Cavaliers Defeat North Carolina 16-9
March 20, 2004
The Cavalier offense erupted with three goals in the first three minutes and the defense held UNC off the scoreboard for the first 15 minutes of the game to stake a 7-0 lead, and Virginia (5-2, 2-0 ACC) held strong for the 16-9 win over UNC (4-3, 0-2 ACC). Amy Appelt notched her seventh consecutive hat trick and set a school record in the process as the first Cavalier player in school history to notch seven consecutive games with a hat trick. She added two assists to lead the Hoos in scoring in today’s game. Andrea Pfeiffer made 11 saves and Nikki Lieb controlled a team-high four draws and added three ground balls and two caused turnovers to lead the Cavaliers in the midfield.
Tyler Leachman knocked down a clearing pass in the midfield and got the ball to Caitlin Banks, who fed Morgan Thalenberg at the restraining line. Thalenberg raced in and scored 1:32 into the game to give the Cavaliers the early lead. After UNC won the draw and set up in their attack, Pfeiffer made a save on the first Carolina shot and Julie Hauser controlled the ground ball. At the other end of the field Appelt rolled the crease and scored UVa’s second goal of the game. Banks won the next draw and threw the ball to Leachman, who was on the wing at the restraining line. Leachman raced to the cage and scored 14 seconds after Appelt, giving UVa a 3-0 lead 3:06 into the game and forcing UNC to call a timeout.
UNC won the draw but an overthrow at the restraining line was scooped up by Thalenberg, who brought the ball into UVa’s offensive zone. There Leachman fed Courtney Young who was in the arc. Young scored, putting Virginia up 4-0 5:37 into the game. Elizabeth Pinney scooped up a loose ball in the arc and Virginia cleared the ball up to the other end where Jess Wasilewski fed Banks who was in the arc. Banks’ goal put Virginia up 5-0 10:25 into the game. Five minutes later Thalenberg fed Connors as Connors cut down the arc to the crease. Connors’ goal gave Virginia a 6-0 lead. Banks won the next draw, flipped the ball to Hauser, and raced to the cage. Hauser gave it back to Banks, who scored 23 seconds after Connors to give Virginia a 7-0 lead. Banks’ draw control was the 100th of her Virginia career. Carolina broke the scoring drought as Jess Allen scored an unassisted goal at the 18:14 mark. Virginia answered back as Kate Breslin scored on a drive to the cage almost two minutes later to push the margin back to seven at 8-1. Brooke Young then scored on a pair of crease rolls six minutes apart to pull UNC within five, but Lieb won the ensuing draw and in the set attack Wasilewski fed Leachman and Virginia took a 9-3 lead into the break.
Carolina started the second half off with a pair of goals in the first minute as Beth Ames won the opening draw and got the ball to Allen, who drew a foul and converted the free position shot 33 seconds into the frame. Melissa McCarthy won the next draw and got the ball to Kelly Renzi, who scored 20 seconds after Allen to pull Carolina within four at 9-5 just 53 seconds into the second half.
Lieb won the next draw control and Virginia got the ball to Appelt, who rolled the crease for a goal 39 seconds after Renzi’s goal. UNC won the draw but Pfeiffer made a save on the shot and Ashley Dodson scooped up the ground ball. Again Virginia worked the ball up to Appelt, who rolled the crease again 1:17 after her second goal to put Virginia back up by six. Again a Pfeiffer save started the next Cavalier goal as Virginia brought the ball upfield where Leachman fed Ashleigh Haas for a goal five minutes after Appelt’s goal. Lieb won the draw but UNC got possession and set up their attack. A feed from behind was knocked down by Molly Urlock and at the other end of the field Breslin converted an 8-meter shot for UVa’s 13th goal.
UNC won the draw and on their attack Pfeiffer made yet another save. She threw a long outlet pass to Appelt at the far restraining line, and Appelt raced to the cage, avoiding two defenders, and scored Virginia’s 14th goal at the 46th minute and gave the Cavaliers their largest lead of the game at 14-5. North Carolina then scored twice in 31 seconds as McCarthy converted an 8-meter shot and Rachel Szakmary fed Allison Higgins. Banks won the next draw and Virginia worked the ball to Appelt, who took the ball behind the cage and fed Young for a quickstick goal 33 seconds after Higgins’ goal. Carolina answered as Szakmary notched her second assist, this time feeding Beth Ames. Seven minutes later Stephanie Scurachio scored an unassisted goal for Carolina’s ninth marker at 57:44.
Thalenberg won the draw and the Cavaliers spread their offense and with 10 seconds to play Connors drove to the cage but was fouled on the way in. She converted the 8-meter with one second on the clock for the final score of 16-9.
Banks finished the game with three draw controls, giving her 101 for her career and tying her for sixth all-time at Virginia with 101 (Gina Sambus ’02). Appelt now has 144 goals and 198 points.
Linescore 1 2 F recordsUNC 3 6 9 4-3, 0-2 ACCVirginia 9 7 16 5-2, 2-0 ACC
Scoring summary 1:32 V Thalenberg (Banks) 1-0 2:52 V Appelt 2-0 3:06 V Leachman 3-0 5:37 V Young (Leachman) 4-0 10:25 V Banks (Wasilewski) 5-0 15:20 V Connors (Thalenberg) 6-0 15:43 V Banks (Hauser) 7-0 18:14 N Allen 7-1 19:55 V Breslin (Appelt) 8-1 20:20 N Young (Renzi) 8-2 26:01 N Young 8-3 28:59 V Leachman (Wasilewski) 9-3 30:33 N Allen (FP) 9-4 30:53 N Renzi 9-5 31:32 V Appelt 10-5 32:49 V Appelt 11-5 37:50 V Haas (Leachman) 12-5 40:28 V Breslin (FP) 13-5 45:59 V Appelt 14-5 48:31 N McCarthy (FP) 14-6 49:02 N Higgins (Szakmary) 14-7 49:35 V Young (Appelt) 15-7 50:09 N Ames (Szakmary) 15-8 57:44 N Scurachio 15-9 59:59 V Connors (FP) 16-9
Goals: V: Appelt 4, Leachman 2, Young 2, Connors 2, Breslin 2, Banks 2, Thalenberg, Haas N: Young 2, Allen 2, Renzi, Ames, Higgins, McCarthy, Scurachio
Assists: V: Appelt 2, Leachman 2, Wasilewski 2, Hauser, Thalenberg, Banks N: Szakmary 2, Renzi
Goalies: V: Pfeiffer (60 mins, 11 saves, 9 GA) N: Kristen Hordy (60 mins, 11 saves, 16 GA)
Draws: V 13, N 13Shots: V 29, N 238-meter placements: V 8, N 58-meter shots: V 5, N 5Ground balls: V 15, N 22Caused turnovers: V 14, N 13Turnovers: V 18, N 20Fouls: V 14, N 22Clearing: V 10-16, N 8-10