Lady Monarchs Overcome Tribe in Second Half
Harry Howard Jr. | Sports Editor
Coming off a one goal loss to American University, the Lady Monarch lacrosse team hosted William & Mary at the L.R. Hill Sports Complex in the ODU SAAC Championship Effort game which encouraged all student-athletes to come out and support their peers. Despite a slow start, ODU came out on top against the Tribe 13-10 ending their three-game losing streak against them.
Sophomore Katie Miller powered the Lady Monarch (4-3) offense with five goals and one assist. Seniors Colby Mueller and Connor Carson each added two goals of their own.
“She finally kind of came into her own today and got a little confidence. I think a light bulb went off and the other girls were able to adapt around her and help her out,” ODU head coach Heather Holt said.
Two minutes into the match William & Mary’s (2-6) Lindsey Jenks scored her first of two goals to put the Tribe ahead 1-0. ODU countered quickly to take a 2-1 lead with goals by Miller and Cydney Tutchton. That would be the Lady Monarchs last lead of the half as William & Mary responded with four unanswered goals to take a 5-2 lead.
At halftime, William & Mary led 7-4.
William & Mary scored their last goal with 15:44 remaining in the game to take a 10-8 lead. ODU would score five times in the last 11 minutes to secure the victory. Miller scored her fourth goal of the game to tie the game and less than a minute later Carson scored an unassisted goal to give them the lead.
“It amazing to have the spirit and character to be able to comeback like that,” Holt said.
ODU goalie Maggi Buckley won her fourth game of the season and tallied eight saves and six ground balls. The Tribe had two different players spend time in the net during the game. Alex Lista played the entire first half for the Tribe making four saves and Elsa Rail made six saves but gave up nine goals in the second half.
The Lady Monarchs will be back in action March 24 to kick off conference play against last year’s Atlantic Sun regular season champions Jacksonville. Game time is set for 3 p.m. and the first 100 fans to arrive will be gifted an ODU lacrosse tank top.