Women's Lax Opens CAA Competition Tonight Against GMU

April 02, 2004
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

April 2, 2004

NORFOLK, VA -- The Lady Monarch women's lacrosse team opens the CAA portion of its schedule on Friday night when they travel to Fairfax, VA to face the George Mason Patriots at 7:00 p.m.

The Lady Monarchs, 3-3 overall, split a pair of home games last week with a 12-10 loss to Temple and a 17-4 downing of Lafayette. Senior midfielder Suzanne Wosczyna (Phoenixville, PA) registered seven goals, four assists and 11 points on the week, including a five-goal effort in the loss to Temple. The Owls rattled off three unanswered and unassisted goals in the game's final three minutes to notch the come from behind victory. Freshman attacker Ashley Stanwick (Aquasco, MD) made her first career start and tallied four goals against the Owls. ODU snapped its three-game losing streak against Lafayette behind six goals from junior Melody Shotwell. Seven different Lady Monarchs found the back of the net, including senior attacker Janine Rodriguez (Davidsonville, MD) who netted three in the win. Wosczyna, Kate Veneziale and Caroline Jacobs each had two for ODU. Jacobs also collected three ground balls, four caused turnovers and three draw controls. Wosczyna added three draw controls, while Veneziale recorded a team-high four. Wosczyna led the nation in points per game (6.75) and goals per game (4.75) in the latest NCAA statistics.

George Mason enters tonight's game witha 2-3 overall record. The Patriots snapped a two-game losing streak with victories over George Washington, 14-6, and #15 Boston, 10-8, last week, while falling 10-16 to #4 Loyola on Wednesday. Last week, junior attacker Tracy Waterson scored a career-high four goals and classmate Kristy Manas and senior Kristen Olson each registered a hat trick as Mason scored double-digit goals for the first time this season. The Patriots' victory over 15th-ranked Boston marks the seventh consecutive season that Mason has beaten at least one top-20 opponent. Junior goalkeeper Meg Dentler stopped a career-best 24 saves to earn the win in goal and junior attacker Jeannine Ohler scored a career-high four goals on five shots to lead the offense against the Terriers. Dentler has totaled 10 or more saves in each of the Patriots' games this season and now has 72 on the campaign and 504 for her career. Dentler is 15 saves shy of breaking the school record of 518, which is held by Jolette Solanga (1994-98). In Mason's two victories this season, the Patriots have held their opponents under 10 goals and have scored the game's first goal each time.