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Lady Monarchs Host #6 North Carolina In Annual Scholarship Match

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Release: April 11, 2006
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April 11, 2006

Game: Old Dominion vs. #6 North Carolina - Wednesday April 12th - Foreman Field - Norfolk, Va. - 3:00 p.m.

About Old Dominion: The Lady Monarchs had their three-game win streak come to an end last week as they fell to #5 Virginia, #18 James Madison, and George Mason. Last Wednesday, against the Cavaliers, sophomore Kelly Kimener led all ODU scorers with three goals as the Lady Monarchs fell 8-15. Freshman Jessica Noone posted two goals and two assists to finish the game with four points. The Cavaliers took a 4-1 before Old Dominion managed to rally for three goals and tie the game at 4-4 against the nation's fifth-ranked team. Virginia however came back by scoring six unanswered goals, including three in a 37 second span, to go into the half ahead, 9-4. Returning to CAA action on Friday, Old Dominion fell to the Dukes, 8-14 to snap a two-game CAA win streak. Junior Ashley Stanwick added in a hat trick while freshman Lindsey Belle recorded a game-high four draw controls and scooped up five groundballs. The Lady Monarchs then suffered their third straight loss with a 23-11 setback on George Mason on Sunday. Leading the way for the Lady Monarchs were junior Caroline Jacobs and sophomore Kelly Kimener with three goals. Jacobs also registered three assists to finish with a total of six points.

Annual Scholarship Match: The Old Dominion women's lacrosse team will host its annual scholarship lacrosse game on Wednesday, April 12th as they host #6 North Carolina in their final home game of the 2006 season. The $5.00 admission will go to benefit the Intercollegiate Foundation For Women's Lacrosse Scholarships.

A Glance At The Opponent - North Carolina: The Tar Heels enter Wednesday's game with a 9-3 overall mark and 3-1 ACC record. North Carolina has won six of their last seven with the lone setback during that span coming in a double overtime loss to #4 Georgetown, 7-8. The Tar Heels' other two losses have also come against ranked teams with an 8-10 loss to #2 Duke and a 6-7 defeat at the hands of #11 Boston University. Stephanie Scurachio leads North Carolina with 32 points stemming form a team-leading 23 goals and nine assists. Melissa McCarthy is second on the team in scoring with 18 goals and 10 assists for 28 points. In net, Kristen Hordy has started all 12 games posting a 7.08 goals against average and .564 save percentage.

The All-Time Series vs. North Carolina: The Tar Heels have won both meetings with the Lady Monarchs. Wednesday's game will be the third consecutive year these two teams have met.

Last Time Vs. North Carolina: The Lady Monarch women's lacrosse team finished up its 2005 season playing in one of their most competitive match-ups of season dropping a one-goal decision, 8-7, to the ninth-ranked Tar Heels of North Carolina at Fetzer Field back on April 23rd. Caroline Jacobs recorded six of ODU's seven goals for a career-high mark. In the first half, ODU scored the first two goals quickly, leading 2-0 on two goals by Jacobs in the first 5:23 of action. The Tar Heels stormed back, however, scoring five straight goals to go up 5-2. Five different UNC players scored during the 5-0 run: Erica LaGrow, Jess Allen, Christina Juras, Kelly Renzi and Higgins. Two more goals by Jacobs, who had four first-half goals, and one by midfielder Tameka Davis tied the scored at 5-5 with 4:53 left before the break. Chrissy Rude scored an unassisted goal off her own rebound of a free position shot with 0:16 left before halftime. Only four total goals were scored in the second half, the first of which was by Jacobs of ODU to tie the score at 6-6 just 2:06 into the period. It took 13 minutes before the Tar Heels responded as Renzi scored off a Higgins assist to make it 7-6 Tar Heels. Jess Allen's unassisted score with under five minutes left put UNC up by two goals. Jacobs scored her sixth goal of the game with a minute left, but the Lady Monarchs could not tie the score in the final moments after the Tar Heels managed to capture the draw.

In CAA/NCAA Stats: Junior midfielder Caroline Jacobs ranks third in assists per game (1.45), seventh in points per game (3.36), first in groundballs per game (4.09), and tied for second in caused turnovers per game (2.00). Jacobs ranks 27th in assists per game, sixth in groundballs and 12th in caused turnovers nationally. As a team, the Lady Monarchs rank 30th in the nation in draw controls per game averaging 12.36.

Honoring the Seniors: Prior to the start of the game, Old Dominion will honor its six seniors, Melody Shotwell, Sarah Wosczyna, Tameka Davis, Krista Townsend, Sarah Lautenbach, and Michelle Gannon.

Melody Shotwell: Melody Shotwell returned to the turf after suffering an ACL injury to record 19 goals, six assists, and 25 points along with 10 groundballs, 13 draw controls, and five caused turnovers. She tallied a season-high six points from four goals and two assists against Towson, as Old Dominion stopped a seven-game CAA skid to top the 2005 defending CAA champions. In her career, Shotwell has amassed 118 points to rank ninth all-time, 95 goals to rank seventh all-time, and 23 assists to tie for ninth all-time along with former teammate Jennifer Heister.

Sarah Wosczyna: A vital member of the defensive unit the last four season, Sarah Wosczyna has played in every game of her career making 46 starts in her 57 appearances. This season she tied her career-high with five groundball against Temple and has totaled 20 to rank fourth on the squad. Additionally she has caused seven turnovers and recorded four draw controls. Wosczyna has helped Old Dominion hold UMBC, Delaware, and Temple all to single digit scoring.

Tameka Davis: Tameka Davis has been a consistent starting member of the midfield the last two season and has made 42 career appearances with 26 starts. She scored her first collegiate goal in a 13-12 victory over #17 William & Mary as a sophomore and last season registered two assists in a 16-7 victory over UMBC and goals against CAA rival George Mason and #9 North Carolina. This season, Davis has posted seven goals and two assists for nine points. She captured a career-high three point effort in a 10-8 victory over Delaware and won a career-high three draws in the season-opener against Americana and at George Mason as well.

Michelle Gannon: Michelle Gannon has started every game of her career between the pipes having made 505 career saves. As a freshman she tied for the most minutes played by a CAA netminder and made 160 saves, the most by any Old Dominion goalkeeper since 1997. In her sophomore season she posted 142 saves including a career-high 14 stops against #7 Maryland. This season, Gannon is holding a 12.83 goals against average and totaled 87 stops, including 13 against Delaware and 12 against #9 Richmond. She has collected 22 groundballs to rank third on the team.

Krista Townsend: Krista Townsend has made 36 appearances with 16 starts during her four-year career with the Lady Monarchs. She has served as one of the top Lady Monarchs off the bench having collected three goals during her career. Last season she had two goals in an overtime showdown with #10 Hofstra and posted another tally against Drexel. This season Townsend has made six appearances with a groundball against #18 James Madison, and a draw control and caused turnover against #7 Maryland.

Sarah Lautenbach: Sarah Lautenbach has been a three-year member of the Lady Monarchs following her transfer from Sacred Heart. Since joining the Old Dominion squad she has appeared in 36 games and has been a member of the starting line-up in each game the last two seasons. This year, she has posted six goals and four assists for a total of 10 points. Additionally she has scooped up 14 groundballs, won 13 draws, and caused nine turnovers. She had multiple goal effort against 2005 defending CAA champion Towson and collected two points against American, #9 Richmond, and #7 Maryland.

Next Up: Following the match-up with the Tar Heels, the Lady Monarchs return to conference action traveling to Drexel and Hofstra.

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