Cavaliers Defeat Georgetown 16-9, Advance to NCAA Semifinals
May 11, 2003
The Virginia women’s lacrosse team gave their mothers a 16-9 victory over Georgetown (13-4) in the NCAA quarterfinals as a Mother’s Day gift, sending the Cavaliers (16-4) to a semifinal matchup against Maryland on Friday, May 16 in Syracuse. UVa was led by Lauren Aumiller’s NCAA record 8 goals and a season-high 12 saves from Andrea Pfeiffer and five caused turnovers from Tiffany Schummer. The Cavalier defense held Georgetown off the board for the first 19:25 of the game. Morgan Thalenberg led Virginia with five ground balls and five draw controls while both Cary Chasney and Lauri Kenis reached the century mark, Kenis in caused turnovers and Chasney in goals. Aumiller’s eight goals is a career high and also the most goals ever scored by an individual in an NCAA quarterfinal game and ties the most ever in any game, set by UNC’ s Kellie Thompson vs UMBC in 2002.
Virginia jumped on top early as Schummer caused a turnover in the arc and Kenis scooped up the loose ball. Virginia brought the ball upfield and got the ball to Aumiller, who was fouled on the drive to the cage. She converted the 8-meter shot, putting UVa up 1-0 3:16 into the game. Georgetown won the draw but lost possession and Virginia took the ball back upfield where they in turn lost the ball. On the clear, Caitlin Banks knocked down a pass in the midfield and Virginia brought it back into the offensive zone where Amy Appelt got off a shot that was saved by the Hoyas’ Dosha Stright. Thalenberg, however, picked up the loose ball and fired it back into the net for a 2-0 Cavalier lead. Thalenberg then won the next draw and got the ball to Chasney, who drove to the cage and then around the goal circle, feeding Aumiller who was cutting to the cage behind her. Aumiller scored 63 seconds after Thalenberg, putting UVA up 3-0 8:13 into the game and forcing the Hoyas to call timeout.
Aumiller picked up a dropped GU pass in the defensive arc and Virginia transitioned upfield where Aumiller fed a cutting Courtney Young, who scored for a 4-0 UVa lead. The Hoyas won the next draw but Schummer caused a turnover and Virginia started in on their offense, where Appelt fired in a shot from the right of the keeper , putting the Cavaliers up 5-0 at the 14:39 mark of the game. Georgetown leading scorer Wick Stanwick converted a wide-angle 8-meter attempt with a run at the cage, ending the GU drought 19:25 into the contest.
The Cavaliers answered right back as Chasney knocked down a pass during the Hoyas’ next clear and Virginia worked the ball to Banks, who fed Aumiller in the arc. Aumiller notched her third goal of the game, adding to her school-record career hat-trick total, giving the Hoos a 6-1 lead. Three minutes later Pfeiffer made one of her dozen saves and on the fast break, Young hit a cutting Chasney, who scored with 6:04 to play in the half, giving Virginia a 7-1 lead. Liz Ryan and Anouk Peters scored in the final 78 seconds of the half for the Hoyas, making the score at the break 7-3.
Aumiller won the opening draw of the second half but the Hoyas got possession and worked the ball upfield where they got off a shot, but it was saved by Pfeiffer. A quick clear was passed upfield to Aumiller on the far restraining line, and Aumiller took the ball in for a goal 2:28 into the second period. Georgetown answered with a goal from Gloria Lozano less than a minute later to keep the margin at four.
Thalenberg won the ensuing draw and got the ball to Young at the offensive restraining line. Young drove to the cage and found a lane, scoring her second goal of the game 26 seconds after Lozano’s goal and putting Virginia up 9-4. Georgetown won the next draw but Aumiller caused a turnover in the defensive arc and Meredith Lazarus picked up the ground ball. At the other end of the field, Tyler Leachman was fouled on a cut in the arc. Leachman deposited the ball in the net off the free position at the 8, giving the Cavaliers a 10-4 lead with 24:55 to play in regulation.
Aumiller then scored the next three goals of the game in a span of 5:25. Banks won the draw after Leachman’s goal but a lead pass to a Virginia attacker was too high and GU’s Sarah Robinson, who had come in relief to the cage, picked up the ground ball. Her clearing pass, however, went awry and Thalenberg picked it up and sent it over to Aumiller, who was waiting in the arc. Aumiller’s goal came 45 seconds after Leachman’s and gave Virginia an 11-4 lead. UVa’s Kim Connors blocked a pass on the Cavalier defensive restraining line as the Hoyas attempted a clear, and the Hoos worked the ball back upfield where Aumiller raced in for her sixth goal. Less than two minutes later she set a new career high as she again raced to the cage from the top of the fan, scoring her seventh goal and putting UVa up 13-4 with 18:45 to play.
