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March 3, 1999

CHARLOTTSEVILLE, Va. – The third-ranked Virginia women’s lacrosse team had a hat trick of Cavaliers net hat tricks as the Cavaliers won the opening contest of the 1999 campaign with a 16-3 defeat of Richmond tonight at the University Hall Turf Field. The game was delayed an hour because of a freak hailstorm that hit Charlottesville at 5:00 pm. Senior captain Mia Mooney (Rosemont, Pa./Shipley), Mills Hook (Luther-ville, Md./St. Paul’s), and Jess Hull (Arnold, Md./Broadneck) each scored three times for the Cavaliers, who won their tenth consecutive opener tonight.

Virginia jumped on the board with a pair of goals 34 seconds apart with just under five minutes gone in the game. Senior captain Hull scored the first goal on a free position at the 25:49 mark, and Hook put the Hoos up by two with an assist from Sarah Gercke (Charlottesville, Va./St. Anne’s-Belfield) just 34 second later. Richmond’s Anne Heine scored on a crease roll less than a minute later to cut the deficit to 2-1, but Virginia reeled off four consecutive goals, including three by Mooney, to take a 6-2 lead with just over 5 minutes to go in the half.

Mooney scored a pair of goals four minutes apart, and 15 seconds after her second goal, Kelly Allenbach (West Chester, Pa./W. C. Henderson) intercepted a Richmond clear and stuck it back in the net for the 5-2 lead. Mooney closed out her hat trick nine minutes later to put Virginia up 6-2. Heine scored again for Richmond at 5:07, but the Cavaliers closed the half with four consecutive goals, with two each from Hull and Hook to take a 10-2 lead into the half.

Hull scored on the ensuing draw for her second goal of the evening. Melissa Hayes (Chevy Chase, Md./Georgetown Visitation) ran a clear and drew her defender to her in the eight and fed a wide-open Hook for the eighth goal. Seventy seconds later Mooney drew a shooting space foul and fed Hook on the crease to up the score to 9-2. Hull’s midfield charge with 20 seconds to go in the half gave the Cavaliers a 10-2 lead at halftime. Virginia scored the first six goals of the second half, but it took almost half the period to get on the board. Samm Taylor (Springfield, Va./Robinson) scored on a cut across the crease at the 16:23 mark, and Meredith Elwell (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) gave the Hoos a ten goal lead with a spin in front of the cage after a feed by Hull at 13:20. Molly Cangemi (Towson, Md./Notre Dame Prep) scored her first career goal with a loose ball stickback at 12:00, and Gina Sambus (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) added her first career goal with an eight-meter conversion two minutes later. Jamie Haas (Berwyn, Pa./Marple Newtown) scored on a feed from Amy Fromal (Folsom, Pa./Ridley) at 6:36, and Allenbach closed out the scoring for the Cavaliers with an assist from Lauren Stevenson (Chestertown, Md./Kent County) with 3:21 to go in the game. It was Stevenson’s first career point. Heine closed out the scoring for the Spiders with a goal with 2:13 to go. The Cavaliers were led by Stephy Samaras’ (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis) six caused turnovers and Fromal’s six ground balls. Taylor had three draw controls while Sambus and Hull had two each. Francis Segarra (Glen Mills, Pa./Glen Mills) started in goal and made five saves while allowing only two goals.

The Cavaliers travel to Syracuse to face the #14 Orangewomen at 12:00 on Saturday, Mar. 6.

                 1   2   Final  (Records)Richmond         2   1     3     (0-1)Virginia        10   6    16     (1-0)

Scoring: Goals (V): Mooney 3, Hook 3, Hull 3, Allenbach 2, Sambus, Elwell, Haas, Cangemi, Taylor (R): Heine 3
Assists: (V): Hull 2, Gercke, Hayes, Stevenson, Mooney, Fromal
Clearing: V: 5-8; R: 10-21
Caused Turnovers: V: 17; R: 10
Turnovers: V: 11; R: 20
Draw controls: V: 11; R: 10
Ground balls: V: 31; R: 14
Fouls: V: 11; R: 10
Shots: V: 33; R: 11
Saves: V: 5 (Segarra 5, LaVerghetta 0); R: 11 (Yarnell 11)

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