No. 4 Women's Lacrosse Turns Back Temple 9-4
April 4, 1999
PHILADELPHIA – Samm Taylor (Springfield, Va./Robinson) scoredtwice in the opening two minutes of the second half to lift the Cavaliersto a 3-2 lead and Virginia never looked back, racing out to a 5-2 lead justseven minutes into the second half to help defeat Temple 9-4 today inPhiladelphia. Taylor twice scored two goals in a two-minute span to helpthe Cavaliers to the win, their first at Geasy Field in six years.
Virginia dominated the Owls, scooping up twice as many ground ballsand forcing eight of Temple’s 15 turnovers in the first half, but had onlyone goal to show for their efforts after the first stanza. Forty-sixseconds into the game, Taylor caused a turnover and fed a streaking MiaMooney (Rosemont, Pa./Shipley) who scored on the Cavaliers’ first shot ofthe game. From there, though, the Cavalier sticks fell silent in thescoring column, as Temple’s goalie Iris Alvarado made seven saves the restof the first half to hold the Hoos off the scoreboard. The Cavalierdefense, led by Melissa Hayes’ (Chevy Chase, Md./Georgetown Visitation)four ground balls and caused turnover, held its ground, holding the Owlsoff the board until the 9:06 mark, when Kelly Ruch hit Nicole Ross drivingthe crease to tie the score. Although the Hoos broke four of the Owls’eight clears, the offense was not able to get the ball into the cage andfinally, with just under six minutes to play in the first half, Templeconverted a free position to go up 2-1.
But in the second half, Taylor’s goal just 21 seconds into thestanza tied the score, and then drove to the cage again 77 seconds later togive the Cavaliers a lead they would not relinquish. At the 25:27 markKelly Allenbach (West Chester, Pa./W. C. Henderson) stuck back a reboundof a Taylor miss, and two minutes later Jamie Haas (Berwyn, Pa./MarpleNewtown) converted a free position to give the Hoos a 5-2 lead.
On the ensuing draw, the Owls were finally able to get the ball intheir offensive end, but they were stymied again as Taylor caused aturnover and the Cavaliers were able to clear the ball. Taylor’s goal atthe 18:04 mark gave the Hoos a 6-2 lead. Temple’s Kelly Ruch rolled thecrease less than a minute later to stop the five-goal outburst, but theCavaliers scored one minute after the Owl goal as Taylor again struck on anunassisted goal to take a 7-3 lead.
The Cavalier defense stood strong, causing six second-halfturnovers and breaking half of Temple’s clears. On one defensive set,Stephy Samaras (Annapolis, Md.) caused a turnover in front of the UVa cageand was fouled by an Owl. She threw the ball to the Virginia offensive end,where Haas collected in and fed a wide-open Mills Hook (Lutherville,Md./St. Paul’s) whose goal at 12:54 gave Virginia an 8-3 lead. Ruch’s goala minute later cut the deficit to 8-4, but the defense would not allow anymore goals the rest of the way. Virginia tacked on one more goal intransition as Gina Sambus (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) fed a streakingLaura Lindsay (Deerfield, Ma./Deerfield) at the 9:36 mark for the finalscore of 9-4.
With the win, the Cavaliers improve to 6-3. Virginia’s FrancisSegarra (Glen Mills, Pa./Glen Mills) made six saves of the Owls’ 12 shots,and Taylor and Hayes had six ground balls each.
Virginia returns to action on Wednesday, April 7 as the Cavaliersface #5 James Madison in Harrisonburg. Game time against the Dukes is 7:00pm.
1 2 Final (Records)Virginia (#4) 1 8 9 (6-3)Temple 2 2 4 (2-5)
Goals:(V): Taylor 4, Mooney, Lindsay, Haas, Allenbach, Hook(T): Ruch 2, Ross, JeffersonAssists:(V): Taylor, Haas, Sambus(T): Ruch, Jessica McClayClears:(V): 15-18(T): 13-22Saves:(V): Segarra 6(T): Alvarado 20Caused turnovers:(V): 15(T): 7Turnovers:(V): 18(T): 22Ground balls:(V): 34(T): 14Draw controls:(V): 7(T): 8Free position attempts:(V): 9(T): 6