No. 3 Cavaliers Hold Off Syracuse
March 9, 1999
SYRACUSE, N.Y.-Jess Hull’s (Arnold, Md./Broadneck) second hat trickof the 1999 campaign helped the Cavaliers defeat No. 14 Syracuse and earn theprogram’s 250th victory all-time today in Syracuse. Hull led all scorerswith her three goals and added an assist, marking the second consecutivegame that she has recorded four poins. First year Gina Sambus (Garden City,N.Y./Garden City) also recorded a hat trick for the Cavaliers in the secondgame of her career as the Cavaliers raced to 4-0 to start the game and ledat halftime 8-2.
The Cavaliers opened up with four goals in the first 20 minutes ofthe game as the physical Syracuse defense held the Hoos in check at first.Virginia got on the board five minutes into the contest with a freeposition by Sarah Gercke (Charlottesville, Va./St. Anne’s-Belfield), andHull’s conversion of an eight-meter four inutes later put the Cavaliers up2-0. Kelly Allenbach (West Chester, Pa./W. C. Henderson) put the Hoos up3-0 three minutes later, and Gercke’s second goal at the 9:50 mark fromMary Sauer (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) forced the Orangewomen to call atimeout.
Syracuse’s Katrina Hable scored 22 seconds after the timeout, butthe Cavaliers scored twice in sixteen seconds to take a 6-1 lead with 7:20to go in the half. Senior captain Mia Mooney (Rosemont, Pa./Shipley)converted an eight-meter mark and on the ensuing draw, the Cavaliers gainedcontrol. Amy Fromal (Folsom, Pa./Ridley) fed Sambus to put the Cavaliers upby seven.
Virginia scored twice in under a minute just before halftime asHull took a feed from Laura Lindsay (Deerfield, Mass./Deerfield Academy) atthe 1:50 mark and 45 seconds later Mills Hook (Lutherville, Md./St. Paul’s)converted a free position. Lindsay’s assist was her first career point.Hull’s goal also proved to be the game-winner.
Just before halftime Syracuse picked up a Virginia turnover andscored with 13 ticks on the clock to send Orangewomen down by six at 8-2 atthe break.
After halftime, Lacey Aumiller (Baltimore, Md./Notre Dame Prep)scored on an eight-meter to put the Cavaliers up 9-2 just 59 seconds intothe second stanza. But Syracuse went on a mini rally as Hable scored herthird goal and Jenna Szyluk scored twice in a three minute period to cutthe deficit to 9-5 with 22:24 to go. After the Cavaliers called timeout,Hull completed her hat trick with a goal two minutes later. Syracuseresponded with a goal halfway through the period, but it was to be the endof the scoring for the Orangewomen.
Virginia struck twice within a minute twice later in the game asMelissa Hayes (Chevy Chase, Md./Georgetown Visitation) struck at the 8:35mark and 11 seconds later Hook took a feed from Fromal on the ensuing drawto put the Hoos up 12-6. Sambus scored with just over five minutes to play,and 45 seconds later Allenbach added her second goal. Sambus completed herhat trick with just 40 seconds to play off a feed from Hull to close outthe scoring 15-6.
The Cavaliers were led by Francis Segarra (Glen Mills, Pa./GlenMills) who started in goal and made 13 saves. Hayes and Fromal ledVirginia with five ground balls each and Fromal also collected five drawcontrols.
Virginia returns to action on Wednesday, March 10 as the Cavaliersface Old Dominion in Norfolk. Game time against the Monarchs is 4:00 pm.
1 2 Final (Records)Virginia (#3) 8 7 15 (2-0)Syracuse (#14) 2 4 6 (0-1)Scoring: Goals (V): Sambus 3, Hull 3, Allenbach 2, Hook 2, Gercke 2,Mooney, Hayes, Aumiller(S): Hable 3, Szyluk 2, BolducAssists: (V): Fromal 2, Hull, Sauer, Lindsay (S): Brady, BolducSaves: (V): Segarra 13; (S): Ewing 11