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Feb. 19, 2006

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Virginia captain Nikki Lieb controlled five draws, including the final two of the game, and also scored the game-winner after Vanderbilt (1-1) tied the game to help the Cavaliers defeat the Commodores 10-9 today (Feb 19) in Nashville. Virginia (1-0) doubled up the Commodores 14-7 in draw controls, with Lieb leading all players with five while Tyler Leachman added three. Leachman also led Virginia with a hat trick and an assist, while Blair Weymouth also had four points on two goals and two assists. Ginger Miles had six saves to lead UVa while Lieb led the team with three caused turnovers.

Virginia jumped out to the early lead as Jessy Morgan won the opening draw of the game and the Cavaliers worked the ball around to set their offense. Weymouth found herself with the ball behind the cage and fed the ball up front to Leachman, who scored at 2:39 to give Virginia a 1-0 lead. Morgan started the next goal sequence as she intercepted a Vandy pass and started a clear that allowed Virginia to set up their offense. Out of the set attack, Leachman fed a pass from behind to a cutting Weymouth, who quicksticked the ball into the net for a 2-0 lead at 7:31.

Leachman won her own draw next, and as she attacked the cage was fouled. She converted the 8-meter shot to put the Cavaliers up 3-0. Jess Wasilewski won the ensuing draw and the Hoos set up a patient offense, taking five minutes off the clock. Vanderbilt got control and attempted a clear, but as the Commodores tried to set up their offense, they were called offsides on the play and Julie Hauser got the ball above the restraining line. She started a fast break with a lead pass up to Megan O’Malley, who in turn carried it across the restraining line before hitting Leachman, who was open in the arc. Leachman buried the pass, giving the Hoos a 4-0 lead at 17:38, forcing the ‘Dores to take a timeout.

Out of the time out Leachman won the draw, but the Commodores got control and scored a fast break goal of their own as Jen Tapscott fed Kate Hickman on the crease, who scored to put Vandy on the boards at 19:09. Virginia answered as Claire Bordley caused a turnover on the restraining line and Virginia advanced the ball up to Weymouth, who drove in for a goal at 20:48 to push the margin back to four at 5-1. Vanderbilt then scored three goals in a span of 1:45 as Tapscott scored unassisted and then Cara Giordano scored a pair of goals 22 seconds apart off to pull with one at 23:55. Vanderbilt won the ensuing draw, but the Cavaliers tackled back to get possession and Virginia set their offense. On the play, Connors had the ball on the side and hit Megan Havrilla, who posted back to the middle and scored to push the margin back to two at 7-5 with 1:47 to play in the half. Bordley won the ensuing draw, but again the Commodores gained possession and on a fast break going the other way, Margie Curran scored with 19 seconds remaining in the period. The teams entered halftime with Virginia holding a 6-5 lead.

Vanderbilt won the opening draw of the second half but failed to convert as Bordley picked up an errant pass and took the ball up to Virginia’s offensive zone. Leachman was able to get off a shot that was saved, but O’Malley batted the loose ball back into the cage for a 7-5 lead at 31:47. Vanderbilt answered back as Hickman scored her second goal of the game just over five minutes later to pull the Dores within one.

Again Virginia responded as Lieb caused a turnover down by the goal circle and started a transition in which Wasilewski ran the ball in across the restraining line and found a wide-open Havrilla in the arc. Havrilla converted the pass to give the Cavaliers a two-goal margin again. And again Vanderbilt responded with a goal from Hickman, her third of the game, as she converted a feed from Amy Pugno to pull Vandy within one at 39:38.

Lieb started the next goal sequence with an interception at the restraining line and the Cavaliers set their offense up. Weymouth took the ball behind and found Wasilewski in the arc. The third-year scored her first goal of the season off the pass to put the Cavaliers up by two again. Vanderbilt then scored two consecutive goals, with the first one coming just 51 seconds after Wasilewski’s goal from Tapscott, and then at 49:42 Hickman scored her fourth goal of the game to tie it up at 9-9, the first tie since the opening whistle.

Lieb won the ensuing draw and the Cavaliers settled their offense. Lieb was able to draw a obstruction to free space call on the left side of the arc, and she scored at 52:15 to put the Cavaliers back on top. She then won the next draw, her fifth of the game, and the Hoos spread their offense to kill the remaining time.

With less than a minute to play, Virginia took a shot that was saved by Shinaberry, and in a scramble for the ball the Dores got the ball on a restart at the top of the arc. An overthrown pass was picked up by Bordley, who was able to take enough time off the clock as to prevent Vanderbilit from getting a good look at the cage, and the Cavaliers held on for the win 10-9.

Lieb’s five draw controls give her 98 for her career, while Leachman’s four points move her to 178 and she sits just three out of eighth place all-time at Virginia.

The Cavaliers return to action on Sunday, Feb. 26 as they host Temple. Game time against the Owls is 1:00.

Scoring summary2:39	UVA	Leachman	Weymouth	1-07:31	UVA	Weymouth	Leachman	2-08:43	UVA	Leachman	8m	3-017:38	UVA	Leachman	O'Malley	4-019:09	VU	Hickman	Tapscott	4-120:48	UVA	Weymouth	---	5-122:10	VU	Tapscott	---	5-223:23	VU	Giordano	Hickman	5-323:55	VU	Giordano	Curran	5-427:32	UVA	Havrilla	Connors	6-429:41	VU	Curran	---	6-531:47	UVA	O'Malley	---	7-537:19	VU	Hickman	---	7-635:18	UVA	Havrilla	Wasilewski	8-639:38	VU	Hickman	Pugno	8-746:07	UVA	Wasilewski	Weymouth	9-746:58	VU	Tapscott	---	9-849:42	VU	Hickman	Thrift	9-952:15	UVA	Lieb	8m	10-9

Scoring: UVA: Leachman 3-1-4; Weymouth 2-2-4; Havrilla 2-0-2; O’Malley 1-1-2;Wasilewski 1-1-2; Lieb 1-0-1; Connors 0-1-1

Vandy: Hickman 4-1-5; Tapscott 2-1-3; Giordano 2-0-2; Curran 1-1-2; Pugno 0-1-1; Thrift 0-1

Goalies: VA: Miles (60 mins, 6 saves, 9 GA); VU: Shinaberry (60 mins, 8 saves, 10 GA)

Shots: VA 23, VU 17Draws: VA 14, VU 7Ground balls: VA 20, VU 18Caused turnovers: VA 4, VU 6Turnovers: VA 19, VU 168-meter positions: VA 8,.VU 48-meter shots: VA 5, VU 1Clearing: VA 9-14; VU 12-14

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