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Old Dominion Women's Lacrosse Forces Overtime Against #10 Hofstra

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Release: April 08, 2005
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April 8, 2005

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NORFOLK, Va. -- The 10th-ranked Hofstra women's lacrosse team needed double overtime to defeat the Old Dominion Lady Monarchs in Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) action this afternoon on a blustery day at Foreman Field. The Pride's Kim Hillier tied the game up in regulation at 7-7 with 1.9 seconds on the clock and Casey McGrath sent home the game-winner with 2:11 left in the day's second overtime.

The Pride, who has not allowed an opponent to reach double figure scoring in all 12 of its games thus far in 2005, improved its record to 11-1 overall and kept its mark perfect in the CAA at 4-0. Meanwhile the Lady Monarchs fall to 3-7 overall and 0-3 in the conference.

McGrath, who tallied the game winner, and Old Dominion's Katie Veneziale (Downingtown, Pa.) each finished the afternoon with three goals. Tara Buecker was Hofstra's other multiple scorer with two goals, while sophomore Ashley Stanwick (Aquasco, Md.) and junior Krista Townsend (Baldwin, Md.) each found the back of the Pride net twice.

Old Dominion never trailed in the first half of play and held on a one-goal edge at the half against the nationally ranked Pride, 4-3.

Hofstra took over the lead for the first time with 13:37 remaining in regulation. Tara Buecker, off a feed from Jaime Irving, tied the game at 5-5 just two minutes earlier and then McGrath gave the Pride a 6-5 advantage on her first goal of the day.

With time winding down, the Lady Monarchs' Stanwick tied the game back up, 6-6, with 5:09 remaining in the second half. Following Stanwick's goal, the Pride collected the draw and raced down field managing a shot on the ODU net. After keeper Michelle Gannon made the save, giving control back to Old Dominion, the Lady Monarchs brought the ball down to the other end of the field and held for a last second shot. With only 12 seconds remaining in regulation, Stanwick scored again, to what looked like would be the game-winning goal and the upset victory over the Pride.. However, Hofstra's Hillier quickly collected the ensuing draw and raced down field to find the back of the Lady Monarch net with only 1.9 seconds left in regulation to force overtime.

McGrath collected her second tally of the game to give Hofstra the first goal of the overtime session, but Old Dominion once again managed to tie the game up and force sudden victory overtime. Veneziale shot point-blank at Hofstra keeper Lisa Papa and collected the ball as it ricocheted off her stick. Collecting the groundball, Veneziale found the back of the net and her second attempt to tie the score at 8-8.

In sudden victory overtime, it was McGrath's third and final goal that gave the Pride its escape from Forman Field.

In net, Old Dominion's Gannon played all 69:39 between the pipes registering a season-high 13 stops. Maisie Osteen recorded one save for the Pride playing the first half, while Lisa Papa took over the net for the second half and overtime to accumulate four saves.

Hofstra held the slight edge in groundballs, 33-30. Buecker led the Pride with four, while sophomore Caroline Jacobs (Gaithersburg, Md.) had a game-high six for the Lady Monarchs. Junior Sarah Wosczyna (Phoenixville, Pa.) also scooped up five groundballs in the loss.

In draws, the Pride also held the advantage, 16-5, as Hofstra's Caitlin Connolly recorded seven. Old Dominion was led by Jacobs with three.

The Lady Monarchs return to against Drexel on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. Sunday's contest against the Dragons will be the annual scholarship game with the five dollar admission going to benefit the Intercollegiate Foundation for Lacrosse Scholarships. Additionally, at the conclusion of the game against the Dragons, the Lady Monarchs along with the Hampton Roads Chapter of the U.S. Lacrosse will be hosting a clinic for girls interested in lacrosse and improving their skills. For more information, log on www.hrlax.com.

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