HISTORIC WIN: Lady Monarchs Win First Ever Against #9 Cavaliers, 13-10
April 1, 2009
NORFOLK, Va. -- The Old Dominion Lady Monarchs (6-2) posted its first ever win over the University of Virginia today, with a 13-10 victory against the ninth ranked Cavaliers. ODU and Virginia have played at least once every season since 1980, with Virginia taking the previous 32 games. It was the first win over a nationally ranked team since 2004 and the largest margin of victory over a top ten team in school history. Rookie Lisa Bernardini led the way, with four goals and one assist, while junior Ashley Kellogg also added four goals.
Old Dominion spotted Virginia a 3-0 lead in the first five minutes as the Cavaliers looked to dominate early. However, ODU scored six of the next seven to take a 6-4 lead behind an impressive hat trick from Ashley Kellogg.
Junior Saratu Dodo, senior Kelly Kimener and freshman Lisa Bernardini also scored in the run. Virginia would answer with a pair right before the end of the half though, to tie it up at six apiece headed into the locker room. Brittany Kalkstein scored with just 15 seconds remaining in the half for UVA.
The Lady Monarchs hung in during the first half, matching UVA shot-for-shot while controlling the loose ball better, nine ground balls to six. Redshirt freshman Sarah Geary impressed, with seven saves in the frame, but Geary would really earn the win later in the game.
ODU, like the Cavaliers in the first half, ran out to a 3-0 start in the second and this time, never looked back. Fifth year senior Kelly Kimener, who has witnessed four of the 32 losses to the Cavaliers, scored two of the three to start the second and put ODU up 9-6.
Bernardini and Kellogg would answer Virginia's next two scores to maintain the three-goal lead and the rookie midfielder scored her fourth goal with 12:37 remaining to extend the lead to four. Blair Weymouth scored just 27 seconds later to cut the lead back to three, but ODU would hold the ball for much of the remained and would get another insurance goal from freshman Sarah Wright, off an assist from Bernardini.
The assist gave Bernardini five points in the game, for a career-high tying total. She also had four goals and an assist against Richmond earlier this season.
Geary, as mentioned, was stellar in the second half, despite only having to make five saves. The rookie goalkeeper stepped up starting with 17:08 remaining as ODU boasted a three-goal lead. Geary and Dodo combined for a save on a shot from point blank range after a Cavalier attacker beat her defender from the left side.
Geary would have to make back-to-back saves with about five minutes remaining as Whitaker Hagerman missed low with 4:52 remaining and Geary stopped Jenny Hauser's free-position attempt with 4:@2 remaining. Virginia got another 8-meter attempt with just 2:36 remaining and Geary again stood tall against Hagerman who shot from the top of the arc.
The senior defensive unit for ODU, Lindsey Belle, Erica Erb, Jordan McKeon and Brittany Washko combined for four caused turnovers and seven ground balls. Geary led the way for ODU in goal with three caused turnovers and five ground balls.
The ten goals allowed was the fewest since the 1999 game where ODU fell to third ranked Virginia by a final of 3-4. It is the first win for the program against the Cavaliers, with the two teams playing eachother since 1980 when Old Dominion first started women's lacrosse.
Virginia was led by Weymouth, with three goals, and Hauser, with two goals and two assists. Hauser had five draws while Kaitlin Duff caused three turnovers and scooped three ground balls.
ODU held Virginia to 10 goals or less for just the fourth time this season, while ODU improved to 4-0 at home and 4-0 when the Lady Monarchs score 13 goals or more.
The Lady Monarchs kick off the Colonial Athletic Association schedule this weekend with a pair of road games in the league. ODU will face Delaware on Friday, April 3 at 3:00 pm and then head to Towson for a 1:00 pm tilt against Towson on Sunday, April 5.