Field Hockey Prepares For #14 Princeton And #17 Delaware
By ODU Athletics
Oct. 3, 2002
NORFOLK, VA -- The fourth ranked Old Dominion field hockey team will hit the road this weekend to face the #14 Princeton Tigers on Saturday and the #17 Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens on Sunday. Saturday's game with Princeton reunites the two squads which appeared in the 2001 NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals, while Sunday's match-up will be the first between Old Dominion and Delaware in CAA play.
The Lady Monarchs (9-2 overall, 4-0 CAA) are in the midst of a four-game winning streak and are winners of their last 48 consecutive CAA match-ups. Old Dominion is the top scoring offense in the nation, scoring an average of 6.36 goals per game. Leading the way for the Lady Monarchs will be the top two scoring threats in the nation. Junior Angie Loy (Loysville, PA) leads all Division I players with 39 points and 17 assists, while current CAA Player of the Week, senior Tiffany Snow (Econdido, CA) leads the nation in goals (15) and ranks second in the country in points (38).
The Tigers are fresh off a 10-1 thrashing of Rutgers University on Wednesday night. The victory snapped a two-game losing streak in which Princeton (4-4 overall, 3-0 Ivy) lost tightly contested 2-1 matches to #1 Maryland and #5 Michigan State. Ilvy Friebe has been averaging 3.8 points per game entering the week. The senior attack leads the team with eight goals and three assists through five games.
Old Dominion holds the all-time series advantage 6-3, although the Tigers managed to take two from the Lady Monarchs last season. During the regular season, Princeton eked out a 2-1 win with former Lady Monarch Julie Miracle netting the lone ODU goal. A rematch occurred in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament held on the Tigers' home turf, but Princeton once again emerged with the victory. Current junior Corey Picketts sent home the game-winner with just over five minutes remaining to send the Tigers to the Final Four at Kent State in Ohio.
Delaware will open up play in its new conference with Old Dominion on Sunday afternoon at Rullo Stadium. The Fightin' Blue Hens, formerly of the America East Conference, enter the weekend with a 6-4 overall record having come off a win against Dartmouth, 3-0, on neutral turf in New Caanan, CT last Sunday. Sophomore forward Erica LeBar leads the team with 20 points on seven goals and six assists and is tied for 15th in scoring in the country. Stephanie Judefind will be the last line of defense for the Blue Hens. The senior netminder has posted three shutouts in ten appearances along with a 2.04 goals against average and 41 saves.
The Blue Hens and Lady Monarchs have faced each other just once before. The two teams played to a 1-1 tie back in 1981 in non-conference action.
Following this weekend's road trips, the Lady Monarchs will return home for a three-game homestand featuring Hofstra, #1 Maryland, and Drexel.