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Oct. 4, 1998

CHARLOTTESIVILLE, Va. – Virginia’s Meredith Elwell (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) scored twice this afternoon as the Cavaliers defeated ACC-rival Maryland 3-2 at University Hall Turf Field. The Vizzuso sisters Michelle and Lorraine (Fairfield, N.J./West Essex) assisted on all three goals with Michelle helping on the first two and Lorraine helping on the game-winner. Elwell’s four points on the day move her to fifth-place all-time in scoring with 106 points. She is also fourth-place all-time in goals with 43 for her career.

Virginia went up early as Lori Mastropietro (Richboro, Pa./Council Rock) scored on a corner play, with assists to Vizzuso and Meridith Thorpe (St. Louis, Mo./John Burroughs) 11:04 into the contest. Six minutes later Elwell tipped a Michelle Vizzuso pass into the cage to put the Cavaliers up 2-0.

With 20 seconds to go in the first half, the Terrapins were awarded a penalty corner and Keli Smith took the pass from Jen Pratt and snuck it past Cavalier keeper Ellen Wiese (Burke, Va./Lake Braddock). It was Maryland’s only shot of the half. The teams went into halftime with Virginia holding a 2-1 lead.

Just 1:46 into the second half Elwell put the Cavaliers up by two a second time as she stuck in the ball with a pass from Lorraine Vizzuso. The Cavaliers hung strong and gave up their only corner of the half with 16 minutes to play. On the corner, Carla Tagliente stuck the goal to cut the deficit to 1 at 3-2. But the Terrapins would not get any more shots in the game and the Cavaliers prevailed 3-2.

With the win, the Cavaliers improve to 7-3 and are now 1-0 in the conference. Maryland falls in their second consecutive game and are now 7-4, 1-1 in the conference.

Virginia will host Virginia Commonwealth on Wednesday at 7:00 pm in Charlottesville.

FINAL           1   2   F (records)#8 Maryland     1   1   2 (7-4, 1-1 ACC)#6 Virginia     2   1   3 (7-3, 1-0 ACC)

Scoring summary: V: Mastropietro (M. Vizzuso, Thorpe)/23:56 (1); V: Elwell (M. Vizzuso)/18:02 (1); M: Smith (Pratt, Kauffman)/0:20 (1); V: Elwell (L. Vizzuso)/33:16 (2); M: Tagliente (Pratt)/15:33 (2)

Goals: V: Elwell 2, Mastropietro UM Tagliente, Smith

Assists: V: M. Vizzuso 2, L. Vizzuso 1 UM: Pratt 2, Kauffman

Shots: V: 12, UM: 4

Corners: V: 12, UM: 3

Saves: V: 1 (Wiese 1); UM: 6 (Platt 6)

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