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#6 North Carolina Defeats Women's Lax In Regular Season Home Finale

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Release: April 12, 2006
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April 12, 2006

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NORFOLK, Va. -- The Old Dominion women's lacrosse team fell to the sixth-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels, 14-6, in their final regular season home game at Foreman Field on Wednesday afternoon. The game was Lady Monarchs' fifth game against a ranked opponent this season and fourth in the IWLCA Top 10.

The loss drops the Lady Monarchs to 5-7 overall as they played in their final non-conference game of the 2006 campaign. Meanwhile the Tar Heels won their third straight improving to 10-3 overall.

Old Dominion was led by the four-goal effort from junior Caroline Jacobs (Gaithersburg, Md.). Sophomore Kelly Kimener (Oakton, Va.) and senior Melody Shotwell (Fairfax Station, Va.) also scored in the loss. Rookie Lindsey Belle (Baldwinsville, N.Y.), a defender who has started all 12 games thus far, tallied her first career assist.

For the North Carolina, 10 different Tar Heels found the back of the Lady Monarch net with four Tar Heels registering multiple goals.

The Lady Monarchs struck first, a mere 3:12 into the game, as Jacobs collected her own rebound off Tar Heel keeper Kristen Hordy. However, North Carolina responded by recording four answered goals to take the lead and never looked back. Kimener stopped the scoring barrage at the 14:26 mark to cut the Lady Monarch deficit to two, 4-2. North Carolina scored three of the next four goals and entered the half up 7-3.

The Tar Heels opened the second half scoring three straight only to be answered by three consecutive goals by Jacobs. Jacobs' final tally with 9:56 left in the game cut North Carolina's lead to 10-6. In the final minutes of the game however, the Tar Heels reeled off four nets to finish the game.

In goal, Old Dominion's Michelle Gannon (Delmar, Md.) made four stops playing a majority of the minutes in net. North Carolina's Hordy made nine saves in playing 54 minutes of action and Amanda Barnes collected two saves in her limited minutes.

The Lady Monarch held a slight edge in groundballs, 25-24. Jacobs led the Lady Monarchs in groundballs by tying her career-high for the third time this season with seven. Jamie Hanssen led the Tar Heels in the category by scooping up three.

North Carolina won the battle of the draws, 13-9, with both Jenn Cook and Julia Ryan controlling two. Junior Kristen Truax (Daleville, Va.) posted a team-high three for Old Dominion.

Ryan also led the Tar Heels with three caused turnovers, while the Lady Monarchs were led by Jacobs with four.

Old Dominion will wrap of up the regular season on the road with three games remaining on the slate. This weekend, the Lady Monarchs travel to Drexel and Hofstra. Old Dominion will take on the Dragons on Friday at 3:00 p.m. and the Pride, last season's CAA regular season champions, on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.

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