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Feb. 26, 2002

The Cavaliers and the Tribe have faced each other 36 times in their long history on the lacrosse fields, and Virginia holds a slim lead in the series 18-17-1. These two faced off for the first time in 1976, the first year that the Cavaliers fielded a team. William and Mary was the site of the first state tournament in the Commonwealth of Virginia and, in fact, in the nation when Martha Barksdale organized a competition in 1930. Virginia did not get its first win over the College until 1981 when the Hoos defeated the Tribe–then known as the Indianettes–11-6 in Williamsburg. The Cavaliers did not take the lead in the series until 1999 when Virginia defeated the Tribe 10-4, the tenth win out of the last 11 games. After last year’s upset in Williamsburg, the Cavaliers have won 12 of the last 13 against the Tribe, including a 7-6 sudden-victory triumph over the then-#3 College.

Both William & Mary head coach Tara Kelly-Brown and Virginia head coach Julie Myers were on the field for that game, wearing the orange and blue for the Cavaliers. These two went on to claim Virginia’s first women’s NCAA Championship for the lacrosse team later that season with an 8-6 victory over Maryland in the title game. It was also the Cavaliers’ first NCAA title in nine years.

Current assistant coach Stuart Cawthorn is no stranger to the Tribe, having graduated from the College in 1999. Cawthorn, who wore the captain’s band that year, was an All-CAA selection for the Tribe that season.

Drawing up thoughts….

Two for Tewaarathon: Gina Sambus and Lauren Aumiller are both preseason nominees for the Tewaarathon Trophy, which is awarded to the top collegiate lacrosse player in the nation. This award, which was awarded for the first time in 2001, will be presented at a banquet at the conclusion of the campaign.

O captain, my captain!: Tiffany Schummer and Gina Sambus were named captains for the 2002 squad.

All-Americans, part 1: Lauri Kenis and Lauren Aumiller were both named All-Americans in 2001. Kenis was a first-team honoree while Aumiller was a second-team selection.

Showing the Colors: Lauren Aumiller and Gina Sambus are both members of the USA Developmental team.

100A+: Lauren Aumiller became the first Cavalier to record 100 career points as a second-year.

Last time vs the Tribe….

Despite a hat trick by Jamie Haas (Berwyn, Pa./Marple Newtown) which moved her to #9 all-time in scoring at Virginia, the Cavaliers (0-1) fell to the William & Mary Tribe (1-0) by a score of 13-10 today at Busch Field. The loss marks the first time that Virginia has lost to the Tribe since 1995.

William & Mary took the early lead four minutes into the game, but the Cavaliers answered right back as Gina Sambus (Garden City, NY/Garden City) fed Morgan Thalenberg (Annapolis, Md./St. Mary’s) on a fast break off the ensuing draw to tie the game at 1-1. The Tribe went up again 2-1 at 22:45, but again the Cavaliers answered as the Aumiller sisters hooked up for a draw and dump thirty seconds after the Tribe tally. Lauren (Ruxton, Md./Notre Dame Prep) fed her sister Lacey (Ruxton, Md./Notre Dame Prep) who stuck the ball in for the equalizer.

Virginia went ahead for the first time with another draw and dump as Jill Hansen (Rutland, Vt./Woodstock) fed a streaking Sambus for the go-ahead goal. This time William & Mary tied the game at 3-3 with 13:16 remaining in the half. The Cavaliers went up again at the 11:19 mark as Molly Cangemi (Timonium, Md./Notre Dame Prep) rolled the crease, but the Tribe tied the score right off the draw as they converted a free position shot for a 4-4 game.

The Cavaliers scored the final three goals of the half as Lauren Aumiller made a move in the eight with 4:03 to play in the period. Less than a minute later Haas started her scoring with a crease roll, and Hansen closed out the scoring with a free position convertion with just over a minute, giving the Hoos a 7-4 lead at the break.

The Tribe had an 8-meter shot five minutes into the second half but it was saved by starting keeper Liz McCarthy (Garden City, NY/Taft (CT)). On the ensuing clear, the Cavaliers were awarded an 8-meter on their own. Haas coverted it and Virginia led 8-4 with 24:06 to play.

The Tribe scored the next three goals in a span of 2:32 to pull within one, but Thalenberg broke a Tribe clear and got the ball to Lacey Aumiller, who fed a wide-open Haas on the crease who scored at 15:44 to put the Cavaliers back in front by two.

But the Tribe rallied with a 5-0 run to take a 12-9 lead with 5:10 to play. The Cavaliers cut the deficit to 12-10 as the Aumiller sisters hooked up again as Lacey fed Lauren on the crease for a quick-stick, but it would be as close as the Hoos would get for the remainder of the game. The Tribe tacked on an insurance goal with 55 seconds left on the clock for a final score of 13-10.

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