Women's Lacrosse Finishes Another Successful Season
May 18, 1999
Current Record: 15-6 IWLCA Rank: #2
GAME 20: #2 Virginia 9, #3 Duke 8-The Cavaliers advanced to their third NCAA women’s lacrosse championship game in the last four years behind a total team effort to hold off ACC-rival and third-ranked Duke 9-8 . Virginia’s Frances Segarra notched a career-high 17 saves to stem the high-scoring Blue Devil attack. Segarra’s 17 saves ranks as the sixth-highest total number of saves in the championship weekend in the NCAA tournament. The Cavaliers’ Samm Taylor scored two goals and added an assist to lead the Cavaliers in scoring, and Jamie Haas scored, setting a new record by scoring in her 17th consecutive game in 1999. UVa scored two minutes into play after breaking a Duke clear and Jessioa Hull raced in from the 30 to put the Cavaliers on board. Duke tied the score 2:30 later. Gina Sambus put the Hoos ahead by one again after she drove the crease two minutes later. The Blue Devils again tied the score seven minutes later. The Cavaliers scored two goals in a span of 1:32 as Sambus converted an eight-meter at 14:21 and Taylor fed a streaking Hull at 12:49, forcing the Blue Devils to take a timeout. Hull’s assist was her 100th point of her career. Virginia went up by three at 9:12 as Taylor hit a quickstick goal from Mia Mooney. But Duke struck last before halftime at 6:37 to cut the deficit to 5-3 at halftime. Duke scored the opening two goals of the second half in the opening 2:31 to tie the score. Virginia went ahead again to stay as Taylor scored on an outside shot one minute after Dirk’s goal. Virginia took a two-goal lead halfway through the period as Kelly Allenbach converted a fast-break opportunity along with Mooney. But less than a minute later Duke scored on a free position after they controlled the draw and challenged the crease, cutting the deficit to one. Again UVa went up by two as Haas scored the record-setting goal on a drive to the crease at 12:46, but again Duke answered right back as Martin scored just over a minute later to pull the Blue Devils within one. But with just under six minutes to go, Amy Fromal intercepted a Duke clear and raced to the cage from the 30, giving the Cavaliers the eventual game-winning goal.With 4:21 remaining, Taylor rolled the crease and fired a shot into the cage, but she was given a yellow card for a dangerous follow-through, negating the goal and giving possession to the Blue Devils. Duke took the ball down to the other end where they scored off a saved shot, bringing them within one with 3:41 to play. UVa gained possession of the final draw, and was able to maintain possession for the next two minutes. But the Hoos lost possession with just over a minute to play and worked the ball downfield in the hands of Tricia Martin, who challenged Stephy Samaras at the 15. Samaras caused Martin to turn the ball over and picked up the loose ball. The Hoos maintained possession for the last minute and advanced to the final game for the second consecutive year, where they will again face Maryland for the title.Virginia’s Allenbach had a game-high five ground balls to lead both teams while Melissa Hayes, Fromal, and Samaras each had two caused turnovers. Haas led all players with four draws.
GAME 21: #1 Maryland 16, #2 Virginia 6–Top-ranked Maryland scored early and often as the Terrapins won their fifth consecutive NCAA title with a 16-6 victory over Virginia. Maryland’s Jen Adams, the tournament MVP, led all scorers with four goals and added and assist to help the Terps claim their seventh NCAA lacrosse title. The Terrapins jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first 10 minutes of the game before the Cavaliers got on the board at 17:09 as Jamie Haas scored in her record 18th consecutive game. Maryland then scored two more goals to take a 6-1 lead before Haas found Mills Hook on the crease to cut the deficit to 6-2. But the Terrapins scored the final five goals of the period to take an 11-2 lead into the break. In the second half, the Terps continued their onslaught of the Virginia cage, scoring the next five goals to take a 16-2 lead. The Cavaliers closed out the game, scoring the final four goals of the game, including a hat trick by Samm Taylorin the final five minutes to make the final score 16-6. Virginia closes out the season with its second consecutive runner-up trophy and third in the last four years. In addition, the Cavaliers end the season at 15-6, with the 21 games being the most played in a single season in Virginia history. Haas set two records in 1999, scoring in 18 consecutive games and setting the record for points scored as a second year with her 59. The 59 points also ranks ninth all-time for a single season.
