Mar. 18, 1997

Cavalier Women's Lacrosse Hosts Top-Ranked Maryland

Last Week's Games

Game 3: #2 Virginia 12, #10 ODU 4
The Cavaliers used a six-goal run to break open a close game and held on to defeat the 10th-ranked Lady Monarchs of Old Dominion in Norfolk 12-4. For the third consecutive game, the Hoos were led by junior Beth Potter (Swarthmore, Pa./Ridley) who scored two goals and added two assists for her third consecutive four-point game. All of Potter's points came in the decisive six-goal run. Virginia senior tri-captain Heather Patton (West Chester, Pa./W. C. Henderson) notched her second four-goal game of the season. She hit the first two in the first five minutes of the game to put Virginia up 2-0. WIth the halftime score 3-1 in favor of UVa, ODU scored first to cut the deficit to 3-2. Potter keyed the six goal run as she fed sophomore Jessica Hull (Arnold, Md./ Broadneck) three minutes later. Virginia held ODU scoreless for 20 minutes as they built a 9-2 lead and coasted to the win.

Game 4: #2 Virginia 10, #7 Princeton 6
Junior Kara Ariza (Lansdowne, Pa./Penn Wood) scored two goals and assisted on a third in a critical 4-0 run to help the Cavaliers turn back the seventh-ranked Tigers. Virginia scored first just over three minutes into the game. Princeton tied the game at 1-1 before Samm Taylor (Springfield, Va./Robinson) scored the first of four straight for UVa to give the Cavaliers the lead for good. The first of Ariza's goals came at the 19:48 mark of the first period, and she followed that tally a minute later. Her assist to captain Kate Evans (Swarthmore, Pa./Strath Haven) four minutes later gave UVa a 5-1 cushion. Princeton staged a furious rally behind Melissa Cully who scored twice in a row to cut the margin in half. Twenty seconds after Cully's last goal, Tice Burke found a streaking Lucy Small to help the Tigers pull within one at 5-4. But the Cavaliers did not break as senior tri-captains Evans and Heather Patton both scored before the break to give UVa a 7-4 edge. Patton scored with nine seconds remaining in the half. After Princeton's Burke scored three minutes into the second half, Virginia's third tri-captain Carolyn Papa (Manhasset, N.Y.) took a Jessica Hull pass to the cage to answer Princeton. Melissa Hayes' (Chevy Chase, Md./Georgetown Visitation) tally with just under two minutes to go turned back the Tiger threat.

Looking Ahead
The Cavaliers host top-ranked Maryland on Wednesday, March 19 in a battle of the giants. A rematch of last year's title game, Wednesday's game features two undefeated teams (Maryland is 3-0). Ther Terrapins are on a 57-game winning streak dating back to 1993. Virginia was the last team to defeat Maryland during the regular season, an 11-9 victory in Charlottesville on March 23, 1993. Current Virginia assistant coach Tami Riley was a member of that Maryland team. She will face a number of her former teammates from the other sideline on Wednesday. Maryland has already defeated ACC foes UNC and Duke and stands at 2-0 in the conference.

The road--at home--doesn't get any easier for the Cavaliers as they host fifth-ranked Penn State on Sunday. The Penn State series stands at 4-13 for Virginia. Penn State has been the only team to defeat the Cavaliers during both of their championship runs (1991, 1993). The Nittany Lions are led by former Wahoo Julie Williams (1987). Last year PSU jumped out to a 9-5 lead before the Cavaliers scored four straight to tie the game in a fifteen-minute span, only to have the Lady Lions score in the final minutes to claim victory.

Individual Notes

First In the Hearts of Her Conference
Heather Patton was named the first-ever ACC player of the week in women's lacrosse. This is the first year that the ACC has sponsored women's lacrosse. Virginia's second leading scorer (10g, 1a), Patton has two four-goal games, including one against #10 ODU. She also helped the Hoos defeat #6 Georgetown and #7 Princeton as she scored once in each game. Patton scored the game-winner for the second year in a row against the Tigers. Her tally with nine seconds remaining in the first half was the back-breaker for the Tigers as UVa wonits 15th in a row at home. Patton also has a team-high 18 ground balls and her 10 goals ties her for the team lead.

Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend
Beth Ann Potter and Heather Patton have both passed the 75-point mark for their careers at UVa. Potter's 52 goals and 33 assists give her 85 points and Patton's 59 goals and 21 assists give her 80. They stand at 17th and 22nd respectively on the all-time career list at Virginia.