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#18 Women's Lacrosse To Close Out Home Schedule

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
         
Release: April 10, 2003
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April 10, 2003

NORFOLK, VA -- The #18 Old Dominion women's lacrosse team will close out the home portion of its 2003 regular season schedule as they host Drexel on Friday, April 7th at 3:00 p.m. and Delaware on Sunday, April 13th at noon in the annual scholarship game. On Sunday, there will be a $5.00 admission to the game with proceeds to benefit the Intercollegiate Foundation for Women's Lacrosse Scholarships.

The Lady Monarchs are 8-3 overall and are currently in first place in the CAA standings with a 4-0 league record. The Drexel Dragons enter Friday's match-up with a 6-4 overall and 0-3 CAA mark. The Dragons opened a three-game road trip by dropping a 16-9 decision on Tuesday to Hofstra. Delaware and Old Dominion remain the only teams in the CAA without a conference loss. The Fightin' Blue Hens are currently 6-5 overall and 3-0 in the CAA and will face William & Mary on Friday before traveling to Norfolk to take on the Lady Monarchs. Delaware has won its last two games having traveled out west last week to earn a 15-3 win over Regis and a 14-12 victory over Denver.

The Lady Monarchs, ranked 18th in this week's IWLCA Poll, are coming off a 12-10 CAA victory at Hofstra last Sunday. Old Dominion is led by junior Suzanne Wosczyna (Phoenixville, PA) with 25 goals and 18 assists for 43 points. Wosczyna is coming off a two goal, two assist performance against the Pride where she became ODU's all-time leading scorer. The Lady Monarchs will also look to sophomore Melody Shotwell (Fairfax Station, VA) and senior Danielle Hensil (Havertown, PA) on the attack. Shotwell currently has 31 goals and seven assists for 38 points, while Hensil has accumulated 34 points on 29 goals and five assists. Hensil also leads the team in groundballs scooping up a total of 31 thus far in 2003. Senior Marlaine Smith (Gaithersburg, MD) leads the conference in draw controls with 51, averaging 4.64 per game. Smith also leads the team in caused turnovers (13) and is second on the squad in groundballs (30).

The Dragons are paced by senior midfielder Katrina Rand with 33 points on 24 goal and nine assists. Rand enters the game ranking eighth in the league in scoring and second in the conference in groundballs averaging 4.33 per game. Freshman midfielder Colleen Rocks, this week's CAA Rookie of the Week, has recorded 23 points on 17 goals and six assists, while junior midfielder Chrissy Sheehan has 22 points on 17 goals and five assists. In goal, Drexel's senior Shirley Sarker posts a .514 save percentage and a 9.49 goals against average.

Senior midfielder Nikki Kucharski leads the Fightin' Blue Hens with 24 points on 19 goals and five assists. Sophomore midfielder Erin Edell and junior attack Shannon Kron each have 19 points. Edell has posted 15 goals and four assists, while Kron has 12 goals and seven assists. Additionally, Edell ranks ninth in the CAA in draw controls averaging 2.18 per game. In net for Delaware, sophomore Lauren Burtch and freshman Patrice Hughes have split duties. Hughes has played nearly 430 minutes with an 11.86 goals against average and a .448 save percentage. Burtch has seen nearly 230 minutes of action holding a 9.15 goals against average and a .533 save percentage.

Following Sunday's match-up with the Fightin' Blue Hens, the Lady Monarchs along with the Hampton Roads Chapter of U.S. Lacrosse will be hosting a clinic for girls interested in lacrosse and improving their skills. For more information, log on to www.hrlax.com.

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