Women's Lacrosse Edged By Hofstra, 8-7
By ODU Athletics
April 9, 2004
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (www.hofstra.edu) - Freshman Kim Hillier scored three goals and junior Lisa Papa made seven saves in net as Hofstra earned its first-ever win over Old Dominion with an 8-7 victory over the Lady Monarchs in Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) women's lacrosse action on Friday evening at James M. Shuart Stadium. Old Dominion had won all three of the previous meetings since the Pride joined the CAA prior to the 2002 season.
Freshman Caroline Jacobs scored at the 23:24 mark of the first half to give Old Dominion an early 1-0 lead before the Pride quickly answered with two straight to take a 2-1 advantage. Junior Tara Buecker tallied Hofstra's first goal of the contest at the 21:53 mark before junior Caitlin Connolly would give the Pride their first lead of the contest with an unassisted goal at the 17:12 mark. A goal from senior Janine Rodriguez would knot the game up at two before Hofstra scored four unanswered goals to lead 6-2 with 3:32 left in the first half. The Lady Monarchs would cut the deficit to two as freshman Ashley Stanwick tallied back-to-back goals at the 27:56 mark and the 28:25 mark to close the gap to 6-4 in favor of Hofstra. The Pride would retake the momentum heading into halftime as an Old Dominion turnover in the final seconds of the half led to a Pride goal as sophomore Becky Thorn fed junior Jill Wienecke for Hofstra's seventh goal of the half with one second remaining before the break.
With Hofstra leading 7-4 at half, the Lady Monarchs came out of the break and scored the first two goals of the second half to cut the deficit to one, 7-6, 3:06 into the half. The Pride would stem the tide shortly thereafter as Hillier notched her third and final goal of the game at the 5:38 mark to give Hofstra an 8-6 advantage. That score would turn out to be the Pride's final tally of the contest as they were held without a goal over the final 24:21 of the game. It turned out to be enough though as the Lady Monarchs could only find the back of the net once over the final 26:53 when senior Molly Coane scored with 4:18 remaining in the game.
Hofstra junior Bridget Eder had a solid all-around outing for the Pride as she contributed a team-highs of six ground balls, three caused turnovers and three draw controls. Connolly and Thorn each finished with a goal and an assist for the Pride in the game.
For Old Dominion, Stanwick and Rodriguez finished with two goals, while senior Suzanne Wosczyna chipped in with one goal, four ground balls and two caused turnovers. Hofstra held Wosczyna, the nation's second leading scorer to just the single point. Wosczyna came into the contest averaging 5.44 points per game.
Papa made four of her seven saves in the first half, while ODU sophomore goaltender Michelle Gannon tallied nines saves in the contest with five in the final 30 minutes.
Hofstra returns to action on Sunday when they host The College of William & Mary at 1 p.m., while the Lady Monarchs travel to Drexel on Sunday for a noon contest.