WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (April 1, 2012) - The William and Mary lacrosse team fell to Old Dominion, 14-10, in both teams' conference opener at Martin Family Stadium at Albert-Daly Field on Sunday afternoon.
W&M (2-9, 0-1) led by a goal at halftime, but ODU (4-7, 1-0) outscored the Tribe 9-4 in the second half to earn the victory.
The College utilized a balanced offensive attack, as seven different players scored at least one goal. Sophomore Taelor Salmon led the Tribe with four points (2g, 2a), while junior Kyrstin Mackrides (2g, 1a) and senior Maggie Anderson (2g) also found the back of the cage multiple times.
Senior Sarah Mulvey led W&M defensively and registered a team-high three caused turnovers and four ground balls.
The Tribe opened the contest playing well and scored three of the first four goals to take a 3-1 advantage midway through the first half. Anderson provided the initial goal off an assist from Mackrides just 2:10 into play, while freshman Ellen Shaffrey utilized an assist from Salmon to score at the 17:24 mark. Salmon tallied her first goal of the afternoon shortly thereafter off an assist from sophomore Jenna Dougherty with 13:37 showing.
ODU responded with a 3-1 run of its own to knot the count at 5-5 with 4:17 remaining in the half. Mackrides registered the Tribe's lone goal during the span.
Mackrides earned her second goal of the afternoon off a free-position opportunity with just 20 seconds on the clock to help W&M take a 6-5 edge at the intermission.
The Monarchs began the second half with three unanswered goals in the opening 1:30 to take their first lead of the contest. Although Dougherty scored with 27:34 showing to narrow the margin to 8-7, ODU added two more goals in the next three minutes to build a three-goal advantage.
Back-to-back goals by junior Caitlin Murphy and Salmon at 22:17 and 21:28, respectively, cut the gap to just one, 10-9, once again. However, ODU outscored W&M, 4-1, the rest of the way en route to securing the win.
Lisa Bernardini, Rebecca Reymann and Sarah Wright all recorded three goals apiece to lead ODU.
The Tribe will return to action when it hosts Towson on Friday at 7:30 p.m.