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ODU Field Hockey Cruises Past Quinnipiac On Senior Day

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NORFOLK, Va. – The Old Dominion Field Hockey team cruised to its eighth-straight win on Friday when they defeated Quinnipiac, 8-0 on Senior Day at the L.R. Hill Sports Complex. With the win the Monarchs have clinched a spot in the BIG EAST Tournament at Temple University set for Nov. 3 and 5. Sacha de Gier led the way for the Monarchs scoring three goals.
ODU took 13 minutes but found the first goal when Frederique Zandbergen fed a pass to de Gier giving Old Dominion a 1-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. The second quarter is where the Monarchs (10-5, 5-1) would heat up and never look back. Two minutes in de Gier scored her second goal after Zandbergen sent a ball into Danielle Husar that set up the goal. 11 minutes later senior and team captain Nicole Fredricks took a feed from Marlon de Bruijne on a penalty quarter and slotted it past the keeper giving ODU a 3-0 lead. As time was winding down in the first half Zandbergen connected with de Bruijne giving the Monarchs a four goal advantage.
The third quarter is when de Gier would complete her hat trick after Zandbergen passed in a balled to Husar on a penalty corner for de Gier to do the rest. Three minutes later senior Aubrey Mytych took a pass from Jolene Ulichney and put ODU up, 6-0.
The fourth quarter saw two more goals the first being by Ulichney who was assisted by Mytych and with two minutes left Mytych found Josi John for her first career goal as a Monarch making it 8-0. The Monarchs would run out the time after that and secure the victory. 
Old Dominion outshot Quinnipiac 11-5 and Suus Broers earned her seventh shutout while making four saves. 
"It's a hard one when we have senior day and we are celebrating all of their acheviments and their time here with the ceremony and then we have to switch into game mode. We have talked about that for a couple of days and the goal was to win the game and secure our spot in the BIG EAST Tournament," said head coach Andrew Griffiths. "We played really well as a team and put together four really solid quarters and scored eight goals for eight seniors." 
"Second chances and creating scrappy goals helped today and we hadn't been taking care of the opportunities we had earlier in the year and we have worked on just getting shots on goal and those are the ones that went in today," said Griffiths. 
ODU is back in action on Sunday, Oct. 22 at 1 p.m. when they take on James Madison in Harrisonburg.