Virginia Rallies to Defeat JMU 12-9
March 31, 2004
The Virginia women’s lacrosse team stared a 5-1 deficit in the face 17 minutes into the game, but the defense stiffened and the Cavaliers outscored the Dukes 11-4 over the remainder of the contest to defeat the Dukes 12-9 in Charlottesville on Wednesday (March 31). The Cavaliers (9-2) were led by Amy Appelt, who had seven goals and an assist, including the final three goals of the game as Virginia rallied from down 9-8 with 8:34 to play. Elizabeth Pinney had six ground balls and five caused turnovers as the Cavaliers allowed only one 8-meter placement, including none in the second half. Nikki Lieb won the final three draw controls of the game, including the one after Virginia took the lead for the final time.
JMU jumped on the board first as Jess Brownridge scored on a drive to the cage 4:12 into the game. The Dukes won the draw and took it upfield but Andrea Pfeiffer made a save and Virginia took the ball upfield where Appelt rolled the crease and scored two minutes after Brownridge to tie the game. The Dukes then scored the next four goals of the game as Gail Decker scored on a take from the top and Ashlee Dardine followed three minutes later. Decker then fed Carrie Martel in the arc for a goal one minute after Dardine’s goal, and Dardine scored again 17:18 into the game to put the Dukes on top 5-1.
Virginia rallied as Jess Wasilewski won the ensuing draw and the Cavaliers got the ball to Appelt, who took it behind the cage and rolled the crease, scoring 45 seconds after Dardine to pull Virginia within 5-2. Kim Connors scooped up a loose ball in the Virginia defensive zone and in the transition Courtney Young dumped the ball into Caitlin Banks, who scored to bring the Cavaliers to 5-3. Morgan Thalenberg won the ensuing draw and the Cavaliers took it right upfield where Banks rolled the crease and gave it to Appelt, who was trailing her. Appelt scored 43 seconds after Banks to bring Virginia to 5-4. JMU won the draw but Molly Urlock caused a turnover and scooped up the ground ball to start the Virginia possession, and at the other end Banks was fouled as she took the ball to the cage. She buried the 8-meter shot to tie the game at 5-5 with 1:53 to play in the half. JMU went up as Dardine won the draw and got the ball to Decker, who raced in from the restraining line and scored 20 seconds after Banks to put JMU back on top 6-5. The Dukes led at the break 6-5.
JMU won the opening draw of the second half but Lieb picked up an overthrow and got the ball to Thalenberg, who raced in from midfield and scored 2:16 into the contest on JMU’s Livvy King, who had come in to start the second half in place of Amy Altig. Altig returned to the field after the goal with the score tied 6-6.
Young picked off an errant JMU pass in the Cavalier defensive zone and at the other end of the field, Appelt rolled the crease for her fourth goal of the night and put Virginia in front for the first time in the game 7:50 into the second half. JMU tied it up three minutes later as Erin Chantler converted a pass from Johanna Buchholz.
The Cavaliers went ahead again as Banks won the draw and Appelt took the ball behind the cage before dumping it in to Tyler Leachman, who cut to the cage and scored 38 seconds after Madison had tied it up. Again the Dukes tied the score as Decker weaved her way through traffic and scored her fourth goal of the game at the 47:00 mark of the contest. JMU took the lead four minutes later as Kelly Berger took a pass from Brownridge and scored, putting the Dukes up 9-8 with 8:34 to play.
Again the Cavaliers rallied, starting as Pinney raced down an overthrow after JMU won the ensuing draw. Virginia brought the ball upfield where Thalenberg fed Leachman, who was cutting to the cage. Leachman scored to tie the game just 48 seconds after the Dukes went ahead.
JMU won the draw but Pinney caused a turnover and scooped up the ground ball at the top of the fan. Virginia set its offense at the other end of the field and Appelt took the ball from the wing and scored to give the Hoos the 10-9 lead with 4:22 to play. Lieb won the draw and Virginia spread their offense. The Cavaliers went up by two for the first time in the game as Appelt took the ball from behind and scored with 1:36. Again Lieb won the draw and Virginia spread the attack, holding the ball for 90 seconds before Banks fed Appelt in the arc. Appelt scored with seven seconds to play, notching her seventh goal in the process. Lieb won the draw to secure the win for the Cavaliers.
Appelt’s seven goals and one assist give her 224 career points, which ties her with Virginia All-American Dawn Wisniewski (’87) for third on the all-time scoring chart at Virginia. She now has 50 goals and 17 assists on the year, and her 67 points ranks fifth in a season among third-years and her 50 goals ranks third all-time as a third year. Appelt and Banks are now tied for sixth on the all-time assists chart with 63. Banks’ three draw controls give her 108 and she hold sole possession of fifth place, while Thalenberg now has 95 and sits at #8 all-time. Pfeiffer has 450 career saves and sits third.
Virginia returns to action on Saturday, April 3 with a game at ACC-rival Duke. Game time is 12:00 noon.
Line 1 2 F recordsJMU 6 3 9 (5-3)UVA 5 7 12 (9-2)
Scoring summary 4:12 J Brownridge 0-1 6:55 V Appelt 1-1 9:08 J Decker 1-2 12:30 J Dardine 1-3 13:47 J Martell (Decker) 1-4 17:18 J Dardine 1-5 17:53 V Appelt 2-5 26:16 V Banks (Young) 3-5 26:59 V Appelt (Banks) 4-5 28:07 V Banks (FP) 5-5 28:27 J Decker 5-6 32:16 V Thalenberg 6-6 37:50 V Appelt 7-6 40:23 J Chantler (Buchholz) 7-7 41:01 V Leachman (Appelt) 8-7 47:00 J Decker 8-8 51:26 J Berger (Brownridge) 8-9 52:14 V Leachman (Thalenberg) 9-9 55:38 V Appelt 10-9 58:24 V Appelt 11-9 59:53 V Appelt (Banks) 12-9
Goals: V: Appelt 7, Leachman 2, Banks 2, Thalenberg 1 J: Decker 4, Berger, Chantler, Dardine, Brownridge, Martell
Assists: V: Banks 2, Appelt, Thalenberg, Young J: Decker, Buchholz, Brownridge
Goalies: V: Pfeiffer (60 mins, 6 saves, 9 GA) J: Amy Altig (58 mins, 6 saves, 11 GA); Livvy King (2 mins, 0 saves, 1 GA)
Draws: V 12, J 11Shots: V 24, J 178-meter placements: V 5, J 18-meter shots: V 3, J 1Ground balls: V 20, J 22Caused turnovers: V 9, J 4Turnovers: V 15, J 17Fouls: V 10, J 14Clearing: V 12-17, J 14-14