Field Hockey To Face Long-Time Rivals
By ODU Athletics
Sept. 19, 2002
NORFOLK, VA -- Two tests await the Old Dominion field hockey team this weekend as the Lady Monarchs ahead out on the road to face long-standing rivals #10 North Carolina and William and Mary. Old Dominion is currently ranked second in the country with a 5-1 overall and 1-0 CAA record.
History and tradition has surrounded the Old Dominion/North Carolina rivalry as the teams have faced each other 52 times over the last 22 years, including 11 times in NCAA Tournament action. Old Dominion is 29-21-2 all-time against North Carolina, having split their two meetings last season. The first meeting, originally scheduled for mid-September was moved following the tragic events of Sept. 11th. The two teams finally met up in October in Chapel Hill with the Lady Monarchs suffering a 2-1 defeat. Senior Tiffany Snow (Escondido, CA) tied the game at 1-1 early in the second half, but current Tar Heels sophomore Amber Chambers netted the game-winner with 19 minutes remaining. The Lady Monarchs however got revenge in the next meeting with a 6-4 victory in Norfolk. Snow tallied four goals in the winning effort.
The Tar Heels are 3-3 on the year, with all three losses coming at the hands of teams currently ranked in the Top 10 of this week's NFHCA Coaches' Poll. North Carolina is coming off a 1-2 loss at #7 Penn State and has also dropped decisions to #9 Louisville (2-3) and #3 Michigan (0-2). However, the Tar Heels have outscored their opponents 11-4 in their three wins.
Sophomore Kerry Falgowski leads the team with 14 points on seven goals and is tied for seventh in the nation in goals scored. Fellow teammate Laura Douglass checks in as the Tar Heels' second leading scorer with two goals and an assist. In net, North Carolina boasts All-American and U.S. National Team member Amy Tran. Tran has posted a 1.47 goals against average and 32 saves throughout the first six games of the 2002 season.
The Lady Monarchs follow Saturday's match-up with North Carolina with their second CAA contest of the year at William and Mary. Old Dominion is 29-11 against the Tribe. Against then eleventh ranked William and Mary last season, Old Dominion posted its sixth shutout of the year with a 2-0 win and gave Beth Anders her 400th career win, the most by any Division I head coach. The victory was also the third in a string of four consecutive shutouts for the Lady Monarchs. Seniors Tiffany Snow and Tara Herrmann (Perkasie, PA) each recorded a goal.
The Tribe, led by 2001 CAA Coach of the Year Peel Hawthorne, have struggled through the early stages of the 2002 season with a 2-4 overall record. All four of their losses have been decided by one goal or less, with three games reaching overtime. The Tribe, coming off a 3-0 victory over Richmond, will host Radford on Saturday afternoon, before facing the Lady Monarchs. Sophomore Ginny Sutton leads the team with eight points on four goals. Senior midfielder Kristen Southerland has posted a goal and an assist as the Tribe's second leading scorer. In goal, junior Claire Miller has made 36 saves and holds a 1.05 goals against average.