Cavaliers Defeat George Mason 12-7
April 13, 2005
The University of Virginia women’s lacrosse team celebrated Thomas Jefferson’s birthday with a 12-7 win over George Mason (4-8) tonight in Fairfax, Va. Tyler Leachman had six draw controls to lead the Cavaliers and added a hat trick and two assists, while Cary Chasney also had three goals and Amy Appelt had two goals and an assist. Courtney Young caused three turnovers to lead Virginia (10-2) and Elizabeth Pinney and Molly Urlock both had four ground balls while Ginger Miles made 13 saves, including three in the opening 16 minutes to keep the Patriots off the board.
The Cavaliers won the opening draw and set their offense, in which Appelt rolled the crease and sent it home 4:27 into the contest. Mason won the next draw but an errant pass was picked up by the Cavaliers and Kim Connors and Meredith Lazarus worked the ball upfield before Lazarus sent the ball into Chasney in the arc. Chasney’s first shot was saved, but she picked up the ground ball and stuck it back in the cage for Virginia’s second goal, which came at 6:10. Connors won the ensuing draw and she got the ball to Leachman, who in turn dumped it back into a streaking Connors for the goal at 7:02, giving the Cavaliers a 3-0 lead. A Mason draw was taken away by Connors in the midfield, and Virginia advanced the ball back upfield where Leachman drew a foul on the way to the cage. She converted the eight-meter free position at 8:33, giving UVa a 4-0 lead. Another Connors draw gave Virginia possession, but Dentler made a save and the Patriots attempted a clear. Courtney Young batted down a pass and picked up the loose ball inside the Virginia offensive fan and Virginia set their offense. Chasney caught a pass in the arc and attempted to turn but was fouled at the center hash. She converted the 8-meter shot at 12:29, giving the Cavaliers a 5-0 lead.
Leachman won the next draw cleanly and took it right to the cage, drawing a defender before dishing it off to Kate Breslin, who caught the pass and finished it, giving the Hoos a goal just nine seconds after their last one. Young won the next draw control and the Cavaliers settled their attack before Appelt drove in from the left and bounced a shot past Meg Dentler for Virginia’s seventh goal of the game at 14:02, giving the Hoos a 7-0 lead. From there the Patriots scored three goals in a span of 5:22, with the final two coming off the stick of Brandi Evans, who scored twice in the span of 32 seconds to cut the deficit to 7-3 at 21:43. The Patriots scored again seven minutes later as Sarah Bryant drew a shooting space foul and scored at 28:35 to bring Mason within three at 7-4.
Virginia answered as Leachman won the draw and fed Pinney, who in turn passed it to Appelt, who sent it right to Chasney, who scored at 28:57, just 22 seconds after Mason, to push the margin back to four at 8-4, the score the teams took to the break.
Virginia got on the board first in the second half as Miles made one of her 13 saves and Ashley Dodson corralled the ground ball. In the clear, Connors was fouled as she took it to the cage and was given a shot at the top of the fan. Connors took it straight to the cage where she scored her second of the night at 33:49. A Mason draw control gave them possession in their offensive zone, but an errant pass trickled out to the restraining line where Chasney picked up the ball and started a clear. At the other end of the field, Nikki Lieb took the ball to the cage, scoring at 37:04 to give Virginia a 10-4 lead with 22:56 to play. Mason answered as Jeannine Ohler was fouled on the way to the net and converted the 8-meter shot. The Patriots pulled back within four as Laura King took a pass from Melissa Venturi three minutes later, scoring at 38:52. Mason kept attacking and got within three yet again as Christina Frank converted an 8-meter shot at 42:38, making the score 10-7 in favor of the Cavaliers.
Virginia answered again behind Leachman, who won the draw and took it right to the cage, scoring just nine seconds after Mason to push the margin back to four. Two minutes later the Patriots dropped the ball in their offensive arc and Miles picked up the loose ball, starting a clear. In the Virginia offensive zone, Leachman drew a shooting space foul that she converted at 45:15 to give the Cavaliers a 12-7 lead. The Virginia defense held strong as Miles made three more saves in the game and did not allow the Patriots back on the board for the 12-7 win.
Appelt’s three points tonight give her 333 in her career, and she now ranks one point shy of fifth all-time in Division I history in scoring. Her 230 career goals rank tenth all-time, and her 103 assists makes her 17th.
The Cavaliers return home to face ACC-rival Virginia Tech on Friday, April 15. The opening draw against the Hokies will take place at 7:00.
Linescore 1 2 F recordsVirginia 8 4 12 (10-2)Geo Mason 4 3 7 (4-8)
Scoring summary4:37 VA Appelt — 1-06:10 VA Chasney — 2-07:02 VA Connors Leachman 3-09:33 VA Leachman 8m 4-012:29 VA Chasney 8m 5-012:38 VA Breslin Leachman 6-014:02 VA Appelt — 7-016:21 GM King — 7-121:11 GM Evans — 7-221:43 GM Evans Velesz 7-328:35 GM Bryant 8m 7-428:57 VA Chasney Appelt 8-433:49 VA Connors — 9-437:04 VA Lieb — 10-435:53 GM Ohler 8m 10-538:52 GM King Venturi 10-642:38 GM Frank 8m 10-742:43 VA Leachman — 11-745:15 VA Leachman 8m 12-7
Goals: VA: Leachman 3, Chasney 3, Appelt 2, Connors 2, Breslin, Lieb GM: King 2, Bryant 2, Evans 2, Ohler, FrankAssists: VA Leachman 2, Appelt GM: Venturi, Velesz
Keepers: VA: Miles (60 mins, 13 saves, 7 GA) GM: Dentler (60 mins, 16 saves, 12 GA)
Draws: VA 13, GM 8Shots: VA 18, GM 24Ground balls: VA 23, GM 25Fouls: VA 13, GM 17Turnovers: VA 19, GM 18Caused turnovers: VA 7, GM 128-meter placements: VA 7, GM 68-meter shots: VA 5, GM 6Clearing: VA 13-21, GM 15-17