Lady Monarch Lax Edged In Overtime

April 08, 2007
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

April 8, 2007

Box Score

NORFOLK, Va. -- Old Dominion's Ashley Stanwick (Aquasco, Md.) fired off a desperation shot off a midfield pass from Kelly Kimener (Oakton, Va.) as time expired in overtime as the Lady Monarch women's lacrosse team fell just short of defeating Hofstra, 7-6, in Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) action at Foreman Field Sunday afternoon.

The loss drops the Lady Monarchs to 4-5 overall and 1-1 in CAA. The Pride meanwhile improves to 5-4 overall and 3-0 in league play.

The Lady Monarchs held a 6-5 lead for seven minutes before the Pride tied the game with 8:25 left in regulation. Kimberly Hillier found the back of the Old Dominion net for the final goal of the second half setting up the overtime showdown.

Old Dominion controlled the first draw of the overtime session, taking the ball downfield and keeping possession to take time off the clock. Kimener had a chance to put the Lady Monarchs ahead with a free position attempt in the closing seconds of the first session, but Hofstra's Maisie Osteen came away with a huge save.

In the second part of overtime, the Pride gained control of the draw. With 37 seconds remaining, Hofstra's Becky Thorn found the opening she needed to net what would prove to be the game-winner.

Hofstra took possession on the ensuing draw control, but Kimener eventually gave control of the ball back to the Lady Monarchs. Causing the Hofstra turnover, Kimener scooped up the groundball and launched a pass downfield to an open Stanwick as just seconds remained. The Pride defense came racing over to Stanwick who managed to take a shot just before the horn sounded to end the game but saw the ball go wide.

Old Dominion held a 15-11 edge in groundballs and were led by Jessica Noone (Manassass, Va.) with five. Noone was also one of three Lady Monarchs to caused two turnovers joining Lindsey Belle (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) and Caroline Jacobs.

A different Lady Monarch scored all seven goals in Sunday's loss. Hofstra had Hillier, Thorn, and Corrine Gandolfi each record two tallies.

In net, junior Sara Larson (Sylvan Lake, Mich.) made nine stops. Osteen posted seven saves including the save of Kimener's goal to preserve the win for the Pride.

The game opened with the Pride getting on the scoreboard first, but Old Dominion would see Jacobs and freshman Ashley Kellogg (Dowingtown, Pa.) put the Lady Monarchs ahead 2-1 by the 21:42 mark of the first half.

Less than a minute later, Hofstra would score the first of three goals to end the first half giving the Pride a 4-2 edge at the intermission. Old Dominion would outscore Hofstra 4-2 in the second half, but it would be the Pride's second goal of the half that would force overtime.

Five minutes into the second half, the Lady Monarchs had the game tied at 4-4. Hofstra's Corrine Gandolfi put the Pride back on top, 5-4 with 20 minutes remaining. Noone and junior Kaelyn Schival scored back-to-back for the Lady Monarchs giving ODU a 6-5 edge with 15:25 remaining before the dramatic finish.

The Old Dominion women's lacrosse team returns to action next weekend at Towson on Friday, April 13th and at Delaware on Sunday, April 15th.