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Mace & Crown | May 25, 2017

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No. 12 Field Hockey Suffers 3rd Straight Loss

Matt O’Brien
Sports Editor

A reschedule due to weather forced Old Dominion Field Hockey to take to the turf at noon on Tuesday. The No. 11 Monarchs (8-5) took on the Temple Red Owls (4-12) for this mid season match-up. Despite registering 17 more shots than Temple, the Monarchs were shutout 1-0 in heartbreaking fashion. The loss marks the third straight game the team has been held scoreless.

“Overall, it was really frustrating because we created a lot of opportunities. Our corners are not working very well so we have got to spend more time in practice working on that,” Head Coach Andy Griffiths said.

Eleven corners were given to Old Dominion and eight of them came in the second half.

“We just made it difficult for ourselves today by not finishing our chances early,” Griffiths said.

The Lady Monarchs came out firing in the first half putting up five shots on goal in the first five minutes of play. It seemed they would be able to set the pace of the entire game, with a fast paced offense and the ability to spread out the Red Owl defense. They were getting back to the game they were so accustomed to playing after being shut out twice in a row.

In the 17th minute Temple earned their first penalty corner of the game and they converted on their one and only shot of the half. Sarah Deck tallied her seventh goal of the season off the corner

“Temple is very physical and aggressive. They took their couple of chances and converted them today,” Griffiths said.

Despite out shooting Temple 7-1 and possessing the ball for most of the half the Lady Monarchs could not convert their chances. Griffiths and his team were sure to regroup at half.

“We talked about playing with more confidence at their end. We really wanted to improve our position in the attacking circle in the hope that it would win us some corners,” he said.

The story of the second half however would not be the ODU offense despite doubling their shot total in the second half. Temple goalie Hailey Mitchell frustrated the ODU attack again and again totaling ten saves in the second half.

The Lady Monarchs also had their chances on eight more penalty corners but still could not find the back of the net. Frustrations began to mount after a few very close chances for ODU.

“We got pretty frustrated at the end of the game and got ourselves some cards at the end. That’s not the game we should be playing,” Griffiths said.

The three-game skid is the Lady Monarchs’ longest of the season as they fall to No.12 in the rankings.

“We have to concentrate on getting on the scoreboard. That’s very unusual, especially for us,” Griffiths said.

Looking forward the Lady Monarchs will face Vilanova on Friday and a good Delaware team on Sunday.