Cavaliers Rally to Defeat Virginia Tech 20-13
April 19, 2004
The Cavaliers (13-3) rallied from a 4-1 deficit to score six goals in a 10-minute span and then scored the final four goals of the game to defeat the #20 Virginia Tech Hokies 20-13 today in Blacksburg. After the Hoos scored off the opening draw as Tyler Leachman put away a feed from Kim Connors 11 seconds into the game, Virginia Tech scored the next four goals in a span of six minutes to give the Hokies a 4-1 lead. The Cavaliers answered with a 6-1 run over the next ten minutes behind two goals and an assist from Amy Appelt to take the lead it would not relinquish and held off a Hokie rally for the win. For the third consecutive game, the defense gave up two 8-meter placements or less.
Caitlin Banks won the opening draw and tossed it ahead to Connors, who took the ball up a couple of steps before leading Leachman with a pass to the arc. Leachman converted the pass for a goal just 11 seconds into the game and the early 1-0 lead. Virginia Tech then scored four goals, including two from Kate Threadgold and a goal and two assists from Lindsey Welch, to take a 4-1 lead 7:49 into the game.
Jess Wasilewski scooped up a ground ball in the defensive arc and started a transition in which Appelt took the ball behind the cage and dumped it into Courtney Young, who scored at 10:20 to cut the deficit to two. After Virginia Tech won the ensuing draw, Morgan Thalenberg caused a turnover and picked up the ground ball to start the transition going the other way. At the other end, Connors dumped the ball into Leachman, who scored her second goal of the game 39 seconds after Young’s goal to pull Virginia within one. Threadgold scored four minutes later to push the margin back to two at 5-3, but Ashley Dodson caused a turnover and picked up the ground ball in the Cavaliers’ defensive arc on Tech’s next possession and Virginia brought the ball upfield where Appelt rolled the crease and brought the Hoos back within one.
Virginia tied the game as Ashleigh Haas caused a turnover on an attempted clear by the Hokies and Thalenberg picked up the loose ball and ran it in where she was fouled on the drive. Thalenberg converted the 8-meter shot to tie the game at 5-5 18:12 into the game.
An Andrea Pfeiffer save was picked up in the arc by Young, and Virginia brought the ball upfield where Connors passed the ball off to Haas. Haas wheeled her was around the wing and scored to give Virginia a lead at 6-5 that they would not relinquish. Haas won the next draw control and gor the ball to Appelt, who took the ball behind and then rolled the crease to score 23 seconds after Haas, giving the Cavaliers a two-goal lead. Another Threadgold marker pulled the Hokies within one two minutes later.
Virginia answered right back as Banks won the draw and took it straight to the cage for a goal 11 seconds after Threadgold’s goal to push the margin back to two. Haas won the ensuing draw and tossed it to Young, who led Banks with a pass into the arc. Banks scored her second goal 14 seconds after her first one. Kate Breslin won the next draw and Virginia brought the ball right upfield where Banks dumped the ball into Connors, who scored 41 seconds after Banks’ second goal. Leachman won the ensuing draw and got the ball to Breslin, who fired a shot that hit the pipe and rebounded out into the arc. Haas picked it up and flipped it to Leachman, who scored 16 seconds after Connors. Pfieffer picked up an overthrown ball and Virginia brought the ball the other way where Leachman was fouled on her way in. Leachman scored off the 8-meter to give the Cavaliers a 12-6 lead after a 5-0 run in a span of 2:27. The Hokies scored the final two goals of the half as the teams went to the break with Virginia up 12-8.
The Hokies won the first draw of the second half but both teams missed opportunities in the opening minutes before Threadgold fed Welch 6:15 into the stanza. Elizabeth Pinney scooped up a ground ball in the defensive arc and in the transition Connors fed Leachman, who scored her third consecutive goal and pushed the margin back to four. Molly Urlock won the ensuing draw and got the ball to Appelt, who scored 57 seconds after Leachman to give UVa a 14-8 lead. Threadgold assisted on the Hokies’ next goal three minutes later to keep pace with the Cavaliers.
Young caused a turnover at the top of the arc and Wasilewski scooped up the ground ball and started a transition where Banks got the ball at the top of the arc and wheeled around in the 8-meter before scoring her third goal of the game to give the Hoos a 15-10 lead. Britt Faulkner fed Threadgold in return to keep the margin back at four.
