Field Hockey To Host First And Second Rounds Of NCAA Tournament

November 12, 2002
By ODU Athletics

Nov. 12, 2002

NORFOLK, VA -- Old Dominion University will be one of four host schools for the first and second rounds of the 2002 NCAA Field Hockey Tournament it was announced this evening by the NCAA office. The Lady Monarchs, the top seed in this year's championship, will play former CAA rival and current Atlantic-10 member Richmond, while the ACC's Maryland and the CAA's William and Mary square off in the other first round contest.

This year marks the 22nd straight season the Lady Monarchs have advanced to the NCAA Tournament. Old Dominion has won nine national championships with the most recent coming in 2000. The Lady Monarchs have spent the last four weeks at the top of the NFHCA Division I Coaches' Poll and won their seventh straight and 11th overall CAA title this past weekend.

Old Dominion has already faced two schools in their bracket, Maryland and William and Mary. The Lady Monarchs did not face Richmond (16-6) this season, but the Spiders are no strangers to Old Dominion. Richmond and Old Dominion have faced each other 23 times with the Lady Monarchs owning a 23-0 all-time series record. The Lady Monarchs have not faced the Spiders since a 9-1 victory in 2000, their final year in the CAA Conference.

Maryland (16-4) and Old Dominion spilt their regular season contests with the Terps taking a 2-0 victory in College Park, MD on September 8th and the Lady Monarchs taking a 1-0 win at home on October 19th. Junior midfielder Angie Loy (Loysville, PA) scored the game-winner in the Old Dominion win two minutes into the second half. Old Dominion currently leads the all-time series 19-10-1.

The Terps and Lady Monarchs have a long NCAA Tournament history having facing each other five times in the national tournament. Old Dominion has won three of the five meetings in the contest. The Lady Monarchs recorded wins in 1991 (3-1), 1992 (6-0), and 1996 (7-4). The Terps registered wins in 1995 (1-0) and in their most recent NCAA meeting in 1999 (2-3 OT). The Lady Monarchs won national titles in 1991 and 1992, while the Terps captured the national title in 1999.

William and Mary (12-8) and the Lady Monarchs have also met twice this season, once during the regular season and the other just this past weekend in the CAA Tournament final. During the regular season, Old Dominion recorded a 4-0 shutout up in Williamsburg. Senior midfielder Tara Herrmann (Perkasie, PA) led the team with two goals, while freshman Rosalinda Banuelos (Escondido, CA) added a goal and an assist. This past Sunday, the Lady Monarchs recorded a 2-0 win in the CAA final over the Tribe. Senior back Katie Moyer (Va. Beach, VA) tallied the game winner off a penalty corner and sophomore Lotte Bant added in the insurance goal. The Lady Monarchs hold the all-time series advantage 31-11 and have not met in NCAA Tournament play.

The first round will be played on Saturday and the second round on Sunday. Times for each game will be announced on Wednesday.

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