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March 18, 2006

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Virginia’s Kim Connors led all players with four draw controls, and the Cavaliers outdrew the Tar Heels 12-9, but UNC nipped the Hoos on the scoreboard, winning 10-9 in a game held in Charlottesville. The Heels’ Kristen Hordy made 16 saves to lead the Tar Heel defensive effort as neither team led by more than two goals during the contest. Virginia’s Julie Hauser led all players with five ground balls, part of the 28 ground balls scooped up by the Cavaliers as opposed to 23 for the Tar Heels.

The Cavaliers led early as Connors controlled the loose ball after a UNC shot went wide and at the other end of the field Blair Weymouth rolled the crease for the first goal of the game which game at 8:00. Seconds later UNC tied it up as Melissa McCarthy fed a pass to Brooke Dieringer, who scored at 8:44. Virginia went ahead again as Nikki Lieb stuck back the rebound of a shot less than a minute after UNC tied the game to put the Cavaliers back on top. UNC then scored twice in 100 seconds as Kelly Taylor converted a feed from McCarthy and Stephanie Scurachio scored on a solo effort to put the Tar Heels in front 3-2 at 11:55. UNC took a two-goal lead at 16:31 when Meg Freshwater converted a Dieringer pass to give the Heels a 4-2 lead.

Virginia pulled within one as Connors won the draw and the Hoos possessed the ball for eight minutes before Connors was awarded an 8-meter shot on a 3-seconds violation. She scored at 25:40 to pull within one. UNC was able to get possession in the final minute of the half and Katie Brooks scored at 29:26 to give the Tar Heels a 5-3 lead at the break.

The Cavaliers battled back and pulled within one goal as Weymouth picked up a UNC overthrow and took it down to the offensive zone where Virginia settled their offense before Weymouth rolled the crease and scored at 32:17. UNC again went ahead by two as Scurachio scored on one of the two 8-meter shots surrendered by the Cavalier defense.

Virginia again fought back and Hauser intercepted a pass on the goal line extended and gave possession to the Cavaliers. A Megan O’Malley shot off the fast break hit the pipe, and Virginia reset their offense before Tyler Leachman drove from the top and scored at 38:25, pulling Virginia to a 5-6 game. UNC answered back with a Christina Juras goal off a Dieringer assist at 40:24 to push the margin back to two at 7-5.

The Cavaliers responded as Ginger Miles made a save and Claire Bordley scooped up the ground ball. The Hoos got the ball to Weymouth, who cleared the ball upfield before dishing it off to Leachman, who was fouled on a drive to the cage. Leachman converted the free position shot to pull within one at 41:42.

Virginia tied the game after an errant UNC shot went out of bounds and Miles gained possession in the goal circle. She cleared the ball upfield where Leachman dumped a pass into Lieb, who flipped it over her back for the game-tying score at 7-7 with 13:32 to play. Carolina led again minutes later as McCarthy was fouled on the left-hand hanging hash and converted the tough shot at 49:01 for an 8-7 lead.

Again the Cavaliers tied the game as Jessy Morgan pressured a Carolina turnover and Virginia advanced the ball upfield where Whitaker Hagerman took from the top, scoring at 50:23 to tie the game at 8-8. Seconds later a Carolina shot that hit the pipe was picked up by Jen Holden in the Virginia defensive arc and at the other end of the field a Weymouth pass was tipped up by a UNC defender, but Leachman controlled the ball and ran it in for a goal at 51:50, giving the Hoos the lead at 9-8. Carolina then scored twice in the span of 54 seconds as Erica LaGrow and Juras both connected to give the Tar Heels the lead again at 55:13. The Cavaliers won the draw but turned the ball over, and Carolina twice threw the ball away in the midfield on the clear, but both times Hordy was able to make a save, propelling the Tar Heels to the victory.

The Cavaliers return to action on Tuesday, March 21 as they travel to face the Tribe of William & Mary. Game time is 7:00 pm.

Linescore	1	2	F	recordsUNC		5	5	10	5-2Virginia		3	6	9	6-2

Scoring summary:8:00 V Weymouth — 1-08:44 N Dieringer McCarthy 1-19:38 V Lieb — 2-110:09 N Taylor McCarthy 2-211:55 N Scurachio — 2-316:31 N Freshwater Dieringer 2-425:40 V Connors 8m 3-429:26 N Brooks — 3-532:17 V Weymouth — 4-536:03 N Scurachio 8m 4-638:25 V Leachman — 5-640:24 N Juras Dieringer 5-741:42 V Leachman 8m 6-746:28 V Lieb Leachman 7-749:01 N McCarthy 8m 7-850:23 V Hagerman — 8-851:50 V Leachman — 9-854:19 N LaGrow — 9-955:13 N Juras — 9-10

Scoring: VA: Leachman 3-1-4; Weymouth 2-0-2; Lieb 2-0-2; Hagerman 1-0-1; Connors 1-0-1 NC: McCarthy 1-2-3; Dieringer 1-2-3; Juras 2-0-2; Scurachio 2-0-2; LaGrow 1-0-1; Brooks 1-0-1; Freshwater 1-0-1; Taylor 1-0-1

Goalies: VA: Miles (55 minutes, 3 saves, 9 GA); McBrearty (5 mins, 0 saves, 1 GA) NC: Hordy (60 mins, 16 saves, 9 GA)

Shots: VA 32, NC 19Draws: Va 12, NC 9Ground balls: VA 28, NC 23Turnovers: VA 17, NC 18Caused turnovers: VA 10, NC 14Clears: VA 16-17, NC 15-21Fouls: VA 10, NC 208-meter attempts: VA 6, NC 28-meter shots: VA 5, NC 1

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