Cavaliers Draw Up Victory over Maryland 15-8
March 8, 2005
The top-ranked University of Virginia women’s lacrosse team (2-0) used a five-goal run in a span of 5:14 to break open a 1-1 game and defeat the #6 Maryland Terrapins 15-8 on Tuesday, March 8 at University Hall Turf Field. The Cavaliers were led by Nikki Lieb, who had six draw controls in the game, including three consecutive in that crucial five-goal run as well as one of the goals. Kim Connors had a pair of draw controls in the run and added three caused turnovers and four ground balls in the game while keeper Ginger Miles had eight saves for the contest. At the other end of the field, Amy Appelt led Virginia in scoring for a second consecutive game with five goals and three assists, while Tyler Leachman also had five goals in the game. Maryland (2-2) was led offensively by Jessica Dorney’s three goals and one assist. The Cavaliers won the battle of draw controls 16-9 and for the second consecutive game the defense gave up less than three 8-meter free positions, surrendering only two to the Terps.
After the Terps won the opening draw of the game, the teams battled back and forth with both keepers making key saves to keep the game scoreless. With ten minutes gone in the game, Molly Urlock picked up an overthrow and started a transition that saw Cary Chasney get fouled on a drive to the cage. Chasney converted the free position shot at 11:07 to give Virginia the lead. The Terps won the ensuing draw and Dorney finished a Brooke Richards pass to tie the game up 1:18 after Chasney’s goal.
The Hoos then erupted, starting when Urlock again picked up an errant pass and Virginia brought the ball to the other end of the field where Appelt dumped the ball on an opposite post pass to Leachman, who scored at 17:15 to give the Cavaliers the lead for good. Leachman won the ensuing draw and brought the ball to the offensive zone, but Appelt lost the ball-briefly. She tackled back, stole the ball and took it in for the first of her five goals. Lieb then won the first of three consecutive draw controls and Virginia brought the ball back upfield where Appelt dumped the ball up to Leachman at the top of the fan, where she drew a shooting space violation. Leachman converted the 8-meter, giving UVa a 4-1 lead at 19:29. On Maryland’s next possession, Miles made one of her eight saves and Julie Hauser scooped up the ground ball. A transition pass was overthrown, but Leachman was there to gain possession of the ball right in front of the Virginia bench. On the restart, she fed a streaking Lieb at the restraining line, and Lieb raced in for the goal. Lieb also won the next draw and fed Chasney, who raced in and scored ten seconds after Lieb, putting the Cavaliers up 6-1 at 22:29. An Acacia Walker goal at 23:00 stopped the run.
Walker’s US teammate Appelt then took matters into her own hands. After Hauser caused a turnover and scooped up the ground ball, Virginia brought the ball upfield where Chasney fed Appelt, who scored at 26:13. Chasney was awarded the draw after a Maryland foul, and Appelt rolled the crease and scored 1:21 after her second goal to notch her seventh consecutive hat trick. The teams went into the break with Virginia up 8-2.
Appelt notched her third consecutive and fourth goal overall 1:23 into the second half after Urlock caused a turnover on the goal line and Connors scooped up the ground ball. At the other end of the field, Appelt challenged from the top and scored, putting Virginia up 9-2. A Lieb caused turnover and Ashley Dodson ground ball gave possession to the Cavaliers, who brought the ball upfield where Ashleigh Haas hit a streaking Leachman, who took from the top and scored, notching her second consecutive hat trick and recording her 100th career point in the process. Dorney’s second goal stopped the run, but Leachman again had the answer thanks to another Urlock caused turnover and ground ball. Virginia brought the ball upfield where Appelt again found Leachman in the arc, and Leachman scored. Again Lieb won the draw control, but Maryland gained possession briefly before throwing it away, and Jess Wasilewski outraced her mark for the ground ball. With Virginia possession, Appelt fed Chasney who scored at 37:20.
Lieb again won the draw, and at the Virginia offensive end, Chasney returned the favor as she fed a weaving Appelt, who flipped the ball backhanded into the cage to give the Cavaliers a 13-3 lead at the 42:27 mark of the game. Maryland rallied with three goals in a span of 2:29 as Dorney had an assist and a goal in the run, but Virginia answered to seal the game.
On an attempted clear, Leachman stole the ball away in the fan and scored her fifth goal of the game at 54:33. Chasney won the draw and flipped the ball to Courtney Young, who raced in from the restraining line and scored 15 seconds later to move the margin back to 15-6. Maryland’s Lauren Cohen scored on the only 8-meter free position shot the Cavaliers have surrendered all year long at 56:52, and Delia Cox closed out the scoring with a goal at 58:37.
The vaunted Virginia defense surrendered only two 8-meter free positions in the game, including one on the outside hash. Miles has allowed only 15 goals in two games, while the Cavaliers have scored 30 in that span thanks to two consecutive eight-point games from Appelt. Appelt’s eight points move her past Garden City High teammate Erin Elbe into the #17 spot all-time in Division I history with 294 points. Leachman’s second consecutive five-goal game gives her 10 on the season and 84 in her career.
Virginia returns to action with a game against the American Lacrosse Conference’s Penn State on Friday, March 11. Game time versus the #10 Nittany Lions is 7:00 at Klockner Stadium.
Linescore 1 2 F RecordsMaryland 2 6 8 (2-2, 0-2 ACC)Virginia 8 7 15 (2-0, 1-0 ACC)
Scoring summary:11:07 VA Chasney 8m 1-012:25 MD Dorney Richards 1-117:15 VA Leachman Appelt 2-118:53 VA Appelt — 3-119:29 VA Leachman 8m 4-122:19 VA Lieb — 5-122:29 VA Chasney — 6-123:00 MD Walker Collins 6-226:13 VA Appelt Chasney 7-227:34 VA Appelt — 8-231:23 VA Appelt — 9-232:47 VA Leachman Haas 10-234:14 MD Dorney Walker 10-336:46 VA Leachman Appelt 11-337:20 VA Chasney Appelt 12-342:27 VA Appelt Chasney 13-348:38 MD Cohen Dorney 13-450:10 MD Dorney Collins 13-551:07 MD Kasper — 13-654:33 VA Leachman — 14-654:48 VA Young — 15-656:52 MD Cohen 8m 15-758:37 MD Cox — 15-8
Points: VA: Appelt 5-3=8, Leachman 5-0=5, Chasney 3-2=5, Young 1-0=1, Lieb 1-0=1, Haas 0-1=1 MD: Dorney 3-1=4, Cohen 2-0=2, Walker 1-1=2, Collins 0-2=2, Cox 1-0=1, Kasper 1-0=1, Richards 0-1=1
Keepers: VA: Miles (58.5 mins, 8 saves, 8 GA); Kendall McBrearty (1.5 mins, 0 sv, 0 GA) MD: Kirah Miles (56.5 mins, 11 svs, 15 GA); Allie Buote (3.5 mins, 1 sv, 0 GA)
Shots: VA 34, MD 20Draws: VA 16, MD 9Groundballs: VA 29, MD 20Caused turnovers: VA 15, MD 6Turnovers: VA 15, MD 19Clearing: VA 14-16, MD 12-15Fouls: VA 14, MD 168-meter free positions; VA 7, MD 28-meter free position shots: VA 5, MD 1