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No. 16 Old Dominion Edges No. 6 Liberty 2-1 in BIG EAST Semifinals

April 22, 2021  Conshohocken, Pa.   RSS
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Liberty fell 2-1 to ODU on Thursday.

Liberty fell 2-1 to ODU on Thursday.

No. 16 Old Dominion edged No. 6 Liberty 2-1 in the BIG EAST Field Hockey Championship semifinals, Thursday afternoon at the Proving Grounds.

ODU (9-4), the No. 3 seed at the BIG EAST Championship, moves on to face top-seeded and seventh-ranked Connecticut (10-1) in Saturday's title game at Noon. The Huskies bested No. 4 seed Temple 4-0 in the other semifinal game, Thursday. Meanwhile, the No. 2 seed Lady Flames see their four-game winning streak snapped. Liberty moves to 13-3 on the season.

Scoring Summary
18' – OLD DOMINION – Marlon De Bruijne (Alice Demars and Jessica Gabriel) | Penalty Corner
30' – OLD DOMINION – Marlon De Bruijne )
48' – LIBERTY – Charlotte Vaanhold (Jill Bolton)

Goalkeepers
W: Cam MacGillivray 9-4, five saves
L: Azul Irixity Irigoyen 11-3, one save                                                           

Turning Point
The Monarchs' Marlon De Bruijne, the BIG EAST Co-Freshman of the Year and an All-BIG EAST first team selection, scored both goals for ODU.  De Bruijne' first goal came early in the second quarter in the 18th minute, a penalty corner strike into the right side of the cage to put the Monarchs on top 1-0. Her first goal was assisted by Alice Demars and Jessica Gabriel.

De Bruijne's second goal, her 13th of the season, came just before halftime and was assisted by Jolene Ulichney. ODU took a 2-0 lead into the break.

Liberty responded with a goal early in the fourth quarter at the 47:57 mark from All-BIG EAST first team honoree Charlotte Vaanhold. Jill Bolton entered the circle up the right side and sent a pass over to Vaanhold, who lifted a shot over the pad of ODU goalkeeper Cam MacGillivray and into the cage for her 10th goal of the season.

Over the final 12 minutes, Liberty drew one penalty corner and recorded one shot on goal but was unable to score the equalizer.

Key Stats & Notes
• Liberty outshot Old Dominion 11-5 and held a 6-3 advantage in shots on goal. Bolton led Liberty with five shots, three of which were on goal.
• Vaanhold's goal was the 20th of her collegiate career. The junior reached 10 goals this season for the first time in her career as well.
• The Lady Flames earned four penalty corners, compared to three for the Monarchs.
• Liberty was held to one goal for only the second time this season. The other instance was also against ODU, March 26.
• Liberty leads the all-time series with ODU 7-6. The Monarchs have knocked the Lady Flames out of the BIG EAST Championship in each of the past two seasons.
• The Lady Flames are 3-5 all-time in the BIG EAST Tournament.
• Liberty won three of the five meetings versus ODU this spring. The Lady Flames outscored the Monarchs 12-7 in those five games.

Up Next
Liberty will wait until Saturday night to learn if it will compete in the NCAA Division I Field Hockey Championship. The NCAA Selection Show will take place at 10 p.m. and can be seen on NCAA.com.