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Second-Half Surge Gives #1 Old Dominion Win Over #4 Field Hockey at CAA Championships
Courtesy:JMUSports.com Release:11/05/2011

NORFOLK, Va., Nov. 5, 2011 – Old Dominion scored three goals within a five minute, five second span in the second half to turn a 1-1 score into a 4-1 advantage as the top-seeded Monarchs advanced to the Colonial Athletic Association Championship game on the strength of a 6-1 win over fourth-seeded James Madison in the Virginia 529 CAA Field Hockey Championships in Norfolk, Va., on Saturday afternoon. 

The loss snapped JMU’s three-game winning streak as it finishes the 2011 season with a 9-10 record. ODU, ranked second in the Kookaburra/NFHCA Division I Coaches Poll, improved to 19-2 and advanced to the CAA Championship game for the second consecutive season. 

The offense was led by redshirt sophomore forward Rachel Wein (Perryville, Md./Perryville) who scored on Dukes’ lone shot of the game. 

ODU’s Emma Batten, the 2011 CAA Player of the Year, paced the Monarch offense with two goals and an assist on three shots. Christy Longacre, Lydia Velzian, Maartje van Rijswijk and Kimberly Oakes all added goals for Old Dominion while Kathryn Kirk chipped in two assists. CAA Defensive Player of the Year Stephanie Kratzer and CAA Rookie of the Year Kelsey Smither each added assists as did Rebecca Condie and Rosario Villagra. 

Senior goalkeeper Margo Savage (Virginia Beach, Va./Princess Anne) allowed six goals to take the loss and drop to 8-9 on the season. She made four saves in 70 minutes of action. 

Devon Seifert drew the start in net for ODU and allowed one goal while improving to 19-2 on the season. 

The Monarchs held a 17-1 advantage in shots while also leading 5-0 in penalty corners. The Dukes made four saves to zero for ODU. 

Old Dominion got the day’s scoring started just three minutes, 26 seconds into the game. Batten found van Rijswijk wide open at the side of the net for an easy tap in goal. It was the junior’s ninth of the season. 

The score remained that way for over 20 minutes before Wein scored to even the game at one apiece. The redshirt sophomore pounced on a turnover by the ODU defense and slipped it into the net for her second of the season. 

Things remained tied into halftime and for the first 14 minutes out of the break before Villagra received a stretch pass from midfield. The freshman settled the ball inside the circle and slid a pass over to Oakes who beat Savage for her first goal of the year. 

Three minutes later, Kirk found Velzian along the right baseline for her fourth goal of the season before Batten scored her 20th to make it 4-1. The senior redirected a shot by Kratzer on a penalty corner up over a sprawled Savage. Another penalty corner goal, this time by Longacre made it 5-1 in the 62nd minute. 

Batten wrapped up the days scoring in the 66th minute as she took a pass from Kirk, made a move around the defender and fired a shot into the net. 

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