Women's Lacrosse Upsets James Madison 11-9
April 8, 1999
HARRISBURG, Va. – The Cavaliers used a balanced scoring attack tocome back from a 6-1 deficit to upset the third ranked Dukes of JamesMadison 11-9 tonight in Harrisonburg. Virginia’s Jamie Haas (Berwyn,Pa./Marple Newtown) won 10 draws, scored two goals and assisted on threeothers to spark the attack.
After Virginia scored the opening goal on Samm Taylor’s(Springfield, Va./Robinson) unassisted goal, James Madison went on asix-goal run in 17 minutes to take a 6-1 lead. The Dukes scored at the25:29 mark to tie the game, and then went on a three-goal run in 1:24 to goup 4-1, forcing the Cavaliers to take a time out. After the time out, theDukes scored twice, with their last goal from Michelle Zurfluh coming atthe 8:14 mark of the first half.
From there the Cavalier midfield roared to life, disrupting theDukes’ attack and forcing five broken clears. Haas won the draw and theCavaliers moved down to a set attack, where Molly Cangemi (Baltimore,Md./Notre Dame Prep) scored on a crease challenge at 7:26 to start theVirginia run. On the next set attack, Haas fed a wide-open Gina Sambus(Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) on the crease to move the Cavaliers to 6-3.Haas scored herself just over a minute later on a free position to move theCavaliers within two at 6-4. James Madison’s Megan Riley had a pair offree positions in the final six seconds, but she was stopped both times byFrancis Segarra (Coto Laurel, Puerto Rico) , who had eight saves for UVa.
The Cavaliers tied the game on a pair of incredible individualefforts by senior captain Jess Hull (Arnold, Md./Boradneck). In the midstof a clear, Hull took the ball at the restraining line and drove to thegoal, scoring at the 26:49 mark. On the next draw, Haas got control and gotthe ball to Hull again at the restraining line, who drove to the cage just32 seconds later, tying the game.
The Dukes took the lead again on a broken clear as they forced theturnover and McNevin Molloy fed Julie Martinez on the crease at 23:50.Virginia tied the game a second time three minutes later as Amy Fromal(Folsom, Pa./Ridley) took a fast break to the crease and scored at 20:47.
Virginia took the lead for a second time as Haas hit Mills Hook(Lutherville, Md./St. Paul’s) on a quickstick feed at 16:35. The Dukesforced a fourth tie when Martinez scored on a drive to the cage at 14:26.
But the Cavaliers took the lead for good when Ashley Widger(Berwyn, Pa./Conestoga) caused a turnover in the Virginia defensive end andtransitioned the ball to the attack, when Hook hit senior captain MiaMooney (Rosemont, Pa./Shipley) at the 8:48 mark. Haas won the next draw andthe Cavaliers took it into the attack, where Melissa Hayes (Chevy Chase,Md./Georgetown Visitation) drew a shooting space violation and stuck theball in the lower left corner to put the Cavaliers up by two at 7:52.
Again the Cavaliers won the draw and controlled the ball in theiroffensive end, holding a patient attack until Haas hit Mooney at 3:29 toput the Cavaliers up 11-8.
James Madison attempted a comeback as they controlled the next drawand worked it down to their offensive end where Julie Weiss took aone-on-one to the cage and scored with 2:22 to go. But Haas won her fifthdraw of the half and the Cavaliers controlled possession for almost therest of the game. The Dukes caused a turnover with 14 seconds to go andthey brought the ball down field where JMU’s Jess Marion drew a foul and afree position attempt with 2 seconds to go, but Segarra saved the shot topreserve the win and the upset.
Virginia was led by Widger’s four caused turnovers and LauriKenis’ (Havertown, Pa./Haverford) five ground balls.
The Cavaliers return to action this weekend as they host a pair ofranked teams in Klockner Stadium. The second ranked Duke Blue Devils cometo town on Saturday at 12:00 and on Sunday the 17th-ranked VanderbiltCommodores take on the Cavaliers.
Virginia vs James Madison Game Summary
1 2 Final (Records)Virginia (#4) 4 7 11 (7-3)James Madison (#3) 6 3 9 (7-3)
(V): Mooney (2), Hull (2), Taylor, Cangemi, Sambus, Haas, Fromal, hook, Hayes; (J): Martinez (3), Riley (2), Pleyo (2), Zurfluh, Weiss
(V): Haas (3), Hook; (J): Zurfluh, Pleyo, Molloy
(V): Segarra 8; (J): Corradini 15
(V): 12-14; (J): 15-22
(V): 10, (J): 8
(V): 36, (J): 18
(V): 13, (J): 9
(V): 8; (J): 9
(V): 32, (J): 24
(V): 17, (J): 22
(V): 15, (J): 22