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March 1, 2006

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The Virginia women’s lacrosse team out-drew Richmond 9-8 and allowed only one 8-meter attempt, but the Cavaliers still fell to the Spiders 8-7 today (Mar. 1) in Richmond. Claire Bordley led all players with three draw controls and Blair Weymouth and Jess Wasilewski tied for the game-high with four ground balls each, while Tyler Leachman notched her second hat trick of the season with a game-high four goals, but Richmond’s Jackie Swansburg made 10 saves to help the Spiders collect the upset.

Richmond jumped on the board first as Caroline McGuire drove to the cage and scored at 2:43 to give UR a 1-0 lead. Richmond won the ensuing draw but Jessy Morgan caused a turnover near the goal circle and Ginger Miles scooped up the loose ball to give the Cavaliers possession. She outletted the ball to Jen Holden, who in turn passed it up to Weymouth, who in turn fed Leachman who drove from the top of the arc to tie the game at 5:39. Richmond answered right back as Mandy Friend scored at 9:11 to put the Spiders up by one again at 2-1. Richmond took a two-goal lead at 24:08 after Sara Allen was fouled on a fast break and given an 8-meter center hash. On the restart, Allen fed McGuire who was alone on the goal circle and McGuire converted, putting the Spiders up 3-1.

Richmond controlled the next draw but lost the ball in the arc and Wasilewski picked up the loose ball, starting a Virginia clear. At the other end of the field Weymouth fed Leachman as she cut through the arc, and Leachman converted the pass for her second goal of the game, pulling the Cavaliers within one. Richmond won the ensuing draw and the Cavaliers were not able to even the score, giving the Spiders a 3-2 lead at halftime.The Cavaliers won the opening draw of the second half and the teams traded possession, thanks to Morgan’s caused turnover and ground ball near the restraining line. At the other end of the field Weymouth rolled the crease and scored at 32:57 to tie the game at 3-3. Richmond took the lead again as McGuire converted a pass from Allison Nuzzi at 34:17 to give UR a 4-3 lead.

Bordley won the next draw and Virginia settled the attack before Leachman rolled the crease at 35:13 to tie the game at 4-4. The Cavaliers went ahead as Richmond turned the ball over on a boundary violation behind the Virginia goal and Julie Hauser was awarded possession. Hauser fed Wasilewski, who in turn gave the ball to Weymouth at the midfield stripe. Weymouth ran the ball in from there to score at 37:06 to give Virginia their first lead of the game at 5-4. The Spiders tied up the game two minutes later as Mandy Friend scored her second goal of the game on a crease roll at 39:03.

Virginia went ahead for a second time after Miles made a save on a crease roll and started a clear. The Cavaliers settled their attack and Leachman took the ball through traffic to the cage for a goal at 42:50 to put Virginia up 6-5. Ashley Friend then scored three consecutive goals, including the first two in 69 seconds to give the Spiders a lead of 7-6 with 10:46 to play in the contest. Richmond earned possession and attempted to take time off the clock, and with 5:29 to play Friend took the ball in from the top of the fan and scored, putting the Spiders back on top by two at 8-6.

Leachman won the ensuing draw but Richmond pressure slowed up the attack before Kate Breslin was able to find an open Nikki Lieb, who converted the pass with a one-timer that brought the Cavaliers within one at 8-7 with 3:21 to play. Mandy Friend won the next draw for the Spiders but the Cavaliers were able to get possession on a Morgan caused turnover. A Cavalier shot was saved and a second shot hit the pipe, and the Spiders gained control of the ball and were able to run out the clock to notch the upset.

Leachman’s four goals give her 186 career points and move her into the No. 6 spot all-time in Virginia history, passing Cavalier All-American Jamie Haas, who had 184 from 1997-2001.

Virginia returns to action on Saturday, March 4 with a game against the Orange of Syracuse. Game time against the Orange is 12:00 noon and is the first game in a double-header with the men’s team at Klocker Stadium.

Linescore	1	2	F	recordsVirginia 	2	5	7	(2-1)Richmond 	3	5	8	(1-1)

Scoring summary:2:43 R McGuire — 0-15:39 V Leachman — 1-19:11 R M. Friend —- 1-224:08 R McGuire Allen 1-326:40 V Leachman Weymouth 2-332:57 V Weymouth — 3-334:17 R McGuire Nuzzi 3-435:13 V Leachman — 4-437:06 V Weymouth — 5-439:03 R M. Friend — 5-542:50 V Leachman — 6-548:05 R A. Friend — 6-649:14 R A. Friend — 6-754:31 R A. Friend — 6-856:39 V Lieb Breslin 7-8

Scoring: V: Leachman 4-0-4; Weymouth 2-1-3; Lieb 1-0-1; Breslin 0-1-1 R: McGuire 3-0-3; A. Friend 3-0-3; M. Friend 2-1-3; Nuzzi 0-1-1; Allen 0-1-1

Goalies: V: Miles (56 mins, 3 saves, 8 GA), Kendall McBrearty (4 mins, 0 saves, 0 GA) R: Jackie Swansburg (60 mins, 10 saves, 7 GA)

Shots: VA 24, UR 13Draws: VA 9, UR 8Ground balls: VA 23, UR 18Turnovers: VA 16, UR 17Caused turnovers: VA 9, UR 98-meter attempts: VA 4, UR 18-meter shots: VA 4, UR 0Clearing: VA 11-14; UR 12-18

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