Lady Monarch Lax Wins Third Straight With 10-8 Victory Over Delaware
By ODU Athletics
April 2, 2006
NORFOLK, Va. -- The Old Dominion women's lacrosse team won its third straight with a 10-8 conference victory over Delaware on Sunday afternoon at Foreman Field.
The victory raised the Lady Monarchs' overall record to 5-3 overall and 2-0 in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA), giving Old Dominion the most league wins in two seasons. The Fightin' Blue Hens meanwhile fell to 3-7 overall and 0-3 in CAA action.
Although Delaware struck first with a Casey McCrudden goal with 23:17 on the clock, Old Dominion would hold the Blue Hens scoreless the rest of the half and rattle off five unanswered goals. Senior Tameka Davis (Washington, D.C.) got the rally started to tie the game at 1-1 with just under 20 minutes remaining and then less than 20 seconds later, junior Caroline Jacobs (Gaithersburg, Md.) gave Old Dominion the lead for good.
Also scoring for the Lady Monarchs in the first half was sophomore Kelly Kimener (Oakton, Va.), along with additional goals by Davis and Jacobs.
Delaware did manage to outscore the Lady Monarchs 7-5 in the second half and made a late rally. Both teams traded goals after the opening draw back from intermission as Old Dominion held on to a 7-4 advantage with 18:35 left in the game. Back-to-back Lady Monarch goals by Davis and Kimener added to the Old Dominion lead, 9-4, as the clock read 14:54. However the Fightin' Blue Hens would go on to score four of the game's next five goals. After trading goals again, Delaware tallied three goals in the span of two minutes and pulled within two, 10-8, with a minute and a half remaining. The Lady Monarch defense held in the end and forced Delaware to turn the ball over in the game's final minute as they captured the win.
Kimener, Jacobs, and Davis all had three goals for the Lady Monarchs while Delaware's Laura Libertini, who netted the final two Blue Hen tallies in the late rally, also recorded three goals on the afternoon.
Lindyn Soviero collected a game-high eight groundballs in the loss and also caused a team-high three turnovers, while Jacobs led Old Dominion by scooping up six and causing three turnovers as well.
In net, both ODU's Michelle Gannon (Delmar, Md.) and Delaware's Jessica Cerveny posted 13 saves.
The Lady Monarchs return to action on Wednesday, April 5th when they travel to Charlottesville to take on the sixth-ranked Virginia Cavaliers. Delaware will travel to Drexel on Friday.