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May 7, 1999

The Cavaliers enter the 1999 NCAA Tournament after reaching the final game last year. For the second consecutive year, the Hoos are one of the top four seeds and are hosting a quarterfinal game. This year’s opponent, like last year, is an Ivy League opponent. This time around, though, it is Dartmouth, who the Cavaliers defeated 10-7 in the NCAA Semifinals last year. Virginia enters the contest with a 13-5 record while the Big Green sport an 11-4 record following their first-round victory on Wednesday. Ironically, Dartmouth and Loyola were pitted together last year in the second round, with the winner to face the Cavaliers in the semifinals. Dartmouth staged the NCAA Tournament’s largest halftime comeback in history, coming back from a 5-0 halftime deficit to defeat the Greyhounds 8-7 in overtime.

1999 NCAA Championships

Quarterfinal Saturday
Virginia Cavaliers vs Dartmouth Big Green

Virginia holds a 7-1 advantage in the series with the Big Green, starting from a 15-14 sudden-victory overtime win in 1984 in Charlottesville. The Hoos won the next five gamesbefore falling 12-10 in Hanover in 1994. Virginia won the last game, 10-7, in the NCAA Semifinals in Catonsville last year. Virginia has never lost to the Big Green in Charlottesville or at a neutral site. The Big Green have not travelled to Charlottesville since 1992, when the Cavaliers won a 10-5 decision.

Virginia’s ties with Dartmouth extend to the staff level, where Big Green Head Coach Amy Patton and Cavaliers Head Coach Julie Myers are both assistants for the United States Developmental Team and Virginia SID is the Developmental Team Coordinator. Dartmouth boasts Kate Graw, Jacque Weitzel, Melissa Frazier and Amy Zimmer on the team while the Cavaliers claim Stephy Samaras and Samm Taylor. The head field hockey coach at Dartmouth, Julie Dayton, is a former assistant coach for the Cavaliers who was on the sidelines when the Hoos won both of their NCAA titles in 1991 and 1993. Also, Meredith Elwell’s brother Jared is an assistant coach for the Dartmouth Big Green, while Sarah Gercke’s sister Nicole is a former member of the Big Green squad and was a student assistant last year as well.

Today’s game will mark the fourth time this season that the Big Green are playing an ACC opponent, and the Cavaliers will look to make it a clean sweep for the conference. Dartmouth has already lost to Maryland, Duke, and North Carolina. William & Mary is the only other school to face all four teams, and the Tribe finished with a 1-3 record.

Common opponents for the two teams include Maryland (both lost), Princeton (DC W, UVA L), Duke (DC L, VA W), UNC (both lost), Penn State (DC L, VA W), Loyola (DC W, VA L).

We want a score!: Nineteen different people have scored this year for the Cavaliers, two more than all of last year. Eight different Hoos have notched 10 goals or more, and seven different Cavaliers have notched the game-winner in Virginia’s 13 wins.

Can’t win when you don’t score!: Virginia has historically been one of the nation’s leaders in scoring defense, and 1999 is no exception. The Cavaliers currently rank eighth in the nation at 6.99 goals per game.

Can’t score if you don’t shoot!: Virginia allows only 18.3 shots a game, which helps contribute to the low scoring. Virginia has shot just about twice as many times as their opponents (559 to 333).

Two-minute drill: The Cavaliers have made 37 quick strikes in the season, scoring less than a minute after their last goal or their opponent’s last goal. Conversely, the Hoos have only allowed 19 return quick strikes.

May Days The Cavaliers have an all-time record of 13-13 in May after going 2-1 last year. Virginia has never played on May 8 in school history.

Lucky FOURTEEN: The Cavaliers have won at least 14 games in each of Coach Julie Myers‘ three season. Virginia goes for its 14th win today against Dartmouth. Today’s game, Virginia’s 19th of the season, is the second-highest total number of games in a season. The record of 20 was set last year (17-3).

Crazy Eights The Cavaliers’ 8-game win streak was the fifth-longest streak in a single season and the sixth-longest in school history.

Haas has helped!–Red-shirt sophomore Jamie Haas, has exploded offensively this season as she currently leads the team with 35 goals and 16 assists. Her 51 points is a career high. She has recorded four hat tricks this season and has scored in the last 15 games. The UVA record for consecutive games scoring in a single season is 16, tied by Mia Mooney last year. Haas’ 51 points also ranks as the second highest total for a sophomore in Virginia history, behind only Beth Potter’s 54 in 1996. Haas also ranks second all-time in school history in goals for a sophomore with her 35, behind Dawn Wisniewski’s 38 in 1985. Wisniewski also set the record for consecutive games scoring with her 16 in 1987. Haas’ 16 assists also ranks third all-time among all second years in school history.

