April 1, 2009

ODU Stuns No. 9 UVA, Snapping 32-Game Streak

from press releases

NORFOLK, Va. -- For the first time in 33 tries, the Old Dominion women's lacrosse team defeated  ninth-ranked Virginia, 13-9, on Tuesday afternoon in the Pawhatan Sports Complex. The loss marks the first for the Cavaliers against an in-state opponent this season and drops them to 7-5 on the season, while Old Dominion improves to 6-2.

ODU and Virginia have played at least once every season since 1980, with Virginia taking the previous 32 games. It was the first win over a nationally ranked team since 2004 and the largest margin of victory over a top ten team in school history. Rookie Lisa Bernardini led the way with four goals and an assist, while junior Ashley Kellogg also added four goals.

Senior All-American led the Cavaliers with three goals, while senior All-American Jenny Hauser had two goals and two assists. Junior Kaitlin Duff had two goals, while redshirt junior Whitaker Hagerman, junior Brittany Kalkstein and freshman Julie Gardner each had a score. Senior All-American Ashley McCulloch rounded out the scoring with two assists.

Sarah Geary came up huge in goal for ODU, recording 12 saves.

The Cavaliers matched their quickest start to goal this season, with Weymouth firing a shot into the back of the net just 24 seconds into play. Hauser made it two straight for Virginia with an unassisted score at 27:00 and then set up Hagerman for a third straight Cavalier goal at 25:31.

Despite the slow start, the Monarchs regrouped and tallied three-straight to even the score at 3-3, before Hauser notched her second at 19:09 - just 11 seconds after ODU's third.

Ashley Kellogg then tacked on three more scores for Old Dominion, giving the Monarchs their first lead of the game, at 6-4 with 6:25 left in the half.

Hauser won the ensuing draw control and raced up field with Duff, who fired a goal at 6:15, before Kalkstein erased the deficit with a goal just 15.4 seconds before halftime.

The Monarchs scored two goals in the opening five minutes of the second half and added a third at 22:22 to take their largest lead of the contest, at 9-6.

Gardner halted the streak with a score at 20:05, but ODU matched the Cavaliers' effort and extended its lead to four, at 12-8, with 12:37 to play. The Monarchs maintained their advantage before Weymouth tallied the final score for the Cavaliers - marking the 30th hat trick of her career to account for the final 13-9 score.

The Cavaliers will return to action this weekend, heading to Massachusetts for an Atlantic Coast Conference contest at Boston College on Saturday and a game at Harvard on Sunday. Opening draw for both contests is slated for 1 p.m.

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