Monarchs Play James Madison Friday Night in the CAA Championship Semifinals in Richmond

November 11, 2004
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Nov. 11, 2004

NORFOLK, VA - The #3 seed Old Dominion men's soccer team will face #2 seed James Madison Friday night at 8:00 PM in the CAA Tournament Semifinals at VCU's Sports Backers Stadium in Richmond, VA.  The Monarchs defeated #6 seed William & Mary 2-0 Tuesday night at the ODU Soccer Stadium in the CAA Tournament Quarterfinals to advance to the final four setting.  The Dukes received a first round bye.  ODU goes into the game with a 12-4-2 overall record, while James Madison is 15-2-1.


CAA Tournament Semifinals Game Notes:



                                                Conference          Overall

Team                                      W   L   T                W   L   T

Virginia Commonwealth      7     1    1                11   4    2

James Madison                    7     2    0                  15   2    1

Old Dominion                       6     2    1                12   4    2

UNC-Wilmington                 5     3    1                12   6    2

Hofstra                                   4     4    1                  9     9    1

William & Mary                    4     4    1                9    7    4

Towson                                 3     5    1                8     7    2

George Mason                      3     6    0                7    11   1

Drexel                                     2     7    0                5    12   0

Delaware                                1     8    0                4    13   1


About the Monarchs

Old Dominion enters the 2004 CAA Tournament with a 12-4-2 overall record and a 6-2-1 CAA mark.  The Monarchs are the #3 seed in the tournament.  ODU earned a trip to the CAA Tournament semi-finals after defeating #6 seed William & Mary 2-0 Tuesday night at the ODU Soccer Stadium.  Senior Forward Kyle Hartley (Virginia Beach, VA) scored in the 10th minute of the game, off a Brian Cvilikas (Highlands Ranch, CO) assist.  Senior Midfielder Kevon Harris (Kingston, Jamaica) scored an insurance goal in the second half, connecting on a Penalty Kick.  The win gave the Monarchs two wins over the Tribe in the span of three days, also defeating William & Mary 3-2 in overtime Saturday night.


Kevon Harris leads the team in scoring, with 18 points (seven goals, four assists), while Brian Cvilikas leads all forwards with 13 points (five goals, three assists).  Junior Goalkeeper John Connelly (Rockville, MD) has recorded eight shutouts this season and has 1.03 Goals Against Average, allowing 19 goals in 18 games.


About James Madison

James Madison is the #2 seed in this year's CAA Tournament.  The Dukes started off the season 12-0-1 overall and 4-0 in the CAA, and enter the tournament with a 15-2-1 overall record and a 7-2 CAA mark.  Sophomore Midfielder/Defender Kurt Morsink leads the Dukes in scoring with 25 points (nine goals, seven assists), while Goalkeeper Kevin Trapp has allowed only 11 goals in 17 games this season.


ODU Series Against James Madison

The Monarchs are 9-16-4 all-time against James Madison.  This season ODU handed the Dukes their first loss of the season (after starting 12-0-1), winning 1-0 at the ODU Soccer Stadium.  Kevon Harris scored the game-winning goal for the Monarchs early in the second half.  In the CAA Tournament, ODU is 1-2-1 all-time against James Madison, last dropping a 5-0 decision in 1996.


ODU-JMU CAA Tournament Results


1991 (at Norfolk, VA):

#2 Old Dominion d. #1 James Madison, 1-0


1993 (at Richmond, VA):

#1 James Madison d. #6 Old Dominion, 3-0


1994 (at Williamsburg, VA):

#2 James Madison tied #3 Old Dominion, 1-1

JMU adv. 3-1 on PK's)


1996 (at Wilmington, NC):

#2 James Madison d. #7 Old Dominion, 5-0


Last Time Out Against the Dukes

ODU 1, JMU 0 (Oct. 22, 2004)

After a scoreless first half, Kevon Harris scored his team-leading fifth goal of the season in the 46th minute of action, off a pass from Ian Kaila (Fredericksburg, VA) to put ODU on top 1-0.  In a very closely contested game, JMU out-shot the Monarchs 12-9 and had a 6-3 corner kicks edge.  Goalkeeper John Connelly (Rockville, MD) saved four shots en route to his sixth shutout of the season.


Shots:  JMU (12), ODU (9)

Corners:  JMU (6), ODU (3)

Saves:  JMU-Kevin Trapp (3); ODU-John Connelly (4)

2004 Season

After starting 0-2 in the CAA, the Monarchs rebounded to go 6-0-1 in conference play to end their regular season.  Including Tuesday night's game, ODU is 7-0-1 in CAA play since dropping a pair of games against UNC-Wilmington and Va. Commonwealth during the opening weekend.  Overall, ODU is 6-1-1 in their last eight games, dropping a game against #2 Virginia 4-1 in Charlottesville.


The Monarchs started off the season 5-0-0, with all five games being at home.  ODU defeated three teams during this span that made the 2003 NCAA Tournament:  Davidson, Rutgers and North Carolina.  During the stretch, ODU also defended their Stihl Soccer Classic title, defeating Navy and Rutgers in the process.  ODU next ventured down I-64 to compete in the Nike Tribe Classic, hosted by William & Mary.  The Monarchs battled American to a 1-1 tie before suffering their first loss of the season, dropping a 1-0 decision to Hartwick.


ODU, the preseason favorite to win the CAA title, got off to a rocky start in conference play, suffering opening weekend losses at UNC-Wilmington and Va. Commonwealth.  The Monarchs rebounded the following weekend, defeating Drexel and Hofstra in a pair of home games to improve to 2-2 in the conference.  The Monarchs next battled the Towson Tigers to a 2-2 tie before defeating Delaware 3-2 in double-overtime.


