Women's Lacrosse Falls To #18 James Madison, 14-8
By ODU Athletics
April 7, 2006
NORFOLK, Va. -- In their second straight game to ranked opponent, the Old Dominion women's lacrosse team fell to #18 James Madison, 14-8, Friday afternoon at Foreman Field.
The loss, Old Dominion's first in conference competition, drops the Lady Monarchs to 5-5 overall and 2-1 in the CAA, while the Dukes improve their mark to 5-5 and remain undefeated in league play at 3-0.
James Madison had a trio record the hat trick as Kelly Berger, Maria Bosica, and Brooke McKenzie all tallied three goals apiece. Berger finished the afternoon with six points as she also added in three assists. Old Dominion was led by junior Ashley Stanwick (Aquasco, Md.) with three as well.
The game started with James Madison taking a four goals lead. Lynlea Cronin collected the opening draw and raced down field for the Dukes goal 11 seconds into the game followed by back-to-back nets by JMU leading scorer, Berger. McKenzie added in the first goal of her two goals of the afternoon with 22:24 left in the first half to five James Madison the 4-0.
Old Dominion responded by finding the back of the James Madison net twice within a 17 seconds span. Junior Katie Veneziale (Downingtown, Pa.) got the Lady Monarchs onto the scoreboard first, off an assist from fellow classmate Caroline Jacobs (Gaithersburg, Md.) and then senior Melody Shotwell (Fairfax Station, Va.) found classmate Tameka Davis (Washington, D.C.) at point-blank range in front of the JMU net to cut ODU's deficit down to 4-2 with 21:32 left in the half.
James Madison scored two more times, with goals by Birgid Strain and a free position tally by Julie Stone, and extended its lead to 6-2 with 17:32 to go in the first half. The Lady Monarchs responded again with another two goals. Stanwick collect her first goal of the afternoon followed by an eight-meter goal by Shotwell, as the Lady Monarchs trailed 6-4 with a little over five minute remaining.
The last minutes of the first half saw both teams trade goals. Boscia from Berger scored for James Madison, while Stanwick's second goal of the day, this time coming from a free position attempt on net, put the score at 7-5 in favor of James Madison heading into the intermission.
Although the Lady Monarchs struck first in the half to pull within one goal of their opponent, the Dukes rattled off four straight goals to pull ahead. A free-position goals by Stanwick cut ODU's deficit to 7-6 just two minutes and 16 seconds into the half, but Julie Stone captured a free position net of her own a minute later to start the JMU's scoring spurt. During the Duke rally, McKenzie, Kim Griffin, and Boscia, also managed to find the back of the Lady Monarch net.
Another free position attempt by the Lady Monarchs stopped the Dukes' scoring rally. Old Dominion leading scorer Jacobs registered her lone goal as the Lady Monarchs trailed 11-7 with 16:21 left in the game.
After an eight-meter goal registered by Bosica, Old Dominion registered its final goal of the afternoon on an unassisted score by freshman Jessica Noone (Manassas, Va.). Meanwhile, James Madison closed out the game with two more goals, McKenzie's third of the day and Berger's third of the afternoon coming with 57 seconds left in the contest.
Old Dominion won the battle of the draw controls, 14-10, with freshman Lindsey Belle (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) recording four. James Madison was led by Julie Stone with four.
Defensively, both teams were almost evenly matched in the groundball department with James Madison holding the slight edge, 24-23. The Lady Monarchs were led by Belle with five, while the Duke's netminder King registered six.
Three different Dukes recorded two caused turnovers and totaled 13 for the afternoon. Old Dominion made 10 caused turnovers and were led by Jacobs and junior Kristen Truax (Daleville, Va.).
The Lady Monarchs return to action when they travel to George Mason on Sunday. James Madison returns home to host #17 William & Mary.