Cavaliers Rally and Defeat Maryland 9-7 in ACC Semifinals
April 23, 2004
Virginia’s defense held strong in the second half, causing four turnovers, and Andrea Pfeiffer had seven saves in the second half as well to hold the Maryland Terrapins (12-3) to one goal in that period. The Cavalier defense (14-3) started a number of transitions that resulted in the Hoos outscoring the Terps 6-1 in the second half as Virginia rallied to defeat second-ranked Maryland 9-7 today in the ACC semifinals. Down 6-3 at halftime, Virginia scored the first six goals of the second half to take a 9-6 lead before Maryland scored a goal with 10:27 to play to pull within two, but Virginia’s defense did not break as they had only four fouls in the second half.
Virginia jumped on the board first as Caitlin Banks caused a turnover and scooped up a ground ball in the midfield. She got the ball to Morgan Thalenberg, who took the ball behind before hitting Banks with an opposite post feed as the Hoos took a 1-0 lead 1:51 into the contest.
From there the Terps scored five goals in a span of 16 minutes as Kelly Coppedge started the run five minutes after Banks’ goal. Delia Cox then scored twice in 45 seconds to give the Terps a 3-1 lead. Greta Sommers took a ball upfield from her defensive position and scored with 8:23 to play, and 50 seconds later Annie Collins notched a free position goal to give Maryland a 5-1 lead with 7:33 to play in the first half.
Lieb won the ensuing draw control and the Cavaliers brought the ball behind where Ashleigh Haas hit a wide-open Kim Connors in the arc to stop the Maryland run 25 seconds after Collins’ goal. Maryland won the draw and Krista Pellizzi took the ball from the top and scored 77 seconds after Connors to push the margin back to four at 6-2 with 5:51 to play in the first half. The Terps won the draw but as they advanced the ball out Banks again notched a caused turnover and Courtney Young got the ball at the top of the arc and scored at the 26:53 mark to pull Virginia within three at 6-3. The Terps led at halftime 6-3.
Banks won the opening draw of the second half and Virginia got the ball to Amy Appelt, who rolled the crease and scored 1:57 into the half to pull Virginia within two. The Terps won the draw but threw it away while trying to advance it and Lieb outraced her mark for the ball. She got the ball to Molly Urlock, who took it upfield before dishing it off to Appelt, who took the ball in from the top and scored her second consecutive goal 47 seconds after her first one to cut the deficit to one.
Again the Terps won the draw, but Pfeiffer saved a Terp shot and started a transition that saw Lieb scoop up the ground ball and take it upfield before hitting Tyler Leachman in transition. Leachman took the ball in from the top and scored 5:30 into the period to tie the game.
Maryland won the ensuing draw and again set their offense, but a shot from the center hash was blocked by Young and Pfeiffer scooped up the ground ball. Pfeiffer hit Banks at the restraining line, and Banks crossed the field to Connors. Connors in turn fed Thalenberg, who took the ball from the restraining line and scored five minutes after Leachman to give the Cavaliers the lead again with 19:26 to play.
Connors won the ensuing draw and Virginia set their attack. The Cavaliers worked the ball around to Banks on the left side, who took her defender up the left side of the arc before dropping back and firing a shot over her shoulder to give the Cavaliers a two-goal lead with 16:28 to play.
The Terps won the next draw but again a Pfeiffer save gave Virginia possession. The Cavaliers took the ball upfield and worked it around to Appelt, who took the ball in from the top and shot. Her shot was saved but it popped out into the arc where Haas grubbed the ball and stuck it back in the net for a 9-6 lead with 11:15 to play.
Banks won the draw and Virginia attempted to set their offense but lost the ball almost right away and Maryland took it right back the other way where Laura Warren scored on the fast break to pull the Terps within two with 10:26 to play.
The Terps won the next draw and worked the ball upfield on a fast break and Acacia Walker fired a shot that went in the next just over a minute later, but the Terps were called offsides on the play, giving the Cavaliers the ball at the restraining line. Virginia took the ball upfield and tried to kill time off the clock before making a challenge. Maryland was able to get possession with just under five minutes and the Terps took it right upfield where a point-blank shot by the Terps was saved by Pfeiffer.
The Cavaliers brought the ball upfield where they were able to stall for the remainder of the game, sending them into the ACC final against Duke. Virginia has now defeated the Terrapins for three consecutive times, the first time in school history any Virginia team has achieved this feat.
Pfeiffer now has 151 saves this season and now has three of the top-10 single-season savetotals.
Amy Appelt, the reigning ACC Player of the Year, had two goals to give her 70 on the season and 181 in her career. She needs just one goal to tie the Virginia all-time record for goals in a season, set by Lauren Aumiller in 2002.
Banks’ two draw controls give her 40 for the season and she now ranks fifth all-time for a single season in school history.
Virginia advances to play in the ACC Final against Duke, who defeated the Cavaliers 10-9 on April 3. The Duke loss was the last time the Cavaliers were in the loss column in 2004 as they are currently riding a five-game winning streak while the Terps’ nation-leading 10-game winning streak came to a close.
Linescore 1 2 F recordsMaryland 6 1 7 (12-3)Virginia 3 6 9 (14-3)
Scoring summary1:51 V Banks (Thalenberg) 1-06:30 M Coppedge 1-111:47 M Cox 1-212:32 M Cox (FPS) 1-321:37 M Sommers 1-422:27 M Collins (FPS) 1-522:52 V Connors (Haas) 2-524:09 M Pellizzi 2-626:53 V Young 3-631:57 V Appelt 4-632:44 V Appelt 5-635:30 V Leachman 6-640:34 V Thalenberg 7-643:32 V Banks 8-648:45 V Haas 9-649:34 M Warren 9-7
Goals: V: Appelt 2, Banks 2, Thalenberg, Haas, Connors, Young, Leachman M: Cox 2, Pellizzi, Coppedge, Collins, Warren, Sommers
Assists: V: Haas, Thalenberg M: None
Goalies: V: Pfeiffer (60 mins, 8 saves, 7 GA) M: Kirah Miles (60 mins, 12 saves, 9 GA)
Draws: V 6, M 12Shots: V 28, M 20Ground balls: V 21, M 15Caused turnovers: V 9, M 5Turnovers: V 10, M 148-meter placements: V 3, M 48-meter shots: V 3, M 4Clearing: V 13-15, M 12-12