weekend. However, the Spiders jumped right back into the win column the following day with a 3-2 victory over CAA member Towson.

Junior midfielder Holly Cram leads the Spiders with eight goals and two assists for 18 points. Classmate Whitney Wells is second in scoring with 11 points off of five goals and an assist. In net, junior Michelle Swartz has played all 490 minutes thus far making 26 saves. She has recorded three shutouts and holds a 1.00 goals against average and a .788 save percentage.

The Lady Monarchs have won all 24 prior meeting with the Spiders. Old Dominion and Richmond met last year in the first round of the NCAA Tournament with former Lady Monarch Angie Loy scoring two first half goals to lead the Lady Monarchs a 4-2 victory. The Lady Monarchs, who were making their 23rd straight NCAA appearance, also got goals from former player Chilly Banuelos and current sophomore Darcy Pinckbeck (Suffolk, Va.). Sophomore Amanda Florio and former Spider Inge van Bogerijen tallied the two goals for Richmond.

Old Dominion and the Cavaliers have met every year since 1976, with the Lady Monarchs owning a 28-9 record in the all-time series and not having dropped a meeting since 1996.

Last season, Old Dominion emerged with a 4-1 victory at Charlottesville. Sophomore Anna Rogers (New Bloomfield, PA.) scored two goals and Loy made two assists. Virginia's lone goal came from current junior Katie Phillips off a penalty corner with five minutes left in the game.

The Cavaliers, ranked 13th, enter Sunday's game with a 6-3 overall and 0-1 ACC mark having defeating James Madison, 3-2, in extra time on Wednesday.

Sophomore Mia Link, who tallied the game winner against the Dukes four minutes into the extra session, leads Virginia with 10 goals and three assists. Junior Allison Flynn enters the match-up second in scoring with 15 points on six goals and three assists. In net, senior Logan Carr has made five starts, including Wednesday's outing against JMU. Carr holds a .667 save percentage and 2.11 goals against average. Sophomore Katherine Blaire has made four starts in the cage for the Cavaliers holding a .735 save percentage and a 2.57 goals against average.

This weekend's home stand is the first of a four-game home stand for the Lady Monarchs. Next weekend Old Dominion kicks off the CAA portion of its schedule hosting conference rivals #19 Hofstra and Drexel.

Admission to all the games this weekend is free.