CAA Women's Lacrosse Tournament Set To Begin On Saturday

April 24, 2003
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

April 24, 2003

NORFOLK, VA -- Top seeded Old Dominion will welcome #8 James Madison, George Mason, and Hofstra to Foreman Field as the #17 Lady Monarchs host the 2003 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Women's Lacrosse Championships this weekend.

#1 Old Dominion will face #4 Hofstra at noon on Saturday, April 26, with #2 James Madison squaring off against #3 George Mason at 2:300 p.m. The winner of each semifinal will meet in the championship game on Sunday at noon with an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships on the line.

The Lady Monarchs enter this weekend's competition 11-3 overall and 7-0 in CAA play. Old Dominion last went undefeated in conference competition back in 1993 when they went 6-0, advancing to the CAA Championship game. Two of the Lady Monarchs' three losses have come at the hands of teams ranked in the Top 3 of the latest IWLCA poll (#2 Maryland, #3 Virginia).

Old Dominion will look to CAA leading scorer junior midfielder Suzanne Wosczyna (Phoenixville, PA), who has already become ODU's all-time leading scorer, enters the tournament with 64 points on 37 goals and 27 assists. Fellow midfielder senior Danielle Hensil (Havertown, PA) has also been a top threat all season long as the only Lady Monarchs to score in all 14 contests. Hensil has 34 goals and nine assist for 43 points, recorded seven hat tricks, and put away three game-winners. Sophomore attack Melody Shotwell (Fairfax Station, VA) has also been a vital member of the offense, nearly quadrupling her efforts from last season, recording 38 goals and eight assists for 46 points. Senior Marlaine Smith (Gaithersburg, MD) currently leads the nation in draw controls with 63, averaging 4.8 per game, while in net two-time CAA Rookie of the Week Michelle Gannon will serve as the last line of defense posting a .486 save percentage and 10.64 goals against average.

The Lady Monarchs will face fourth seeded Hofstra, who Old Dominion defeated 12-10 back on April 6th. The Pride enters the tournament 8-6 overall and 4-3 in conference play. Old Dominion will be looking to stop senior Kathleen Mikowski, the nation's third leading scorer. Mikowski has registered 63 points on 49 goals and 14 assists, but was held to just one goal in Old Dominion's victory in early April. In net, sophomores Lisa Papa and Megan Greene have been sharing netminding duties. Papa holds a 8.19 goals against average and a .543 save percentage, while Greene has a .484 save percentage and a 8.64 goals against average. Together they made 11 saves versus the Lady Monarchs.

Second seeded and #8 James Madison and third seeded George Mason will face each other following the ODU/Hofstra semifinal. The Dukes currently hold an 11-5 overall and 6-1 CAA mark coming off a 13-5 loss to #4 Duke on Wednesday. James Madison's schedule has been loaded with eight ranked foes, which included a 9-8 upset over then #1 Maryland. However, the Dukes' lone loss in conference competition was against Old Dominion. The Lady Monarchs' Danielle Hensil netted the game-winner with less than 30 seconds remaining in the game to give ODU the 12-11 victory. The Dukes are led by junior Gail Decker and senior Lisa Staedt. Decker ranks ninth in Division I in scoring with 60 points on 42 goals and 18 assists. Staedt ranks 12th with 41 goals and 18 assists for 59 points. In net, James Madison has seen sophomore Amy Altig and freshman Livvy King share the goalkeeping duties. Altig holds a 8.95 goals against average and .534 save percentage, while King is registering a 7.99 goals against average and .521 save percentage.

Third seeded George Mason comes to Norfolk with a 7-7 overall and 4-3 CAA mark. The Patriots are led by senior attack Jill Toomey who has accumulated 42 points on 33 goals and nine assists, ranking ninth in the country in scoring. In net, George Mason will look to 2002 CAA Rookie of the Year, Meg Dentler. Dentler has posted a .546 save percentage, to rank 10th in the nation, and holds a 10.19 goals against average in 2003.

All games will be held at Old Dominion's Foreman Field and admission is free.