Mar. 25, 1997
Cavaliers Set to Hit the Road
Last Week's Games:
Game 5: #1 Maryland 6, #2 Virginia 5
The Cavaliers scored first in this clash of the titans off a blast from senior tri-captain Kate Evans (Swarthmore, Pa./Strath Haven). Maryland answered but the Hoos scored on the ensuing draw as Evans saw a wide-open Heather Patton in front of the crease to go ahead by one. The Terrapins scored twice in a row to take a brief lead at 3-2, but again the Cavaliers answered in under 20 seconds as Samm Taylor (Springfield, Va./Robinson) won the draw and tore to the cage, raced around it and passed to Kara Ariza (Lansdowne, Pa./Penn Wood) who one-timed the ball into the net. Jess Hull's (Arnold, Md./Broadneck) goal with 3:09 remaining gave the Hoos a tenuous 4-3 lead at halftime. The Terrapins opened up the second half with a goal four minutes into the period to tie the game. Ariza's second goal gave UVa the lead again with 15 minutes to go. But the Terrapins scored the last two goals of the game to escape with the victory 6-5.
Game 4: #2 Virginia 8, #5 Penn State 6
Penn State scored twice in the first four minutes of the game to take a 2-0 lead quickly. Mia Mooney (Wayne, Pa./Shipley) took a pass from freshman sensation Amy Fromal (Folsom, Pa./Ridley) to pull the Hoos to within one. Penn State answered right back to take a 3-1 lead. The Cavaliers turned on the jets behind Fromal, who scored her first collegiate goal with 16 minutes remaining in the first to keep Virginia within one. The Hoos played tough defense and kept the Lions scoreless for thirty minutes as the Hoos scored four more of their own to take a 6-3 lead. In that span, Kara Ariza scored with eight seconds remaining in the first half to put UVa up 5-3 at halftime. Fromal closed out the 5-0 run with another feed to Mooney as the Hoos went up by 3. The two schools traded goals for the remainder of the half and Penn State was not able to get any closer. Frances Segarra (Glen Mills, Pa./West Chester East) came in with eight minutes to go and made four saves while allowing no goals. It was the Cavaliers' first win over the Lions in three years and only the fifth time in school history.
The Cavaliers have played five top-ten teams in a row, including four at home, and now have to go on the road to do the same thing. Virginia travels to #5 William and Mary on Wednesday, March 26 to face the Tribe. William & Mary is one of only five schools to post a winning record against the Hoos, but Virginia has won 11 of the last 14, including last year's NCAA quarterfinal berth in Charlottesville. The Cavaliers and the Tribe have met twice in the NCAA tournament with the Cavaliers advancing to the Final Four both times (1994, 1996).
Virginia continues its conference season with a trip to #13 UNC on Saturday. The game will pit two former teammates as Julie Myers meets Jenny Slingluff (Virginia '92). Virginia owns the all-time series against the Tar Heels, as they took the only meeting between the two last year 13-6. Myers and Slingluff were teammates in 1991 when the Cavaliers won their first NCAA Championships. Slingluff fed Myers for the game-winning goal against Penn State in the 1991 quarterfinals, avenging their only loss of the season. Carolina junior Lori Pasquantonio transferred to UNC in 1995. She is a former roommate of UVa captains Heather Patton and Carolyn Papa.
The Penn State game was Virginia's 100th game in school history in March. The Cavaliers hold a 72-27-1 mark in the month for a 72.5% clip. In April, the Hoos are 139-48-4 (73.8%), the best month for UVa.
Kara Ariza has come on strong as of late, scoring nine goals in the last four games. Her ten goals on the season is second on the team as is her three assists.
Look for Beth Ann Potter to make some noise on the career assist chart. She currently ranks 11th all-time in school history (34 assists). She can move into the top ten with two assists.
No goal for you!:
UVa ranks 5th in the NCAA in scoring defense (4.67 against) and 8th in scoring margin (6.83).