Field Hockey Travels To Towson, Delaware
By ODU Athletics
Oct. 7, 2004
NORFOLK, Va.-- Coming off four straight home victories in the last two weeks, the Old Dominion field hockey team takes to the road again this weekend. The eighth ranked Lady Monarchs travel to Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) rivals Towson on Friday, October 8th and Delaware on Sunday, October 10th.
The Lady Monarchs enter this weekend's match-ups with a 7-3 overall mark and 2-0 CAA record. The team slipped a notch in the weekly STX/NFHCA Poll to number eight despite wins over then 20th ranked Hofstra and Drexel. Old Dominion continues to be led by sophomore midfielder Dana Sensenig (Denver, Pa.) who has racked up 17 points on five goals and seven assists. Sensenig is currently tied for fifth among CAA field hockey athletes in scoring. Classmate Caroline Nichols (Va. Beach, Va.) is closely behind Sensenig on the stat sheet having registered five goals and three assists for 13 points. Additionally, junior defender Janelle Engle (Mt. Joy, Pa.), who tallied four of ODU's 11 goals last weekend, moved into third in scoring with five goals and an assist for 11 points.
The Tigers enter Friday night's 6:00 p.m. contest with a 4-8 overall mark and 0-2 record in CAA action. Since joining the CAA in 2002, Towson has yet to score on the Lady Monarchs with Old Dominion averaging 12 goals per game in each of the two meetings. Towson is unbeaten at home this year, having played only two of their first twelve games Johnny Unitas Stadium where they have pulled off a 2-0 win over Quinnipiac and a 13-0 win over St. Francis, which shattered the school record for goals in a game.
This weekend the Tigers will be coming off a five-game road stretch in which the last two games were loses to CAA teams Virginia Commonwealth (8-3, 1-1) and James Madison (3-10, 1-1). Senior forwards Julie Lambi and Ashley Bacon lead the Tiger offense in scoring with eight goals apiece. Lambi, who is currently second in the conference in scoring, also leads the team with eight assists. In net sophomore Christina Armer holds a 2.40 and a .791 save percentage
The University of Delaware, who improved to #14 in this week's STX/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll, has proved to be one of the most formible CAA rivals entering the weekend with an 8-4 overall and 2-0 conference mark. The Fightin' Blue Hens will take on William and Mary before facing the Lady Monarchs on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.
Last season's regular season match-up at Foreman Field proved to be one of the most exciting games of the year as the Lady Monarchs sent home the game-winning goal with 12.9 seconds remaining in the first overtime session. However, the Lady Monarchs did not make the CAA Championship game as close as Old Dominion took home the crown with a 5-0 shutout.
Last week Delaware picked up two CAA victories. In the Blue Hens' CAA opener in Harrisonburg, Va. against host James Madison, Delaware held off the Dukes with a double overtime finish of 2-1. All-American senior midfielder Jesse Balmer scored the game-winning goal with a little over nine minutes to play in the second overtime period. The Blue Hens followed by traveling to Richmond to take on Virginia Commonwealth. Senior forward Amanda Warrington and sophomore defender Amber Deimler led the team with two goals apiece.
Warrington checks into the weekend as Delaware's leading scorer with seven goals, including six in the last five games. Warrington, fifth in the CAA in scoring, also has an assist to along with her 17 points. Fellow classmate Lauren Carr enters as the Blue Hens' second leading scorer with six goals, four assists, and 16 points. Sophomore and Virginia Beach native Megan Allen has been in net all season long for Delaware racking up a CAA-leading 1.13 goals against average and a .821 save percentage. Allen leads the league with six shutouts.
The Lady Monarchs return home after the weekend road trip. Next weekend the Lady Monarchs look to avenge losses to Maryland and Duke as they close out home-and-home series with the Terps and Blue Devils.