Field Hockey: Old Dominion sneaks past the Tribe, 3-1

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JAMIE HOLT // THE FLAT HAT

Tues., Sept. 10, William and Mary faced off against Old Dominion in Norfolk, Va. The game had previously been scheduled for Sept. 6, but was postponed due to inclement weather. The Tribe was coming off a 2-0 win against Long Island, but ultimately the Monarchs (2-1) outmatched the Tribe (1-2) in a 3-1 win.

Ten minutes into the first quarter, the Monarchs were awarded a penalty corner. On this corner, the Tribe’s sophomore goalkeeper Kimi Jones had an impressive save, but the Monarchs regained possession of the ball and midfielder Jess Miller was able to score with an assist from forward Erin Huffman.

The second quarter did not produce many viable scoring opportunities for either team. The only shot on goal of the quarter came from Monarchs forward Riley Taylor, but this was again stopped by Tribe goalkeeper Kimi Jones.

The third quarter featured much more action and intense play from both teams. Seven minutes into the quarter, Tribe freshman forward Sally Snead was fouled and the College was awarded its first penalty corner of the game. Unfortunately for the College, senior midfielder Christie van de Kamp’s shot went wide and the Tribe remained down by one. Just a minute later, ODU was awarded a penalty corner and they scored again, this time by Huffman, who was assisted on this goal by defenders Marlee McClendon and Rebecca Birch. Now down 2-0, Jones was substituted out, and senior goalkeeper Morgan Connor came in to help prevent any further ODU scoring.

In the fourth quarter, the College needed to defend against the formidable Monarch offense while trying to come back from a two-goal deficit. In the first few minutes of the quarter, the Monarchs were awarded two penalty corners, both of which were saved by Connor. The Tribe subsequently earned two penalty corners for itself, the first of which went wide while the second shot by van de Kamp was blocked. Still trailing by two, the Tribe’s fate was sealed when, with just six minutes left in the game, Birch scored on a penalty corner with assists from McClendon and Taylor.

However, the College was able to answer ODU before the game ended, when van de Kamp scored her second goal of the season on a penalty stroke. After two more saves from an Connor, the game ended with the Tribe falling to the Monarchs 3-1.

Now 1-2, the College will aim to come back from this loss as they continue their season, travelling next to Richmond to play Virginia Commonwealth Fri. Sept. 13 at 3 p.m.