Lax Falls In Season Opener, 6-13, To #7 Maryland
By ODU Athletics
March 2, 2005
NORFOLK, Va. -- The Old Dominion women's lacrosse team opened its 2005 campaign with a loss to #7 Maryland, 12-6, on Foreman Field Wednesday afternoon. The Lady Monarchs held a 2-1 advantage at the half, while rookie attack Kelly Kimener (Oakton, Va.) made her ODU debut with a team-leading three goals.
Sophomore Ashley Stanwick (Aquasco, Md.) and Kimener, off an assist from Sarah Lautenbach (West Chester, Pa.), combined for the Lady Monarchs' first two goals, giving Old Dominion a 2-0 lead with 20:17 remaining in the first half. Only one more goal would be scored the rest of the half and it came moments later as the Terps broke onto the scoreboard with the first of two Jessica Dorney goals with 19:50 left.
Maryland took over the lead in half number two with five unanswered goals en-route to a 7-2 lead in the second half's opening three and a half minutes. ODU's Kimener broke the drought with her second net of the afternoon with 24:53 remaining in the game. The Terps added in additional five tallies, before Old Dominion broke onto the scoreboard again with three unanswered goals. During the span of three minutes, Kristen Truax (Lexington, Va.), Kimener, and Katie Veneziale (Downingtown, Pa.) each had a hand in closing the gap. However, Maryland scored two more times in the closing minutes for the 13-6 final.
Junior Michelle Gannon (Delmar, Md.) and freshman Sara Larson (Sylvan Lake, Mich.) comibined for 10 saves in net for Old Dominion. Maryland's Kirah Miles started the game in net playing just over 46 minteus and posting four saves. Kate Capelle played the final 13 minutes between the pipes for the Terps, recording two stops.
Gannon led the way for the Lady Monarchs in the groundball category with five of the Lady Monarchs' 19 scooped up. Maryland collected 28 with Kelly Kasper recording five and Brooke Richards with four.
Old Dominion was outshot 31-14 with four multiple Terp scores led by Acacia Walker with five and Kelly Kasper with four.
On the draw control, the Lady Monarchs edged out Maryland 12-9. Last year's draw control specialist, Veneziale, began the season right where she left off registering a game-high seven on the afternoon.
The Lady Monarchs return to action on Saturday when they host American at Foreman Field at 1:00 p.m.