Lady Monarch Lax Falls 14-7 At No. 9/7 James Madison
By ODU Athletics
April 19, 2007
HARRISONBURG, Va. -- The Old Dominion women's lacrosse team fell to #9 (IWLCA)/7 (Inside Lacrosse) James Madison, 14-7, in Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) on Thursday afternoon at the JMU Field Hockey/Soccer Complex. The Lady Monarchs were led by Jessica Noone (Manassas, Va.) who led the squad with two goals.
The loss drops Old Dominion to 5-7 overall and 2-3 in CAA action. The ranked Dukes meanwhile improve to 11-2 overall and remained undefeated in league action at 4-0.
Although the Lady Monarchs were outscored by seven goals, the team was pretty even with their opponent. Old Dominion outshot James Madison 28-23 and was slighty edged in groundballs, 19-16, and draw controls, 12-11. However, James Madison Kelly Wetzel netmider managed 14 stops in between the pipes, while ODU's Sara Larson (Sylvan Lake, Mich.) made just four saves.
The game began with James Madison taking a 4-0 lead and a 7-3 halftime advantage. The Lady Monarchs finally got onto the board with 19:07 left in the first half on Noone's first goal of the afternoon. Following Noone's goal, the Dukes scored two more times to up their advantage to 6-1 with 16:06 on the clock.
Senior midfielder Caroline Jacobs (Gaithersburg, Va.) notched ODU's second goal of the day, but it was followed by two straight goals by James Madison's Annie Wagner within a minute's span. Wagner's second goal gave the Dukes a 7-2 edge with 8:18 left in the half.
Noone collected her second goal of the game with 2:33 left in the opening stanza pulling the Lady Monarch to within four at intermission.
Freshman Ashley Kellogg (Downingtown, Pa.) scored less than two minutes into second half action and managed to whittle the Duke lead to three. However, once again James Madison responded with two tallies and took a 9-4 advantage with 20:21 left in the game.
Old Dominion did not go away and 22 seconds later scored. Junior Kelly Kimener (Oakton, Va.) connected on a free position shot and saw her goal followed with another Lady Monarch tally exactly a minute later. This time it was senior Katie Veneziale (Downingtown, Pa.) with the score, closing the gap to 9-6 with 18:59 remaining.
James Madison scored five of the game's next six goals. Following the Veneziale tally, the Dukes rattled off four unanswered goals. The lone Old Dominion goal during the span came from the stick of Alana Beck (Carle Place, N.Y.) at the 5:04 mark. The goal was Beck's first career goal as a Lady Monarch.
The Lady Monarchs return home to Foreman Field on Sunday, April 22nd at 1:00 p.m. as they take on George Mason in their annual scholarship game. The five dollar admission (admission is free for all ODU students with ID) will go towards benefitting the Intercollegiate Foundation for Women's Lacrosse Scholarships. Additionally, the Hampton Roads Chapter of US Lacrosse will host a clinic following the game with the Patriots.