Sept. 17, 2003
Virginia's Biffy Cornelison (Virginia Beach, Va./Salem) tipped in a Katie Jo Gerfen (Lititz, Pa./Warwick) short corner shot with just under 10 minutes to play, helping the Cavaliers break a 2-2 tie and the defeat of the JMU Dukes 3-2 tonight in Charlottesville. After JMU (1-6) took the lead in the first six minutes of the game, Virginia (5-1) rallied with three goals in the second half, with the first two coming off the stick of Allie Flynn (Readington Township, N.J./Hunterdon Central) to take a brief lead before JMU tied the game with 17:41 to play, setting up the dramatic finish.
JMU took the lead just 5:20 into the game as Dana Weaver sent a through ball into the circle into Maureen Klingler, who rifled the ball to the boards for the early 1-0 lead. The Dukes took the lead at the break on the strength of a 6-4 shot advantage and a 3-1 short corner advantage.
Just minutes into the second half, the Cavaliers worked the ball upfield and drew a free hit at the top of the circle. Juli Bojanic (Lancaster, Pa./Hempfield) sent the ball to the endline for Katie Phillips (Fort Worth, Texas/Trinity Valley). Phillips sent the ball across the mouth of the cage where Flynn tipped it across the line to even the score at 1-1.
Virginia took the lead as Flynn intercepted a JMU free hit at midfield and ran a 2v1 break with Mia Link (Jenkintown, Pa./Jenkintown). Flynn faked a pass to Link and instead shot it into the cage to put the Cavaliers up 2-1 with 19:48 to play in the second half. JMU answered right away as Heidi Beck knocked in a loose ball in front of the Cavalier cage on a scramble just two minutes later, tying the game at 2-2 with 17:41 to play.
The game-winner was set up as Link tackled back at the 25 and slipped the ball upfield to Phillips, whose crossing pass hit a Madison back in the foot, giving the Cavaliers a short corner. On the play, Cornelison inserted the ball to Phillips, who slotted the ball to the right to Gerfen, who fired a shot across the circle that was tipped in by Cornelison. Virginia hung on for the 3-2 victory.
The Cavaliers are next scheduled to play #2 UNC on Sunday, September 21 in Chapel Hill, N.C. Game time against the Tar Heels is 1:00.
Linescore 1 2 F records
JMU 1 1 2 (1-6)
Virginia 0 3 3 (5-1)
5:20 JM fg Klingler (Weaver) 0-1
37:23 VA fg Flynn (Phillips) 1-1
50:12 VA fg Flynn 2-1
52:19 JM fg Beck 2-2
60:03 VA pc Cornelison (Gerfen) 3-2
Goals: VA: Flynn 2, Cornelison
JM: Klingler, Beck
Assists: VA: Phillips, Gerfen
Goalies: VA: Logan Carr (70 mins, 5 saves, 2 GA)
JM: Lauren Hertzler (70 mins, 5 saves, 3 GA)
Shots: VA 10, JM 9
Short corners: VA 4, JM 6