Maryland turns table on Lady Monarchs

Published 10:15 pm Saturday, November 19, 2011

Despite beating defending national champion Maryland twice in the regular season, Old Dominion fell 4-0 to the Lady Terrapins in the national semifinal of the NCAA Field Hockey Tournament Friday in Louisville, Ky.

The Lady Monarchs, No. 2 in the nation and No. 1 for much of the season, beat Maryland 5-2 and 4-0 in the regular season.

ODU outshot Maryland 11-8 in the third meeting and earned an 11-3 advantage in penalty corners. Maryland scored in the 15th minute and had a 2-0 lead at halftime. The semifinal was the first time ODU (22-3) was shut out this season.

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“Maryland played great, and I give them all the credit in the world,” said ODU head coach Beth Anders.

“We used the same strategy we have used all year, this time it just wasn’t our day,” Anders said.

Freshman midfielder Kelsey Smither (Lakeland) finishes the season with 21 points; 13 assists and four goals.


Marquette, ranked No. 19 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll, beat Winthrop 95-73 in the first round of the Paradise Jam Friday on St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.

Sophomore forward Davante Gardner (King’s Fork) played 17 minutes off the Marquette bench, getting four points, four rebounds and two blocks.

Winthrop was led by senior guard Andre Jones (Nansemond River) scoring a career-high 29 points on 9-for-16 field goal shooting and 7-for-9 free throw shooting.

Marquette (3-0) goes on to play Mississippi in the Paradise Jam semis on Sunday. Winthrop (0-3) played Drake Saturday.

Lakeland also has a representative in the U.S. Virgin Islands in Norfolk State reserve guard Kris Brown.

The Spartans (2-1) beat Drexel 61-56 on Friday, advancing to a semifinal game against Texas Christian, a victor over Virginia, on Sunday. According to some publications, Drexel is a preseason favorite to win the Colonial Athletic Association.

Chowan’s men’s basketball team got its first win of the season, beating Coker 80-64 on Friday night in a tournament at Francis Marion University in Florence, S.C.

Junior power forward Quinton McDuffie (Nansemond River) scored 11 of his 15 points in the second half and added four rebounds. McDuffie’s averaging 15.0 points and 7.0 boards a game.

Chowan (1-3) faced Francis Marion Saturday night.