No. 5 Virginia Holds Off Lady Monarch Lax, 10-7
By ODU Athletics
April 4, 2007
NORFOLK, Va. -- The Old Dominion women's lacrosse team hung tough against fifth-ranked Virginia on Wednesday afternoon at Foreman Field, falling 10-7 in their closest game with the Cavaliers since 1999. The Lady Monarchs led twice in the first half and the game overall endured four ties, including a stalemate at 7-7 until the 16:12 mark of the second half.
The Lady Monarchs drop to 3-4 overall in their third straight loss. All four of the Old Dominion losses have come at the hands of nationally ranked teams, two of which are in the nation's top five. The Cavaliers meanwhile, coming off a sudden victory loss at Duke, return to the win column to improve to 10-2 overall.
The game was Old Dominion closest margin with Virginia since a 4-3 loss to the Cavaliers. Since that one-goal loss, the Cavaliers had averaged nearly a 12-goal win margin over the next seven years.
Netminder Sara Larson (Sylvan Lake, Mich.) was a stalwart in between the pipes recording a career-high 17 saves.
Old Dominion had six different Lady Monarchs find the back of the Cavalier net led by senior midfielder Caroline Jacobs (Gaithersburg, Md.).
Senior midfielder Katie Venieziale's (Downingtown, Pa.) lone assist of the afternoon moved her into a tie for 10th on the all-time ODU assist leaders list with 26 total in her career. Sophomore Jessica Noone (Manassass, Va.) led ODU in the assist department in the game with two.
The Cavaliers saw eight different members of its team score, including two by Blair Weymouth and Brittany Kalkstein.
Virginia may have scored first with Weymouth capitalizing on a free-position attempt, but Old Dominion would score the next two goals for a 2-1 edge. Veneziale got the Lady Monarchs onto the scoreboard first and just over a minute later at the 18:30 mark, Jacobs would give ODU its first lead of the game.
The Cavaliers struck back with 14:27 remaining in the first half, but once again the Lady Monarchs would manage to tie the game. Kelly Kimener, off a feed from Noone, knotted the score at 2-2 with 6:58 left. Kimener's goal however would be the final for the Lady Monarchs in the opening stanza.
Virginia managed to get the ball between the pipes twice before the close of the first half. Megan Havrilla tied the game with 3:12 remaining in the half to tie the game at 3-3 and Megan O'Malley gave the Cavaliers the 4-3 edge entering the half capitializing on a late Lady Monarchs turnover that led to a Virginia goal at the horn.
The Cavaliers scoring continued in the second half with Virginia's Kalkstien scoring twice within the first three and half minutes. The Cavaliers were holding on a 6-3 lead following, but back-to-back goals by Old Dominion kept the game within reach.
Rookie Ashley Kellogg (Downingtown, Pa.) and Noone poured in two-straight tallied to cut the ODU deficit to just one. The Lady Monarchs trailed only 6-5 with 23:51 remaining.
Ashley McCulloch struck for the Cavaliers to cushion its lead to two, but a mere 20 seconds later the Lady Monarchs would strike back. Jacobs found the opening to pull ODU to within one, 7-6, and less than two minutes later classmate Ashley Stanwick (Aquasco, Md.) tied the game at 7-7.
The game would be knotted at 7-7 until Kate Breslin put away what would be the eventual game-winner with 16:12 on the clock. Old Dominion did control the ball for a majority of the final minutes, trying to take time off the clock and keep the Cavaliers from attempting any shots at their end.
Virginia would add two more insurance goals at the close following turnovers by the Lady Monarchs.
Sophomore Lindsey Belle (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) went on to lead the Lady Monarchs with four groundballs. Additionally, she and Jacobs recorded a team-high two caused turnovers.
Old Dominion closed out the non-conference portion of its schedule with the match against the Cavaliers ending with a 3-4 mark. The Lady Monarchs open up Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) action this weekend. Old Dominion hosts Drexel on Friday, April 6th at 3:00 p.m. and Hofstra on Sunday, April 8th at 1:00 p.m..