Cavaliers Race From Behind to Upset Loyola Greyhounds 13-10
April 24, 2002
The University of Virginia Cavaliers roared back from a 7-10 deficit with 13:31 to play in the game to score the game’s final six goals en route to a 13-10 victory over the #4 Loyola Greyhounds. The Cavaliers, who lead the nation in scoring average at 15 goals per game, were looking to solve the nation’s leaders in scoring defense, as Loyola had allowed an average of 6.33 goals per game. Additionally, only two teams had scored ten goals on the Hounds this season while the Cavaliers have reached 10 goals in every game in 2002. It was the Virginia defense who stepped out as Andrea Pfeiffer (Paoli, Pa./Conestoga) had 15 saves and co-captain Gina Sambus (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) had five caused turnovers and five ground balls to lead the Cavaliers and Courtney Muller (Smithtown, N.Y./Smithtown) had three caused turnovers and four ground balls. Furthermore, for the second consecutive game, the Cavaliers did not give up an 8-meter shot. Offensively for the Cavaliers, Lauren Aumiller (Baltimore, Md./Notre Dame Prep) led the way as she set two school records and surpassed the 200-point mark in her career with her five-goal, two-assist performance tonight. Aumiller set the record for scoring in consecutive games at 18 and set the record for draw controls in a career with her four in the game. Amy Appelt (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) also set a record tonight with her hat trick and assist, reaching the 60-point mark, becoming the first player in Virginia history to notch 60 points as a first year. Appelt had a hand in the final three goals as she scored twice and assisted on the final goal. In addition, the win was the 300th win in Cavalier history as Virginia becomes only the fifth school in Division I to reach this mark.
Loyola notched the first goal of the game as Susan Tyrrell dumped the ball inside to Suzanne Eyler 48 seconds into the game. Pfeiffer made a save on the next Loyola possession and got the ball to Tiffany Schummer (Annapolis, Md./St. Mary’s) who brought the ball upfield for Virginia. In the set attack, Aumiller worked around in the arc and scored 3:47 into the game, setting the record for most consecutive games scored at 18. An Eyler drive from the top put the Hounds up 2-1 seven minutes into the game. Virginia answered right back as Morgan Thalenberg (Annapolis, Md./St. Mary’s) won the draw and the Cavaliers took the ball upfield where Caitlin Banks (East Setauket, N.Y./Ward Melville) dumped the ball into Aumiller in the arc. Aumiller’s goal 7:27 into the game was her139th career goal and with her 61 career assists gave her 200 career points, which ranks third all-time at Virginia.
The Cavaliers went up for the first time as Sambus caused a turnover in the defensive arc and Aumiller scooped up the ground ball and got the ball to Schummer, who ran the ball upfield and fed Cary Chasney (Baltimore, Md./Notre Dame Prep) on the crease, who scored 13:43 into the game and put Virginia up 3-2. The assist was the first of Schummer’s career. Aumiller won the next draw and found Courtney Young (Devon, Pa./Conestoga) alone on the crease. Young scored to put the Cavaliers up 4-2 with 14:55 to play in the first half. Loyola then scored two goals in just over a minute as Eyler convertd a feed from Morlang and then Morlang drove to the cage and bounced in a shot from the goalline extended to tie the game.
Loyola won the ensuing draw but Sambus stripped it almost immediately and the Cavaliers got the ball to Schummer, who fed Elizabeth Pinney (Baltimore, Md./Bryn Mawr) in the midfield. Pinney took it upfield and fed Banks, who passed the ball to Aumiller on the left wing. Aumiller drove into the arc and rolled and scored, giving her a hat trick 18:17 into the contest. Loyola’s Jaclyn Borrone and Talia Shacklock scored in succession in a 71-second span to put the Hounds up 6-5 with 9:26 to play in the half. Borrone notched her second goal with 3:34 to play in the half to put Loyola up 7-5.
Again the Hounds won the draw but lost the ball on a drive in the fan and Muller picked up the loose ball and Virginia worked the ball upfield where Aumiller drove to the cage and dumped her defender in the crease before rolling the other way and scoring her fourth goal of the game with 1:54 to play in the half and pulling the Cavaliers within one. The Hounds, however, won the draw and Christy McNew scored 32 seconds later to go back up by two. A Loyola draw control gave the Hounds possession in the final minute and Susan Tyrrell drove to the cage from the left wing, scoring with 17 seconds to play in the half for a 9-6 Loyola lead at the break.
