Mar. 12, 1997

Cavalier Women's Lacrosse Prepares for Old Dominion

Last Week's Games:

Game 1: Virginia 20, UMBC 2
The Cavaliers used a stifling defense to hold the Retrievers to two goals and exploded offensively. Senior tri-captain Heather Patton (West Chester, Pa./W. C. Henderson) and junior Beth Potter (Swarthmore, Pa./Ridley) both scored four goals in the decision. The twenty goals is the highest total since a 21-8 defeat of Richmond on April 4, 1995. Virginia improved to 19-3 in season openers, including the last eight in a row.

Patton scored 1:35 into the game to get the early lead. The Cavaliers scored the first five goals, forcing UMBC to a time out. The Retrievres scored twice soon after, the defense did not rest as Virginia went on the score the last 11 goals of the game, holding the Retrievers scoreless in the second half.

Junior Heather Castle (Timonium, Md/Notre Dame Prep) had two saves for the Cavaliers. Freshman Amy Fromal (Folsom, Pa./Ridley) picked up a team-high nine ground balls for Virginia.

Jessica Hull (Arnold, Md./Broadneck) hit the game-winner against UMBC for the second year in a row.

Game 2: Virginia 14, #6 Georgetown 4
The Cavalier defense was the story again as Virginia held the sixth-ranked Hoyas scoreless for the first 32 minutes of the game. Virginia had kept opponents scoreless for a stretch of 61:45going back to the UMBC game. Junior Beth Potter scored four goals in the game, her second consecutive four-goal game.

Virginia scored nine goals in the first half, their first strike coming with just under five minutes elapsed in the contest. Again the Cavaliers forced a timeout early as the Hoyas called one with the score 3-0. The Hoos scored three more times in the first ten minutes. The win was UVa's 14th home win in a row.

Looking Ahead:
The Cavaliers travel to Old Dominion (0-1) on Wednesday to face the tenth-ranked Monarchs. Virginia is a perfect 20-0 against the in-state rivals. The game will pit the two United States Women's Lacrosse team coaches against each other. Sue Stahl, the head coach at ODU, is the US head coach. She is assisted by Heather Dow, a Virginia assistant.

Last year the two teams met at the University Hall Turf Field. The Cavaliers ran away with a 9-1 decision, led by Megan Skahan's 3 tallies.

Cavalier tri-captain Carolyn Papa will face her cousin Meagan Petrie of ODU. Both of them play line defense, so they will not be matched head-to-head.

On Sunday, March 16, the Cavaliers host the Tigers of Princeton (0-1). These two teams have enjoyed memorable battles in the past, and last year was no exception. The score went back and forth throughout the game with Virginia managing a three-goal lead late in the second half. The Tigers rallied to tie the score, but Heather Patton scored the game-winner with 2:27 to go for the upset.

The Princeton series is tied at five games a piece. Stephy Samaras, a freshman at UVa, is the sister of current Tiger Cory Samaras, also a line defender. Cory Samaras is questionable for Sunday's game following a knee injury suffered against Georgetown. Princeton lost to the Hoyas 7-8 on March 6.

Individual Notes:
Bay watch: Beth Ann Potter, Virginia's leading scorer through two games, has reached the 50-goal plateau following two consecutive four-goal games. She joins teammates Kate Evans and Heather Patton as the only current 'Hoos with 50+goals in her career. Potter has also registered 31 assists in her career, and needs only four more to break into the top eight in Cavalier history. Potter led the team last year with 54 points (27g, 27a), the most ever for a Virginia sophomore. She stands in 16th place in Virginia history with 81 points. Beth Adams is right above her with 99 points in 15th place.

Score one for Myers: Cavalier mentor Julie Myers has a 16-4 record through her first 20 games. Her current winning percentage of 80% is the highest for a Virginia coach in her first 20 games.