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March 7, 2006

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Virginia won 15 of the first 20 draws en route to a 14-9 upset of #4 Maryland tonight in College Park as Kim Connors led all players with four, and Jessy Morgan had a game-high and career-high seven ground balls to lead the Hoos defensively. Morgan also added four caused turnovers as the Cavaliers stifled the Maryland attack, with Ginger Miles making seven saves to help Virginia notch the upset. First-years Blair Weymouth (five goals, one assist) and Whitaker Hagerman (four goals) led the Virginia offensive charge, with Megan O’Malley also notching a hat trick while All-American Nikki Lieb added three assists in the win.

The Cavaliers got on the board first as Meredith Lazarus picked up an overthrown Maryland pass and started a clear to give the Hoos possession. Hagerman was fouled on a take from the top, and she converted the 8-meter shot to put Virginia up 1-0 at 3:14. Hagerman scored again a minute-and-a-half later as the Cavaliers re-defended on a Maryland clear and Lieb came out of a scrum with the ball and passed it to Hagerman, who scored at 4:57 to put the Cavaliers up 2-0. Maryland answered with a long take from Delia Cox to cut the deficit to 2-1, and then Casey Magor took a pass from Krista Pellizzi at 10:25 to tie the game at 2-2.

Following a TV time out, the Cavaliers took the lead again as Lazarus won the ensuing draw and got the ball to Weymouth, who drove in from the restraining line to score 12 seconds after Maryland to give UVa a 3-2 lead. The teams battled back and forth for the next 14 minutes with Virginia getting off six shots, but Maryland’s Allie Buote made four of her nine saves in that span to keep the Terps close. Maryland finally broke through on an 8-meter goal by Cox at 24:18 to tie the game at 3-3.

Again Virginia responded off the draw as Jen Holden won the draw, passed the ball to Jess Wasilewski, who in turn led O’Malley with a pass. O’Malley took the ball in alone for a goal just 22 seconds after the Maryland goal to put Virginia ahead again at 4-3. The Terps responded with a take from Kelly Kasper along the goal line, tying the game at 4-4 at 25:13.

Morgan started the next scoring sequence as she caused a turnover and picked up the loose ball along the goal line and started a clear that was finished as Weymouth fed a wide-open Wasilewski, who scored at 28:14 to give UVa a one-goal lead. Maryland answered with Pellizzi feeding Brooke Richards, who scored 18 seconds after Wasilewski to tie the game again at 5-5.

Lazarus again came up with a key draw control and sent the ball back to Miles, who cleared the ball out to Weymouth, who in turn fed O’Malley who again raced in from the restraining line to score her second goal of the game, giving UVa a 6-5 lead 26 seconds after the Terps tied it up. Weymouth won the ensuing draw control and the Cavaliers settled their offense briefly before she took from the top and scored, giving the Hoos another two-goal lead with 23 seconds to go in the half. Jen Holden won the draw and the Cavaliers ran out the clock, leading 7-5 at the break.

After Maryland won the draw to open the second half, they lost the ball in the arc and Miles scooped up the loose ball. At the other end of the field, Virginia drew a 3-seconds call and Weymouth converted the 8-meter shot for a three-goal lead at 31:47. Maryland gained possession and again attacked the cage, but Lieb caused a turnover and Miles picked up the ground ball, starting a fast break that saw Lazarus hit a wide-open Hagerman, who notched her hat trick at 33:22 to put UVa up 9-5.

Morgan drew a charge on Maryland’s next possession and the Cavaliers tried to clear the ball long, but it was tipped to the turf. Leachman scooped up the loose ball in the fan and took it to the cage and scored at 43:08, doubling the Terps’ score at 10-5, forcing Maryland to call a timeout. Out of the timeout Pellizzi scored for the Terps to pull them within four at 10-6.

Again Morgan picked up a loose ball after the Terps dropped it in the arc, and Virginia cleared the ball quickly where Lieb fed Weymouth, who scored at 47:48 to give the Cavaliers a five-goal lead at 11-6. Richards answered for Maryland with a crease roll at 52:03, but Connors won one of her four draw controls to give Virginia possession, and O’Malley notched her hat trick on a drive to put the Cavaliers back on top by five at 12-7. Pellizzi again scored to keep the Terps within four at 53:37.

Miles made a huge save to thwart a Maryland comeback and at the other end of the field Lieb again connected with Weymouth to score Virginia’s 13th goal on the fast break. Cox scored again on an 8-meter shot to pull the Terps within four, but Morgan caused a turnover in the arc and Lazarus scooped up the ground ball to stop the Terps, and at the other end of the field Wasilewski drew her defender and Hagerman calmly slotted the ball in the net for her fourth goal of the game, giving the Cavaliers a 14-9 lead.

With her performance tonight, Nikki Lieb moved up to #9 all-time in caused turnovers, passing Elizabeth Pinney with 68, and #9 in draw controls, passing All-American Gina Sambus with 102. The Cavaliers return to top-10 action as they face the #7 Nittany Lions on Friday, March 10 in State College.

Linescore	1	2	F	recordsVirginia	7	7	14	(4-1)Maryland	5	4	9	(3-3)

Scoring summary:3:14 V Hagerman 8m 1-04:57 V Hagerman Lieb 2-05:54 M Cox — 2-110:25 M Magor Pellizzi 2-210:37 V Weymouth — 3-224:18 M Cox 8m 3-324:40 V O’Malley Wasilewski 4-325:13 M Kasper — 4-428:14 V Wasilewski Weymouth 5-428:32 M Richards Pellizzi 5-528:58 V O’Malley — 6-529:37 V Weymouth — 7-531:47 V Weymouth 8m 8-533:22 V Hagerman Lazarus 9-543:08 V Leachman — 10-544:43 M Pellizzi — 10-647:48 V Weymouth Lieb 11-652:03 M Richards — 11-752:58 V O’Malley — 12-753:37 M Pellizzi — 12-854:32 V Weymouth Lieb 13-855:20 M Cox 8m 13-957:43 V Hagerman Wasilewski 14-9

Scoring: V: Weymouth 5-1-6; Hagerman 4-0-4; O’Malley 3-0-3; Lieb 0-3-3; Wasilewski 1-2-3; Leachman 1-0-1; Lazarus 0-1-1 M: Pellizzi 2-2-4; Cox 3-0-3; Richards 2-0-2; Kasper 1-0-1; Magor 1-0-1

Keepers: V: Miles (60 mins, 7 saves, 9 GA); MD: Buote (60 mins, 8 saves, 14 GA)

Shots: VA 31, MD 24Draws: VA 15, MD 10Ground balls: VA 25, MD 23Turnovers: VA 17, MD 21Caused turnovers: VA 10, MD 7Clearing: VA 18-20, MD 18-22Fouls: VA 13, MD8-meter attempts: VA 3, MD 78-meter shots: VA 2, MD 7

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