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Women’s Field Hockey Upsets No. 5 Virginia

Women’s Field Hockey Upsets No. 5 Virginia Field Hockey Field Hockey

Jonathan Harding
Contributing Writer

With Casey Dolan’s goal in the second overtime, the 15th ranked ODU Lady Monarchs’ Field Hockey team sealed a huge 3-2 upset over the 5th ranked Virginia Cavaliers in a game that Head Coach Andrew Griffiths aptly described as a “roller-coaster.”

The Lady Monarchs found their rhythm halfway through the first half; in the 20th minute Bailey Quinn put the first goal on the board. ODU carried that momentum into the second half and only three and half minutes in Teisha King put the Lady Monarchs up 2-0.

Things started to unravel a bit from there.

“We stopped playing our game for about 15 minutes in the second half,” Griffiths said.

The Cavaliers were able to put up two goals in less than three minutes tying the game at two-a-piece. The frustration on the field was palpable, but the Lady Monarchs found their footing and held on to push the game into overtime.

“In the end it’s trying to put 70 minutes of good play together, and today we probably had 70 including overtime so that’s something we have to work out,” Griffiths said.

By the time the first overtime had started ODU had once again found their rhythm out-shooting the Cavaliers 8-2.

“I thought the team did really well in overtime controlling the flow of it. We got a lot of chances. We probably could have finished it a bit earlier than we did,” Griffiths said.

After a few missed chances, Dolan put the game winning goal home halfway through the second overtime. The stands erupted, and the ODU bench cleared to celebrate around Dolan.

“I think I ran halfway onto to field,” Griffiths said. “Then went to go shake the Coach’s hand. Yeah, it was a pretty exciting moment.”

The Lady Monarchs host the 8th ranked Maryland Terrapins on Wednesday Oct. 14, before heading to Mansfield to face No. 1 UCONN Saturday, Oct. 17. This win over a ranked team should bolster their confidence as they carry a lot of momentum in to next week.