From here to there: Amy Fromal, the 1997 ACC Rookie of the Year, makes her second appearance on the All-Conference team. Primarily a defensive wing, Fromal is a key ingredient to the defensive success as she is first on the team in ground balls and is third in caused turnovers. Fromal also has one game-winning goal on the season.

Stephy Stuffs you! -Stephy Samaras is making her first appearance on the All-ACC team. Samaras is a member of the US National Developmental Team. Her sister Cristi is a member of the US Elite team and her mother Cathy is the President of the USLacrosse women’s division.

Mia to the MOMA – Mia Mooney has been recognized as an accomplished artist as she had an art show hosted by the University of Virginia earlier this season. Mooney’s work, which has been selected for national campaigns, is growing in national recognition.

Mia moving up – Mia Mooney has notched 30 assists in her career, which moves her into the top-15 in that catagory. Mooney’s goal against Maryland gave her 100 career points, a mark achieved by only 17 other Cavaliers.

Hull hoists standard – Jess Hull is also nearing the 100 point mark for her career. She currently stands at 68g+26a=94p, which ranks her 20th all-time.

Ashley’s as tough as an oak – 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.

Melissa’s Diamonds – Melissa Hayes has started in 75 consecutive lacrosse games, which continues the record shoe broke of current assistant coach Peggy Boutilier. She was also named a Weaver-James-Corrigan Scholarship recipient from the ACC earlier this season.

Fran can stop! – Francis Segarra has stepped in nicely to the starting rotation in the cage. She ranks among the nation’s leaders in scoring defense, allowing only 6.99 goals per game, which places her ninth in the nation. She also now has 148 career saves, which puts her ninth all-time in school history. Current Cavalier coach Heather Dow ranks second all-time in that statistic.

Gee, Gina! -Gina Sambus has started each of the Cavaliers’ games this season, and her 18 points places her in very nice company. Mia Mooney, Amy Fromal, and Peggy Boutilier all each scored 15 points in their inaugural season and have enjoyed fine careers wearing the Orange and Blue.

Glad they’re with US!- Virginia has a close connection with the US teams programs as assistant coach Peggy Boutilier is a member of the US Elite team and assistant coach Heather Dow is also an assistant coach for the US Elite team. Cavaliers Stephy Samaras and Samm Taylor are also members of the US Developmental squad, of which UVA Head Coach Julie Myers is an assistant coach. Virginia SID Chip Rogers is the chair of the national teams program as well as well as the historian for the IWLCA.

1999 Tournament Bracket

Wednesday, May 5Georgetown vs UNC           GT   7-6Penn State vs West Chester  PSU 23-7JMU vs Rutgers              JMU 11-6Loyola vs Dartmouth        Dart 20-7

Saturday, May 8Maryland vs GeorgetownPrinceton vs Penn StateDuke vs JMUVirginia vs Dartmouth

Friday, May 15UMD/GT winner vs PR/PSU winnerDuke/JMU winner vs UVA/DC winner

Sunday, May 17Championship Sunday


May 5 1. Maryland      18-0    140      2. Virginia      13-5    133 3. Penn State    13-4    120 4. Duke          12-4    119 5. Princeton     12-4    117 6. JMU           12-4    106  7. Georgetown    10-5     95 8. Loyola        12-4     93 9. UNC            8-6     85 10. Dartmouth     10-4     7711. Rutgers       14-2     7012. Yale          13-3     6313. Delaware      13-5     5814. Geo. Mason     7-8     48 15. Syracuse      10-4     3916. W&M            6-9     3517. Boston Univ.  13-4     3018. ODU           6-10     1919. Cornell        9-5     17 20. Virginia Tech 11-6      6       

Amy Fromal, Stephy Samaras, ACC All-Conference Team



    1.  54  Beth Potter      1996    2.  51  Jamie Haas       1999    3.  43  Lisa Newi        1987    3.  43  Dawn Wisniewski  1985    3.  43  Lindsey Sheehan  1984    3.  43  Sophie Carpenter 1982    7.  42  Anna Yates       1993    7.  42  Cyn Mathes       1989    9.  41  Jane Fitzgerald  1982   10.  37  Debbie Easter    1981



