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March 27, 1999

CHAPEL HILL, NC – The Virginia defense held high-scoring NorthCarolina to only six goals thanks to 12 saves by Francis Segarra (GlenMills, Pa./Glen Mills), but her counterpart on the Tar Heel squad, DebbieCastine, stymied the Cavalier attack and allowed only three goals with 13saves as the Tar Heels upset the Cavaliers 6-3 in Chapel Hill today. Theloss broke a modest two-game winning streak for the Cavaliers, who fell to5-3.

Statistically, the Cavaliers dominated the game–except in twoareas–draw controls and goals. Virginia caused 13 of UNC’s 15 turnovers,including three each from Ashley Widger (Berwyn, Pa./Conestoga) and StephySamaras (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis). Virginia also scooped up 26 groundballs to the Heels’ 17, as three players had three each. But Carolina won 9of the 11 draws, and made good on six of their 18 shots. UNC got on theboard first with three freshmen scoring for the Heels. Christine McPikegave the Tar Heels the go-ahead goal five minutes into the game, and KellieThompson converted an Erin McGinnes feed at 19:20.

The Cavaliers cut the deficit to 2-1 as Mia Mooney (Rosemont,Pa./Shipley) took a Sarah Gercke (Charlottesville, Va./St. Anne’s-Belfield)to the cage at 7:48. North Carolina answered right back with a goal fromMcPike just 52 seconds later. Fellow frosh Erin McInnes converted a freeposition at 5:19 to give the Heels a 4-1 lead, which they took into thebreak.

The Cavaliers came out on fire in the second half, as Gina Sambus(Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) drove the crease and scored off an assistfrom Jamie Haas (Berwyn, Pa./Marple Newtown) just 2:03 into the secondhalf. The vaunted Cavalier defense held the Tar Heels at bay, thanks to apair of caused turnovers by Lauri Kenis (Havertown, Pa./Haverford). One ofthose caused turnovers resulted in a good clear and the Hoos’ tenacity wasrewarded halfway through the second period as Haas struck for herself at13:40, cutting the deficit to 4-3 and causing the Heels to take a timeout.

But UNC won the next draw, one of their nine on the day, andfinally converted a chance as Meghann Mohler struck from the left with 7:05to go in the game. Gray MacNair closed the door on the Cavaliers with ascore at 3:43 off a feed from Brooke Crawford for the final score of 6-3.

Virginia’s Melissa Hayes (Chevy Chase, Md./Georgetown Visitation),Widger, and Amy Fromal (Folsom, Pa./Ridley) each had three ground ballswhile Segarra scooped up four.

The Cavaliers will next face perennial power Temple in Philadelphiaon Saturday, April 3 at 1:00 pm.

                     1   2   Final (Records)Virginia (#4)        1   2   3     (5-3)North Carolina (#5)  4   2   6     (4-2)

Scoring: Goals (V): Sambus, Mooney, Haas(NC): McPike 2, McInnes, MacNair, Mohler, ThompsonAssists: (V): Gercke, Haas (NC): McGinnes, CrawfordSaves: (V): Segarra 12 (NC): Castine 13Clearing: (V): 11-14; (NC): 113-16Caused turnovers: (V): 13, (NC): 6Ground balls: (V): 26, (NC): 17Draw controls: (V):2, (NC):9Free positions: (V): 4; (NC): 6Shots: (V):20, (NC): 20Turnovers: (V): 13, (NC):15Fouls: (V): 24, (NC): 11

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