Virginia got the ball after Aumiller picked up a loose ball in the midfield after a Loyola turnover and the Cavaliers took it upfield. There, Appelt broke the first-year scoring record with a goal 2:34 into the second half, giving her 38 goals and 19 assists in her rookie campaign, surpassing the 56 points that Debbie Easter notched in 1980. Loyola controlled the draw but Pfeiffer made a couple of saves preserving the two-goal deficit before Borrone took a feed from Shacklock with 13:31 to play, putting the Hounds up 10-7.
Again Loyola won the draw and took it down to a spread offense, but Molly Cangemi (Timonium, Md./Notre Dame Prep) caused a turnover and picked up the loose ball in the Cavalier defensive third out on the right wing. The Hoos brought the ball back upfield where Aumiller notched her fifth goal of the night as she worked free in the arc with 11:19 to play in the second half.
Chasney won the ensuing draw and took it right upfield to the left of Dabrowski and then dumped it to a wide-open Cangemi on the other side of the crease, who scored to pull the Cavaliers within one 12 seconds after Aumiller’s goal.
Again Loyola won the draw and set a spread offense, but Sambus caused a turnover behind the goal line and took the ball the length of the field where the Cavaliers set their attack. On a drive to the cage Cangemi was fouled in the arc and she converted the 8-meter with 6:35 to play, tying the game at 10-10.
Virginia went ahead for good as the Cavaliers won the draw and worked the ball behind, where Appelt beat her defender and rolled around the crease, scoring at the 44:59 mark to put Virginia up 11-10. On the ensuing draw, Banks controlled it and flipped the ball to Aumiller, who ran directly to the cage before dumping it over to a wide-open Appelt, who scored 25 seconds after her last goal to give Virginia a two-goal lead with 4:36 to play in regulation.
Aumiller won the next draw, the 43rd this year for her and the 134th of her career, which established a new Cavalier record, surpassing Cherie Greer’s 133 from 1991-94. Virginia went into a spread attack and held possession for four minutes before Appelt fed Thalenberg, who was alone in the arc. Thalenberg’s goal with 11 seconds to play gave Virginia a 13-10 lead and was the end of a 6-0 run for Virginia. Muller won the final draw of the game and the Cavaliers held on for the win.
The Cavaliers conclude their regular season with a game at #12 Vanderbilt on Sunday, April 28. The Commodores are the regular season champions of the American Lacrosse Conference.
Linescore 1 2 F (Records)Loyola 9 1 10 (13-3)Virginia 6 7 13 (13-3)
Scoring summary:Time School Score Goal (Assist)0:48 L 0-1 Eyler (Tyrrell)4:47 V 1-1 Aumiller6:52 L 1-2 Eyler7:27 V 2-2 Aumiller (Banks)13:43 V 3-2 Chasney (Schummer)15:05 V 4-2 Young (Aumiller)16:05 L 4-3 Eyler (Morlang)17:43 L 4-4 Morlang18:17 V 5-4 Aumiller19:23 L 5-5 Borrone20:34 L 5-6 Shacklock26:26 L 5-7 Borrone28:06 V 6-7 Aumiller28:28 L 6-8 McNew29:43 L 6-9 Tyrrell32:34 V 7-9 Appelt46:29 L 7-10 Borrone (Shacklock)48:41 V 8-10 Aumiller48:53 V 9-10 Cangemi (Chasney)53:25 V 10-10 Cangemi (FP)54:59 V 11-10 Appelt55:24 V 12-10 Appelt (Aumiller)59:49 V 13-10 Thalenberg (Appelt)
Goals: V: Aumiller 5, Appelt 3, Cangemi 2, Young, Chasney, Thalenberg L: Borrone 3, Eyler 3, Morlang, Shacklock, McNew, TyrrellAssists:V: Aumiller 2, Banks, Appelt, Chasney, Schummer L: Tyrrell, Shacklock, MorlangGoalies: V: Pfeiffer (60 mins, 15 saves, 10 GA) L: Dabrowski (60 mins, 11 saves, 13 GA)Shots: V: 28, L: 26Ground balls: V: 24, L: 22Draw controls: V: 12, L: 13Caused turnovers: V: 12, L: 10Turnovers: V: 14, L: 16Fouls: V: 8, L: 18Free position attempts: V: 7, L: 0Free position shots: V: 5, L: 0Clearing: V 17-21, L 19-20