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April 29, 2005

Box Score

Virginia’s Cary Chasney won the first two draws of the game and three of the first five as the #7 Cavaliers opened up a 3-0 lead on #8 Maryland (10-6) and held on for a 15-11 victory in the semifinals of the ACC lacrosse tournament. Chasney ended the game with four draw controls and five goals to lead the Cavaliers (13-3), while Meredith Lazarus had five draw controls and Ashley Dodson had six ground balls. Ginger Miles had 14 saves on the day and Amy Appelt, Kate Breslin and Nikki Lieb each had a hat trick and an assist while Tyler Leachman had three assists as Virginia advanced to play Duke in the ACC finals.

The first goal for the Cavaliers came after Elizabeth Pinney picked up a loose ball in the arc and Virginia brought the ball upfield where Chasney drew a shooting space foul. She scored at 1:38 to give the Hoos the early lead. On Maryland’s next possession Miles made a save and at the other end Virginia settled their attack before Breslin cut across the arc and buried a bounce shot to put Virginia up 2-0 at 5:23. Lieb won the ensuing draw and the Hoos took the ball upfield quickly where Leachman dumped the ball into Lazarus, who scored 1:13 after Breslin to put UVa up 3-0. Maryland scored off a feed from Acacia Walker to get to 3-1, but Virginia answered right back as Chasney won the ensuing draw and took the ball up a couple steps before leading Breslin with a pass, who scored 11 seconds after Doolitte to push the margin back to three at 7:13. The Terps then notched a pair of goals 16 seconds apart to pull within one at 4-3.

Again it was a crucial draw control that helped Virginia expand the lead. Lazarus won her first of the day and got the ball to Kim Connors, who brought it upfield before hitting Lieb who was alone in the arc. Lieb buried the pass just 22 seconds after Annie Collins’ crease roll to push the margin back to two at 5-3. Thirty-one seconds later Jess Dorney converted a pass from Brooke Richards to pull within one again at 5-4 with 20:01 to play in the half.

From there, the vaunted Virginia defense took over and did not allow the Terps another goal in the half. Lazarus and Lieb double-teamed the ball as it came into the fan and stole it away, and on the enusing fast break Lazarus found Chasney alone on the goal circle. Chasney’s goal at 11:24 gave the Cavaliers a 6-4 lead. Again Maryland gained possession but an errant throw from behind the cage came out to the restraining line where it was picked up by Appelt. Virginia brought the ball upfield where the Cavaliers settled their offense and Appelt scored on one of her patented crease rolls, giving the Cavaliers a 7-4 lead at 14:25.

Again the defense came through for the Hoos as Dodson caused a turnover in the arc and Miles scooped up the ground ball. She threw a 40-yard clear to Connors, who took the ball into the Virginia offensive zone where Appelt threw a high opposite post feed to Chasney, who leapt up and quick-sticked the ball into the cage at 23:47, giving Virginia an 8-4 lead that they took into the break.

The Terps made a run to start the second half as Kelly Kasper scored followed by Delia Cox just 21 seconds later to pull back within two at 32:42. Maryland threatened to cut the deficit to one minutes later but a crease violation gave the ball to Miles, who started a clear that allowed Virginia to settle their attack at the other end. Leachman drove to the arc and drew a double team, but she passed out to Chasney, who scored at 39:48 to push the margin back to three. Connors won the ensuing draw and the Cavaliers settled their attack before Leachman notched her third assists of the game as she fed the ball across the arc to Lieb, who scored at 41:09 to give the Cavaliers a 10-6 lead. Another Doolittle goal pulled the Terps to within three, but a Maryland shot on a breakaway minutes later sailed over the cage and Miles sprinted behind to pick up the loose ball. Again the Cavaliers brought the ball upfield where they settled their attack before Breslin dodged around three Terps to bounce a shot into the net for an 11-7 lead at 44:00. Maryland’s Krista Pellizzi scored two minutes later to pull back within three at 11-8.

Dodson thwarted the Terp attempt to cut the deficit to two as she intercepted a pass in the arc and at the other end of the field Appelt took a feed from Lieb in the arc and buried the shot at 48:19 to put the Cavaliers up 12-8. Less than a minute later Maryland put the ball in the back of the net, but it was not ruled a goal as the Terps had 13 players on the field, one too many, giving the Cavaliers possession in the goal circle. The Terps were able to pull to 12-9 as Kasper scored at 54:02.

Lazarus again won a crucial draw control and got the ball upfield quickly to Chasney, whose shot from just outside the goal circle was saved by Miles, but it popped back out into the arc where Chasney, using her hockey skills, sent the ball back into the net seconds later to give the Cavaliers a 13-9 lead just 30 seconds after Kasper’s goal. The Terps then notched a pair of goals, one each from Cox and Pellizzi, to pull within two at 13-11 with 3:48 to play in regulation.

Dodson won the next draw control and Virginia settled their attack for just a second before Lazarus saw a wide-open Lieb in the arc. Lieb buried the bounce shot to give the Hoos a 14-11 margin with 3:12 to go in regulation. Connors won the ensuing draw and Virginia had a textbook 2v1 to goal with Breslin and Appelt, with Breslin feeding Appelt on the crease, giving the Hoos a 15-11 lead with 2:59 to play. The Terps won the ensuing draw but were not able to convert, sending the Hoos to the ACC final.

Linescore	1	2	F	recordsMaryland	4	7	11	(10-6)Virginia	8	7	15	(13-3)

Scoring summary:1:38 V Chasney 8m 1-05:23 V Breslin — 2-06:36 V Lazarus Leachman 3-07:02 M Doolittle Walker 3-17:13 V Breslin Chasney 4-18:50 M Kasper Richards 4-29:06 M Collins — 4-39:28 V Lieb Connors 5-39:59 M Dorney Richards 5-411:24 V Chasney Lazarus 6-414:25 V Appelt — 7-423:47 V Chasney Appelt 8-432:21 M Kasper — 8-532:42 M Cox — 8-639:48 V Chasney Leachman 9-641:09 V Lieb Leachman 10-642:34 M Doolittle Dorney 10-744:00 V Breslin — 11-745:52 M Pellizzi Magor 11-848:19 V Appelt Lieb 12-854:02 M Kasper — 12-944:32 V Chasney — 13-955:03 M Cox — 13-1056:12 M Pellizzi Kasper 13-1156:48 V Lieb Lazarus 14-1157:01 V Appelt Breslin 15-11

Goals: V: Chasney 5, Appelt 3, Breslin 3, Lieb 3, Lazarus 1 M: Kasper 3, Doolittle 2, Cox 2, Pellizzi 2, Collins 1, Dorney 1

Assists: V: Leachman 3, Lazarus 2, Chasney, Connors, Appelt, Breslin, Lieb M: Richards 2, Kasper, Dorney, Walker, Magor

Goalies: V: Miles (60 mins, 14 saves, 11 GA) M: Miles (60 mins, 9 saves, 15 GA)

Draws: VA 16, MD 12Shots: VA 32, MD 32Ground balls: VA 27, MD 25Turnovers: VA 23, MD 14Caused turnovers: VA 8, MD 9Fouls: VA 7, MD 198-meter attempts: VA 7, MD 28-meter shots: VA 6, MD 2Clearing: VA 13-21, MD 13-16

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