Duke edges No. 1 Lady Monarchs

Published 8:19 pm Monday, October 17, 2011

No. 7-ranked Duke beat No. 1 Old Dominion 2-1 in overtime, avenging a loss to the Lady Monarchs earlier this field hockey season, on Sunday in Norfolk.


It was still a mixed weekend for Old Dominion (15-1, 5-0 CAA) as the Lady Monarchs are having their best start to a season since ODU’s 25-0 1992 NCAA national championship team.

ODU won 5-2 at No. 3 Maryland on Friday in College Park, Md. for a season sweep in two matches against the defending national champs. Freshman midfielder Kelsey Smither (Lakeland) added her ninth assist of the season in the win versus Maryland.

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The Lady Monarchs and Lady Blue Devils were tied 1-1 at halftime. Duke won with a sudden-death goal 29 seconds into overtime.

ODU returns to Colonial conference play hosting James Madison on Friday and Virginia Commonwealth on Sunday.


Senior defender Lynsey Daughtrey (Lakeland) scored her fourth and fifth goals of the season, one in each match, as the Lady Highlanders split conference matches this weekend.

Radford rallied from trailing 3-1 to beat Davidson 5-3 on Friday. Daughtrey got Radford on the board for a 1-1 score. She assisted the tying and go-ahead goals, with the game-winning goal coming via a penalty corner with 27 minutes to play.

Longwood (9-8, 3-1 NorPac Conference) won 3-1 at Radford (7-8, 2-3) on Sunday despite Daughtrey scoring RU’s only goal.

Kaity Byrum (Lakeland) is a junior midfielder for the Lady Lancers. Jennifer Hedrick (Lakeland) is a freshman forward for Radford.


Norfolk State won the 49th Battle of the Bay beating rival Hampton 34-24 at NSU on Saturday. The win takes the Spartans to 6-1 overall, with a loss at BCS school West Virginia as the one setback, and 4-0 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

True freshman defensive lineman George Riddick (King’s Fork) saw action for the Spartans for the fifth game this season and recorded a tackle.

NSU’s roster also includes junior wide receiver Tyrece Shepherd (Lakeland), junior running back Bryant Bailey (King’s Fork) and sophomore offensive lineman Steven Beard (Nansemond River).

The Spartans play Thursday night football this week, hosting MEAC foe Bethune-Cookman at 7:30 p.m.