Field Hockey Returns Home
By ODU Athletics
Sept. 13, 2002
NORFOLK, VA -- The second ranked Lady Monarch field hockey team will look to bounce back from last Sunday's 0-2 loss at Maryland with home games this weekend against #15 Duke and New Hampshire. Both games are slated for a 1:00 p.m. start at Foreman Field.
The Lady Monarchs went 1-1 last week defeating Towson 13-0 and dropping a 2-0 decision at Maryland for a 3-1 overall and 1-0 CAA record. Last Saturday, the Lady Monarchs opened up CAA against newcomer Towson, handing the Tigers a 13-0 shutout. Four Lady Monarchs were multiple scorers led by the efforts of junior Angie Loy (Loysville, PA) with four goals and three assists for 11 points. Goalkeepers Marybeth Freeman (Holland, PA) and Tina Walker (Suffolk, VA) shared the shutout, ODU's first of the young 2002 season. The 13 goals scored by the Lady Monarchs were the most by the squad since netting 15 against Temple back in 1998. The Lady Monarchs have now won their last 45 contests against CAA opponents (including post-season) with the last coming at the hands of James Madison in the CAA Championship game back in 1995.
On Sunday, the Lady Monarchs three-game winning streak was snapped with a 2-0 loss at top ranked Maryland. The last time ODU was held scoreless was back on Aug. 27th of last season with a 0-1 loss at Michigan. Senior Tiffany Snow (Escondido, CA) had five shots on the Terp net to lead the team. Junior Tina Walker (Suffolk, VA) made her first career start in net. She played the entire first half making a career-high three saves, allowing two goals.
The #15 Blue Devils are 2-1 on the young season and have already faced two of the Lady Monarchs' CAA rivals. Duke, whose first five games are on the road, opened with a 4-0 win at LaSalle and followed with a 4-2 victory at #20 Delaware. In their last outing, Duke dropped a 3-2 decision to James Madison despite outshooting the Dukes 20-8. Junior forward Kim Van Kirk leads the team with three goals, with rookie Katie Grant posting two goals and two assists. In net, senior Erica Perrier holds a .667 save percentage and is only allowing 1.93 goals per game.
The Lady Monarchs are 13-1 all-time against the Blue Devils. Last year's match-up against Duke was cancelled due the tragic events of Sept. 11th. In their last meeting back in 2000, ODU collected a 5-0 shutout.
The Wildcats of New Hampshire received votes in this week's NFHCA poll and hold a 3-2 record. The Wildcats will play at Richmond on Friday afternoon, before heading to Norfolk for a showdown with the Lady Monarchs. New Hampshire is currently on a three-game win streak after opening the season 0-2. Maryland and Northwestern both claimed 4-1 victories over the Wildcats, before New Hampshire began the streak. The Wildcats used a 2-1 overtime victory for win number one of the season and have since defeated Stanford (3-1) and Uconn (2-1). Senior midfield Marcie Boyer currently leads the squad with five goals and an assist. She has scored five of the team's seven goals this season and is currently in the midst of a four-game goal-scoring streak. Junior Jen Stamp has collected seven points on two goals and three assists, while senior forward Kristen Weldon enters the weekend with a goal and three assists. In goal, sophomore Christine Buckley has made 11 saves and holds a .400 save percentage.
Against the Wildcats, the Lady Monarchs are 9-1 all-time. Last season, ODU handed UNH an 8-0 shutout on neutral turf at the University of Connecticut. Five different Lady Monarchs scored led by former midfielder Julie Miracle with three goals. Senior Tara Herrmann (Perkasie, PA) added two goals and assist.