Cavaliers Hang on, Defeat Penn State 10-9
March 12, 2004
Virginia’s Andrea Pfeiffer made a career-high 17 saves and Amy Appelt added five goals and two assists as the Cavaliers (4-1) withstood a furious Penn State (1-3) rally to defeat the Nittany Lions 10-9 today in State College. Virginia jumped out to a 2-0 lead early before State tied it early in the first half, and then went on a 4-0 run spanning both halves to lead 6-2. The Cavaliers extended the lead to 10-5 with 8:27 to play before the American Lacrosse Conference’s Nittany Lions scored four goals in a span of five minutes to pull within one, but Jess Wasilewski caused a turnover in the final two minutes and Virginia held on for the win.
The Cavaliers won the opening draw and worked for a goal but Lee Tortorelli made a save on Virginia’s first shot and the Nittany Lions took the ball downfield where Andrea Pfeiffer made the first of her 17 saves. Virginia brought the ball back upfield and got the ball to Appelt, who rolled the crease to put the Cavaliers on the scoreboard. Caitlin Banks won the ensuing draw and tossed the ball to Morgan Thalenberg, who took the ball hard to the cage and scored 29 seconds after Appelt to stake the Hoos to a 2-0 lead 4:17 into the game. The Nittany Lions scored just over a minute later as Emily Chambers scored an unassisted goal to pull within one. Both keepers made three saves each over the next 10 minutes before Penn State’s Lori Havrilla, sister of Virginia’s Megan Havrilla, scored a goal to tie the game at the 16:09 mark.
UVa’s Nikki Lieb, whose mother played lacrosse and field hockey at Penn State, won the next draw and Virginia took the possession upfield where Banks fed Ashleigh Haas in the arc. Haas’s goal broke the tie and put Virginia up two minutes after Havrilla’s goal. Appelt put the Cavaliers up by two after she took the ball from the top of the fan to the cage two minutes after Haas’ goal. The teams went into halftime with Virginia up 4-2.
Ashley Dodson won the opening draw of the second half and Appelt dumped the ball into Thalenberg in the arc. Thalenberg’s goal, 1:08 into the second half, put Virginia up 5-2. Penn State’s next shot was saved by Pfeiffer, and Julie Hauser scooped up the ground ball and tossed it to Kim Connors, who took it upfield where she fed Tyler Leachman. Leachman converted the pass, giving the Cavaliers a 6-2 lead 3:18 into the second half. Penn State stopped the run as Emily Chambers fed Lindsey Dutch one minute after Leachman’s goal. The Lions won the draw but Wasilewski caused a turnover and picked up the ground ball and threw it to Appelt, who raced to the cage from midfield, scoring to push the margin back to four 6:10 into the second half. Another Chambers assist, this tiime to Havrilla, kept the Nittany Lions within three two minutes after Appelt’s goal.
Pfeiffer made another save and Virginia quickly got the ball to Appelt in the midfield. Appelt raced down behind the cage and as she rolled out of it, she fed Courtney Young for a quickstick goal 11:49 into the second half and giving Virginia an 8-4 lead. Seven minutes later Shari Maslin fed Steph Curnoles to keep the margin at three.
Pfeiffer saves started the next two scores for the Cavaliers, as the Cavaliers brought the ball upfield and fed Appelt, who took from the top of the fan and scored twice in a span of 4:30 to stake the Cavaliers to a 10-5 lead with 8:27 to play in regulation.
Penn State then went on a 4-0 run to pull within one. Katie Hartman scored on a putback after Pfeiffer made a save on her initial shot, and then she scored again on a crease roll one minute later. Maslin fed Havrilla just over a minute later to pull the Nittany Lions within two, and then Chambers fed Jackie Sherman to put State down by only one at 10-9 with 2:40 to go in regulation. Maslin won the draw for the Nittany Lions, but Wasilewski held her ground at the goal line extended and drew a charge, giving the Cavaliers the final possession.
Appelt has scored 26 goals in her five games this season and how has 137 goals. Her two assists give her 50 for her career, making her only the eighth Cavalier to record 50 assists in a career. Her seven points today give her 187 career points and move her past Virginia All-Americans Anna Yates and Jamie Haas into fourth all-time at Virginia.
The Cavaliers return to action on Sunday as they face defending national champion Princeton in Princeton on Sunday, March 14. The game will start at 2:00 and is televised by CSTV.
Linescore 1 2 F recordsVirginia 4 6 10 (4-1)Penn State 2 7 9 (1-3)
Scoring summary:3:48 V Appelt 1-04:17 V Thalenberg 2-05:56 P Chambers 2-116:09 P Havrilla 2-218:12 V Haas (Banks) 3-220:03 V Appelt 4-231:08 V Thalenberg (Appelt) 5-233:18 V Leachman (Connors) 6-234:47 P Dutch (Chambers) 6-336:10 V Appelt 7-338:15 P Havrilla (Chambers) 7-441:49 V Young (Appelt) 8-447:03 V Appelt 9-448:10 P Curnoles (Maslin) 9-551:33 V Appelt 10-552:19 P Hartman 10-653:18 P Hartman 10-754:54 P Havrilla (Maslin) 10-857:20 P Sherman (Chambers) 10-9
Goals: V: Appelt 5, Thalenberg 2, Haas, Young, Leachman P: Havrilla 3, Hartman 2, Chambers, 7, Sherman, Curnoles
Assists: V: Appelt 2, Connors, Banks P: Chambers 3, Maslin 2
Goalies: V: Pfeiffer (60 mins, 17 saves, 9 GA) P: Tortorelli (60 mins, 10 saves, 10 GA)
Shots: V 23, P 328-meter placements: V 2, P 28-meter shots: V 1, P 2Draws: V 10, P 11Ground balls: V 17, P 17Caused turnovers: V 7, P 14Turnovers: V 18, P 11Fouls: V 9, P 21Clearing: V 13-17, P 12-13