Lady Monarch Lax Drops Home Finale To #20 William & Mary, 12-10

April 20, 2005
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

April 20, 2005


NORFOLK, Va. -- The Old Dominion women's lacrosse team dropped a heartbreaker on Wednesday afternoon in their regular season home finale at Foreman Field as #20 William & Mary rallied from a 10-7 deficit and held the Lady Monarchs scoreless over the final 13:36 to walk away with the 12-10 victory.

The Lady Monarchs were defeated in their eighth straight contest as they fall to 3-11 and finished the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) season 0-7. Meanwhile, the Tribe improved to 7-8 overall and 4-3 in CAA action. The victory marked the first William & Mary road win of the season. The 20th-ranked Tribe also marked ODU's sixth ranked opponent of the season.

Old Dominion's Katie Veneziale (Downingtown, Pa.) gave the Lady Monarchs a 10-7 lead with 13:36 remaining in the game, however, from there the Tribe defense clamped down and did not allow another Lady Monarch goal the rest of the way. Meanwhile, the William & Mary offense exploded for five-answered goals to take the come from behind victory. Anne Harrington tied the game at 10-10 with 5:09 remaining and then Tribe leading scorer Colleen Dalon put away the game-winner with a mere 1:13 left. Getting a handle on the ensuing draw control, Morgan Lang then added an insurance goal for the Tribe getting the bounce past Lady Monarch netminder Michelle Gannon (Delmar, Md.).

Trailing 2-1 with 18:22 left in the opening half, Old Dominion tallied four answered goals over the following 10 minutes to control the lead the rest of the stanza. Sophomore Ashley Stanwick (Aquasco, Md.) started the Lady Monarch scoring barrage at the 16:03 mark off her second straight free position attempt. Stanwick then tallied her third and final goal of the day to cap off the rally off a feed from sophomore Caroline Jacobs (Gaithersburg, Md.) to give Old Dominion a 5-2 edge with 6:14 on the clock. Becca Hall broke the Tribe scoring drought moments later, but Jacobs would bring the Lady Monarch lead back to three with 2:07 remaining. William & Mary did not end the half quietly though, racking up two goals in the closing minutes. Dalon, followed by a tally by Emily Vitrano with one-second left, brought the Tribe to within one, 6-5, at the intermission.

After the teams traded goals to open the second half, Veneziale and junior Sarah Lautenbach (West Chester, Pa.) registered back-to-back Lady Monarch goals. The two goals gave a three-goal lead back to Old Dominion as they led 9-6 with 18:02 left. From there the teams would trade goals again before the Tribe made its run. Laura Nolan broke a 10-minute drought for William & Mary, while Veneziale netted the final Old Dominion goal of the afternoon.

William & Mary outshot the Lady Monarchs, 23-20. Stanwick and Jacobs each had three goals in the loss, while Dalon registered a game-high four nets for the Tribe.

The Tribe held a slight edge in the groundball department, 23-21, and also held the advantage in draw, 15-9. Veneziale, ODU's draw control specialist who ranked 15th in the latest NCAA stats, recorded a game-high six.

Between the pipes, William & Mary's Debby Petracca made six saves, while Gannon posted 11 in the loss.

The Lady Monarchs return to action in their 2005 season finale at #9 North Carolina on Saturday. Game-time is set for 1:00 p.m. in Chapel Hill.