April 27, 2011

Wannen Sets W&M Single-Game Draws Mark

from press release

NORFOLK, Va. -- Senior Molly Wannen set a single-game school record with nine draw controls and classmate Ashley Holofcener equaled a career high with eight points (4g, 4a) as the William and Mary lacrosse team earned a 16-11 victory at Old Dominion in its regular-season finale on Wednesday night.

With the win, W&M (10-6, 5-2) secures the No. 3 seed in next week's Colonial Athletic Association Tournament and will square off against second-seeded James Madison on Thursday at a time to be determined. Top-seeded Towson will host the tournament and will play Drexel in the other semifinal contest.

In addition to earning a spot in the league tournament for the fourth-consecutive season, the Tribe has now also recorded a double-digit win total for the fourth-straight year.

Wannen's nine draw controls broke the previous school record of seven established by Colleen Dalon in 2004 and was key in helping the Tribe earn a 22-7 advantage in the category against ODU (4-11, 3-4). W&M was especially dominant in the second half when it won 12 of the 14 draws. Wannen already owns the program's single-season draw controls record (52), which she established last year, while she ranks second on W&M's all-time list (135).

In addition to Holofcener's career-high eight points, senior Grace Golden (3g, 2a), senior Maggie Anderson (3g, 2a), freshman Taelor Salmon (4g) and junior Jenny Michael (2g) also posted impressive performances offensively.

Although Old Dominion took an early 1-0 lead after scoring on the contest's opening possession, the Tribe quickly responded with goals by Anderson and Holofcener to take a 2-1 edge less than two minutes into play.

Holofcener added another goal less than three minutes later to put W&M ahead, 3-2, with 25:39 showing.

While ODU knotted the count at 3-3 just 31 seconds later, the Tribe broke the contest open with a 4-0 run during the next six minutes. Anderson ignited the run with a goal off an assist from Golden at 24:13, while Salmon followed with a pair of scores. Anderson finished off the stretch with her third goal of the game when she found the back of the cage with 19:37 remaining. Holofcener continued her impressive start by providing assists on two of the four goals.

After going scoreless for nearly 15 minutes, the Lady Monarchs ended their drought when Rebecca Hartrum scored at 10:20. However, the College responded with a pair of goals – coming from junior Jenny Michael and Salmon – to extend the margin to 9-4 with 6:45 remaining in the opening half.

ODU managed another goal four minutes later, but the Tribe held a 9-5 advantage at the intermission. Holofcener totaled six points (3g, 3a) in the opening half, while Salmon already had a hat trick. As a team, W&M dominated the draws in the initial stanza, winning 10 of the 15 opportunities.

W&M quickly extended its lead early in the second half, as it rattled off four unanswered goals in the opening 5:06 to go ahead, 13-5. Golden registered three of the scores during the stretch, while Salmon added another.

Although ODU countered with a 4-0 run of its own to pull within 13-9 midway through the half, the Tribe tallied three of the next four goals and led comfortably the rest of the way en route to earning the victory.

The triumph extends W&M's winning streak to four against ODU and improves the Tribe's all-time record in the series to 31-9.

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