Cavaliers Hold Strong, Defeat Syracuse 15-7
March 5, 2005
The Cavalier defense was remarkable today (Mar. 5), not allowing Syracuse (2-1) a single 8-meter free position shot, and Ginger Miles made 10 saves in her first career start as Virginia (1-0) defeated Syracuse 15-7 today in the Carrier Dome. Cary Chasney, who won the opening draw, led the Cavaliers with three caused turnovers while Kim Connors, who scored the opening goal, had five ground balls to lead Virginia. The Cavaliers erupted for six goals in a five-minute span in the first half to break open the game, and the defense held strong for the win.
Chasney won the opening draw and advanced it upfield before dishing it off to a cutting Connors, who scored just 12 seconds into the contest. The Orange won the next draw and took the ball into their offensive zone where Miles made a save on a challenge from the top, her first of 10 on the day. After a Virginia possession, a Syracuse overthrown on the attempted clear was picked up by Chasney, who took the ball up and gave it to Appelt, who attacked from the top and scored, giving the Cavaliers a 2-0 lead. Miles made another pair of saves before SU got two goals in less than a minute to tie the game. Lieb won the ensuing draw and fed the ball to Megan Havrilla, who drove to the cage and scored from the 8, giving the Cavaliers the lead for good. Connors won the next draw and got the ball to Appelt, who drew a defender and dumped the ball into a cutting Lieb, who scored 35 seconds after Havrilla to bring the margin back to two at 4-2. Lieb again won the draw and Virginia settled their attack before Appelt challenged from the top and scored at 23:15 for a 5-2 lead. Lieb won her third draw of the game and the Cavaliers attacked but lost the ball that was picked up by Jen Kasel, the SU keeper. Virginia pressured and Cary Chasney knocked down a clearing pass, picked it up and fed Kate Breslin, who scored on an empty net to give UVa a 6-2 lead 25 seconds after Appelt’s goal. Meredith Lazarus won the next draw and Virginia settled the offense before Ashleigh Hass drove to the cage from the top and scored at 24:27. Haas won the ensuing draw but the Cavaliers lost possession of the ball in the settled attack. On the attempted clear, Chasney intercepted a pass and the Hoos pounced as Appelt fed Leachman, giving the Cavaliers an 8-2 lead at 25:11. Again the Cavaliers won the draw, their eighth consecutive, but SU gained possession and Monica Joines scored her second goal of the game to make the halftime score 8-3.
SU won the opening draw but in their settled attack, Kim Connors knocked down a pass and scooped up the ground ball. On the fast break, Appelt dumped the ball into Chasney, who scored her first goal of the game. The Orange answered two minutes later, but the Cavaliers responded as Lazarus won the draw and Appelt drew a foul in the 8-meter. Her goal at 24:40 was Virginia’s tenth of the game and gave them a 10-4 lead.
Appelt drew another foul on Virginia’s next possession, but her shot was saved and Chasney gained control behind. She alertly dumped the ball back in front where Leachman collected it and scored. A Syracuse draw control gave the Orange possession, but Connors again picked up an overthrow and at the other end of the field, Appelt dumped the ball into Leachman, who scored her third goal of the game at 37:34. Ginger Miles started the next possession with another save and Molly Urlock scooped up the ground ball just outside the goal circle. Virginia transitioned the ball upfield where Appelt fed Breslin, who scored her second goal of the game at 39:25, giving UVa a13-4 lead. The Orange then rattled off three goals in a span of 4:30 to pull within 13-7 with Caitlyn Dragon sandwiching a pair of goals around a Jill Depetris marker. Elizabeth Pinney won the ensuing draw and the Cavaliers settled their attack. Leachman drove to the cage but was fouled. She converted her 8-meter shot for a 14-7 lead with 13:36 to play. Eight minutes later, Connors blocked a pass and gained possession for the Cavaliers. Chasney dumped the ball into Leachman, who scored her fifth goal of the game, giving the Cavaliers a 15-7 victory.
Miles’ 10 saves is a career high, which comes in her first career start. The defense did not allow an 8-meter shot and the Cavaliers only committed five fouls as a team. Leachman’s five goals ties a career high, while Appelt’s five assists ties a career high and gives her 82 for her career. She now has 286 career points and has moved into the top-20 all-time in Division I scoring.
The Cavaliers continue the 2005 campaign at home against ACC-rival Maryland on Tuesday with a 7:00 game on Tuesday, March 8. The game is slated to be in Klockner Stadium but could be moved to University Hall Turf Field for weather concerns.
Linescore 1 2 F recordsVirginia 8 7 15 (1-0)Syracuse 3 4 7 (2-1)
Scoring summary:0:12 VA Connors Chasney 1-012:59 VA Appelt — 2-019:06 SU Joines — 2-119:54 SU Fortune — 2-220:09 VA Havrilla — 3-220:46 VA Lieb Appelt 4-223:15 VA Appelt — 5-223:40 VA Breslin Chasney 6-224:27 VA Haas — 7-225:11 VA Leachman Appelt 8-228:43 SU Joines — 8-331:22 VA Chasney Appelt 9-333:48 SU Fortune — 9-434:40 VA Appelt 8m 10-436:43 VA Leachman Chasney 11-437:34 VA Leachman Appelt 12-439:25 VA Breslin Appelt 13-440:17 SU Dragon — 13-540:37 SU Depetris Pike 13-644:43 SU Dragon Joines 13-746:24 VA Leachman 8m 14-754:03 VA Leachman Chasney 15-7
Scoring: VA: Appelt 3-5=8, Leachman 5-0=5, Chasney 1-4=5, Breslin 2-0=2, Havrilla 1-0=1, Lieb 1-0=1, Haas 1-0=1, Connors 1-0=1 SU: Joines 2-1=3, Dragon 2-0=2, Fortune 2-0=2, Depetris 1-0=1
Goalies: VA: Miles (60 mins, 10 saves, 7 GA) SU: Kasel (60 mins, 11 saves, 15 GA)
Shots: VA 32, SU 15Draw controls: VA 14, SU 10Ground balls: VA 24, SU 21Caused turnovers: VA 10, SU 3Turnovers: VA 13, SU 178-meter placements: VA 9, SU 08-meter shots: VA 7, SU 0Fouls: VA 5, SU 24Clearing: VA 14-17, SU 12-17