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Aug. 28, 2005

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The Virginia field hockey team used a three-goal explosion in the span of 4:30 in the first half to take a 3-0 lead, and the defense held Ball State scoreless for the first 52:49 of the game as the Cavaliers defeated the Cardinals 7-1 today (Sun Aug 28) in Charlottesville. The four goals by Katie Phillips is a career-high and it is the third hat trick of her career. Allison Flynn was also a part of four goals, scoring twice and assisting on two others, while Biffy Cornelison assisted three goals, all on short corners. Virginia (2-0) outshot the Cardinals 14-7 en route to the win.

In the opening minutes of the first half after a brief Ball State entry into the circle, Flynn intercepted a Ball State pass and fed the ball up to Mia Link. Link passed the ball to Sarah Miller on the wing, who in turn led it back into the middle to Margaretha Ehret. Ehret shot the ball from the top of the circle and Phillips was at the right post to tip the ball into the cage at the 6:17 mark of the game. A couple minutes later a Phillips long pass up the pitch to Lindsay O’Bannon was given back to Phillips, who, along with Flynn, attacked the circle and drew a short corner. On the play, Cornelison injected to Miller, who stopped the ball for Phillips. Phillips’ direct strike went to the short side of the keeper, putting UVa up 2-0 at 9:19.

Just over a minute later the Cavaliers again drew a corner as a through ball to O’Bannon led to a shot attempt that was foiled by a foul, giving the Hoos another short corner. On the play, Flynn sent the ball to the boards off of a scramble, giving Virginia a 3-0 lead at 10:54.

Eight minutes later the Cavaliers again attacked from the top, and Ehret threaded a pass to Miller, who was on the circle to the right of the cage. Her sweep into the circle was knocked around and hit a Cardinal foot, giving the Hoos another corner. On the play, Cornelison injected the ball to Flynn, who stopped it for Ehret, who blasted the ball into the boards for Virginia’s fourth goal of the game, coming at 19:02. The Cavaliers took the 4-0 lead into the half, allowing only two shots in the first half of play.

In the second half, Abby Taylor laid the ball up the right side of the pitch to Phillips, who in turn passed the ball to O’Bannon, who was in the circle. The Ball State sweeper was able to knock the ball away over the far sideline, giving the Hoos a sidein. Flynn sent the ball to Phillips, who was alone in the circle. Phillips hit a reverse stick chip shot to the top of the cage, giving her a hat trick on the day at the 46:23 mark of the game.

The Cavaliers were almost able to add to their lead immediately as a through ball from Taylor went to Phillips at the top left of the circle. Phillips pulled the BSU keeper out of the cage and fired a shot, but Nicole Humphries slid over and knocked the ball out of the way of the cage, preventing what would have been a sure goal. Ball State came up with possession, and eventually Tara Reed was able to possess the ball in the circle where she got off a shot, but it was saved by Katherine Blair. Reed corralled the rebound and sent it across the cage to Chantelle Isaac-Smith, who knocked the ball into the boards for the Cardinal goal, breaking a scoreless streak of 122:49.

Virginia answered as Cornelison took the ball up the right side of the pitch and sent the ball to the middle of the field to Ehret. Ehret in turn passed the ball up to Flynn, who dribbled into the circle, and fired off a shot that went to the boards, giving Virginia a five-goal lead again at 6-1 at the 60:28 mark of the game.

With time winding down in the contest, Miller brought the ball up field before laying it off to Lindsey Selfridge in the middle of the pitch. Selfridge in turn gave the ball to Sara Confer, who attacked the circle and drew a corner with under a minute to play. On the restart, Cornelison injected to a waiting Miller, who stopped the ball for Phillips. Phillips rocketed a shot to the boards for her fourth goal of the game, giving UVa a 7-1 lead at 69:25.

Phillips’ four goals marks the 13th time in school history that a player notched four goals in a game, joining Mia Link (Bucknell, 2004) as the only current Cavalier players to achieve this milestone. Assistant coach Meridith Thorpe had two four-goal games in her career. Phillips is the 12th person in school history to score four or more goals in a game. The Cavaliers and Cardinals both had seven short corners in the contest.

Virginia returns to action on Saturday, Sept. 3 as they travel to Norfolk, Va. to take on the Old Dominion Lady Monarchs. Game time is 1:00 on Foreman Field.

Linescore	1	2	F	(records)Ball State	0	1	1	(0-2)Virginia	4	3	7	(2-0)

Scoring summary:6:17 V fg Phillips Ehret 1-09:19 V pc Phillips Cornelison/Miller 2-010:54 V pc Flynn —– 3-019:02 V pc Ehret Cornelison/Flynn 4-046:23 V fg Phillips Flynn 5-052:49 B fg Isaac-Smith Reed 5-160:28 V fg Flynn —- 6-169:25 V pc Phillips Cornelison/Miller 7-1

Goals: V: Phillips 4, Flynn 2, Ehret 1 B: Isaac-Smith 1

Assists: V: Cornelison 3, Miller 2, Flynn 2, Ehret B: Reed

Keepers: VA Blair (70 mins, 4 saves, 1 GA) BS: Bannister (70 mins, 3 saves, 7 GA)

Shots: VA 14, BSU 7Short corners: VA 7, BSU 7Defensive saves: VA 0, BSU 1 (Humphries)

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