Old Dominion Field Hockey Captures Seventh Straight CAA Title

November 10, 2002
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Nov. 10, 2002

NORFOLK, VA -- The top seeded Lady Monarch field hockey team captured its seventh straight and 11th overall Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) title with a 2-0 shutout over second seeded William and Mary this afternoon on Foreman Field on the campus of Old Dominion. The Lady Monarchs, who receive the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, will make their 22nd appearance in the NCAA's and await the announcement of the 16-team field on Tuesday night at 8:00 p.m.

Old Dominion (19-3) scored both goals in the first half of play, both off of penalty corners. Senior Katie Moyer (Va. Beach, VA) netted the game-winner 15 minutes into the contest with juniors Angie Loy (Loysville, PA) and Melissa Leonetti (Erdenheim, PA) on the assists. Just four minutes later, sophomore Lotte Bant (Amsterdam, Holland) added Old Dominion's second goal collecting a rebound off the Tribe keeper from a penalty corner shot from senior midfielder Tiffany Snow (Escondido, CA). Bant controlled the ball along the left side of the cage and lifted the ball over the head of William and Mary goalkeeper Claire Miller (Va. Beach, VA) into the top right corner of the net.

The William and Mary (13-8) defense held tight in the second half, not allowing Old Dominion to score and limiting the Lady Monarchs to just six shots on net. The Tribe was able to take the ball downfield into Lady Monarch territory on a few occasions, but the Old Dominion defense thwarted every Tribe attempt at net not allowing William and Mary a single shot in the second half of play.

The Tribe's Claire Miller recorded 18 saves in goal, including 12 stops in the first. Old Dominion goalkeeper Marybeth Freeman (Holland, PA) registered one save on the day.

The Lady Monarchs outshot the Tribe, 21-3 and out corned William and Mary, 10-1.

Old Dominion senior midfielder and 2002 CAA Player of the Year Tiffany Snow (Escondido, CA) was named the 2002 CAA Tournament Most Valuable Player. Snow scored two goals and an assist in the Lady Monarchs' 14-1 semifinal victory over fourth seeded James Madison on Saturday and helped the Old Dominion defense to its ninth shutout of the season in Sunday's win.

Joining Snow on the 2002 CAA All-Tournament Team were senior back Ryan Shean (Medfield, MA) and senior forward Carrie Phillips (Macungie, PA) of James Madison; senior midfielder Kelly Coyle (Lawrenceville, NJ) and senior back Kim Wagaman (Oley, PA) of Delaware; senior goalkeeper Claire Miller (Va. Beach, VA), senior back Julie Zoolkoski (Mountaintop, PA), and senior forward Ann Ekberg (Va. Beach, VA) of William and Mary; and junior back Melissa Leonetti (Erdenheim, PA), senior goalkeeper Marybeth Freeman (Holland, PA), sophomore midfielder Lotte Bant (Amsterdam, Holland), and junior forward Angie Loy (Loysville, PA).

The 16-team NCAA field will be announced Tuesday, November 12th at 8:00 p.m. For more information on the 2002 NCAA Field Hockey Tournament, log onto www.ncaachampionships.com.

SCORING SUMMARY:

1 2 F #1 ODU 2 0 2 #2 WM 0 0 0

Team: Goal (Assist): Period: Time: ODU Katie Moyer (Angie Loy/Melissa Leonetti)1 15:19 ODU Lotte Bant (unassisted) 1 19:23

Shots: ODU (21), WM (3) Penalty Corners: ODU (10), WM (1)

Saves: ODU - Marybeth Freeman (1 save, 0 GA, 70:00 min) WM - Claire Miller (18 saves, 2 GA, 70:00 min)

CAA All-Tournament Team:

James Madison: Ryan Shean (Sr., B) Carrie Phillips (Sr., F)

Delaware: Kelly Coyle (Sr., M) Kim Wagaman (Sr., B)

William & Mary: Claire Miller (Sr., GK) Julie Zoolkoski (Sr., B) Ann Ekberg (Sr., F)

Old Dominion: Melissa Leonetti (Sr., B) Marybeth Freeman (Sr., GK), Lotte Bant (So., MF) Angie Loy (Jr., F) Tiffany Snow - MVP (Sr., MF)