Richmond Hands Women's LAX First Loss Of Season

March 17, 2004
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

March 17, 2004

Box Score

NORFOLK, VA (March 17, 2004) -- Behind five goals and three assists from the Spiders' Polly Purcell, the Richmond Spiders handed the Old Dominion women's lacrosse team its first loss of the 2004 season, 15-6, on Wednesday afternoon on a cloudy Foreman Field.

Old Dominion, who won its first two games of the year, falls to 2-1 on the year, while Richmond wins its third straight to improve to 3-2 on the young season.

The Spiders struck first with Allison scoring four and half minutes into the contest. However, Old Dominion's leading scorer Suzanne Wosczyna (Phoenixville, PA) had a hand in the next two goals to help put the Lady Monarchs up 2-1. Wosczyna had an unassisted tally and then found teammate Erin Lindsey (Audubon, PA) while in a scramble in front of the Spider cage. Richmond, however, would score five unanswered goals and leave the Lady Monarchs scoreless during the next 16 minutes, as they took the lead for good. Old Dominion managed just one more score in the half, netted by junior attacker Melody Shotwell (Fairfax Station, VA), to enter the half down 7-3.

Richmond outscored the Lady Monarchs 8-3 in the second half, with Purcell registering four of the Spiders' eight goals. Old Dominion netted the first goal of the half, a Janine Rodriguez (Davidsonville, MD) tally from Wosczyna, to cut the deficit to three, 7-4, with 26:29 left in the game. The Spiders struck back though on a Purcell goal to push Richmond back up to a four-point lead. Reserve Ashley Stanwick (Aquasco, MD) helped her team again cut the deficit to three less than two minutes later, but Richmond would proceed to outscore the Lady Monarchs 7-1 over the final 22 minutes. Old Dominion was held scoreless for 17 minutes as the Spiders racked up three unanswered goals and then poured in four more goals over the final three minutes of the contest.

Wosczyna led the Lady Monarchs with two goals and three assists. Wosczyna and freshman Caroline Jacobs (Gaithersburg, MD) each recorded three groundballs in the loss, while Jacobs also collected a team-high two caused turnovers.

The Spiders were led by the five-goal, three-assist effort by Purcell. Nuzzi, Allison Nuzzi, Libby Berlacher, and Kristen Habicht each recorded three points on the afternoon. Habicht scooped up seven groundballs in the victory, while Nuzzi and Habicht each registered four draws apiece.

In net Jackie Swansburg made eight saves in the victory for Richmond, while Old Dominion's Michelle Gannon (Delmar, MD) made ten stops in the loss.

The Lady Monarchs return to action on Saturday when they travel to powerhouse Maryland for 1:00 p.m. match-up.