Lady Monarch Lax Short Of The Upset: Fall 7-6 To No. 19/20 Delaware In Sudden Victory Overtime
By ODU Athletics
April 15, 2007
NEWARK, Del. -- The Old Dominion women's lacrosse team fell in sudden victory overtime, 7-6, to No. 20 (IWLCA)/19 (Inside Lacrosse) Delaware on a cold and rainy afternnon at Rullo Stadium. For the third straight game, a Lady Monarch contest has been decided by a goal.
The loss drops the Lady Monarchs to 5-6 and 2-2 in Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) play. All six ODU losses have come at the hands of teams ranked in the polls. The Fightin' Blue Hens meanwhile improve to 8-4 overall and 4-1 in league play.
Delaware's Courtney Aburn put away the game-winner 37 seconds into the second overtime session after the Blue Hens captured the draw control after a scoreless first session overtime put the teams into a sudden victory situation.
Old Dominion started off the game rattling off four unanswered goals all coming from the sticks of different Lady Monarch attackers. Junior Kelly Kimener (Oakton, Va.), seniors Caroline Jacobs (Gaithersburg, Md.) and Katie Veneziale (Downingtown, Pa.), and sophomore Jessica Noone (Manassas, Va.) all found the back of the Delaware pipes for the 4-0 ODU lead.
Delaware did not break onto the scoreboard until the 7:19 mark of the first half and would collect two goals to enter the half with the Lady Monarchs ahead 4-2.
In the second half, it would be Delaware outscoring Old Dominion 4-2. Senior Ashley Stanwick (Aquasco, Md.) put the Lady Monarchs ahead 5-2 just minutes into the second stanza, but less than a minute later Delaware started a 4-0 rally. The fourth and final goal of the Fightin' Blue Hen run by Debbie Sloan tied the game at 5-5 with 16:33 left in regulation.
Kimener, with her second goal of the afternoon and the only Lady Monarch to score more than once in the game, had an unassisted tally to put Old Dominion ahead 6-5 with 11:14 left in the second half.
A mere 34 seconds later Delaware tied the game up. Casey McCrudden tied the game back up at 6-6 as the clock read 10:40 left. Neither team would score the rest of the way setting up the dramatic finish.
Delaware outshot Old Dominion 31-18 and held an 11-6 advantage in draw controls. Veneziale led the way with three draws. The Lady Monarchs did collected 15 groundsballs as compared to the Blue Hen's 13. Sophomore Lindsey Belle (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) scooped up four for the Lady Monarchs.
In net, junior Sara Larson (Sylvan Lake, Mich.) posted six saves including a crucial stop on a Delaware free position with less than a minute remaining in the second half. Additionally, Larson recorded three groundballs. Her counterpart, Jessica Cerveny made five saves for Delaware.
The Lady Monarchs return to action on Thursday, April 19th at #7 James Madison at 3:00 p.m in Harrisonburg.