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Women's Lax Travels To Hofstra And Drexel

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
         
Release: April 08, 2004
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April 8, 2004

NORFOLK, VA -- The Lady Monarchs return to the road this weekend to end a three-game road trip as they take on CAA rivals Hofstra and Drexel. Old Dominion will be looking to end a three-game slide, which have all come against Top 20 teams.

Last week the Lady Monarchs opened up conference play with losses to #20 George Mason, 13-9, and #7 James Madison, 19-8. Last friday's loss to George Mason was Old Dominion's first regular season conference loss since 2002 and snapped a four-game win streak over the Patriots. Six different Lady Monarchs scored in the loss led by multiple point efforts from senior Suzanne Wosczyna (three goals, two assists) and junior Melody Shotwell (two goals). ODU netminder Michelle Gannon made nine saves in goal and collected six ground balls. Defensively, freshman Caroline Jacobs led the Lady Monarchs with five ground balls, four caused turnovers and six draw controls against the Patriots.

Shotwell tallied three goals and senior Janine Rodriguez added two in the loss to JMU. The Lady Monarchs took an early 3-0 lead on consecutive goals by Wosczyna, Shotwell and Jacobs but were held scoreless over the next 20 minutes as JMU gained control. Gannon recorded 11 saves in the loss, while freshman goalkeeper Jeannine Frank made her first appearance in the ODU goal and made one stop. Senior Erin Lindsey scooped up four ground balls and Woscynza picked up three in the loss.

On Wednesday night, despite holding the sixth ranked Cavaliers scoreless for nearly the first ten minutes of the game and limiting the nation's leading scoring in Amy Appelt to just three goals, the Lady Monarch women's lacrosse team fell to Virginia, 17-6, in their third straight and fifth overall game against a nationally ranked opponent. Virginia did not reach the back of the Old Dominion net until the 21:11 mark, but with the Lady Monarchs trailing just 4-2 the Cavaliers would hold Old Dominion scoreless while adding eight more goals to a 12-2 halftime edge. The Cavaliers outscored Old Dominion just 5-4 in the second half. Old Dominion goalkeeper Michelle Gannon recorded nine saves in goal. Gannon has had three groundballs and two caused turnovers in the loss. Also defensively, freshman Caroline Jacobs scooped up three groundballs, while sophomore Sarah Wosczyna and junior Valerie Gooch each had two.

Old Dominion holds the 3-0 all-time advantage in the series against Hofstra. The Pride, who currently stand at 5-4 overall and 1-1 in conference play split a pair of conference games last week falling to Towson, 8-6, on last Friday, before knocking off Delaware, 17-8, on last Sunday. Sophomore Becky Thorn scored seven goals and added an assist in the Pride's win over Delaware. Thorn, who also scored a goal and recorded an assist in the loss to Towson, leads the Pride with 22 goals on the year. Freshman Kim Hillier registered a hat trick in the Pride's win over Delaware and added a pair of assists to bring her team-leading point total to 27. Hillier recorded two assists in the Towson loss and has 14 on the year. Hillier ranks third in the CAA averaging 1.56 helpers per game. Thorn ranks sixth in the league in goals per game averaging 2.44 tallies per contest. Junior defender Bridget Eder leads the CAA with an average of 4.22 ground balls per game.

The Dragons, currently 7-2 overall and 0-1 in the CAA went 1-1 last week with a 13-9 non-conference win over Wagner on Tuesday and a 12-11 loss to CAA rival Delaware on Friday. Drexel also had a conference tilt with Towson on Sunday postponed due to unplayable field conditions. Sophomore Colleen Rocks tallied seven goals on the week, including four in the first 11 minutes of Drexel's win over Wagner. Rocks added a team-high three in Friday's loss to Delaware. Rocks ranks fourth in the CAA in goals per game averaging 2.62 tallies per game, while she also ranks third in points per game with an average of 3.38 per contest. Freshman Emily Hoesch came into this week's action fourth in the nation in draw controls per game with an average of 4.00 per game. Fellow freshman Kerry Kelly registered a hat trick in the Dragons' win over Wagner and netted three goals and added two assists in the loss to Delaware. Kelly leads the Dragons with nine assists on the year.

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