A typical Kenis one-handed interception started the next scoring play for Virginia, who used a fast break that saw Appelt feed a wide-open Chasney on a drive to the cage, putting the Cavaliers up 14-4 with 16:50 to go.
Georgetown’s Wick Stanwick tried to rally the Hoyas, sandwiching a pair of goals around an assist to Lauryn Bernier as GU went on a 3-0 run over the next 12 minutes. The Hoyas’ Stright made four saves in that stretch.
Aumiller won the draw after Stanwick’s third goal of the day and tossed the ball across the field to Leachman, who drove to the net and dumped the ball off to Banks, who scored 18 seconds after Stanwick to stop the run. Stanwick again answered for Georgetown as she scored her fourth goal of the game with 3:50 to play.
In the last minute of play, Leachman scooped up a loose ball on the goal line extended and threw a pass across the arc to Thalenberg, who in turn fed Aumiller as she cut down the fan. Aumiller deposited the ball in the cage with 27 seconds to play, notching her eighth goal of the game and tying the all-time NCAA Division I record. Georgetown’s Peters won the draw and Liz Ryan fed Paige Andrews, who scored with 0:09 to play for the final score of 16-9.
Aumiller’s eight goals give her 63 this season and 216 in her career. The eight goals is the third-highest total for a single game in school history, as Debbie Easter had two nine-goal games (Lynchburg, 1980; Mary Washington, 1982) and Lindsey Sheehan had eight goals against Delaware in 1986. The 63 is the third-highest total in Virginia history for a single season and Aumiller now ranks 17th all-time in D-I. Her 315 points ranks ninth all-time in Division I . She has scored 12 goals and 16 points in this tournament, the ninth-highest totals for a championships in NCAA history.
Kenis becomes the third person in Virginia history to notch 100 caused turnovers. Chasney becomes the second second-year in school hisotry to notch her 100th career goal, which came in her 39th game in the orange and blue.
Virginia advances to the NCAA semifinals for the first time since 1999 when the Cavaliers played in the title game. The Hoos will face Maryland approximately 8:30 on Friday, May 16 at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse. Top-ranked Loyola will play defending champion Princeton in the first semifinal, which starts at 6:30.
Linescore 1 2 F recordsGeorgetown 3 6 9 13-4Virginia 7 9 16 16-4
Scoring summary:3:16 V Aumiller (8m) 1-07:10 V Thalenberg 2-08:13 V Aumiller (Chasney) 3-013:18 V Young (Aumiller) 4-014:39 V Appelt 5-019:25 G Stanwick (8m) 5-120:59 V Aumiller (Banks) 6-123:56 V Chasney (Young) 7-128:42 G Ryan 7-229:04 G Peters (Bernier) 7-332:28 V Aumiller 8-333:20 G Lozano 8-433:46 V Young 9-435:05 V Leachman (8m) 10-435:50 V Aumiller (Thalenberg) 11-439:40 V Aumiller 12-441:15 V Aumiller 13-443:10 V Chasney (Appelt) 14-447:10 G Stanwick 14-550:48 G Bernier (Stanwick) 14-655:14 G Stanwick 14-755:32 V Banks (Leachman) 15-756:10 G Stanwick 15-859:33 V Aumiller (Thalenberg) 16-859:51 G Andrews (Ryan) 16-9
UVA: Aumiller 8-1=9, Chasney 2-1=3, Young 2-1=3, Thalenberg 1-2=3, Appelt 1-1=2, Banks 1-1=2, Leachman 1-1=2GU: Stanwick 4-1=5, Bernier 1-1=2, Ryan 1-1=2, Peters 1-0=1, Lozano 1-0=1, Andrews 1-0=1
Keepers: UVA: Pfeiffer (60 mins, 12 saves, 9 GA) GU: Stright (51 mins, 8 saves, 11 GA); Robinson (9 mins, 2 saves, 5 GA)
Draws: VA 11, GU 16Shots: VA 31, GU 24Ground balls: VA 35, GU 26Caused turnovers: VA 15, GU 10Turnovers: VA 19, GU 22Clearing: VA 13-15, GU 10-128-meter attempts: VA 4, GU 58-meter shots: VA 3, GU 5