April 23, 1997
Cavaliers Set to Conclude Regular Season
Looking Ahead: The Cavaliers close out the regular season with a game against in-state rival Virginia Tech on Wednesday and a trip to Yale on Saturday to face Elis. Virginia Tech is in its third season of competition and looks to improve on its 3-10 record. The Hokies feature Monica Sandridge, who played for Albemarle before heading off to Tech.
The trip to New Haven will be a reunion of sorts as the Cavaliers face Michelle Cusimano, who will be on the sidelines for the Blue and White as an assistant coach. The Yale-Virginia series is a long one, but it usually takes place in the early part of the season as the Elis make a spring break trip to warmer weather. The Cavaliers lead the series 9-2, but have lost the only time they have travelled north to face the Yalies. Against Yale, the Cavaliers look to put the ball past Ali Cole, the Yale 'keeper. Cole played high school ball at Manhasset and was a teammate of Carolyn Papa at that school.
Last Week's Games
Game 14: #4 Virginia 7, #2 Loyola 6 in Sudden-Victory Overtime
The Cavaliers allowed the Greyhounds to take the early lead before they took a brief lead with two quick goals by Mia Mooney (Wayne, Pa./Shipley) and Jess Hull (Arnold, Md./Broadneck). Loyola tied it up 14 seconds later and eventually took a 6-4 lead with 15 minutes left. But the Hoos rallied as Amy Fromal (Folsom, Pa./Ridley) intercepted a Greyhound pass and raced upfield, flipped it to Peggy Boutilier (Baltimore, Md./Roland Park) , who flipped it back and Fromal put it in the cage. Mooney tied up the game with a crease roll at the 6:44 mark. In the sudden-victory period, Loyola won the draw and drew a shooting space foul but hit the post. UVa grabbed the loose ball and raced downfield where Melissa Hayes (Chevy Chase, Md./Georgetown Visitation) found Beth Potter (Swarthmore, Pa./Ridley) on the crease for the game-winner.
Game 15: #4 Virginia 9, #3 North Carolina 6 in the ACC Semifinals
The Cavaliers took it right to the Tar Heels from the opening draw as they scored three times in the game's first five minutes to force the Heels into a timeout, including two from Samm Taylor (Springfield, Va./Robinson). Carolina scored five of the next six, including three consecutive from Amy Fine in a seven-minute span to take a 5-4 lead, but the Cavaliers responded with three of their own in the last three minutes to go up 7-5 at halftime. Kara Ariza's (Lansdowne, Pa./Penn Wood) goal at the 19:13 mark of the second gave the 'Hoos a 3-goal cushion again, and Boutilier's goal with 2:13 remaining sealed the win.
Game 16: #1 Maryland 11, #4 Virginia 10 in the ACC Finals
Virginia scored first in the Clash of the Titans II and went ahead 2-1 on Heather Patton's (West Chester Pa./ W. C. Henderson) shovel-shot goal. UVa built a 6-2 lead with 10 left in the first before the Terps fought their way back with a four-goal burst in the final 2:32 of the first half and a halftime score of 7-6 UVa. Maryland tied the game early in the second but Evans and Mooney both scored to give the Hoos a two-goal lead at the 14:51 mark. The Terps took their first lead of the game when Sascha Newmarch hit the net with 7:52 left. Evans scored her fourth goal of the game with 5 minutes to go to tie it up , but Newmarch again scored for the game-winner.
Tournament Team: Melissa Hayes, Peggy Boutilier, and Samm Taylor were all named to the All-Tournament for the 1997 ACC lacrosse tournament.
Bicentennial: The VPI game is UVa's 200th game in April all-time. In those 200, UVa has a record of 145-50-4.
Conference Kudos: The Cavaliers had four players honored at the first-ever women's ACC banquet. Kara Ariza, Peggy Boutilier, and Beth Potter were all named to the All-Conference team and Amy Fromal was named rookie of the year.
Rocketing Up the Charts: Kate Evans' 4-goal day on Sunday moved her to 13th all-time on the career goals chart. Beth Ann Potter now stands alone in third place in career assists, behind only Lindsey Sheehan (129) and Anna Yates (70).