On campus: Suffolk alums leading field hockey teams

Published 9:25 pm Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Old Dominion senior back Katelyn Smither (Lakeland) scored both of the Lady Monarchs’ goals in a 2-1 ODU win at Boston University on Saturday. Old Dominion completed its trip to Boston on Sunday with a 1-0 conference win against Northeastern.

Smither scored both of her goals on penalty corner plays as ODU converted on the only two penalty corners it earned in the BU match. Smither leads ODU with four goals and she’s taken 23 of the team’s 62 shots on the season. ODU is 3-6 overall and 1-0 in the Colonial Athletic Association.

Christopher Newport’s Katelyn Yandle (Nansemond River) scored two goals in CNU’s 3-1 win at home on Saturday against Catholic University. Yandle, a sophomore, is leading CNU with six goals and 17 shots on goal. CNU is 6-3 overall.

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James Madison is ranked No. 7 in the nation after two conference wins over the weekend. On Friday, JMU beat Delaware 5-0. On Sunday, JMU beat Towson 6-1. JMU improved to 8-1 overall and 2-0 in the CAA.

On Sunday, JMU narrowly outplayed Towson statistically, with a 16-12 shot advantage and a 9-8 penalty corner advantage. Junior goalkeeper Kelsey Cutchins (Lakeland) made seven saves for the Lady Dukes. Cutchins played 62 of 70 minutes and made two saves versus Delaware. Freshman Lindsay Cutchins (Lakeland) played as a substitute in both matches.

Hampton’s Dennis Conley (Nansemond River) was named Offensive Lineman of the Week in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference for his play during the Pirates’ 44-7 win over North Carolina A&T on Sept. 20.

Conley, a 6-foot-4, 257-pound senior left guard, had three pancake blocks and helped the Pirates to 271 rushing yards against the Aggies.

Hampton (3-1, 2-0) travels to face defending MEAC champion Delaware St. on Saturday.