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April 4, 2007

The Virginia women’s lacrosse team scored a goal at the horn at the end of the first half to take a 4-3 lead, rallying from a 3-2 deficit, and held on for the 10-7 win today at Old Dominion. After two goals by Brittany Kalkstein to open up the second half gave Virginia a three-goal lead, the Cavalier defense was able to hold the Lady Monarchs at bay and keep the lead. Twice ODU cut the lead to one in the second half, but Virginia (10-2) used a phenomenal defensive play by Kaitlin Duff to stretch the lead to two and scored a late goal to win by three. The Cavaliers were led in scoring by Blair Weymouth (2g, 2a) while Old Dominion (3-4) was led by 17 saves from Sara Larson to keep the Cavaliers in distance the entire game.

The two teams got off to a slow start and neither team was able to generate much offense until Kalkstein was able to collect an overthrow on an ODU clear and gain possession for the Cavaliers in their offensive zone. There, Weymouth drew a shooting space foul and converted the shot to put UVa up 1-0 five minutes into the game. Goals by Caroline Jacobs and Katie Veneziale 74 seconds apart, however, gave the Lady Monarchs a 2-1 lead.

After Kendall McBrearty collected a loose ball in the arc, the Cavaliers transitioned upfield where they settled the ball before Kaitlin Swagart tied the game off a pass from Kate Breslin. ODU took the lead again off a goal from Kelly Kimener with seven minutes to play in the half.

Megan O’Malley caused a turnover right in front of the ODU bench to start a clear that saw Megan Havrilla convert a pass from Weymouth to tie the game three minutes later.

Another McBrearty save that came with 16 seconds to play in the first half saw Virginia run a fast break in which Larson made two saves but could not stop the third UVa shot from O’Malley that snuck in the upper 90 at the horn, giving the `Hoos a 4-3 lead at the break.

Claire Bordley won the draw to open the second half of play and Virginia took the ball into the arc where they lost it briefly but Havrilla was there to keep control, and she dumped it back into Kalkstein who scored 59 seconds into the period to give UVa a 5-3 lead. Another overthrown ball on an ODU clear was collected by Virginia and Kalkstein drove to the goal from Larson’s left along the goal line, and her score at 26:26 gave Virginia its largest lead of the game at 6-3. Back-to-back goals by ODU from Kellogg and Noone two minutes apart moved the margin back down to one with 24 minutes to play.

McBrearty again stopped the ODU run with another save, and at the other end of the field Havrilla fed Ashley McCulloch for a goal to put UVa up by two again. Veneziale scored again 20 seconds later to pull the hosts within one at 20:51. A drive from the top by Ashley Stanwick off an assist from Noone tied the game at 7-7 with 18 minutes to play.

Weymouth won the draw and after a couple wide shots the Cavaliers from which able to keep control, Breslin tossed in a pass from Jess Wasilewski, who scored to put UVa back on top 8-7.

An ODU draw control allowed the Lady Monarchs to hold possession and run time off the clock. While ODU was in the spread offense down by one, Duff was able to cause a turnover just below the restraining line. She scooped up the loose ball and raced the length of the field, scoring at the other end to move the margin back up to two at 9-7. A late goal by Weymouth with 16 seconds to play accounted for the final score of 10-7.

Jacobs made 17 saves for the Lady Monarchs, including nine in the first half.

Virginia returns to action on Wednesday, April 11 as they host the Hoyas of Georgetown. Opening draw is set for 7 p.m. at Klockner Stadium.

Linescore	1	2	F	recordsVirginia	4	6	10	(10-2)ODU		3	4	7	(3-4)

Scoring summary:24:50 V Weymouth (8m) 1-019:44 O Veneziale (—) 1-118:30 O Jacobs (—) 1-214:27 V Swagart (Breslin) 2-26:58 O Kimener (Noone) 2-33:12 V Havrilla (Weymouth) 3-30:00 V O’Malley (Weymouth) 4-329:01 V Kalkstein (Havrilla) 5-326:26 V Kalkstein (—) 6-325:59 O Kellogg (Kimener) 6-423:51 O Noone (—) 6-520:51 O Veneziale (Jacobs) 7-618:00 O Stanwick (Noone) 7-716:12 V Breslin (Wasilewski) 8-77:24 V Duff (—) 9-70:16 V Weymouth (—) 10-7

Scoring: V: Weymouth 2-2=4; Havrilla 1-2=3; Kalkstein 2-0=2; Breslin 1-1=2; Swagart 1-0=1; Duff 1-0=1; O’Malley 1-0=1; McCulloch 1-0=1;Wasilewski 0-1=1 O: Noone 1-2=3; Jacobs 2-0=2; Veneziale 1-1=2; Kimener 1-1=2; Stanwick 1-0=1; Kellogg 1-0=1

Keepers: VA: McBrearty (60 mins, 6 saves, 7 GA) ODU: Larson (60 mins, 16 saves, 10 GA)

Draws: VA 11, ODU 7Total shots: VA 31, ODU 15Ground balls: VA 14, ODU 13Caused turnovers: VA 8, ODU 6Turnovers: VA 11, ODU 17Fouls: VA 6, ODU 11Clearing: VA 11/12, ODU 9/158-meter attempts: VA 4, ODU 38-meter shots: VA 3, ODU 1

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