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#18 Lady Monarch LAX Edges Delaware, 12-11

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Release: April 13, 2003
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April 13, 2003

NORFOLK, VA -- Sophomore Melody Shotwell (Fairfax Station, VA) led all Lady Monarchs scorers with four goals as #18 Old Dominion clinched the top seed at the upcoming CAA Championships, edging Delaware, 12-11, in a battle for first place.

The Lady Monarchs, who have just one more regular season contest left at Towson next weekend, improve to 11-3 overall and a perfect 6-0 in CAA play. The Fightin' Blue Hens suffered their first conference loss dropping to 7-6 overall and 4-1 in league play. The loss also snapped a three-game win streak.

The Blue Hens' Libby Pforr scored back-to-back goals as Delaware opened the game 2-1 within the first five minutes of action. From there, the Lady Monarchs went on to score four unanswered goals to take a 5-2 lead with 8:44 remaining. During that span, Shotwell netted two of her four goals, while junior Suzanne Wosczyna (Phoenixville, PA) and senior Danielle Hensil (Havertown, PA) each scored on free position shots.

During the remaining minutes of the first half both teams traveled up and down the field with no success until Delaware's Erin Edell found the back of the Lady Monarch net with 24 seconds remaining as Old Dominion entered the half up 5-3.

Pforr struck again in the early minutes of the second half to pull Delaware within one, 5-4, with 28:21 remaining on the clock. However once again, the Lady Monarchs would go on a tear keeping the Blue Hen offense at bay while scoring four answered goals for a 8-4 advantage with just over 20 minutes remaining. Shotwell would add in her third goal of the afternoon, Hensil her second, and junior Janine Rodriguez (Davidsonville, MD) recorded back-to-back tallies.

With Old Dominion leading 12-8, Delaware would score the game's final three goals and pull within one, 12-11, with 2:05 remaining in regulation off a Kristin Cellucci goal. Delaware had several opportunities to tie the game in the final moments, controlling the final draw and Blue Hen leading scorer Nikki Kucharski awarded a free position shot on the Lady Monarch net. However, the Lady Monarch defense held tight and rookie netminder Michelle Gannon (Delmar, MD) came up with a critical save to help preserve the win.

Gannon (Delmar, MD) recorded 14 saves in playing all 60 minutes. For Delaware, Patrice Hughes made nine saves.

Senior Marlaine Smith (Gaithersburg, MD) tied her season-high winning seven draw controls. Hensil added two caused turnovers, while Rodriguez and freshman Sarah Wosczyna (Phoenixville, PA) each had three groundballs.

Delaware was led by the four-goal effort of Pforr, who also had three draws and two groundballs. Edell also recorded three draw controls for the Fightin' Blue Hens, while sophomore defender Lindsey Greer had a game-high four caused turnovers. Sophomore midfield Diana Hall also scooped up two groundballs in the loss.

The Lady Monarchs will close out the 2003 regular season campaign at Towson on Friday, April 18th. The CAA Championships will come to Foreman Field beginning on April 25th with the top four teams in the league traveling to Norfolk.

SCORING SUMMARY:

1 2 F UD 3 8 11 #18 ODU 5 7 12

Goals: ODU: Shotwell (4), Hensil (2), Rodriguez (2), Wosczyna (2), Coane (1), Lindsey (1) UD: Pforr (4), Edell (2), Kron (2), Cellucci (1), Kucharksi (1), Zane (1)

Assists: ODU: Coane (1), Hensil (1), Rodriguez (1), Wosczyna (1) UD: Kucharski (2), Greer (1), Libertina (1)

Saves: ODU: Gannon (14 saves, 11 GA, 60 min.) UD: Hughes (9 saves, 12 GA, 60 min.)

Shots: ODU (24), UD (30) FPS: ODU (3), UD (2) Groundballs: ODU (19), UD (10) Caused Turnovers: ODU (3), UD (14) Turnovers: ODU (15), UD (6) Draw Controls: ODU (14), UD (9) Fouls: ODU (10), UD (16)

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