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Old Dominion, James Madison Advance To CAA Women's Lacrosse Final

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
         
Release: April 26, 2003
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April 26, 2003

NORFOLK, VA -- The two top seeds at the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Women's Lacrosse Championships, #1 Old Dominion and #2 James Madison, advanced to Sunday's championship game for chance for an automatic bid to this year's NCAA Tournament. In first semifinal, Old Dominion downed fourth-seeded Hofstra, 14-10, while in the second semifinal, James Madison defeated third-seeded George Mason, 10-8.

In the first semifinals, the Lady Monarchs' First Team All-CAA honoree Suzanne Wosczyna (Phoenixville, PA) led the way with four goals and two assists. Fellow First Team All-CAA award winner Danielle Hensil (Havertown, PA) poured in three goals and an assist, while sophomore Melody Shotwell (Fairfax Station, VA), junior Erin Lindsey (Audubon, PA), and senior Marlaine Smith (Gaithersburg, MD) each had two goals. Junior Janine Rodriguez (Davidsonville, MD) also added in a goal and an assist in the victory.

Hofstra was led by First Team All-CAA member and Pride leading scorer senior Kathleen Mikowski (New Hyde Park, NY) with four goals. Freshman Becky Thorn (Holbrook, NY) and junior Lindsay Dieringer (Davidsonville, MD) each posted two goals, while freshman Catherine Guerriere (St. James, NY) and sophomore Caitlin Connolly (Baldwinsville, NY) also each reached the back on the net in the loss.

The Pride jumped out to a 1-0 lead less than two minutes into the game on the first of Mikowski's four goals on day, but that would be the last lead Hofstra would hold. Old Dominion quickly tied the game up with 24:07 remaining in the first half off a Shotwell tally and Smith netted back-to-back goals to give the Lady Monarchs the lead for good. The Pride would pull within two, 4-2, off of back-to-back nets by Thorn with 10:15 remaining until intermission, but Old Dominion closed out the half with three unanswered goals to take a 7-3 advantage into the half.

The Lady Monarchs were leading 9-5 in the second half when Hofstra continued to close within two on several occasions. Connolly and Dieringer registered goals within a minute of each other to close the gap, 9-7, with 18:00 minutes left on the clock. Wosczyna helped Old Dominion push its lead back up to three in less than a minute, but Hofstra quickly pulled back within two, 10-8, at the 16:30 mark off Mikowski's fourth and final goal of the afternoon. Lindsey again gave the Lady Monarchs the three goal edge with a point blank goal, which would prove to be the game-winner, but the Pride, 27 seconds later, again pulled within two thanks to an unassisted net by Guerriere. From that point, Old Dominion would score three of the game's four final goals. The Pride's Dieringer closed the gap to, 12-10, with 6:04 remaining, but Rodriguez and Lindsey would reach the back of the Pride net in the final two minutes of the game to seal the victory for the Lady Monarchs.

In net, Hofstra netminder sophomore Lisa Papa (Tampa, FL) registered seven saves, while Old Dominion keeper freshman Michelle Gannon (Delmar, MD) made nine stops in net for the Lady Monarchs.

Mikowski led the game with seven draws, while Smith, the nation's leader in draw controls, led the Lady Monarchs in the category with five. Thorn and Hensil each led their team with six groundballs apiece, while senior midfielder Melissa Hedrick (Fallston, MD) led the Pride with three caused turnovers. Wosczyna led the Lady Monarchs with two caused turnovers.

The second seeded Dukes never trailed in their semifinal match-up against the Patriots. First Team All-CAA honoree Gail Decker (Baltimore, MD) led James Madison with four goals, including two off of free position shots. CAA Player of the Year senior Lisa Staedt (Springfield, PA) and First Team All-CAA performer Jessica Brownridge (Whitby, Ontario) each recorded three points on two goals and assist, while sophomore midfielder Carrie Martel (Glastonbury, CT) rounded out the Duke scoring with two goals.

