Old Dominion Holds off Hofstra for CAA Victory

NORFOLK, Va. - Sarah Wright scored with just inder six minutes remaining in the game and Rebecca Hartrum scored an insurance goal with two minutes to play to lift Old Dominion to a 6-4 victory Sunday afternoon at the Powhatan Sports Complex.

With the win, ODU improves to 4-8 overall and 3-1 in the CAA, while Hofstra drops to 4-9 and 0-4 in CAA play.

Each teams offense sputtered in the first half combining for four goals and 20 turnovers.

The Lady Monarchs stepped up the offense in the second half, taking the 3-2 lead on an Alyssa Dragon goal just three minutes into the period. Dragon received a pass from Hartrum for her seventh tally of the year.

Casey Kellogg tied the score at three with a free position shot but Lisa Bernardini gave ODU back the lead with a driving goal.

Jenn Ward evened things back up at four but Wright was able to unlock the score with a drive from the left for the game-winner.

Wright gave ODU the lead just two minutes in when she got a pass from Bernardini in front of the goal and beat the goalie for the 1-0 lead.

Ward tied it up at one for Hofstra but Bernardini got unassisted goal to give ODU a 2-1 lead.

ODU never trailed in the game and it was the first time this season they won a game by more than one goal.

Bernardini had two goals and an assist to lead ODU, while Wright had two goals and Hartrum added a goal and an assist.

Ward had two goals to lead Hofstra.

Sarah Geary made 10 stops for ODU while Jackie Pandolff made eight for the Pride.

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Norfolk, VA - Despite two more goals from freshman attacker Jenn Ward, Hofstra dropped a narrow 6-4 decision to Old Dominion on Sunday afternoon at the Powahtan Sports Complex.

Ward's strong game followed her three-goal effort in the Pride's game at William & Mary on Friday.

The loss drops Hofstra's record to 4-9 overall and 0-4 in league play, while Old Dominion improves to 4-8 and 3-1. The loss was Hofstra's fourth straight.

An evenly played game saw the two squads go into the break knotted at two as sophomore midfielder Jill Maier found the back of the net off a pass from junior midfielder Maryann Miller with 4:24 left before the break.

The goal came after a lengthy scoring drought for both teams as the Lady Monarchs took a 2-1 lead on a Lisa Bernardini goal with 21:55 to play in the first half. Ward notched Hofstra's first goal of the game with 23:28 showing on the clock after Sarah Wright of ODU had opened up the scoring.

Alyssa Dragon would give Old Dominion an early 3-2 lead in the second stanza before sophomore midfielder Casey Kellogg scored a free-position goal with 19:10 left in regulation to even the score at three.

After a nearly five-minute scoring drought, Bernardini put ODU up once again but Ward answered less than two minutes later to make it 4-4 with 12:54 to play.

Hofstra would be unable to get over the hump, though, as Sarah Wright scored the game-winner with 5:55 remaining and Rebecca Hartrum added an insurance goal with 2:02 left to give the Lady Monarchs the 6-4 victory.

Hofstra lost despite holding a commanding 10-2 advantage in draw controls, led by six from Maier.

Junior goalie Jackie Pandolf led Hofstra with three ground balls, while also making eight saves in net. Senior defender Katie Hertsch and junior defender Chrissy Jones each tallied two caused turnovers and two ground balls for the Pride.

Bernardini led ODU with three points on two goals and one assist. Hannah McBee picked up a game-high four ground balls.

Hofstra returns to action on Friday, April 22 when it hosts George Mason at 7:00 p.m.

2011-04-17



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