Lady Monarch Lax Travels To Delaware, #18 Towson

April 14, 2005
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

April 14, 2005

NORFOLK, Va. -- The Old Dominion women's lacrosse team (3-8 overall, 0-4 CAA) will look to snap its five-game losing streak when they travel to Delaware for a Friday night match-up with the Blue Hens and on Sunday against the 18th-ranked Towson Tigers.

The Fightin' Blue Hens are currently 5-5 overall and 2-3 in league play, having dropped three of their last four games including a an 8-11 loss to George Mason last Sunday. Delaware is paced by senior attacker Becky Rausa with 15 goals, 11 assists, and 26 points and is closely followed by senior midfielder Erin Edell on the stat sheet with 21 goals, 4 assists, and 25 points. Rausa is fifth in the CAA in assists per game (1.10 apg), while Edell is ninth in the conference in goals per game (2.10). In net, the bulk of the Blue Hen minutes have been going to Patrice Hughes. Hughes, a junior, is posting a 9.34 goals against average and a .465 save percentage entering Friday night's contest with the Lady Monarchs.

The Towson Tigers, 9-3 overall and 3-2 in the CAA, will entertain William & Mary on Friday night before welcoming the Lady Monarchs to Unitas Stadium. The Tigers enter Friday's game against the Tribe on a three-game win streak. Towson boasts the CAA's leading in goals and points per game in junior attacker Becky Trumbo, who to date has amassed 32 goals, 24 assists, and 56 points. Trumbo is currently ranked seventh nationally in the assists category. Sophomore midfielder Shannon Witzel, the CAA's leader in goals per game and ranked fourth nationally, has to date accumulated 42 goals and nine assists for 51 points. Between the pipes, the Lady Monarchs will be looking to get by rookie Mandy Corry. Corry is averaging a league-leading .591 save percentage, which ranks her fourth nationally among all Division-I netminders. Additionally, she is holding a 7.74 goals against average.

The Lady Monarchs are looking to pick-up their first victory since a 9-8 win at Rutgers back on March 28th. Old Dominion lost two heartbreakers last week, falling to #10 Hofstra, 9-8 in double overtime, and to Drexel, 12-7, despite pulling within one goal on two occasions in the second half.

Old Dominion continues to be paced by sophomores Caroline Jacobs (Gaithersburg, Md.) and Ashley Stanwick (Aquasco, Md.). Jacobs has 31 points on the season from 17 goals and 14 assists, while Stanwick has recorded 29 points from 25 goals and four assists.

On the national scene, sophomore Katie Veneziale (Downingtown, Pa.) continues to be ranked in the draw control category. Entering Friday night's showdown with Delaware, Veneziale is ranked 15th averaging 3.09 draws per game.

Following this weekend's road trip, the Lady Monarchs will have just two more games left in the regular season, including the regular season home finale against #15 William & Mary on Wednesday at Foreman Field and the 2005 regular season finale at #6 North Carolina next Saturday.