After rain delay, Lady Monarchs rally to defeat the College of William & Mary 15-9If you asked the Lady Monarchs (1-2,1-0) what type of weather they like to play in, they would tell you a nice, cool evening game. Instead, for their CAA and home opener, the Old Dominion Women’s Lacrosse team had to play in weather that calling it nasty would be an understatement. The L.R. Hill Sports Complex was in puddles. The win for Old Dominion was the first of the season, also tying up the annual Optima Health Challenge at 45 apiece. This was a familiar feeling for the Tribe, as Old Dominion used a strong second half last year to steal a victory, 14-10. The Lady Monarchs dug themselves into a 7-2 hole in the first half. After a lightning delay, the storm calmed down and so did the Lady Monarchs. “It was a great win for our team. We had a new game plan and I think it was good we broke the game down into smaller pieces so it was smaller things to focus on and one goal at a time, and that was our main focus and we did it so every time we scored it was lets get one more, why not?” head coach Heather Holt said.The College of William & Mary (1-3,0-1) came out unfazed by the weather. The Tribe scored early and often, starting with a goal from Maggie Bermingham just two and a half minutes into the first half. The goal was Bermingham’s first of the season and the start to a 7-2 run to start the game for the Tribe. Jenna Doughtery, Kyrstin Mackrides and Kaleigh Noon contributed two goals apiece while Colleen Nofia did what she could in goal, with seven saves.The rain delay was a blessing in disguise for Old Dominion. It gave the Lady Monarchs ample time to re-focus and get prepared for another round of battle. Sophomore midfielder Ashmore Standing went on to score a game-high five goals and earn three draw controls to pace the offense. In her season debut, junior attacker Emily Austerberry was able to get herself and ODU on the board with a goal that came shortly in the first half after resuming of play due to the delay. “I think that it helped us re-focus when we went to the locker room, we assessed how we really need to go and attack the other team,” Austerberry said.Austerberry showed no signs of rust as she went on to score four goals and assisting on two more. Talking about finally being back, she said “It feels so good, I feel like I practiced off-ball and all preseason and the day before the first game of the season I get a sprained ankle,” she said. Sophomore midfielder Christina Rea also chipped in two goals and collected a team-high four draw controls. Stalwart senior defenders and sisters Alexandra and Carolyn Burns logged identical stats, each collecting four ground balls. After the goal from Austerberry, the Lady Monarchs were able to rip in six straight goals to open the second half and grabbed a slight lead at 9-7. “Everybody was feeling good when we went in to the locker room so that was crucial,” coach Holt said. The win wouldn’t come easy though, as the Tribe cut the lead to one with 15:32 remaining. That would be all them motivation Old Dominion needed to finish the game, responding with four goals to build a cushion late in the game.