Field Hockey's NCAA Run Ends With 2-3 Loss To Penn State

November 22, 2002
By ODU Athletics

Nov. 22, 2002

LOUISVILLE, KY -- The Lady Monarch field hockey team's NCAA run was halted in the semifinals with a 2-3 loss to Penn State this evening at Trager Stadium in Louisville, Kentucky, site of this year's field hockey "Final Four." Old Dominion concludes the 2002 season with a 21-4 overall record.

Old Dominion struck early in the game and took a 1-0 lead. With just over two minutes into the opening half, the Lady Monarchs were awarded a penalty stroke, one of three strokes that would be awarded in the game. Senior midfielder Tiffany Snow (Escondido, CA) stepped up to the net and converted the stroke, her second in post-season play.

Play went back and fourth on both sides of the field the rest of the first half until Penn State's senior Timarie Legel (Morgantown, PA) drove to the top of the circle and fired a hard shot past Old Dominion keeper Marybeth Freeman (Holland, PA) to tie the score at 1-1 with a little over 17 minutes remaining in the half.

In the second half with 26:11 remaining, the Lady Monarchs were able to reclaim the lead on a penalty corner. Junior midfielder Angie Loy (Loysville, PA) inserted the ball to junior back Melissa Leonetti for the stick stop. Senior Katie Moyer (Va. Beach, VA) looked to shoot away at the Lady Lion net, but flipped the ball to senior forward Tara Herrmann (Perkasie, PA) at the right side of the net and then lifted the ball over the head of Penn State netminder, Annie Zinkavich (Kingston, PA), giving the lead back to Old Dominion, 2-1.

Midway through the second half, the Lady Lions were awarded a penalty stroke. Junior forward Mary Schaefer (Hummelstown, PA) came off the Penn State bench for the penalty stroke with a chance to tie the game. A diving Freeman batted the ball away from the Lady Monarch cage preserving the 2-1 Old Dominion lead.

Penn State continued to dominate the offense and were awarded another penalty stroke with 9:41 on the clock. Once again, Schaefer came off the bench for the attempt, but this time she was able to find the back of the Lady Monarch cage and tie the game at 2-2.

The Lady Lions then took the lead for good two minutes. Senior back Jill Martz (Dalmatia, PA) passed to Legel in a scramble in front of the Old Dominion cage to put Penn State up 3-2. For Legel, it was her second goal of the game and proved to be the game-winner.

The Lady Monarchs had one last chance to tie the game up. As time expired, Old Dominion was awarded a penalty corner. Snow look to pass the ball to Loy who was waiting at the left edge of the Penn State cage to tip the ball in, but the ball went sailing out of bounds, giving Penn State the win and a berth to the championship game.

Penn State outshot the Lady Monarchs 14-12, while Old Dominion was able to out corner the Lady Lions 8-6.

Freeman ended her night with six saves and finishes her career with 363 career stops. Zinkavich made six saves in net for Penn State.

Snow, one of two Lady Monarchs to score in the semifinal game, ends her season with a team-high 30 goals. She also finishes her career ranked sixth on the all-time ODU points leaders list with 182 career points and sixth on the all-time ODU goals leaders list with 71 career tallies.

The Old Dominion field hockey team was making its 22nd appearance in the NCAA Tournament and its 15th trip to the "Final Four."

SCORING SUMMARY

1 2 F #1 ODU 1 1 2 #6 PSU 1 2 3

Team: Goal (Assist): Period: Time: ODU Tiffany Snow (penalty stroke) 1 2:57 PSU Timaire Legal (unassisted) 1 17:46 ODU Tara Herrmann (Katie Moyer) 2 43:49 PSU Mary Schaefer (penalty stroke) 2 58:46 PSU Timaire Legal (Jill Martz) 2 60:19

Shots: ODU (12), PSU (14) Penalty Corners: ODU (8), PSU (6) Saves: ODU (Marybeth Freeman - 6 saves, 3 GA, 70:00 min) PSU (Annie Zinkavich - 6 saves, 2 GA, 70:00 min)

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