Lady Monarch Lacrosse Sets Sights On CAA Championship

April 18, 2002
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

April 18, 2002

RICHMOND, VA -- The Old Dominion women's lacrosse team will serve as the number two seed at the 2002 Colonial Athletic Association Women's Lacrosse Championship, to be held this weekend, April 19-21, at Cary Street Field in Richmond. The Lady Monarchs receive a first round bye and will open up tournament action against the winner of Friday's quarterfinal game of #3 James Madison/#6 Hofstra on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.

A team must finish in the top-6 of the nine-team league to qualify for the tournament. Loyola went undefeated through conference play with an 8-0 mark and earned the top seed. The Greyhounds have a first round bye and will take on the winner of Friday's contest between fourth-seeded William & Mary and fifth-seeded George Mason. The Patriots and Tribe each finished with a 4-4 league record, but W&M won the tiebreaker because they beat GMU head-to-head. The Loyola-WM/GMU tilt will be Saturday at 3:00 p.m.

Also earning a first round bye was second seed Old Dominion, which finished with a 6-2 CAA record. The Pride, who finished in a three-way tie for the sixth spot with Towson and Delaware, earned the nod due to CAA tiebreaking procedures.

The semifinal winners will square off in Sunday's Championship game at 1:00 p.m. The champion will receive an automatic bid to the 16-team NCAA Tournament.

The Lady Monarchs finished the 2002 regular season with a 12-4 overall mark, the most wins ever by Old Dominion. They are led by sophomore Suzanne Wosczyna (Phoniexville, PA) who currently ranks second in the country in points per game (5.88). She has tallied 94 points on 52 goals and 42 assists. Senior Jennifer Heister (Fayetteville, NY) and junior Danielle Hensil (Havertown, PA) will also lead the attack with 51 and 58 points respectively. On the defense, the Lady Monarchs will look to senior Kendra Finger (Boyertown, PA) and Brooke Thomas (Whiteford, MD) to stop the opponent attack. Netminder Beth O'Leary (Manlius, NY) will serve as the last line of defense, ranking 14th in the nation in goals against average (8.63).