April 14, 2012
NORFOLK, Va. - The Old Dominion University Women's Lacrosse team returns to the Powhatan Sports Complex for their final home game of the regular season on Sunday at 1 p.m. when they host James Madison. All nine ODU seniors will be honored before the game and former head coach Sue Stahl will be honored at halftime. The first 200 fans to enter the gates on Sunday will also receive a free ODU Lacrosse tank top.
Old Dominion (4-10, 1-3) suffered a 9-7 setback on Friday night at George Mason. The Lady Monarchs, who trailed 7-2 early in the second half, rallied to tie the game but the Patriots used a pair of late goals to earn their first win in the league since the 2009 season. Senior attacker Rebecca Reymann recorded a hat trick while senior midfielder Sarah Wright added a pair of foals for ODU. Senior goalkeeper Sarah Geary moved into second place all-time on the ODU career saves in the game.
The Lady Monarchs have 15 different players that have scored this season and ranked in the top 20 nationally in Division I in two categories to start the week. ODU is 12th nationally in groundballs per contest (17.85) and 16th in caused turnovers per contest (8.69). Geary, who started the week ranked 24th nationally in groundballs per game (2.77), has 39 on the season to go with 96 saves and 146 goals against her. Four seniors lead the charge offensively in Lisa Bernardini (29 goals, 9 assists), Rebecca Hartrum (23 goals, 8 assists), Wright (21 goals, 5 assists) and Reymann (21 goals, 1 assist) while sophomore Emily Austerberry (20 goals, 4 assists) adds to the double digit Lady Monarch scorers.
James Madison (8-5, 4-0) is coming off a 15-11 second half comeback win over William & Mary at home on Friday night. The Dukes are tied for fist in the league with Towson and are led on offense by Casey Ancarrow (34 goals, 9 assists) along with Monica Zabel (19 goals, 37 assists) while featuring four other double-digit scorers. Schylar Healy and Alex Menghetti have split time in goal for JMU this seson with Healy making 48 saves and 57 goals against her whole Menghetti has 41 saves and 66 goals against her.
JMU leads the all-time series with ODU, 33-8. The Dukes have won the last two meetings and seven of the last eight contests between the two teams. The last win for the Lady Monarchs came in 2009 when ODU stunned JMU in overtime in Harrisonburg, 11-8. The last time Old Dominion defeated James Madison in Norfolk came in 2003 when the Lady Monarch upset the 10th ranked Dukes, 13-12.
Live video and live stats will be available at ODUSports.com and updates throughout the game can also be found on Twitter at @ODULacrosse.