Field Hockey Still Tops The Poll

November 05, 2002
By ODU Athletics

Nov. 5, 2002

NORFOLK, VA -- The Old Dominion field hockey team remained at number one in latest STX/NFHCA Poll topping the list now for the third straight week. The Lady Monarchs captured 574 points and 25 first place votes after a 2-0 week which featured wins over Princeton and North Carolina for a 17-3 overall regular season record.

Old Dominion finished the regular season with a 17-3 overall mark, which included an 11-3 record against ranked opponents. The Lady Monarchs also concluded the regular season undefeated at home with a perfect 12-0 mark and has not lost at home since a 2-1 overtime loss to North Carolina in October of 1999.

The Lady Monarchs swept the season series with Princeton handing the Tigers a 3-2 defeat on Friday night. Goalkeeper Marybeth Freeman (Holland, PA) was one save shy of her season-high, making 11 stops against the Tigers. Senior Tiffany Snow (Escondido, CA) and sisters Angie and Becky Loy (Loysville, PA) each scored in the win.

Saturday's game against the Tar Heels marked the third overtime game of the 2002 season for the Lady Monarchs and the first game to be decided by strokes since a 2-3 loss to Maryland during the regular season in 1997. 2001 Rookie of the Year Lotte Bant (Amsterdam, Holland) and senior Tara Herrmann (Perkasie, PA) scored during regulation. Herrmann was playing in just her second game back from knee injury. Senior Tiffany Snow, Lotte Bant, and Angie Loy each converted their stroke attempts as Old Dominion won the stroke-off 3-2.

The top five remained the same this week. Michigan (17-2) remained in second with 546 points and three first place votes. Wake Forest (14-2) also stayed put in third with 520 points and one first place vote. Rounding out the top five are Maryland (15-3) in fourth and Michigan State (18-2) in fifth.

Two CAA schools are also among the Top 20 this week. James Madison (13-7) fell down a notch to 10th despite a 2-1 week. The Dukes defeated Radford, 3-0, and Boston College, 2-1, but fell to league rival William and Mary, 6-3, in the regular season finale. With the 6-3 win over James Madison and a 3-1 win over Syracuse, the Tribe (11-7) moved into the Top 20 for the first time this season. William and Mary had been receiving votes throughout the season but has made a strong push at the end of the season winning their last eight consecutive contests.

Delaware (9-9) also returned to the poll for the first time in two weeks receiving votes. The Fightin' Blue Hens still have one crucial match-up remaining on their schedule. Virginia Commonwealth and Delaware will meet Tuesday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. with the winner advancing to the CAA Tournament this weekend. Old Dominion has already locked up the number one seed in the tournament with William and Mary taking second. Should Delaware emerge with a win over the Rams, Delaware will be the third seed with James Madison taking the fourth seed. Should Virginia Commonwealth prevail, the Dukes will be the three seed and the Rams will be the fourth seed.

The CAA Tournament, hosted by Old Dominion on Foreman Field, will begin with the semi-finals on Saturday at noon. The first game will featured Old Dominion and the fourth seed followed by William and Mary taking on the third seed at 2:30 p.m. The winner will meet in the championship game on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. The winner will receive an automatic bid to the 16-team NCAA Tournament field. Admission to the tournament is free.

The final poll of the 2002 season will be released on Tuesday, November 12th, The STX/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll has no bearing on selection to the 2002 NCAA Division I Championship Field.

STX/NFHCA DIVISION I NATIONAL COACHES POLL

    Institution (record)                   Points      Previous Ranking
1.  Old Dominion University (17-3)         574 (25)    1
2.  University of Michigan (17-2)          546 (3)     2
3.  Wake Forest University (14-2)          520 (1)     3
4.  University of Maryland (15-3)          495         4
5.  Michigan State University (18-2)       453         5
6.  Penn State University (15-3)           434         6
7.  Northeastern University (15-3)         377         7
8.  University of Louisville (13-7)        331         10
9.  Kent State University (13-6)           319         11
10. James Madison University (13-7)        308         9
11. Princeton University (10-6)            291         14
12. Duke University (12-7)                 270         12
13. University of North Carolina (9-10)    265         8
14. University of Iowa (9-7)               177         13
15. Boston College (15-5)                  169         15
16. Central Michigan University (14-6)     145         16
17. Harvard University (11-5)              116         18
18. Lafayette College (17-2)               63          19
19. Boston University (11-9)               53          17
20. College of William & Mary (11-7)       48          Not ranked

Also Receiving Votes: University of Connecticut (26), University of California, Berkeley (23), University of New Hampshire (14), University of Richmond (13), Ball State University (12), University of Maine (12), University of Delaware (11), University of Virginia (11), Ohio University (6), Ohio State University (6), Villanova University (2).

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