     1.  38  Dawn Wisniewski  1985    2.  35  Jamie Haas       1999    3.  34  Lisa Newi        1987    4.  32  Jane Fitzgerald  1982    5.  31  Cyn Mathes       1989    5.  31  Abbie O'Leary    1985    7.  30  Debbie Easter    1981    8.  29  Anna Yates       1993    8.  29  Sophie Carpenter 1982   10.  27  Beth Potter      1996   10.  27  Barry Kilbourn   1976



     1. 129  Lindsey Sheehan  1984-1986     2.  70  Anna Yates       1992-1995     3.  65  Beth Potter      1995-pres      4.  45  Cherie Greer     1991-1994     5.  44  Kelly Daddona    1991-1994     6.  41  Sophie Carpenter 1981-1984     7.  38  Erin Stewart     1990-1993     8.  37  Amy Breen        1990-1993     9.  35  Jenny Slingluff  1989-1992     9.  35  Cyn Mathes       1988-1991     9.  35  Dawn Wisniewski  1984-1987    12.  34  Kara Ariza       1995-pres    13.  32  Debbie Easter    1980-1983    14.  31  Elaine Jones     1989-1992    15.  30  Mia Mooney       1996-1999


    1.  27  Beth Potter      1996    2.  20  Lindsey Sheehan  1984    3.  16  Jamie Haas       1999    4.  14  Sophie Carpenter 1982    5.  13  Anna Yates       1993    6.  11  Cyn Mathes       1990    7.  10  Cherie Greer     1992    7.  10  Amy Breen        1991    9.  9   Lisa Newi        1987    9.  9   Jane Fitzgerald  1982    9.  9   Sally Williams   1980    


     1.  66* Lindsey Sheehan 1986     2.  23  Anna Yates      1995     2.  23  Kelly Daddona   1994     4.  18  Cherie Greer    1994     5.  17  Amy Breen       1993     6.  15  Jen Marino      1992     6.  15  Dawn Wisniewski 1987     8.  14  Beth Potter     1998     9.  13  Jessica Hull    1999    10.  12  Jenny Slingluff 1992    10.  12  Sophie Carpenter1984    


      1.  66* Lindsey Sheehan 1986     2.  43  Lindsey Sheehan 1985     3.  31  Anna Yates      1994     4.  27  Beth Potter     1996     5.  23  Anna Yates      1995     5.  23  Kelly Daddona   1994     7.  20  Lindsey Sheehan 1984     8.  18  Cherie Greer    1994     8.  18  Jenny Slingluff 1991    10.  17  Kelly Daddona   1993    11.  16  Jamie Haas      1999

Virginia’s Record . . .

Overall:   13-5

at home: 5-3away: 7-1neutral: 1-1

when UVA scores first: 9-2when UVA is scored upon first: 4-3

when UVA shoots more: 13-2when UVA shoots less: 0-2

when UVA has more ground balls: 13-3when UVA has less ground balls: 0-2

when UVA has more draw controls: 10-3when UVA has less draw controls: 1-2when UVA has equal draw controls: 2-0

when UVA has more caused to’s: 12-4when UVA has less caused to’s: 1-1

when UVA has less turnovers: 12-3when UVA has more turnovers: 1-2

when UVA has less fouls: 4-3when UVA has more fouls: 8-2when UVA has equal fouls: 1-0

on Saturday: 4-1on Sunday: 2-0

Season Superlatives


         MOST                           LEASTgoals       16, vs UR, Tech, UMBC       3, vs UNC, MD (1)assists     10, vs UMBC                 0, vs MD (1)shots       41, vs UMBC                11  vs MD (1)gr balls    43, vs GMU                 18, vs MD (1)draw cnt    18, vs UMBC                 7, vs ODUcau to      22, vs UMBC                 7, vs MD (1)to          25, vs PU                  15, vs ODUsaves       13, vs GMU                  3, vs PSU, MD (1)


           MOST                           LEASTgoals       13, MD (1), MD (2)          3, UR, ODUassists      7, MD (1)                  0, UR, W&Mshots       32, MD (2)                 11, URgr balls    35, GMU, MD (2)            14, UR, Templedraw cnt    13, Duke                    2, ODUcau to      12, GMU, MD (2)             3, Techto          29, GMU, Vandy             15, MD (1), UNCsaves       20, Temple                  8, PSU

Season Superlatives


Points    8   Haas    Vanderbilt    5   Hull    Richmond    5   Taylor  Temple    5   Fromal  Virginia Tech    Goals    6   Haas    Vanderbilt    4   Hull    Penn State    4   Taylor  Temple

Assists 3 Haas James Madison 3 Fromal Virginia Tech

Saves 13 Segarra George Mason

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