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March 25, 2006

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The vaunted Virginia defense held Princeton scoreless over the final 31:44 of the game en route to a 16-3 victory today (Mar 25) in Princeton. The Cavaliers allowed only eight shots in the second half, and Ginger Miles made two of her four saves during the period to preserve the second-half shutout. Virginia (8-2) outdrew the Tigers 13-8, including 8-3 in the decisive second half, as Nikki Lieb had five to lead all players. The Cavaliers won the battle of ground balls 27-17, with Jen Holden leading the team with six. On the offensive side of the ball, Tyler Leachman and Blair Weymouth both had four goals; Leachman added three assists and Weymouth had one to lead the teams in scoring.

The Cavaliers got on the board first as Princeton was whistled for an offsides foul and Lieb brought the ball up in transition. After the Cavaliers settled the ball, Megan O’Malley took from the side to score at 6:58 to give UVa a 1-0 lead. Princeton tied the game minutes later as Kathleen Miller fed Mary Minshall for a quickstick goal at 9:13.

Virginia answered right away as Holden won the draw control and the Hoos got the ball to Leachman, who fed Whitaker Hagerman for a quickstick goal at 10:10 for a 2-1 lead. Lieb won the ensuing draw control and Virginia settled the ball briefly before Weymouth rolled the crease at 11:21 for a 3-1 lead. Lieb again won the draw control and Virginia settled the ball before she and Weymouth worked a give-and-go from the top, with Lieb scoring at 12:35 for a 4-1 lead, forcing the Tigers to take a time-out.

The Tigers won the draw but Lieb caused a turnover and picked up the loose ball to start a transition, and at the other end of the field Kate Breslin rolled the crease for a 5-1 lead. Princeton then scored a pair of goals five minutes apart as Miller fed Jamie Sundheim for a quickstick goal at 23:16 and then Sundheim fed Alex Gangler at 28:16. Princeton won the draw but a goal circle foul gave the ball to Miles, who started a clear that saw Jess Wasilewski take the ball up to Leachman, who in turn led Weymouth with a pass into the arc. Weymouth scored at 29:08 for a 6-3 lead at halftime.

Weymouth won the opening draw of the second half and took the ball behind the cage before dishing to O’Malley, who rolled the crease for a goal 30 seconds into the half. Again Weymouth won the draw but the Tigers gained possession off a save, but an overthrow gave possession back to the Cavaliers and Virginia brought the ball back upfield where Kim Connors fed the ball inside to Leachman at 35:56 for an 8-3 lead. Lieb again won the draw and the Hoos settled the ball before Leachman drove to the cage where she was fouled. Leachman converted the 8-meter shot for a 9-3 lead at 37:52.

An errant Princeton shot went behind the cage where Julie Hauser collected the loose ball and started the clear. A Breslin shot hit the pipe and rebounded out into the arc, where Weymouth scooped up the loose ball and fired it in the cage for Virginia’s tenth goal of the game at 41:45.

An overthrown Princeton clear went out of bounds and Jessy Morgan gained possession for Virginia. The Cavaliers took the ball back upfield where Leachman took the ball from the top and scored at 44:41 for an 11-3 lead. On the next Princeton possession a shot hit three pipes and rebounded out where Hauser picked up the loose ball. The Cavaliers outletted the ball and Leachman got the ball at midfield and raced 50 yards for the goal, scoring her fourth goal 47:40. Princeton won the draw but threw it away where Holden gained possession on the overthrow. At the other end of the field Weymouth took from the top and scored her fourth goal at 48:51, giving the Hoos a 13-3 lead.

The Tigers were whistled for an offsides violation and the Cavaliers gained possession with Morgan at the restraining line. Virginia brought the ball upfield where Jess Wasilewski took the ball behind and fed the ball to Breslin, who snaked the shot along the ground for a goal at 53:15. Leachman won the ensuing draw and Virginia settled the ball before Lieb cut laterally across the top of the fan and dumped the ball into a cutting Connors, who scored at 54:26. Weymouth won her third draw of the game and the Cavaliers worked the ball around to Leachman, who fed Ashley McCulloch for a goal at 56:20, giving the Cavaliers a 16-3 lead.

Virginia returns to action on Wednesday, March 29 as they host the Dukes of James Madison. The game is the 500th varsity contest for the Cavalier lacrosse program in school history. Opening draw is slated for 7:00 pm.

Linescore	1	2	F	(records)Virginia	6	10	16	(8-2)Princeton	3	0	3	(2-4)

Scoring summary:6:58 V O’Malley — 1-09:13 P Minshall Miller 1-110:10 V Hagerman Leachman 2-111:21 V Weymouth — 3-112:35 V Lieb Weymouth 4-116:15 V Breslin — 5-123:15 P Sundheim Miller 5-228:16 P Gangler Sundheim 5-329:08 V Weymouth Leachman 6-330:30 V O’Malley — 7-335:56 V Leachman Connors 8-337:52 V Leachman 8m 9-341:45 V Weymouth — 10-344:41 V Leachman — 11-346:40 V Leachman — 12-348:51 V Weymouth — 13-353:15 V Breslin Wasilewski 14-354:26 V Connors Lieb 15-356:20 V McCulloch Leachman 16-3

Scoring: V: Leachman 4-3-7; Weymouth 4-1-5; O’Malley 2-0-2; Breslin 2-0-2; Connors 1-1-2; Lieb 1-1-2; Hagerman 1-0-1; McCulloch 1-0-1; Wasilewski 0-1-1.

P: Miller 0-2-2; Sundheim 1-1-2; Gangler 1-0-1; Minshall 1-0-1

Goalies: V: Miles (56 mins, 4 saves, 3 GA); McBrearty (4 mins, 0 saves, 0 GA) P: Murray (12:30 mins, 1 save, 4 GA); O’Boyle (47:30, 7 saves, 12 GA)

Draws: V 13, P 8Shots: V 32, P 16Ground balls: V 27, P 17Caused turnovers: V 7, P 9Turnovers: V 18, P 20Clearing: V 11-18; P 13-188-meter positions: V 5, P 28-meter shots: V 5, P 2

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