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March 22, 2006

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Virginia’s Tyler Leachman led all players with five draw controls, including four in the second half, as the Cavaliers defeated William & Mary 16-5 tonight in Williamsburg. Virginia (7-2) also had five ground balls from Jen Holden as the Cavaliers had 25 ground balls to the Tribe’s 20; Virginia won the battle of draw controls 13-10. Nikki Lieb led all scorers with three goals, while Leachman, Blair Weymouth and Kate Breslin each had two goals and an assist while Megan O’Malley had one goal and two assists. Ginger Miles had four saves as the Cavaliers held the Tribe (4-3) to only 15 shots.

It was the Tribe that got on the scoreboard first as Jaime Sellers connected on an 8-meter shot at 3:07 to put William & Mary up 1-0. The Tribe won the ensuing draw but the Cavaliers gained possession and rattled off four shots in succession, but Amanda Roth turned them all away for the Tribe. Finally, an attempted clear by William & Mary resulted in an overthrow that was picked up by O’Malley. With the Tribe streaking forward on the transition, Leachman was alone in the arc and O’Malley fed her for the goal, tying the game at 8:41. Leachman won the ensuing draw, but the teams traded possessions multiple times before Holden picked up a loose ball after a long overthrow in the Virginia defensive third and started a clear.In the Virginia settled possession, Kate Breslin took the ball from the top and scored at 14:32 to give the Hoos the 2-1 lead.

Jess Wasilewski won the draw and got the ball to Weymouth, who took the ball behind the cage before feeding Whitaker Hagerman, who scored 28 seconds after Breslin for a 3-1 lead. The Tribe won the draw but a Claire Bordley caused turnover and ground ball gave possession back to the Hoos, and at the other end of the field Hagerman led a pass to Breslin, who scored at 16:10 for a 4-1 lead. Again the Tribe won the draw but an overthrow was picked up by Leachman at the restraining line, and she started a clear that saw Jess Wasilewski take the ball to the net for a goal at 19:02 to give UVa a 5-1 lead.

Bordley also helped start the next goal sequence as O’Malley caused a turnover and Bordley was there to pick up the loose ball to give UVa the possession. At the other end of the field Lieb was fouled on a run through the arc; she converted the 8-meter shot for a 6-1 lead for Virginia at 23:40. Lieb then won the draw control and Virginia possessed the ball for two minutes before Wasilewski dumped the ball into Leachman for a goal at 25:32, giving the Cavaliers a 7-1 lead that they took into halftime.Leachman won the opening draw of the second half and got the ball to Lieb, who drove to the cage and scored 35 seconds after the opening whistle to pace Virginia to an 8-1 lead.

Again Leachman won the draw and Virginia settled the ball before Lieb took a pass from O’Malley and scored at 31:30 for a 9-1 lead. Virginia reached into double digits on the scoreboard as Julie Hauser caused a turnover in the Cavaliers’ fan and the Hoos cleared the ball and settled the offense before O’Malley cut laterally across the mouth of the goal and scored at 34:30. William & Mary answered back with a pair of goals 46 seconds apart off the sticks of Lang and Watkins to pull them within four at 38:30.

Virginia answered right back as Miles made a save and the Hoos cleared the ball upfield where Leachman dumped the ball over to Weymouth who scored at 41:24. Another Miles save started the next goal sequence as Virginia cleared the ball upfield before Weymouth was fouled. The first-year converted the 8-meter shot at 52:11, giving Virginia a 12-4 lead. Holden started the next goal as she was able to scoop up an overthrow; Virginia settled the ball and Connors drew a foul. She scored off the 8-meter to put the Hoos up 13-4 with 7:11 to play in the contest. Virginia took a ten-goal lead after Leachman won the draw and the Cavaliers set up their offense; Jordan Elway stuck back the rebound of an Ashley McCulloch shot for a goal at 54:24, making the score 14-4. A goal by Emily Vitrano brought the margin back to single digits just over a minute later.

The Cavaliers scored twice in the final minute of play, starting with a ground ball pickup by Lieb in the Virginia defensive arc. Virginia cleared the ball upfield where McCulloch drew a shooting space foul that she converted for a goal; she then won the draw control and fed the ball up to Breslin, who in turn fed Megan Havrilla for the game’s final goal, which came at 59:35.

Miles’ four saves give her 249 for her career and she is now tied for the No. 8 spot all-time at UVa with Cindy Ligon (1976-78). Weymouth’s 10 assists as a first-year tie her with Cavalier greats Caitlin Banks (2001) and Debbie Easter (1980). Lieb now has 104 career draw controls, which ties her with Virginia All-American Cary Chasney who ranks eighth-all-time in school history.

Virginia returns to action on Saturday as the Cavaliers travel to face Princeton. Game time against the Tigers is 2:00.

Linescore	1	2	F	recordsVirginia	7	9	16	(7-2)Wm & Mary	1	4	5	(4-3)

Scoring summary:3:07 W Sellers 8m 0-18:41 V Leachman O’Malley 1-114:32 V Breslin — 2-115:00 V Hagerman Weymouth 3-116:10 V Breslin Hagerman 4-119:02 V Wasilewski — 5-123:40 V Lieb 8m 6-125:32 V Leachman Wasilewski 7-130:35 V Lieb — 8-131:30 V Lieb O’Malley 9-132:27 W Sellers Vitrano 9-234:30 V O’Malley — 10-237:44 W Lang — 10-338:30 W Dalon — 10-441:24 V Weymouth Leachman 11-452:11 V Weymouth 8m 12-452:49 V Connors 8m 13-454:24 V Elway — 14-455:43 W Vitrano — 14-559:17 V McCulloch 8m 15-559:35 V Havrilla Breslin 16-5

Scoring: V: Lieb 3-0-3; Leachman 2-1-3, Weymouth 2-1-3; Breslin 2-1-3; O’Malley 1-2-3; Hagerman 1-1-2; Wasilewski 1-1-2; Elway 1-0-1; McCulloch 1-0-1; Connors 1-0-1; Havrilla 1-0-1

W: Sellers 2-0-2; Vitrano 1-1-2; Lang 1-0-1; Dalon 1-0-1

Goalies; V: Miles (58 mins, 4 saves, 5 GA); Kendall McBrearty (2 mins, 0 saves, 0 GA) W: Amanda Roth (60 mins, 10 saves, 16 GA)

Shots: VA 25, WM 17Ground balls: VA 26, WM 20Draws: VA 13, WM 10Turnovers: VA 15, WM 21Caused turnovers: VA 6, WM 11Clearing: VA 17-17, WM 10-178-meter positions: VA 7, WM 48-meter shots: VA 6, WM 3Fouls: VA 16, WM 23

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