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NORFOLK, Va. – A goal from freshman Alexis Gazzio (Hershey, Pa./Hershey) with time winding down forced overtime Friday evening, but No. 20 Old Dominion was able to put in the final tally en route to a 3-2 victory over No. 14 Delaware at LR Hill Sports Complex.

The Blue Hens (2-1) trailed by 2-0 in the 54th minute before sophomore Kiki Bink (Wageningen, The Netherlands/RSG Pantarijn) put in a penalty corner shot for her first goal of the season.  Seniors Marjelle Scheffers (Amersfoort, The Netherlands/Stedelijk Gymnasium Johan van Oldenbarneveld) and Maura Zarkoski (Eagleville, Pa./Villa Maria) assisted on the play.

It was perfect timing for Gazzio and her first career goal with 53 seconds remaining in regulation as the midfielder tapped it past the goalie from the right side.  Scheffers picked up her second assist on the night while classmate Esmée Peet (Zeewolde, The Netherlands/RSG Slingerbos) was also credited with an assist.

The Monarchs (2-1) had two opportunities to take the game in overtime as Meg Byas’ shot hit the post in the 77th minute before Casey Dolan recorded the game-winner in the 78th minute.

Junior Emmeline Oltmans (Baarn, The Netherlands/Het Baarnsch Lyceum) collected one save in 77:11 of action.

Kealsie Robles stopped three Delaware shots while Old Dominion accumulated two defensive saves.
Head Coach Rolf van de Kerkhof
“This is a good learning experience for our team today and one we want to prevent from experiencing in the future.  We can’t expect to earn the win by only playing quality Delaware field hockey for about 25-30 minutes during the second half. In the first half, we allowed ODU to dictate most of the play and play development. In the second half, I saw a Delaware team hungry to compete, attack and play defense together.  I am proud of the way we fought ourselves back into the game. Tying it up with less than a minute left in regulation is something to be excited about, but also critical about because we put ourselves in that situation.”

“During overtime, I loved the energy and drive of our team as they played to win. I consider this the best OT performance from our team in my six seasons at Delaware. It may be strange to hear, especially as we lost in overtime, but the way our Blue Hens showed their desire to take care of business, the number of quality attacks and poised defense provides excitement in this part of our game moving forward.”

     · The Blue Hens were held scoreless in a half for the first time this season.
     · Greta Nauck registered her first career defensive save, the second of the year for Delaware.
     · Each team logged eight shots and five penalty corners on the night.
     · Old Dominion has won five of the last six over the Hens.

     · Sunday, September 4 – No. 14 Delaware at No. 5 Virginia – 1 p.m. – Turf Field (Charlottesville, Va.)
     · Friday, September 9 – No. 14 Delaware at No. rv Temple – 4 p.m. – Howarth Field (Philadelphia, Pa.)
     · Sunday, September 11 – No. 14 Delaware at No. 15 Princeton – 1 p.m. – Bedford Field (Princeton, N.J.)

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