Field Hockey Edges #14 Delaware, 3-2
By ODU Athletics
Oct. 10, 2004
NEWARK, Del. -- The eighth ranked Old Dominion field hockey team used three goals in the second half, including two goals by sophomore forward Katie Claxton (Va. Beach, Va.), to edge out #14 Delaware, 3-2, at Rullo Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The victory extends the Lady Monarchs winning streak to six games.
The Lady Monarchs improved to 9-3 overall and 4-0 in Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) play. The Fightin' Blue Hens fell in their second CAA match, after falling 3-2 to #16 William & Mary on Friday night, dropping to 8-6 overall and 2-2 in CAA action.
Delaware struck first and headed into the half with a 1-0 lead. Senior forward Lauren Carr found the back of the Lady Monarch net 27 minutes into the first half off a pass from sophomore forward Stephanie Swain.
Three minutes into the second half of play, Old Dominion tied the score at 1-1. Sophomore midfielder Caroline Nichols (Va. Beach, Va.) tied the game up at the 38 minute mark off a penalty corner set up by fellow classmate Dana Sensenig (Denver, Pa.). Ten minutes later, Old Dominion took its first lead of the game, 2-1, as Claxton tallied her first goal of the afternoon. Sophomore Darcy Pinchbeck (Suffolk, Va.) was credited with the assist.
Delaware struck back five minutes later at the 53 minute mark to knot the score at 2-2. With 16:38 remaining in the game, Swain put away her first goal of the 2004 season.
The Lady Monarch second half surge continued though. Blue Hen goalkeeper Megan Allen, a product from nearby Kempsville High School, stopped a fast break late in the second half that resulted in an Old Dominion penalty shot. Despite the shot going wide, Old Dominion regained the lead for good moments later as Claxton posted her second goal of the game with 12:47 remaining.
Old Dominion goalkeeper Mary Cate Gordon (Oreland, Pa.) posted three saves in the victory. Allen made four stops in net for Delaware.
The Lady Monarchs outshot the Blue Hens, 10-6, while both teams had three penalty corners apiece.
The Old Dominion field hockey team returns to action next weekend as they close out home-and-home series with Maryland and Duke. The Lady Monarchs face the fifth ranked Terps on Friday, October 15 at 6:00 p.m. and host the fourth ranked Blue Devils on Sunday, October 17 at 1:00 p.m. Admission to the games is free.