April 3, 2009

The Magic's Gone: ODU Loses to Delaware

from press releases

NEWARK, Del. -- University of Delaware freshman Stephanie Allen (at right) bounced a shot past Old Dominion goalkeeper Sarah Geary with just two seconds left to play as the Blue Hens opened the Colonial Athletic Association women's lacrosse season with a thrilling 9-8 win Friday afternoon at Rullo Stadium.

After Old Dominion misfired on a free position shot with 5:18 left in the game, Delaware gained possession and worked the ball around inside ODU territory for just over four minutes before Emily Schaknowski broke to the net and fed Allen in the middle for the winning goal.

Allen's shot bounced once and lifted over Geary's shoulder and into the top of the net, igniting a celebration by the Blue Hens (5-5, 1-0 CAA).

Allen and Courtney Aburn each scored two goals while Schaknowski scored twice and dished out two assists. Hen goalkeeper Jessica Cerveny posted five saves, including the key stop on the Lady Monarchs' late free position try.

Kelly Kimener led ODU (6-3, 0-1 CAA) with four goals and took a game-high eight shots for the Lady Monarchs, who were coming off a 13-10 win over No. 9-ranked Virginia on Apr. 1.

ODU got on the board first nearly three minutes into the action with an unassisted goal by Saratu Dodo. Kimener followed with a goal a little more than two minutes later to give the Lady Monarchs a 2-0 lead. Schaknowski put the Blue Hens on the board at 20:47 with a free position goal to bring Delaware within one.

The two teams would trade goals for a span of 10 minutes, as ODU took its last two-goal lead, 5-3, with a goal by Kimener at the 8:30 mark. The Blue Hens would then go on a three-goal run to close out the first half and take a 6-5 lead at the intermission. Sophomore Lindsey Coon scored one goal and asissted on another during that run.

Schaknowski extended Delaware's run to four when she scored her second goal of the day at 26:23 to give Delaware its largest lead of the day, 7-5. The goal was her 10th of the season.

After Jessia Noone's goal at 25:21 brought the Lady Monarch's within one at 7-6, senior midfielder and converted true defender Erin Zimmerman scored her third goal of the year on a free position shot to push the Blue Hen lead back to two at 8-6.

But ODU would tie the score at 9:53 with goals by Kimener and Noone within five minutes of each other.

With the score tied 8-8, senior goalkeeper Jessica Cerveny (five saves, eight goals allowed) made a few crucial saves, including one from point blank range to keep the Blue Hens alive.

Just when it looked as though the game was headed to overtime, Allen scored with two seconds remaining to give Delaware a 9-8 lead. Old Dominion's Erica Erb controlled the draw as time ran out.

Allen has now scored a goal in five consecutive games for the Blue Hens, who take on CAA rival William & Mary on Sunday at 1 p.m. The Tribe sent Delaware home in the first round of the CAA Tournament last season with a 15-14 comeback win.


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