Lady Monarch Field Hockey To Open Four-Game Homestand

October 19, 2001
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Oct. 19, 2001

NORFOLK, VA -- The Old Dominion field hockey team will look to rebound from its loss at North Carolina on Wednesday with two games on Foreman Field this weekend. The Lady Monarchs will host conference rival #17 James Madison on Saturday, October 20th and former CAA rival American on Sunday, October 21st. Both games are slated for a 1:00 p.m. start.

Saturday's battle with James Madison will determine the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) regular season champion and determine the site of the 2001 CAA Championships to be held on Friday, November 2nd through Sunday, November 4th. Both teams enter with a 2-0 CAA record and will be playing their final conference match-up.

The Dukes currently post a 9-6 overall record under first year head coach Irene Horvat. James Madison is coming of a 4-1 victory against American on Wednesday, ending a two-game slide that saw the Dukes drop games by one goal to powerhouses Virginia and Penn State. Among the stat leaders include senior Traci Forchetti, ranked third among CAA players, with 20 points on seven goals and six assists. Sophomore Janelle Perlis and Veerle Goudswaard have teamed up for 14 points apiece.

One of the longest rivalries in Old Dominion field hockey history, the Dukes and Lady Monarchs have met an outstanding 43 times on the field, with Old Dominion leading the series 37-6. The Lady Monarchs have thwarted a JMU victory since 1995 when the Dukes took two victories, a 1-0 win during the regular season and a 2-1 victory in the CAA Tournament. Since then, Old Dominion has won the last nine meetings by a score of 46-8. Last season, the Lady Monarchs defeated the Dukes 6-1 during the regular season and used a 10-0 shutout to capture the 2001 CAA Title in the championship game.

The Eagles will host Ursinus, the alma mater of Old Dominion head coach Beth Anders, on Saturday afternoon before traveling to Norfolk to face the Lady Monarchs. American holds 5-6 overall and a 3-1 Patriot League record having dropped their last two outings to James Madison (1-4) and fellow D.C. school, Georgetown (2-3). On the Eagle stat sheet, junior forward Magdalena Aguilar leads all American field hockey scorers with 21 points on eight goals and five assists. Sophomores Melissa Snyder and Karlijn Schellen enter with 16 and 15 points respectively. In goal, Lauren McDonnell and Laura Miller have split duties combining for 47 saves, a .671 save percentage, and a 2.09 goals against average.

Former CAA rival American and Old Dominion will square off for the first time in non-conference action since 1990, the year before ODU's arrival in the Colonial Athletic Association. American moved to the America East Conference following the 2000-2001 academic year. The Lady Monarchs hold a 23-1 overall record against the Eagles dropping the lone game of the series in 1994 (1-0). Last season, Old Dominion shutout the Eagles 9-0 on Foreman Field.

Following this weekend's match-ups, the Lady Monarchs will close out the regular season against North Carolina on Saturday, October 27th and Northeastern on Sunday, October 28th.