NCAA All-Tournament Team
Kelly Allenbach, Melissa Hayes, and Gina Sambus were all named to the NCAA All-Tournament team for their performances in the NCAA Semifinals this weekend. For Hayes, it was her fourth selection to an All-Tournament team (ACC 1997, 1998; NCAA 1998, 1999). It was the first such appearance for Allenbach and Sambus.
Individual and Team Notes:
Haas hoists records: Jamie Haas has scored in every game since the first game against Maryland, a streak of 18 consecutive, which sets the record for a single season, breaking the record held by Dawn Wisniewski (1987) and Mia Mooney (1998). She is also the program’s highest-scoring second-year with 59 points, surpassing the 54 by Beth Potter in 1996 and has scored more goals as a second-year than any other player in UVA history. Her 20 goals ties her for second in that catagory with former UVa great Lindsey Sheehan (1984).
Hull keeps ship upright: Jessica Hull has scored 101 points in her career and joins Mia Mooney in the 100-point club with a pair of points this weekend. Only 19 people in school history have reached this milestone. Her 14 assists this season ranks 8th all-time for a fourth-year.
Mooney shoots the mooen: Mia Mooney’s 107 career points moved her into the top-15 all-time, finishing her career ranked 14th, tied with Susie Williams. Her 75 goals ties her with Heather Patton and Kelly Daddona for 15th, and her 32 assists ties her with Debbie Easter for 13th in a career.
Frances Stonewall: Frances Segarra has recorded 161 saves on the season, which ranks 6th all-time for a single season. Segarra has 178 career saves, which ranks 8th.
21 Blackjack!: The Cavaliers finished the season with a record of 15-6, for a total of 21 games, the most games in a season in UVa history. The 15 wins ranks third on the all-time single season wins chart. The 223 goals this season ranks third all-time for a single season, and the 100 assists also ranks third. The 323 points ranks fourth for a single season. Virginia also moved to fifth all-time in NCAA Division I history with 263 total wins.
Gee, Gina!: Gina Sambus’ 23 points ranks her 9th all-time for first years and her 18 goals puts her in a tie for 10th all-time.
Amy Fromal and Ashley Widger were both named to the All-American first team and Stephy Samaras and Jamie Haas were named to the All-American third team as well.
Primarily a defensive wing, Fromal is a key ingredient to the defensive success as she is first on the team in ground balls with 98 and is third in caused turnovers with 36. Fromal also has one game-winning goal on the season and had the game-winning goal against Duke in the NCAA semifinals.
Ashley Widger is celebrating her insertion into the starting lineup by being a stalwart in the defense. She ranks second in caused turnovers and ground balls. Ashley has been instrumental in starting many a fast break which has led to a Virginia score. Widger was named the team MVP at the Virginia All-Sports banquet earlier this week. She is also the recipient of the Betty and Money Yates Award, which recognizes the Virginia Lacrosse Players whose standards of excellence and play epitomize the ideal of Virginia Lacrosse. This is Widger’s first time on the All-American squad.
Samaras is making her first appearance on the All-American team. She leads the Cavaliers in caused turnovers with 50 and ranks fourth in ground ball pickups with 57. Samaras is a member of the US National Developmental Team. Her sister Cristi is a member of the US Elite team and a first-team All-American while her mother Cathy is the President of the USLacrosse women’s division.
Red-shirt sophomore Jamie Haas, has exploded offensively this season as she currently leads the team with 39 goals and 20 assists. Her 59 points is a career high. She has recorded four hat tricks this season and has scored in the last 18 games of the season, establishing a new record for consecutive games scored in a single season. Haas’ 59 points also ranks as the record total for a sophomore in Virginia history, besting Beth Potter’s 54 in 1996. Haas also ranks first all-time in school history in goals for a sophomore with her 39, beating Dawn Wisniewski’s 38 in 1985. Haas’ 20 assists also ranks second all-time among all second years in school history, tied with Lindsey Sheehan’s 20 in 1984. Haas was named a second-team South Regional All-American for the first time in her career this season. This is her first selection to the All-American squad.