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LAX Heads To Towson For Regular Season Finale

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Release: April 16, 2003
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April 16, 2003

NORFOLK, VA -- The Old Dominion women's lacrosse team will head to Towson University for a showdown with the Tigers on Friday to close out the 2003 regular season. The #18 Lady Monarchs boast a league leading 6-0 CAA mark and are 10-3 overall heading into the regular season finale.

The Lady Monarchs will be looking to capture a perfect 7-0 conference mark with a win over the Tigers. If Old Dominion should emerge victorious, it will be the second time in school history they have finished the regular season with a perfect mark. The Lady Monarch squad of 1993 also accomplished that feat going 6-0 in CAA play before losing to Loyola in the finals of the CAA Tournament.

Old Dominion is led by CAA leading scorer Suzanne Wosczyna (Phoenixville, PA) who is averaging 6.44 points, 3.67 goals, and 2.78 assists per game. In nine appearances, Wosczyna has totaled 58 points on 33 goals and 25 assists. Also joining Wosczyna upfront are sophomore Melody Shotwell (Fairfax Station, VA) and senior Danielle Hensil (Havertown, PA). Shotwell enters the game ranked 15th in the nation in goals per game and has 35 goals and seven assist for 42 points. Shotwell ranks sixth in the CAA in scoring and third in goals per game. Hensil comes into Friday's game with 32 goals and eight assists for 40 points. She currently ranks 10 in the league in scoring and seventh in goals per game.

CAA Rookie of the Week Michelle Gannon (Delmar, MD) will be the last line of defense for the Lady Monarchs. The rookie netminder is posting a .485 save percentage and is alllowing 10.85 goals per game.

Senior Marlaine Smith (Gaithersburg, MD) continues to lead not only the conference and team in draw controls averaging 4.46 per game, but the nation as well.

The Tigers enter Friday's match-up with a 7-5 overall and 1-4 CAA mark. Towson on Tuesday snapped a two game losing streak with a 10-9 victory over UMBC. The Tigers are led by freshman Becky Trumbo, who has 32 goals and eight assists for 40 points on the year. Second leading scorer Stephanie Howell (26 points, 24 goals, two assists) leads the squad in draw controls and is third in the conference averaging 3.73 per contest. Junior Jessica O'Connell has played the entire time in net, compiling .482 save percentage and 9.83 goals against average.

Following Friday's contest, the Lady Monarchs will look to the CAA Championships that will be held in Norfolk at Foreman Field. Old Dominion locked up the first seed by defeating Delaware, 12-11, last weekend. The second seed will go to the winner of this week's contest between James Madison and Delaware. James Maddison has already clinched a playoff spot, while the Fightin' Blue Hens have not. If JMU loses to Delaware, the Bukes are the #3 seed and Hofstra is #4. If JMU defeats Delaware, the Dukes are #2 and Delaware will be #3 if they then defeated George Mason or if George Mason loses to Drexel prior to that. If Delaware, Hofstra, and George Mason finish in a three-way tie for third in the CAA, the fourth possible tiebreaker would be necessary in which CAA Commissioner Tom Yeager would determine which teams qualify for the CAA Championhip as the third and fourth seeds via coin flip.

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