No. 3 Field Hockey Returns To Action Against Hofstra

October 15, 2002
By ODU Athletics

Oct. 15, 2002

NORFOLK, VA -- The Old Dominion field hockey team remained at the number three spot in the latest edition of the STX/NFHCA Coaches' Poll after an idle week. The Lady Monarchs prepare for a three-game home stand featuring CAA opponents Hofstra and Drexel as well as a rematch with top ranked Maryland.

The Lady Monarchs (11-2 overall, 5-0 CAA) received 496 points and one first place vote. The top five remained the same as last week with Maryland (13-1) retaining the top position with 551 points and 22 first place votes. Michigan (12-1), Wake Forest (12-2), and Michigan State (13-2) round out the top five.

James Madison is the other CAA team to join Old Dominion in the Top 20. The Dukes (10-4) moved up a position to number seven after a 1-1 week featuring a 4-3 victory over then ninth ranked North Carolina. Delaware, Hofstra, and Towson each received votes in this week's poll. The Fightin' Blue Hens fell out of the Top 20 for the first time this season after suffering a 5-1 loss to Princeton and a 2-1 setback to CAA rival Towson.

Other upcoming Lady Monarch opponents featured in the Top 20 of the poll include #6 Penn State, #12 North Carolina and #16 Princeton.

The next poll will be released on Tuesday, October 22nd. The STX/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll has no bearing on selection to the NCAA Division I Championship field.

On Thursday night, the Old Dominion field hockey team will return to action for the first time in 11 days. The Lady Monarchs will be taking on CAA newcomer Hofstra for the first time in school history.

The Pride, who have flirted with the Top 20 all season long, enter Thursday contest with a 9-4 overall and 1-1 CAA mark. Hofstra is coming off a 4-3 victory over Drexel, which gave them its first ever CAA conference win. Sophomore Sara Gonzalez scored two goals, including the game-winner. Freshman Katherine Kotowski was also named CAA Rookie of the Week for her efforts in the game, which included one of the Pride's four goals.

A trio of senior currently lead the Pride on the stat sheet. Senior midfielder Tricia-Ann Greaves leads the Hofstra with 27 points on 12 goals and three assists. She currently ranks sixth in the conference in scoring. Second leading scorer senior Tara Byrne has collected 25 points on nine goals and seven assists. In net, senior Christine Hickey has posted a 1.41 goals against average and a .822 save percentage.

STX/NFHCA DIVISION I NATIONAL COACHES POLL

Institution (record)                            Points      Previous Ranking
1. University of Maryland (13-1)                551 (22)    1
2. University of Michigan (12-1)                524         2
3. Old Dominion University (11-2)               496 (1)     3
4. Wake Forest University (12-2)                492 (5)     4
5. Michigan State University (13-2)             454         5
6. Penn State University (11-2)                 416         6
7. James Madison University (10-4)              383         8
8. Northeastern University (12-2)               346         10
9. University of Louisville (10-5)              301         11
10. Duke University (8-5)                       265         12
11. University of Iowa (8-4)                    264         13
12. University of North Carolina (7-7)          243         9
13. Kent State University (8-4)                 242         7
14. University of Virginia (8-5)                172         18
15. University of California, Berkeley (8-3)    139         16
16. Princeton University (6-5)                  136         15
17. Boston College (11-3)                       131         14
18. Boston University (8-5)                     71          Not ranked
19. Harvard University (7-3)                    63          20
20. Central Michigan University (10-4)          46          Not ranked

Also Receiving Votes: University of Connecticut (29), Lafayette College (26), University of Delaware (24),Ball State University (23), University of New Hampshire (11), Hofstra University (10), American University (6),Dartmouth College (5), University of Richmond (5), Syracuse University (5), Towson University (1).

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