Career Day For Ashley Kellogg Leads ODU Past Longwood, 10-8
By ODU Athletics
March 25, 2009
NORFOLK, Va. -- For the second straight game ODU got six goals from one player as the Lady Monarchs led big early, but would have to stage a late comeback to win against Longwood University (6-4), 10-8. Junior Ashley Kellogg scored a career-best seven points on a career-high six goals and one assist to lead ODU to the win.
It was the second straight game a Lady Monarch player had scored six goals, as senior Kelly Kimener did so against St. Joseph's last weekend. Kellogg's career-high was crucial to victory, as she scored three of the last four goals in the game in the final 12:37 to lead ODU back from a two-goal deficit.
ODU controlled the game for the first 25 minutes, mounting a 6-1 lead in the bulk of the first half. Kellogg scored three times and added an assist to give the Lady Monarchs the cushion, but Longwood would score twice in the waning minutes of the half to cut into the big lead. Kesley Dean scored an unassisted goal with 4:05 remaining and Morgan Illian scored with 0.9 showing on the clock to go into the locker room down just 6-3.
Longwood really applied the pressure early in the second half, though, as they scored the first five goals of the frame extending the run to 7-0 through the first 16 minutes of the second half. The Lancers scored three goals in just a 1:18 span to tie the game, and then got unassisted goals from leading scorer Karli Brentlinger and Cara O'Brien to go up 8-6.
After posting a big lead in the first, the Lady Monarchs were forced to come back to win in the final 14 minutes, and again looked to Kellogg. First, with 12:37 remaining, Kellogg made a nice spin move on her defender and scored a bouncer unassisted to cut the lead to one. Her goal was followed just two minutes later by a runner from rookie Lisa Bernardini off an assist by senior Jessica Noone.
Then, will just over five minutes remaining, Bernardini would find Kellogg open in the scoring area for the go-ahead score and the eventual gamewinner. Kellogg would ice the game with just 15 seconds remaining on a breakaway after getting a pass from senior Kelly Kimener.
Rookie goalkeeper Sarah Geary posted her second straight double-digit save performance, stopping 13 shots in the game. Senior defender Lindsey Belle scooped four groundballs and caused three turnovers in the game while Brittany Washko also had four groundballs.
Longwood was led by Amanda Bereznay, with three goals, and Kesley Dean with a goal and an assist. Carlie Nethken had four ground balls for the Lancers while Juli Liebig played the full 60 minutes in net and made 13 saves.
ODU improves to 5-1 on the season and travels to Blacksburg, Virginia this Saturday to face Virginia Tech at 1:00 pm.