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March 9, 2004

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The Virginia Cavaliers (3-1) rallied from a 0-2 deficit to start the game to defeat the third-ranked Terrapins 10-8 tonight in College Park. Andrea Pfeiffer made 12 saves while Amy Appelt notched her fourth consecutive hat trick with four goals and had a team-high five ground balls and added a caused turnovers. The Virginia defense, led by Ashley Dodson and Nikki Lieb, both of whom had five ground balls as well, shut down the heralded Maryland attack, allowing only six goals in the first 58 minutes of the game. Lieb added three caused turnovers as Virginia defeated the Terps for the second consecutive time and the second time on the road.

Maryland’s Mollie Reese and Delia Cox scored for the Terps in the opening five minutes of the game to stake them to an early 2-0 lead. The Cavaliers answered as Caitlin Banks won one of her five draw controls and Virginia worked the ball to Appelt, who rolled the crease to put the Hoos on the board. Morgan Thalenberg won the ensuing draw and Appelt drew a foul in the 8-meter. On the free position, her shot was saved but Tyler Leachman grubbed the ball and stuck it back in the cage to tie the game 10:23 into the contest.

The Cavaliers then held Maryland scoreless for the next 11 minutes before Kelly Coppedge put the Terps back on top with eight minutes to play in the half. The Terps won the draw but Banks caused a turnover and scooped up the ground ball and got the ball to Appelt, who drove in from the top of the fan and scored, tying the game with just under five minutes to play in the half. The teams entered the break tied at three. The Cavaliers have been tied at halftime in each of their four games this year.

Banks won the draw to open the second half of play and Virginia set their attack, where she rolled the crease to put the Cavaliers on top. Thalenberg won the draw on the far side of the field and Virginia worked the ball to Ashleigh Haas, who drew a shooting space foul at the top of the arc and converted the free position shot for a two-goal lead 10 minutes into the second half of play. Krista Pellizzi answered for the Terps less than a minute later to pull the Terps within one.

Kim Connors scrapped for the next draw control and the Virginia offense worked the ball to Appelt, who was fouled on a drive to the cage. She converted the 8-meter shot from the center hash to put the Cavaliers up by two again with 17:20 to play in the half. Coppedge converted a free position shot four minutes later to pull the Terps back within one, and then Pellizzi hit a streaking Delia Cox in transition to tie the game at 6-6 with 9:51 to play.

Virginia answered right away as Banks won the draw again and fed Appelt on the wing. Appelt drove from the left side and scored 23 seconds after Cox to put the Cavaliers up for good. A Pfeiffer save started the next goal as Dodson scooped up the ground ball and the Cavaliers brought the ball upfield. Haas rolled the crease and fired in a goal to put the Cavaliers back on top by two.

Appelt caused a turnover and scooped up the ground ball off a Maryland draw control and Virginia took the ball back upfield where Leachman drew a shooting space foul. She converted it to move the Cavaliers to a 9-6 lead with 5:35 to play. Maryland gained possession and took the ball into their attacking end where Dodson picked off a Maryland pass and started a transition upfield for the Cavaliers to spread out their offense. Julie Hauser fed a wide-open Haas in the arc, and Haas converted her hat trick to put Virginia up by four at 10-6 with 3:05 to play. Two Maryland goals in a span of 49 seconds brought the Terps to within two, but Thalenberg won the final draw of the game and the Cavaliers controlled possession for the final 62 seconds for the win.

Virginia has defeated Maryland for two consecutive games, including a victory in the NCAA semifinals in 2003. Virginia also defeated the Terps 17-16 on the Cavaliers’ last trip to College Park.

Appelt now has 132 career goals, which moved her past Virginia great Debbie Easter into third place on the all-time goals chart. She also has 180 points and sits one point behind Virginia All-American Anna Yates in sixth in the all-time points chart.

The Cavaliers continue their road trip with a game at Penn State on Friday, March 12 before taking on top-ranked and defending national champion Princeton on Sunday in New Jersey.

Linescore	1	2	F	recordsVirginia	3	7	10	3-1, 1-0 ACCMaryland	3	5	8	2-2, 0-2 ACC

Scoring summary3:15 M Reese (Coppedge) 0-14:34 M Cox 0-29:20 V Appelt 1-210:23 V Leachman 2-222:00 M Coppedge (FP) 2-325:05 V Appelt 3-335:47 V Banks 4-339:51 V Haas (FP) 5-340:48 M Pellizzi 5-442:40 V Appelt (FP) 6-446:47 M Coppedge (FP) 6-550:09 M Cox (Pellizzi) 6-650:32 V Appelt 7-652:37 V Haas 8-654:05 V Leachman (FP) 9-656:55 V Haas (Hauser) 10-658:09 M Cox (FP) 10-758:58 M Warren (Coppedge) 10-8

Goals: V: Appelt 4, Haas 3, Leachman 2, Banks 1 M: Cox 3, Coppedge 2, Pellizzi 1, Warren 1, Reese 1

Assists: V: Hauser M: Coppedge 2, Pellizzi 1

Goalies: V: Pfeiffer (60 mins, 12 saves, 8 GA) M: Miles (60 mins, 17 saves, 10 GA)

Shots: VA 29, MD 288-meter shots: VA 7, MD 38-meter placements: VA 8, MD 3Draws: VA 12, MD 8Ground balls: VA 27, MD 26Caused turnovers: VA 11, MD 12Turnovers: VA 17, MD 19Clearing: VA 11-12, MD 11-21

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