Field Hockey Returns To CAA Action

October 22, 2004
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Oct. 22, 2004

NORFOLK, Va. -- The sixth-ranked Old Dominion field hockey team returns to action this weekend in conference play traveling to James Madison on Friday night for a 7:00 p.m. match-up and returning home Sunday to host Virginia Commonwealth at 1:00 p.m. at Foreman Field.

The Lady Monarchs (10-4 overall, 4-0 CAA) moved up two spots in this week's STX/NFHCA Coaches' Poll after a 1-1 week, which included an upset overtime victory against Maryland.

Old Dominion continues to be led by sophomore midfielder Dana Sensenig (Denver, Pa.) who is currently second in the CAA in points per game (1.93). She currently has totaled nine goals and nine assists for 27 points. Fellow classmate Caroline Nichols (Va. Beach, Va.) is second on the squad in the point total column. On the year, she has 16 points with six goals and four assists. Senior defender Janelle Engle (Mt. Joy, Pa.) is the other Lady Monarch with a double figure point total. She has accumulated six goals and an assist for 13 points.

In net, the Lady Monarchs will be led by CAA Co-Player of the Week Mary Cate Gordon (Oreland, Pa.). Last week, Gordon picked up the honor after collecting 12 saves, including nine against the fourth ranked Terps. She has recorded 84 saves to go along with a .737 save percentage and 2.11 goals against average.

James Madison enters Friday night's contest 4-12 overall and 2-2 in CAA play. The Dukes have dropped their last two games with a 0-2 loss against #2 North Carolina and a 1-2 setback to Drexel in conference action.

The Dukes have two players who have reached double-digit points. Sophomore midfielder Baillie Versfeld leads the team with 15 points off of six goals and three assists. Senior forward Alissa Santanna checks in as the team's second leading scorer with three goals, five assists, and 11 points. In net, 2002 CAA Rookie of the Year, junior Lori Amico has collected 98 saves and is posting a .760 save percentage and 2.63 goals against average.

The Virginia Commonwealth Rams will be at William & Mary Friday night before coming to Norfolk for Sunday afternoon's contest. Entering the weekend, the Rams are 8-7 overall and 1-3 in the CAA.

Rookie forward Carlot Verloop, a three-time CAA Rookie of the Week, leads the Rams in scoring with 31 points from 14 goals and three assists. She ranks 20th in the nation in scoring and leads the CAA in the category. Sophomore forward Ashley Cadwallader checks in as the team's second leading scorer with 15 points from two goals and 11 assists, while senior forward Casey Smith has racked up two goals, nine assists, and 13 points thus far for Virginia Commonwealth.