Cavaliers Climb, Defeat Mount St. Mary's 19-2
May 13, 2004
The Virginia women’s lacrosse team (16-3) advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament with a 19-2 victory over Mount St. Mary’s in NCAA first round action today at Klockner Stadium. It was the sixth consecutive win for the 2004 ACC Champions, who defeated the Mount (15-5) in the first-ever meeting between the two schools. The Cavaliers were led by Nikki Lieb’s six draw controls while Andrea Pfeiffer backstopped a defense that allowed only fourteen shots, with Pfeiffer making seven saves and teammate Ginger Miles making two saves. Julie Hauser led all players with four ground balls, while Amy Appelt led the Cavaliers offensively with seven points on three goals and four assists. Appelt’s first point, the opening goal of the game, was the 100th point this season and she finished the day with 106 points, the second-highest total in school history and the 13th highest single-season total in Division I history. Her 78 goals this season rank as the 12th highest single-season total in Division I history.
Virginia scored 75 seconds into the game as Lieb won the opening draw and got the ball to Appelt, who rolled the crease. Molly Urlock caused a turnover and picked up the loose ball at the top of the fan, and in the transition, Morgan Thalenberg ran to the cage from the restraining line and scored, putting Virginia up 2-0. The Mount won the ensuing draw and worked the ball behind the cage, but Pfeiffer picked off the dump into the arc and at the other end of the field, Kim Connors scored with a cut through the arc. Tyler Leachman won the draw control and got the ball to Thalenberg, who was on the left side of the cage. Thalenberg threaded a pass into Caitlin Banks, who scored a minute after Connors. Courtney Young won the next draw, and the Cavaliers drew a three-second violation on the Mount, and Ashleigh Haas converted the 8-meter shot. Again Mount won the draw, but Pfeiffer made the save to preserve the shutout and threw a long outlet pass to Haas, who in turn worked the ball up to Kate Breslin, who drove to the cage and scored, putting the Cavaliers up 6-0 11:35 into the game and forcing the Mountaineers to take a timeout.
The Mount scored the next goal of the game as Casey Paris went to the cage at the 14:49 mark to breakup the shutout. Ten minutes later, the Mount made another offensive charge, but Elizabeth Pinney broke it up and picked up an errant pass at the top of the fan and tried to start the transition. She was fouled as she started, and on the reset fed Banks a couple yards ahead. Banks then through a long lead outlet pass to Leachman, who raced in with no one in front of her from the restraining line and scored with four minutes to play in the half. The Virginia defense again started the next goal as Pfeiffer made a save and threw a long clear to midfield, where the Cavaliers took the ball behind and Appelt took a feed on the left side behind the cage, rolled the crease and scored 70 seconds before the break to give Virginia an 8-1 lead going into halftime.
Lieb again won the opening draw of the half, and Virginia took the ball right down into the offensive zone where Appelt dumped the ball into Hauser, who flipped the shot into the cage with her back to the goal, scoring 54 seconds into the half. A Connors caused turnover and ground ball at the top of the fan led to a Virginia offensive set in which Banks fed the ball to a cutting Leachman, who scored at 36:14 to give Virginia a 10-1 lead. The Mount’s Lauren Reymann won the draw, and Kirby Day scored 26 seconds later after Leachman to put them on the board in the second half.
The Cavaliers responded with a draw control by Haas, and Virginia got the ball behind the cage to Appelt, who dumped it in to Leachman, who scored 21 seconds after Day to give her her second consecutive goal to push the margin back to nine at 11-2. A Hauser ground ball at midfield started the next scoring sequence, that was completed as Haas converted an 8-meter shot. Leachman won the ensuing draw and flipped the ball to Appelt, who led Connors into the eight with a pass, and Connors made the tough catch and scored just 23 seconds after Haas’ goal.
Hauser again started a scoring sequence, picking up a loose ball in the eight and Virginia cleared the ball upfield where Breslin drove to the cage and scored her second goal of the game. Appelt scored the next goal for the Cavaliers by rolling the crease and stepping past her defender. Lieb won the next draw and Virginia worked the ball to Banks who scored three minutes later. Appelt notched her fourth assist of the game by feeding Megan Havrilla in the arc, putting the Cavaliers up 17-2 with seven minutes to play.
Miles, who came into the game in relief of Pfeiffer, made a save after the Mount caused a turnover in their defensive third and took the ball upfield where a shot from the center hash was saved by Miles. At the other end of the field, Kaitlin Swagart scored on a drive to the cage.
Erin Nagle won the ensuing draw control and Virginia worked the ball upfield where Havrilla drew a foul as she attacked the cage, and she converted the eight-meter shot thirty seconds after Swagart’s goal to close out the scoring at 19-2.
The Cavaliers advance to play Northwestern, who defeated Notre Dame 10-8 today in Evanston. The game will take place on Sunday, May 16 at 3:00 pm.
Linescore 1 2 F recordsMount St. Mary's 1 1 2 (15-5)Virginia 8 11 19 (16-3)
Scoring summary: 1:15 V Appelt 1-0 2:49 V Thalenberg 2-0 4:42 V Connors 3-0 5:45 V Banks (Thalenberg) 4-0 7:22 V Haas (FP) 5-0 11:35 V Breslin 6-0 14:49 M Paris 6-1 25:59 V Leachman (Banks) 7-1 28:50 V Appelt 8-1 30:54 V Hauser (Appelt) 9-1 36:14 V Leachman (Banks) 10-1 36:40 M Day 10-2 37:01 V Leachman (Appelt) 11-2 39:59 V Haas ( FP) 12-2 40:25 V Connors (Appelt) 13-2 45:24 V Breslin 14-2 48:11 V Appelt 15-2 50:58 V Banks 16-2 53:46 V Havrilla (Appelt) 17-2 56:00 V Swagart (FP) 18-2 56:30 V Havrilla (FP) 19-2
Goals: V:Appelt 3, Leachman 3, Connors 2, Havrilla 2, Breslin 2, Banks 2,Haas 2,Hauser,Swagart, Thalenberg M: Paris, Day
Assists: V: Appelt 4, Banks 2, Thalenberg M: –
Goalies: V: Pfeiffer (53 mins, 7 saves, 2 GA); Miles (7 mins, 2 saves, 0 GA) M: Naomi Campano (60 mins, 13 saves, 19 GA)
Draws: V 15, M 8Shots: V 36, M 14Ground balls: V 19, M 17Caused turnovers: V 8, M 7Turnovers: V 15, M 19Fouls: V 19, M 188-meter placements: V 8, M 68-meter shots: V 8, M 6Clearing: V 10-015, M 12-14