Lady Monarchs Upset In CAA Semifinals
By ODU Athletics
Nov. 6, 2004
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- In the second upset of the day at the 2004 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Field Hockey Tournament, the third seeded Fightin' Blue Hens of Delaware advanced to the championship game with a 2-1 overtime victory over second seeded Old Dominion. The Blue Hens will face Hofstra at 1:00 p.m. at Busch Field. The Pride, seeded fourth, upset top seeded William & Mary, 1-0, in overtime in the day's first game.
Old Dominion fell to 13-7 overall and now awaits the NCAA committee's decision on Tuesday as to whether or not the Lady Monarchs will advance to the NCAA Tournament with an at-large bid. Delaware returns to the championship game for the second straight year and improved to 14-6.
Both teams scored late in the first half and entered halftime deadlocked at 1-1. Sophomore midfielder Caroline Nichols (Va. Beach, Va.) broke the stalemate with 4:13 left in the half blasting away a hard shot from the top right side of the circle for the first tally of the game. Then with just 17 seconds left in the half, Delaware's Erica LaBar found Leah Geib right in front of the Lady Monarch net to tie the game back up.
Neither team found the back of the net in the second half, resulting in the second overtime game of the tournament. With 2:28 left in the first overtime session and the Blue Hens awarded a penalty corner, CAA Defender of the Year Amanda Warrington passed the ball to Lauren Carr along the left side of the ODU cage to tip-in the game-winner into the corner.
Old Dominion outshot the Blue Hens, 12-8, and held a 10-4 advantage in corners.
In net, Mary Cate Gordon (Oreland, Pa.) stopped four shots on net, while Delaware's Megan Allen also registered four saves between the pipes.