Field Hockey Hits The Road

September 06, 2002
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Sept. 6, 2002

NORFOLK, VA -- The Lady Monarch field hockey team will take to the road this weekend as they open up Colonial Athletic Association action against Towson on Saturday and follow with one of its biggest non-conference rivals, Maryland, on Sunday.

Saturday's meeting with the Tigers will mark the first-ever meeting between Towson and Old Dominion. The Tigers, who previously played in the America East Conference, joined the CAA in field hockey this fall. Old Dominion will once again look to dominate the conference scene having won their last 33 consecutive regular season league match-ups and holding a 52-3 CAA mark since joining the conference in 1991. The last Lady Monarch loss to a CAA opponent in the regular season was back in 1995 with a 1-0 loss to James Madison.

Towson concluded the 2001 season with a 5-14 overall mark and a ninth place finish in the America East with a 2-7 record. The Tigers have dominated their first two opponents of the young 2002 season with a season opening 8-0 win over St. Francis (PA) and a 4-1 victory over West Chester on Wednesday. The Tigers return midfielder Julie Lambi, Towson's leading scorer (10 goals, 1 assist) from the last season and only one of two Tigers to starts all 19 games in 2001. Lambi has already made her presence know this season having tallied six points on three goals in victory over St. Francis for a single-game high among all CAA players.

Maryland and Old Dominion are long-time rivals on the turf, having faced each other 28 times since their first meeting back in 1982. Old Dominion holds the all-time series advantage 18-9-1, including two victories last season.

The Lady Monarchs defeated the then second ranked Maryland squad 2-1 in the 2001 home opener on Foreman Field. Both teams were deadlocked at 0-0 following the intermission, but former Lady Monarch midfielder Julie Miracle broke the stalemate at 23:50 in the second half on her lone shot of the game. Former teammate Crystal Carper, on the assist from CAA Rookie of the Year, Lotte Bant (Amsterdam, Holland), also broke through the Terrapin defense to give the Lady Monarchs a 2-0 edge with 11:24 remaining in the game.

In the rematch in College Park later that season, Old Dominion topped the then top ranked Terps, 1-0, in their third overtime game of the year. Angie Loy (Loysville, PA) lifted the Lady Monarchs to victory with 11:31 left in the first overtime session. After a scoreless regulation, Tiffany Snow (Escondido, CA.) passed to Loy off a penalty corner for the sudden death victory. Goalkeeper Marybeth Freeman (Holland, PA) had pitched her fourth straight shutout and seventh of the year.

The Terrapins are currently 2-0 after opening the season in Chicago, IL. Maryland defeated Northwestern 3-1 and handed New Hampshire a 4-1 defeat on neutral turf. The Terps will host back-to-back CAA opponents as they host Drexel on Friday night, before Old Dominion rolls into town on Sunday. Sophomore Colleen Barbieri was named was named the ACC Field Hockey Player of the Week after notching the game-winning goals in both Terps' victories last week. Barbieri, who was tied for sixth in the nation in points (40) and goals (17), was named the ACC's 2001 Rookie of the Year.

The Old Dominion field hockey team is currently 2-0 having opened the season with a 3-2 overtime victory against Michigan State and a 6-2 win over Kent State. Freshman Rosalinda Banuelos (Escondido, CA) was named the CAA Rookie of the Week having helped the Lady Monarchs record over 30 penalty corners last weekend.