COLUMBUS, Ohio. — Old Dominion improved to 5-0 for the first time since 1997 as the Lady Monarchs jumped out to an early lead and held on for a 2-1 victory against No. 5 Syracuse Saturday afternoon in Columbus, Ohio.
The win marks the third consecutive game in which Old Dominion has knocked off a top-five opponent and all of ODU’s wins this season have come against top-10 teams.
The last time the Lady Monarchs started the year with five consecutive wins was the 1997 season in which Old Dominion went 10-0 to begin the year and reached the NCAA championship game.
No.3 Maryland 3, Northwestern 0
COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Maryland shut out Northwestern 3-0 Saturday afternoon in the first game of the Terrapin Invitational for its 98th win at the Field Hockey & Complex.
Freshmen Maxine Fluharty and Katie Gerzabek, as well as sophomore Jill Witmer, all scored for the Terps. Witmer put the Terrapins on the board with a goal in the seventh minute of the game. Junior Nikki Fernandez sent a quick pass to her just in front of the goal to set it up. Gerzabek doubled the score with a goal in the 30th minute. Junior Harriet Tibble brought it into the circle and sent it up towards the goal. Gerzabek deflected it in for the score.
No. 4 Connecticut 1, No. 16 Albany 0
STORRS, Conn. — Marie Elena Bolles scored the third game-winning goal of her career late in the second half to lift Connecticut to a 1-0 victory against No. 16 Albany on Saturday afternoon at the sun-soaked George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex in Storrs. With the win, Connecticut improves to a perfect 4-0 on the season while the Great Danes slip to 3-2.
The Connecticut defense was outstanding on Saturday and did not allow the Great Danes to notch a single shot on goal. Reigning Big East Goalkeeper of the Year Sarah Mansfield notched the seventh shutout of her career and saw her goals against average this season dip below 1.00.
Michigan State 3, No. 7 Virginia 0
OXFORD, Ohio – Virginia was shut out by Michigan State 3-0 Saturday in Oxford, Ohio. The Cavaliers are in the midst of a seven-game road swing. It was the first win of the season for Michigan State, who improved to 1-4.
The Spartans finished with a slight edge in shots, 9-8, including a 7-3 advantage in the first half. Both teams took four penalty corners.
Michigan State scored its first goal in the 28th minute when Jenni Smith dished the ball to Abby Barker, who beat the last Virginia defender and fired the ball into the back of the cage. Then just before halftime, the Spartans went up 2-0 when Allie Ahern’s shot from near the top of the circle found its way over the goal line.
Ohio 2, No. 8 American 1 (OT)
COLLEGE PARK, Md. — American suffered a 2-1 overtime loss Saturday when Ohio’s Taylor Brown converted off a penalty corner in the 80th minute. The win is the Bobcats’ sixth consecutive to open the year.
Ohio controlled the pace of play in the first half but was limited in its scoring opportunities by American’s strong back line. The Bobcats earned the day’s first penalty corner just over one minute in and came away with nothing as the Eagles forced a turnover before a shot could be taken. Ohio would eventually attempt three shots in the frame, with Stephanie Burry making two saves and the third being sent wide.
No. 9 Duke 1, No. 20 Wake Forest 0
DURHAM, N.C. — Junior Devon Gagliardi registered her fourth goal of the season and the Blue Devils’ defense picked up its second consecutive shutout as Duke earned a hard-fought, 1-0 victory against ACC-rival Wake Forest Saturday afternoon from Williams Field.
Duke improves to 4-1 overall and 1-0 in the ACC with the win, while Wake Forest drops to 1-4 on the year and 0-1 in the conference.
Game information and photos compiled from athletic department websites.