Defending National Champions Open 2001 Campaign

August 24, 2001
By ODU Athletics

Aug. 24, 2001

NORFOLK, VA.-- The defending National Champion Old Dominion University Field Hockey squad opens the 2001 campaign this weekend at Michigan State and Michigan.

The Lady Monarchs will play Michigan State Saturday at 1 p.m., then travel to Ann Arbor to take on Michigan on Sunday at 1 p.m. The Wolverines are pre-season ranked fourth by HOCKEY POINT, while Old Dominion edged out North Carolina for the top pre-season spot.

Old Dominion was 25-1 last year, winning their ninth NCAA title with a 3-1 decision over North Carolina. Leading the Lady Monarch returnees is first team All- American defender Adrienne Yoder (Coopersburg, PA.) and goaltender Marybeth Freeman (Holland, PA.). Gone from the Lady Monarchs lineup by way of graduation is the NCAA's All-time scorer and Honda Award winner Marina DiGiacomo (Medonza, Argentina.

The Lady Monarchs first home game will be Saturday, Sept. 1 against Maryland.

HOCKEYPOINT PRE-SEASON TOP TEN

1. Old Dominion 91.5

2. North Carolina 90.5

3. Maryland 74

4. Michigan 65.5

5. Princeton 56

6. Wake Forest 53.5

7. Penn State 29

8. Uconn 25

9. Virginia 17

10. Duke 12

Also receiving votes: Kent State, JMU, Umass, Ohio State, Michigan State, Boston U., William & Mary , Harvard, and Louisville.

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