Returning home, the Monarchs handed James Madison their first loss of the season, taking a 1-0 victory in a hotly contested game.  Kevon Harris scored the game-winning goal early in the second half.  ODU used the momentum to take a 2-0 victory over George Mason two days later to improve to 5-2-1 in the CAA.  After suffering a 4-1 loss at #2 Virginia in non-conference action, the Monarchs rebounded last Saturday night, defeating William & Mary 3-2 in overtime.  ODU trailed 2-1 late in the second half, when Sophomore Forward Edson Elcock (Brooklyn, NY) scored the game-tying goal.  Senior Forward Kevin McMenamin (West Springfield, MA) scored the game-winning goal in the third minute of overtime.


The Coaching Staff

Head Coach:  Alan Dawson (LOCK HAVEN '84)

Alan Dawson is in his eighth year as the head coach of Old Dominion.  The three-time CAA Coach of the Year has guided the Monarchs to national prominence in just a few short years.  Last year, the Monarchs made a return trip to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.  ODU defeated NC State 6-3 at home in the first round before dropping a close 2-1 decision to #2 seed Maryland in College Park in the second round.  The Monarchs' 12-4-2 record this year marks the fifth season since 1999 in which Dawson has led his team to double-digit wins.  ODU's 3-0 victory over Towson last season marked Dawson's 200th career win as a head coach.


Dawson's Year-by-Year:

1987            Methodist College     8-6-3

1988            Methodist College     12-5-0

1989            Methodist College     14-5-0

1990            Methodist College     15-3-1 NCAA DIII Tourn.

1991            Methodist College     16-1-3 NCAA DIII Tourn.

1992            Methodist College     16-1-2 NCAA DIII Quarters

1993            Methodist College     14-4-0 NCAA DIII Tourn.

1994            Methodist College     13-4-1 NCAA DIII Tourn.

1995            Methodist College     21-1-0 NCAA DIII Finalists

1997            Old Dominion             7-9-1

1998            Old Dominion             8-8-2

1999            Old Dominion           15-4-0

2000            Old Dominion           10-6-2

2001            Old Dominion             8-7-2

2002            Old Dominion           10-9-1 NCAA Div. I 2nd Rd

2003            Old Dominion            15-4-2 NCAA Div. I 2nd Rd.

2004            Old Dominion             12-4-2
Methodist College Total                          129-30-10

Old Dominion Total                       85-51-11

Totals                                                          214-81-21


Assistant Coaches:

Mark Waite (LOCK HAVEN '94)

Assistant coach Mark Waite is in his seventh season with the Monarchs and head coach Alan Dawson.  After six seasons of helping Coach Dawson establish a consistently successful program at ODU, Waite, a native of Grimbsy, England, has become one of the top assistant coaches in the CAA.  While under the tutelage of Waite, the Monarchs have never finished under .500, including two CAA regular season titles and back-to-back trips to the NCAA Tournament Second Round.


Jonathan Jones (APPALACHIAN STATE '01)

Jonathan Jones is in his fourth year as an assistant coach.  Jones started at ODU as a volunteer assistant in 2001 before becoming a full-time staff member in 2002.  He currently has a "B" license from the United States Soccer Federation and is currently working with the U-14 boys team for Beach FC.


Last Year in the CAA Tournament

GMU 1, ODU 0 (Nov. 14, 2003 at Richmond, VA)

RICHMOND, Va.-Matt Mendy's goal early in the first half lifted the Patriots of George Mason to a 1-0 victory over Old Dominion in the Colonial Athletic Association semi-finals Friday night at the Sports Backers Stadium. The GMU victory (11-5-5) puts them into Sunday's finals against VCU, who defeated JMU in the other semi-final, 3-0.

In what was a defensive struggle, the Monarchs outshot George Mason, 7-2. First team All-CAA goalkeeper John O'Hara came up with three saves and his tenth shutout of the season. Second team All-CAA goalkeeper Sam Cameron (Raleigh, NC.) had one save on the night. GMU did not get a shot off in the entire second half.

All-CAA selections Attila Vendegh (Bratislava, Slovakia), Kevon Harris (Kingston, Jamaica) and Brian Cvilikas (Highlands Ranch, CO.) each had one shot on goal.

The Patriot goal came as Jacob Weitz passed to Mendy who pushed it in the right corner of the net.


GMU  1-0=1

ODU  0-0=0


2:33  GMU   Matt Mendy from Jacob Weitz


Shots: ODU (7), GMU (2)

Corners: ODU (1), GMU (1)

Saves: ODU-Sam Cameron(1), GMU John O'Hara (3)


ODU'S CAA Rankings


Points                                                     5th                78                           

Goals                                       3rd            31

Assists                                      7th            16

Saves                                       9th            46

Goals Allowed                          3rd            20

Goals Against Average            5th            1.07

Shutouts                                   3rd            4



Shots:                           Kevon Harris              1st        30

Shots Per Game:          Kevon Harris              2nd        3.33

Assists:                        Kevin McMenamin       10th      2

GAA:                           John Connelly               4th        1.17

Shutouts:                      John Connelly               2nd        4


Monarch Scoring Leaders

Kevon Harris                7 goals, 4 assists, 18 points

Brian Cvilikas               5 goals, 3 assists, 13 points

Edson Elcock               4 goals, 2 assists, 10 points

Ross Mackenzie            4 goals, 0 assists. 8 points


Goalkeepers   GP   Min.   Saves   SV%   GA   GAA

John Connelly          18     1652     46                    .708       19     1.03

Bryan Fossi                1         23       0                    .000         1     3.91