George Mason was led by the four-goal effort of First Team All-CAA attack Jill Toomey (Syracuse, NY) with four goals. Junior midfielder Stacy Berger (Baltimore, MD) registered three goals, while sophomore attacker Kristy Manas (Harwood, MD) made three assists. Junior midfielder Kristen Olson (Aurora, CO) and sophomore attack Jeannine Ohler (Malvern, PA) recorded a goal and an assist respectively.

The Dukes quickly established a two-goal lead three and half minutes into play, but George Mason minutes later tied the game at 2-2 with 22:16 left in the half. However, James Madison scored three unanswered goals, taking a 5-2 lead and taking control of the advantage for good. Berger stopped the Patriot scoring drought at the 8:17 mark, cutting into the Duke lead, 5-3, but CAA Player of the Year Staedt pushed James Madison's advantage back up to three just two minutes later. Olson and Toomey, on her second goal of the day, scored the final two goals of the half for George Mason, pulling the Patriots within one, 6-5, but the Dukes' Brownridge reached the back of the George Mason net giving the Dukes' a 7-5 lead at the half.

Each team scored three goals in the second half as Decker scored all three of James Madison's goals. Toomey cut the Patriot deficit to one, 7-6, less than two minutes into the second half, but Decker would score three unanswered goals giving the Dukes' a 10-6 advantage midway through the half. Berger scored the Patriots' final goal of the afternoon with 10:50 left in the game, but the James Madison defense would keep George Mason at bay the rest of the way.

In net, First Team All-CAA goalkeeper Meg Dentler (Crofton, MD) made 19 saves, while the Dukes' Livvy King (Cockeysville, MD) recorded eight stops.

Martell scooped up a game-high seven groundball in the Dukes' victory, while senior defender and First Team All-CAA member Paula Priest (Kingsville, MD) led George Mason with five. Priest also led her squad with three caused turnovers, while Decker led her team in the category with two. Decker also registered a game-high five draw controls. The Patriots' Ohler controlled two draws.

The Lady Monarchs advance to their second straight CAA final and fourth overall. The Dukes have made six appearances in the title game over the last seven seasons. The CAA final will take place at noon on Sunday at Foreman Field.

Semifinal One: #1 Old Dominion 14, #4 Hofstra 10

Goals: ODU: Wosczyna (4), Hensil (3), Lindsey (2), Smith (2), Shotwell (2) HU: Mikowski (4), Dieringer (2), Thorn (2), Connolly (1), Guerriere (1)

Assists: ODU: Wosczyna (2), Hensil (1), Rodriguez (1) HU: Hedrick (2), Maget (1), Thorn (1), Wienecke (1)

Saves: ODU: Gannon (9 saves, 10 GA, 60:00 min) HU: Papa (7 saves, 14 GA, 60:00 min)

Shots: ODU (19), HU (18) FPS: ODU (4), HU (2) Groundballs: ODU (23), HU (22) Caused Turnovers: ODU (6), HU (10) Turnovers: ODU (12), HU (7) Draw Controls: ODU (12), HU (14)

Semifinal #2: #2 James Madison 10, #3 George Mason 8

Goals:
JMU:	Decker (4), Brownridge (2), Martell (2), Staedt (2)
GMU:	Toomey (4), Berger (3), Olson (1)

Assists: JMU: Brownridge (1), Chantler (1), Priest (1), Staedt (1) GMU: Manas (3), Ohler (1)

Saves: JMU: King (8 saves, 8 GA, 60:00 min) GMU: Dentler (19 saves, 10 GA, 60:00 min)

Shots: JMU (27), GMU (14) FPS: JMU (5), GMU (4) Groundballs: JMU (29), GMU (24) Caused Turnovers: JMU (4), GMU (9) Turnovers: JMU (9), GMU (11) Draw Controls: JMU (14), GMU (6) Fouls: JMU (10), GMU (8)

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