Lady Monarchs Drop Conference Opener
Harry Howard Jr. | Sports Editor
The Lady Monarch lacrosse team opened Atlantic Sun conference play against Jacksonville with 12-7 loss at the L.R. Hill Sports Complex.
“We played a bit messy but overall the effort was awesome. The team really went after it today. They played hard for the whole 60 minutes. We just need to clean a lot of things up,” ODU head coach Heather Holt said.
ODU (4-4, ASUN 0-1) got on the scoreboard first with a goal by senior midfielder Connor Carson five minutes into the game but they’d only score one more time in the first half despite taking 11 shots. Jacksonville’s (4-4, ASUN 1-0) MacEllen McDonough scored the first of three straight goals for the Dolphins to take a 3-1 lead. With less than a minute left in the first half, Megan Cameron fired the ball into the back of the net to pull the Lady Monarchs back within a goal.
At halftime, the Dolphins led 3-2.
Jacksonville came out attacking in the second half doubling ODU in shots attempted 16-8 and outscoring them 9-5. After three minutes of play in the second half, the Dolphins extended their lead to 4-2 on a goal by Courtney Valdez.
Back-to-back goals by Cydney Tutchton and Carson allowed the Lady Monarchs to tie the game at four with 22:05 left in regulation. The Dolphins countered with two more goals to push the lead to 6-4. ODU sophomore midfielder Sophia Richie scored her only goal of the game to cut the lead to 6-5 but that would be as close as they would get. Jacksonville took command of the game scoring four unanswered goals two by Courtney Valdez and one each from Jamie Chapman and Danielle Della Rocca to take a 10-5 lead.
Megan Cameron scored on a free position shot with 3:46 left to cut the lead to 10-6 before MacEllen Mcdonough scored twice in two minutes increasing Jacksonville lead by six. ODU’s Morgan Marrale scored the goal of the match with 30 seconds left.
Senior goalie Maggi Buckley took her fourth loss of the season securing nine saves and nabbing a team-high five ground balls. Buckley was stellar in the first half but the second half was the complete opposite as the Dolphins offensive onslaught ensued. Jacksonville goalie Sydney Matthews won her fourth game in net and racked up five saves.
Junior midfielder Natalie Ledwitz did all she could to try and slow down the Dolphins forcing a game-high five turnovers.
ODU will head to South Carolina on April 5 to take on the Furman Paladins at 6 p.m. in another Atlantic Sun matchup.