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Lady Monarch Lax Regular Season Comes To A Close At William & Mary Wednesday

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Release: April 25, 2006
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April 25, 2006

Game: Old Dominion at #15 William & Mary - Wednesday, April 26th - Williamsburg, Va. - 7:00 p.m.

About Old Dominion: Wednesday marks the final regular season game of the 2006 season for the Lady Monarchs as they take on #15 William & Mary at 7:00 p.m. in Williamsburg. The Lady Monarchs enter the game with a 5-9 overall and 2-4 CAA mark. Last week, Old Dominion was idle and was last in action at Drexel and Hofstra falling 7-16 to the Dragons and 7-15 to the Pride. Leading Old Dominion currently is junior Caroline Jacobs with 47 points off of 29 goals and 18 assists. Sophomore Kelly Kimener checks into the game as the team's next leading scorer having collected 30 points form 25 goals and five assists. Senior Melody Shotwell is ODU's third leading scorer with 22 goals and eight assists. In net, Michelle Gannon has started every game of her career and this season is holding a .417 save percentage and 13.30 goals against average.

ODU In The CAA/NCAA Stats: Junior Caroline Jacobs is currently fourth in the conference in assists (1.29), 10th in points per game (3.36), tops the list in groundballs per game (4.21), and second in caused turnovers per game (2.21). Nationally, she ranks 38th in assists, fourth in groundballs, and eighth in caused turnovers. As a team, the Lady Monarchs rank 36th nationally in draw per game (12.0).

Career Coming To A Close In The Record Books: Senior Melody Shotwell's career is coming to a close, having made her mark in the ODU record books. Entering Wednesday's game, Shotwell ranks seventh all-time in goals (98), ninth all-time in assists (25), and is tied with Amy Duerr (1992-95) with 123 career points.

A Glance At The Opponent - William & Mary: The Tribe hosts Old Dominion on Wednesday in their regular season finale. William & Mary enters the contest with a 9-6 overall mark and 4-2 record in the CAA having clinched a berth at the upcoming CAA Tournament to be held at James Madison as either the No. 3 or No. 4 seed. The Tribe are coming off a 19-8 loss to #1 Duke on Friday and have dropped conference contests to Hofstra (8-10) and Towson (11-13). Leading the way on the stat sheet is senior attacker Collen Dalon with 49 points stemming from 40 goals and nine assists. Next in scoring is junior midfielder Emily Vitrano with 44 points from 34 goals and 10 assists. Senior attacker La Nolan checks into the game as the Tribe's third leading scorer with 17 goals, 13 assists, and 30 points. In net, William & Mary has used both senior Debby Petracca and sophomore Amanda Roth. Petracca holds a .471 save percentage and 9.97 goals against averaging having started seven contests. Roth has started eight games and holds a .360 save percentage and 11.96 goals against average.

The All-Time Series vs. William & Mary: The series between the Lady Monarchs and Tribe began back in 1980 with William & Mary holding the series advantage, 26-9. ODU's last win cam back in 2004 as the Lady Monarchs upset the 17th-ranked Tribe, 13-12, in Williamsburg.

Last Time Vs. William & Mary: The Old Dominion women's lacrosse team dropped a heartbreaker back on April 20, 2005, in their regular season home finale at Foreman Field as #20 William & Mary rallied from a 10-7 deficit and held the Lady Monarchs scoreless over the final 13:36 to walk away with the 12-10 victory. Old Dominion's Katie Veneziale gave the Lady Monarchs a 10-7 lead with 13:36 remaining in the game, however, from there the Tribe defense clamped down and did not allow another Lady Monarch goal the rest of the way. Meanwhile, the William & Mary offense exploded for five-answered goals to take the come from behind victory. Anne Harrington tied the game at 10-10 with 5:09 remaining and then Tribe leading scorer Colleen Dalon put away the game-winner with a mere 1:13 left. Getting a handle on the ensuing draw control, Morgan Lang then added an insurance goal for the Tribe getting the bounce past Lady Monarch netminder Michelle Gannon. Trailing 2-1 with 18:22 left in the opening half, Old Dominion tallied four answered goals over the following 10 minutes to control the lead the rest of the stanza. Ashley Stanwick started the Lady Monarch scoring barrage at the 16:03 mark off her second straight free position attempt. Stanwick then tallied her third and final goal of the day to cap off the rally off a feed from Caroline Jacobs to give Old Dominion a 5-2 edge with 6:14 on the clock. Becca Hall broke the Tribe scoring drought moments later, but Jacobs would bring the Lady Monarch lead back to three with 2:07 remaining. William & Mary did not end the half quietly though, racking up two goals in the closing minutes. Dalon, followed by a tally by Emily Vitrano with one-second left, brought the Tribe to within one, 6-5, at the intermission. After the teams traded goals to open the second half, Veneziale and Sarah Lautenbach registered back-to-back Lady Monarch goals. The two goals gave a three-goal lead back to Old Dominion as they led 9-6 with 18:02 left. From there the teams would trade goals again before the Tribe made its run. Laura Nolan broke a 10-minute drought for William & Mary, while Veneziale netted the final Old Dominion goal of the afternoon. William & Mary outshot the Lady Monarchs, 23-20. Stanwick and Jacobs each had three goals in the loss, while Dalon registered a game-high four nets for the Tribe. The Tribe held a slight edge in the groundball department, 23-21, and also held the advantage in draw, 15-9. Veneziale, ODU's draw control specialist who ranked 15th in the NCAA stats that week, recorded a game-high six. Between the pipes, William & Mary's Debby Petracca made six saves, while Gannon posted 11 in the loss.

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