Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 2/6/09
Old Dominion, featuring a large group of Philly women, including Hall of Fame coach Sue Stahl, defeated the Welsh National Team, 7-5, Thursday in an international scrimmage in Norfolk, Va.
Senior Kelly Kimener scored three goals, including the game winner off a feed from freshman Lisa Bernardini (George School). Junior Ashley Kellogg (Downingtown West) scored once for ODU.
Defensively, redshirt freshman Sarah Geary (Springfield-Delco) allowed just five goals and made six saves, while causing a team-high four turnovers in her first collegiate action. In front of her, senior defender Erica Erb (Boyertown) scooped three groundballs.
Also for the Lady Monarchs, freshman attacker Rebecca Hartrum (Springfield-Delco) saw time. Another freshman, defender Kirkland Lewis (North Penn) is on the team.
The Lady Monarchs – coming off a 4-9 season – will continue pre-season training until the regular season opener on Feb. 28 at the Powhatan Sports Complex against American University. The game is set for 1:00 pm. All eight of the Lady Monarchs regular season home games will be at the brand new facility.
Stahl, an Upper Darby and Ursinus College graduate, was named the head coach of the all-Century Women’s Lacrosse team in 1999 and is a member of the US Lacrosse National Hall of Fame and Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter Hall of Fame.
Formerly the head coach at Penn Wood and an assistant at Ursinus and Temple, Stahl is in her 18th year at ODU. Stahl also spent 16 years as the the coach of the United States National Team bringing home an unprecedented four World Cup Championships in five appearances.
Prior to joining the Lady Monarchs, Stahl won two USWLA National Championships as the head coach of the Philadelphia Women’s Lacrosse team. She also served as a basketball coach at Haverford College in Pennsylvania during that period.
Three times, in 1995, 2002, and 2003, Stahl was named the Colonial Athletic Association Coach of the Year and in 1997 she was awarded the International Federation of Women’s Lacrosse Association Coach of the Year honor.
Additionally she has named to the Delco Sports Hall of Fame and received the Diane Geppi-Aikens Award from the IWLCA for lifetime achievement and commitment to the sport and the Nancy Chance Award by U.S. Lacrosse in 2005.