Field Hockey Riding Nine Game Home Win Streak
Oct. 7, 1998
GAME 10: #4 Virginia 3, #8 Maryland 2–
Meredith Elwell (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) scored twice as the Cavaliers defeated ACC-rival Maryland 3-2. 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 they 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 UVa 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.
Elwell is all well: Meredith Elwell’s pair of goals against Maryland gave her 43 goals for her career, which ranks her 4th all-time at Virginia. Her two goals were good enough to garner her ACC Player of the Week honors, becoming the second Cavalier this season to be so named. She is only the fifth person in school history to record 20+ goals and assists in a career. Her 106 points ranks her fifth all-time at Virginia. Her 10 game-winning goals is also good enough for seventh on the all-time Virginia list. Cindy Carzo leads that list with 28 game-winners.
Thorpe ticker: Meridith Thorpe, Virginia’s career scoring leader, ranks second in the ACC in scoring with 202 points and second all-time in goals scored with 90. Only Duke’s Melissa Panasci has more goals scored (91). The all-time ACC leader is Cindy Werley (UNC) has 212 points (84-44-212). Meridith also ranks tenth all-time in the nation in scoring. Ahead of her are Anne-Marie Thomas of Iowa (210) and Christy Morgan of JMU (219) besides Werley. Her 90 goals is also the nation’s eight-best career total all-time. She is the 11th person in the nation’s history to record 200+ points in a career.
Vizzuso vibes: Michelle Vizzuso, already Virginia’s career leader in assists, is also leading the nation with her 13 this season. She ranks sixth all-time in the ACC with 48 career assists (Jen Pratt, MD has 60). She is only the fourth personin ACC history to record 40+ goals and assists in a career.
Mastro the maestro: Lori Mastropietro has moved into the top-15 in goals scored in a career with 25.
On the Horizon
Ramming into the Rams: Virginia leads the all-time series with Virginia Commonwealth 18-0. In the 18 games, the Rams have scored only six goals, with 2 of them coming in the 1993 game that went to double overtime in Richmond. In the last three games, the Cavaliers have outscored the Rams 23-1.
Nine is fine, but we want a perfect 10!: The Cavaliers are currently riding an nine game winning streak at home. They have not lost in Charlottesville since September 28, 1997. It is the second-longest home winning streak in school history (10, 1977-78).
October oct to be great!: The Cavaliers are riding a 15-game winning streak in October dating back to 1995 when Virginia beat then-Towson State 4-0 on Oct. 13. It is the longest winning streak in school history for a month. The longest unbeaten streak, though, goes back to 1974-77 when the Cavaliers were unbeaten in 32 consecutive games, starting with a win over VCU 2-0 on October 16, 1974 and lasted through the Roanoke game in 1978, which the Hoos won 3-0. In that 32-game span, the Cavaliers tied 3 games. The second-longest streak, 14, was the final 14 games of that stretch. Virginia has won 149 games all-time in October for a winning percentage of 67.8% (149-68-10).
Going wild with the Wildcats: The Cavaliers are attempting to continue their shutout streak against Davidson with their game on Friday. Virginia, who leads the series 3-0, has outscored the Wildcats 29-0 in the three games.