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ODU Suffers Double Overtime Loss to Hokies, 11-10

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Release: March 28, 2009
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March 28, 2009

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BLACKSBURG, Va. - The ODU Lady Monarchs (5-2) suffered a heartbreaking double overtime loss to the Virginia Tech Hokies (5-7) in women's lacrosse action on the road today, 11-10. The game was a battle, back and forth the entire way and wasn't decided until the 66:21 mark, as Hokie freshman Jessica Nonn scored her fourth goal of the game in the sudden victory overtime. ODU was led by seniors Jessica Noone and Kelly Kimener, each scoring three goals in the setback.

The Hokies took the lead early, going up 3-0, behind an early hat trick from Jessica Nonn. Junior Saratu Dodo got the Lady Monarchs on the board with a free-position goal at the 18:40 mark. Seniors Kelly Kimener and Jessica Noone would then tie it up for the Lady Monarchs with a pair of unassisted goals in the next 10 minutes. Kimener scored from the right side to pull the Lady Monarchs within one, and Noone scored on a nice wrap-around goal with 8:05 remaining to tie it up at three.

The Hokies would call a timeout and score just one minute later on an unassisted goal from Caitlyn Wier. Wier looked like she was going to pull it out and set up the offense but then turned and scored on a quick shot to put Tech back up, 4-3. The score would remain 4-3 headed into the locker room, with the Hokies outshooting ODU, 20-10.

In the second half, the teams battled to a 9-9 tie, with ODU scoring three goals early, Tech answering with a 5-1 run, and the Lady Monarchs tying it up with two goals in the final ten minutes.

The three early ODU goals came in a flurry, within just three minutes of eachother. Rookie Lisa Bernardini tied the game back up in the 36th minute of play with an unassisted goal. Then, Kimener gave ODU its first lead just under two minutes later as she spun around the crease and bounced one through the keeper's legs. Noone scored her second of the game on a free-position attempt a moment later and the Lady Monarchs took the 6-4 lead. Dodo, Nicole McMahon and Noone scored the other ODU goals to tie the game at nine with 9:48 remaining.

With the score tied at nine apiece, ODU controlled the ball on an Erica Erb deflection and Jessica Capra ground ball with 5:56 remaining and held possession until there was under one minute remaining. Virginia Tech, though, intercepted a pass with just over 30 seconds remaining and looked to push the other way. Garner tried to float a pass into the scoring area, but Kimener got her stick on it and deflected it, looking like ODU would retain possession. A foul was called though, awarding the Hokies a free-position shot with just 23 seconds remaining.

Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Sarah Geary faced Virginia Tech's Jessica Nonn for the shot from the center of the 8-meter arc. Nonn, who had three goals earlier in the game, fired a shot to the rookie keeper but was denied and Kimener recovered the groundball. ODU was unable to get anything with the remaining 15 seconds and the game went into overtime.

In the first overtime period, Culp put VT ahead with a laser from 9 meters out, but the Lady Monarchs would answer on a close-range shot from Nicole McMahon off a pass from Bernardini. With the score still tied at the end of two 3 minute halves, the game went into a sudden victory double overtime period. Virginia Tech won the draw and pushed immediately, with leading scorer Rachel Culp finding Nonn open in the center of the scoring area for the game-winning goal.

Kimener and Noone led the way for ODU, with three goals apiece, while Dodo had two goals and Lisa Bernardini had one and an assist. Geary made 14 saves in the game for ODU, marking her third straight double-digit game in saves as she played the full 66:21. She falls to 5-2 this season with the loss.

Virginia Tech was led by a trio of four-point scorers in Rachel Culp (2g, 2a), Dylan Garner (1g, 3a) and Jessica Nonn (4g). Kari Morrison played the full game in net and made 8 saves while allowing ten goals.

ODU returns home to face another ACC opponent on Wednesday, April 1, playing host to the University of Virginia Cavaliers.

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