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Lady Monarchs Power Past Drexel To Clinch CAA Tournament Bid, 14-7

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
         
Release: April 19, 2009
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April 19, 2009

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NORFOLK, Va. -- The ODU Lady Monarchs (11-3, 5-1) cruised to a 14-7 victory over the Drexel Dragons (7-8, 0-6) today and clinched a spot in the 2009 CAA Tournament. ODU, currently tied for first atop the league standings with William & Mary and Delaware, will host a season finale crucial to seeding with the Tribe on Thursday night at 7:00 pm.

Jessica Noone led the way for Old Dominion, scoring three goals and adding assists on three more for six points in the win. Junior Ashley Kellogg scored four goals, including the game winner.

After each team scored a goal in the first five minutes, the Lady Monarchs pulled away by scoring the next six goals. Junior midfielder Saratu Dodo was big early for ODU, scoring three of the first six goals. Two of her tallies came off assists by senior Kelly Kimener, who had a goal and two assists in the game.

Drexel ended the half scoring two goals in the last 2:05, pulling within four goals at the break. Katie Lawson, Ali Allen and Krista Gerstenberger scored in the first half for the Dragons.

Out of halftime, Drexel applied pressure by scoring the first goal and pulling within three with 25:22 remaining, but ODU again applied a powerful offensive run to put away the Dragons. ODU scored five straight, including two from Noone and Kellogg's eventual gamewinner, and with 14:03 remaining led by eight goals.

In the final eleven minutes, Drexel would score three goals to Old Dominion's two for the final tally, 14-7. Rookie Lisa Bernardini scored an unassisted goal with 9:37 remaining and junior Nicole McMahon scored on a pass from Noone to wrap up the scoring for Old Dominion.

Drexel was led by Allen with two goals, and Emily Kane added a goal and assist for the Dragons. Katie Blazer grabbed three draw controls and three groundballs while starting goalkeeper Lauren LaBella played most of the match and made eight saves.

Noone's six points were tops for Old Dominion, as the senior put all six of her shots on goal. Defender Jordan McKeon had four ground balls and redshirt freshman goalie Sarah Geary managed a career-high four caused turnovers and five ground balls. She also saved seven and dropped her goals against average to 9.59.

ODU remains in a tie for first in the CAA and wrapped up a trip to the tournament for the second time in three years. ODU hosts William & Mary at 7:00 pm in the Annual ODU Scholarship Game to determine seeding. Admission will be $5 and ODU students get in free with a valid ID.

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