Women's Lax Triumphs Over #20 Richmond

March 12, 2003
By ODU Athletics

March 12, 2003

RICHMOND, VA - The University of Richmond fell to 0-3 on the year as the Old Dominion women's lacrosse team defeated the Spiders 12-10 this afternoon at Crenshaw Field. The Spiders held an 8-7 advantage at halftime but the Lady Monarchs held Richmond to just two goals in the second period.

The Monarchs were led by senior Melody Shotwell's (Fairfax Station, VA) seven goals, including the game-winning score with just over four minutes remaining.

Seven players scored for the Spiders with juniors Polly Purcell (Ellicott City, Md.) and Libby Berlacher (Villanova, Pa.) and freshman Caroline McGuire (Darien, Ct.) each tallying two a piece.

The Spiders jumped to a 3-1 advantage after scoring two goals in a span of three seconds. Libby Berlacher contributed her first goal of the afternoon at the 6:24 mark and on the ensuing draw, Caroline McGuire gained possession and raced down the field to put the ball in the net. The Monarchs got within one off Shotwell's first tally but Richmond scored three unanswered goals and held onto a 6-2 advantage.

Richmond net the margin at 7-3 but the Monarchs scored the next four goals, including three from Shotwell, to knot the game at 7-7. For Richmond, Polly Purcell responded 20 seconds later and set the halftime score at 8-7.

In second half action, with the score tied at 10-10, Shotwell scored her sixth goal of the afternoon to give ODU the one-point edge at the 55:55 mark. The Spiders were unable to convert on the offensive end and Shotwell's final goal with :15 on the clock sealed the Monarchs victory.

The Lady Monarchs return to action in their first CAA contest as they host George Mason at Foreman Field on Friday.

Scoring Summary

1st 2nd Final ODU 7 5 12 UR 8 2 10

Goals: Richmond - Berlacher 2, McGuire 2, Purcell 2, Dolan 1, Habicht 1, Nuzzi 1, oklemba 1 ODU - Shotwell 7, Hensil 3, Rodriguez 1, Smith 1

Goalie Saves: UR - Johnson 2, Swansburg 1, McGibbon 2 ODU - Gannon 11

Shots: UR 18, ODU 17 Free Position Shots: UR 4, ODU 2 Ground Balls: UR 9, ODU 8 Caused Turnovers: UR 10, ODU 6 Turnovers: UR 9, ODU 12 Draw Controls: UR 14, ODU 10 Fouls: UR 12, ODU 7

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