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Women's Lacrosse Opens Conference Play With 14-10 Win Over Delaware

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
         
Release: March 09, 2002
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March 9, 2002

Norfolk, VA (March 9, 2002) -- The 16th ranked Old Dominion women's lacrosse team (2-1) opened up Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) play with a 14-10 victory over Delaware (1-1) in the home opener on Foreman Field.

The Fightin' Blue Hens raced out to a 1-0 lead just 53 seconds into the contest with a goal by Ashley Moderacki. However, the Lady Monarchs promptly took control of the rest of the half scoring 10 unanswered goals and keeping Delaware away from the ODU cage. Junior Danielle Hensil (Havertown, PA) scored the first of her four goals of the afternoon with 27:17 on the clock to tie the game and the Lady Monarch took the lead for good off a Janine Rodriguez (Davidsonville, MD) goal off the assist by sophomore Suzanne Wosczyna (Phoniexville, PA). Wosczyna would finish with five assists and six points.

Delaware staged a come back in the second half, outscoring the Lady Monarchs 9-4 in the final stanza. Old Dominion controlled the opening minutes of play, pulling ahead 11-1 on another Hensil goal just 1:12 into the second half. The Blue Hens then rattled off four unanswered goals and cut their deficit to 11-5 with 25:15 remaining. Although Old Dominion remained the leaders in the game, the Fightin' Blue Hens continued to chip away at the Lady Monarch advantage.

Senior Heister tallied a game-high five goals, while Rodriguez and Hensil each collected four goals and an assist. For Delaware, Moderacki along with Corinne Shuck had three goals each. Nikki Kucharski recorded both Blue Hen assists. Sophomore Beth O'Leary (Manlius, NY) made 11 saves in net for the Lady Monarchs while Delaware netminder Laurie Tortorelli stopped nine shots on goal.

The Lady Monarchs return at action tomorrow at noon on Foreman Field facing the Retrievers of the University of Maryland-Baltimore County.


SCORING SUMMARY

ODU: 10 4 14 DEL: 1 9 10

Goals: ODU: Heister (5), Hensil (4), Rodriguez (4), Wosczyna (1) DEL: Moderacki (3), Shuck (3), Campolettano (2), Lynch (1)

Assists: ODU: Rodriguez (1), Hensil (1), Wosczyna (6), Smith (1) DEL: Kucharski (2)

Saves: ODU: O'Leary (11 saves, 10 ga, 60 min.) DEL: Tortorelli (9 saves, 14 ga, 60 min.)

Ground Balls: ODU: 13, DEL: 14 Caused Turnovers: ODU: 3, DEL: 5 Draw Controls: ODU: 12, DEL: 15

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