Urlock controlled the next draw and got it to Appelt, who drove in from the top and scored to push the margin back to five at 16-11 halfway through the second period. The Hokies then scored a pair of goals in a span of 56 seconds to pull within three at 16-13.
Dodson won the draw and again got the ball to Appelt, who took it behind and rolled the crease to push the margin back to four 19 seconds after the last Hokie goal. A Pfeiffer save was picked up by Wasilewski, and Banks brought the ball upfield where she fed Appelt, who rolled the crease and scored her sixth goal of the game to give the Hoos a five goal lead at 18-13. Another Pfeiffer save started the next goal sequence that was completed as Thalenberg dumped the ball into the arc where Wasilewski was alone. Wasilewski scored the goal for Virginia’s 19th goal of the game at the 58:51 mark. Thalenberg won the draw and Virginia spread their offense for the final minute. Connors drove to the cage with 10 seconds on the clock and was fouled on the way in. She converted the 8-meter for the Hoos’ final goal of the game, giving UVa the 20-13 victory.
The 20 goals is the most the Cavaliers have scored as a team in 2004. Appelt’s six goals and one assist give her 90 points this season, the fourth-highest single-season total in school history. She now has 247 career points and stands just four out of second place all-time at Virginia. Her 68 goals this season is the second-highest total for a single season and is just three goals shy of the all-time record at UVa, set by Lauren Aumiller in 2002. This game also marked her 15th hat trick this season, and she continues atop the scoring charts in the nation as no other Division I player has more than 70 points.
The Cavaliers return to action on Friday, April 23 as they play in the semifinals of the ACC Championships against the Maryland Terrapins. Game time is at 3:30 at the University of North Carolina. The Cavaliers defeated the Terps 10-8 in College Park earlier this season.
Linescore 1 2 F recordsVirginia 12 8 20 (13-3)Virginia Tech 8 5 13Scoring summary0:11 Va Leachman (Connors) 1-01:46 VT Threadgold (Welch) 1-12:48 VT Threadgold 1-23:59 VT Mays (Welch) 1-37:49 VT Welch 1-410:20 Va Young (Appelt) 2-410:59 Va Leachman (Connors) 3-414:24 VT Threadgold 3-516:14 Va Appelt 4-518:12 Va Thalenberg (FP) 5-520:16 Va Haas 6-520:39 Va Appelt 7-522:50 VT Threadgold (Mays) 7-623:01 Va Banks 8-623:15 Va Banks (Young) 9-623:56 Va Connors (Banks) 10-624:12 Va Leachman (Haas) 11-625:28 Va Leachman (FP) 12-627:43 VT Welch 12-729:04 VT Threadgold 12-836:15 VT Welch (Threadgold) 12-937:40 Va Leachman (Connors) 13-938:37 Va Appelt 14-941:34 VT Faulkner (Threadgold) 14-1042:31 Va Banks 15-1044:02 VT Threadgold (Faulkner) 15-1144:28 Va Appelt 16-1151:58 VT Welch 16-1252:54 VT Jones 16-1353:13 Va Appelt 17-1354:57 Va Appelt (Banks) 18-1358:51 Va Wasilewski (Thalenberg) 19-1359:49 Va Connors (FP) 20-13
Goals: VA: Appelt 6, Leachman 5, Banks 3, Connors 2, Young, Wasilewski, Thalenberg, Haas VT: Threadgold 6, Welch 4, 5, 18, 26
Assists: VA: Connors 3, Banks 2, Young, Appelt, Thalenberg, Haas VT: Welch 2, Threadgold 2, 5, 26
Goalies: VA: Pfeiffer (60 mins, 11 saves, 13 GA) VT: Jamie McGraw (60 mins, 11 saves, 20 GA)Draws: VA 19, VT 16Shots: Va 39, VT 29Ground balls: VA 29, VT 218-meter placements: VA 4, VT 18-meter shots: VA 4, VT 1Caused turnovers: VA 12, VT 2Turnovers: VA 15, VT 19Fouls: VA 24, VT 9Clearing: VA 12-15, VT 14-16