ODU, NORTHEASTERN ADVANCE TO CAA VIRGINIA 529 FIELD HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
#1 OLD DOMINION 6, #4 JAMES MADISON 1 - F
NORFOLK, Va. (Nov. 5, 2011) - Top-seeded Old Dominion overcame a slow start to take down fourth-seeded James Madison, 6-1, in Saturday's first semifinal of the 2011 CAA Virginia 529 Field Hockey Championship at the Powhatan Sports Complex in Norfolk, Va.
Old Dominion improved to 19-2 on the year and will face #2 Northeastern in Sunday's championship game. The Dukes finished the season with a 9-10 overall mark.
ODU started the scoring off in the fourth-minute, as CAA Player of the Year Emma Batten found junior Maartje van Rijswijk who blasted a score from the right side to give the Lady Monarchs' a 1-0 lead.
The Dukes tied up the score as Rachel Wein scored unassisted in the 24th minute to make the score 1-1. The score would remain tied into halftime.
"I think JMU played a great game and had a great game plan," said Old Dominion head coach Beth Anders. "We basically we're playing not to lose and you can't do that. You have to play to win and I think the kids played the second half that way."
In the 50th minute, fresh into the game, ODU's Kimberly Oakes found the back of the net from a cross off the right side to put the Lady Monarchs ahead for good. It was Oakes' first score of the season.
Old Dominion added three more scores within the next 15 minutes, as Lydia Velzian netted a score, Batten recorded a goal off a penalty corner and Christy Longacre tallied a score off another penalty corner. Batten finished the scoring in the 67th minute with her team-leading 21st goal of the season.
ODU outshot the Dukes 17-1 in the contest, including 10-0 in the second half. The Lady Monarchs' also held a 5-0 advantage in penalty corners.
The Lady Monarchs return tomorrow and looks for its 15th CAA Field Hockey Championship in school history. Game time is set for 1 p.m. at the Powhatan Sports Complex.
#2 NORTHEASTERN 4, #3 HOFSTRA 2 - F
NORFOLK, Va. (Nov. 5, 2011) - #2 Northeastern used a quick start to defeat #3 Hofstra, 4-2, in Saturday's second semifinal of the 2011 CAA Virginia 529 Field Hockey Championship at the Powhatan Sports Complex in Norfolk, Va.
Northeastern improved to 14-6 on the season and will face top-seeded Old Dominion in Sunday's championship contest. With the loss Hofstra fell to 13-9.
The Huskies got off to a fast start offensively as junior forward Crystal Poland scored her team-leading 27th goal of the year off a penalty corner to give Northeastern a 1-0 lead in the fifth minute.
Pam Aldridge continued the scoring for the Huskies with a scoring blast from five yards out in the 10th minute to make it 2-0. Northeastern entered intermission ahead 2-0.
"We knew Hofstra is a great team, a goal scoring team," said Northeastern head coach Cheryl Murtagh. "We had to be ready and we had to be ready from the start and I'm really glad that we got that kind of start today."
Aldridge put the Huskies up 3-0 in the first minute of the second half, as she shot from the left side and found the right corner of the cage. It was Aldridge's eight goal of the season.
Hofstra's Arielle Williams tallied the first Pride score in the 52nd minute to cut the lead to 3-1. It was Williams' sixth score of the year.
Northeastern's Caroyln Malloy put the game out of reach with a score off a deflection in the 55th minute to give the Huskies a 4-1 advantage. For the game Northeastern outshot Hofstra 25-20, and had the advantage in penalty corners at 8-7.
The Huskies return tomorrow and will look to win its first CAA Field Hockey Championship in school history. Game time is set for 1 p.m. at the Powhatan Sports Complex.
2011 CAA VIRGINIA 529 FIELD HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIP
Powhatan Sports Complex - Norfolk, Va.
Quarterfinal 1: #4 James Madison 2, #5 Delaware 1 - F
Quarterfinal 2: #3 Hofstra 3, #6 Towson 0 - F
Semifinal 1: #1 Old Dominion 6, #4 James Madison 1 - F
Semifinal 2: #2 Northeastern 4, #3 Hofstra 2 - F
CAA Championship: #2 Northeastern at #1 Old Dominion - 1:00 p.m.