Lady Monarch Lax Returns To Action Against American

March 05, 2005
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

March 5, 2005

NORFOLK, Va. -- The Old Dominion women's lacrosse team (0-1) returns to action on Saturday at Foreman Field taking on the American Eagles at 1:00 p.m. The Lady Monarchs are looking to pick up its first victory of the season after opening the 2005 campaign with a loss to #7 Maryland despite holding a 2-1 halftime advantage over the Terps.

Recapping Wednesday's season opener, freshman Kelly Kimener (Oakton, Va.) made her ODU debut with a team-leading three goals. Kimener's second goal of the afternoon gave Old Dominion a 2-0 lead over the Terps with 20:17 remaining in the first half. Junior Michelle Gannon (Delmar, Md.) and freshman Sara Larson (Sylvan Lake, Mich.) comibined for 10 saves in net for Old Dominion, while Gannon led the Lady Monarchs with five of ODU's 19 groundballs. The Lady Monarchs edged out Maryland 12-9 in draw controls with last year's draw control specialist, Katie Veneziale (Downingtown, Pa.), began the season right where she left off registering a game-high seven on the afternoon.

The Eagles opened the season on Wednesday as they fell to 18th-ranked and fellow ODU conference rival Towson with a 16-6 loss. Junior midfielder Moriah Linnell finished with two goals and an assist, while sophomore midfielder Sarah Milewski had two goals. Goaltender Kathleen Finnegan (Arnold, Md./St. Mary's) finished with 10 saves.

Last year against American, Old Dominion opened the 2004 season with a 15-8 victory in Washington, D.C. Former Lady Monarch and three-time All-American Suzanne Wosczyna scored seven goals and added two assists to led all Lady Monarchs scorers. Former ODU midfielder Molly Coane captured a team-high five groundballs, while Veneziale caused three turnovers and recorded five draws. In net, Gannon stoped nine shots en-route to the victory.