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Lady Monarch Lax Takes On #18 James Madison, George Mason This Weekend

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Release: April 06, 2006
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April 6, 2006

Game: Friday, April 7 - Old Dominion vs. #18 James Madison - Foreman Field - Norfolk, Va.
Sunday, April 9 - Old Dominion at George Mason - George Mason Stadium - Fairfax, Va.

About Old Dominion: The Lady Monarchs come off a 15-8 loss at #5 Virginia on Wednesday, snapping a three-game winning streak. The loss dropped Old Dominion to 5-4 on the season. Old Dominion was led by sophomore Kelly Kimener with three goals. Freshman Jessica Noone posted two goals and two assists to finish the game with four points. In net, senior Michelle Gannon (Delmar, Md.) recorded nine saves while sophomore Sarah Larson made three stops between the pipes in 4:22 of action. The Cavaliers took a 4-1 before Old Dominion managed to rally for three goals and tie the game at 4-4 against the nation's fifth-ranked team. Junior Caroline Jacobs, on the assist from classmate Katie Veneziale, and Noone found the back of the net withing thirty seconds of each other followed by a free position goal by Kimener during the spurt. Kimener's goals tied the game with just over 10 minutes remaining in the half. Virginia however came back by scoring six unanswered goals, including three in a 37 second span, to go into the half ahead, 9-4. Old Dominion was outscored in the second half of play, 6-4. Noone tallied her second goal of the afternoon early in the half, while Kaelyn Schival recorded her first goal of the season and Kimener added in two more during the final 10 minutes of action.

A Glance At The Opponent - James Madison: The Dukes enter Friday's game ranked 18th in the IWLCA Poll with a 7-3 overall mark and 2-0 record in the CAA. James Madison has won two straight heading into the contest with Lady Monarchs, a 15-10 win over Drexel, handing the Dragons their first loss of the year, and a 12-8 victory over #20 Hofstra, last season's regular season champions. Junior midfielder Kelly Berger leads James Madison with 47 points from 27 goals and 20 assists. Senior attacker Brooke McKenzie follows with 28 goals and eight assists for 36 points. In net, the Dukes look to senior netminder Livvy King. King has posted 82 saves along with a 10.82 goals against average and .446 save percentage.

The All-Time Series vs. James Madison: The Dukes hold the advantage in the all-time series, 7-28. ODU's last victory over James Madison was back in the 2003 season as they edged the 10th-ranked Dukes, 13-12, at Foreman Field.

Last Time Vs. James Madison: The Old Dominion Lady Monarch lacrosse team fell to James Madison, 15-3, back on April 3, 2005. The Lady Monarchs collected two goals from Ashley Stanwick as well as two assists from Caroline Jacobs. Kaelyn Schival added in ODU's third and final goal of the afternoon for her first career tally.

A Glance At The Opponent - George Mason: The Patriots travel to William & Mary Friday night before returning home to host the Lady Monarchs on Sunday afternoon. Entering this weekend's competition, the Patriots hold a 6-3 overall record and 2-0 CAA mark, riding a two-game win streak. Like James Madison, George Mason defeated both Drexel and #20 Hofstra last week. Both victories came by a goal as the Patriots downed the Dragons, 11-10, and the Pride, 14-13. On the stat sheet, George Mason is led by junior attack/midfielder Melissa Venturi with 24 goals, five assists, and 29 points. Sophomore attacker Laura King follows with 22 goals and assists for a total of 23 points. In net, the Patriots lost four-year starter and All-American Meg Dentler to graduation and look to rookie Roxie Alsruhe as the last line of defense. Alsrhue holds a .442 save percentage and 10.71 goals against average.

The All-Time Series vs. George Mason: Old Dominion holds the edge in the all-time series with George Mason, 11-6. The Lady Monarchs last victory over the Patriots occurred back in the 2003 season as the lady Monarchs captured an 8-6 home win.

Last Time Vs. George Mason: The Old Dominion women's lacrosse team opened the 2005 CAA portion of its schedule back on April 1st, falling to the George Mason Patriots, 4-8. The Patriots' Sarah Bryant led all scorers with three tallies, while Melissa Venturi added in two. Kristy Manas also recorded two assists in the victory for George Mason. For Old Dominion, all four goals came at the hands of four different Lady Monarchs including Tameka Davis' first net of the 2005 campaign.

Making An Appearance In The Polls: The Lady Monarch women's lacrosse team made an appearance in the IWLCA Poll this week receiving four votes.

Honored Lady Monarchs: Junior midfielder Caroline Jacobs was named the CAA Co-Player of the Week for the week ending April 2nd. Jacobs, a junior midfielder led Old Dominion to a 3-0 week, including a 2-0 mark in the CAA, with eight goals, three assists, and 11 points along with 11 groundballs and seven caused turnovers. She collected five points from three goals and two assists as Old Dominion defeated 2005 defending CAA champion Towson last Friday, 13-12. She followed with three goals and six groundballs in Old Dominion's second CAA victory of the year, a 10-8 win over Delaware. She also added two goals and an assist in a 12-11 win over Rutgers. Additionally, sophomore Kelly Kimener was named to the WomensLacrosse.com's and InsideLacrosse.com Honor Roll. Kimener notched seven goals, and four assists for 11 points in the 3-0 ODU week. She nabbed the game-winner in last Sunday's 10-8 victory over Delaware.

In CAA/NCAA Stats: Junior midfielder Caroline Jacobs ranks third in assists per game (1.50), seven in points per game (3.50), second in groundballs per game (3.88), and fourth in caused turnovers per game (2.00). Jacobs ranks 10th in groundballs and 13th in caused turnovers nationally. Junior midfielder Katie Veneziale ranks fifth in draw controls per game (2.62), which puts her 32nd in the country.

Next Up: Old Dominion has three games on tap next week. The Lady Monarchs host #6 North Carolina on Wednesday, April 12th in their final regular season home game of the 2006 season. The game will also be the annual scholarship game with the $5.00 admission to benefit the Intercollegiate Foundation For Women's Lacrosse Scholarships. Following the match-up with the Tar Heels, the Lady Monarchs return to conference action traveling to Drexel and Hofstra.

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