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May 9, 1997

Women's Lacrosse Set for the 16th Annual NCAA Tournament

NCAA Women's Lacrosse Tournament
Quarterfinals: #3 Virginia vs #6 North Carolina
Charlottesville, VA

Virginia enters this 16th NCAA tournament championship with a 14-4 record. Currently, the Cavaliers are ranked second in the Brine/IWLCA poll of May 5. Virginia is seeded third in the NCAA tournament. Carolina (13-3) is ranked eighth and seeded sixth.

The 1997
NCAA Lacrosse Championships

Saturday, May 10
#1 Maryland vs #8 Penn State
#2 Loyola vs #7 William & Mary
#3 Virginia vs #6 North Carolina
#4 Temple vs #5 James Madison

Saturday, May 17
Lehigh University
winners of 1-8 and 4-5
winners of 2-7 and 3-6

Notes on Virginia-North Carolina: Virginia has a 2-1 lead in the North Carolina series and has split with the Tar Heels this year. North Carolina upset the Cavaliers on March 29 in Chapel Hill by a score of 5-4. The then-13th ranked Tar Heels had never defeated a top-15 team to that point and vaulted eight spots to the fifth position in the Brine/IWLCA poll the next week.

At the ACC Championships in Charlottesville, Virginia and North Carolina met in the semifinals of the inaugural ACC tournament seeded third and second, respectively. The Cavaliers jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first five minutes of play behind Samm Taylor's two goals, forcing UNC to call a time out.

The Tar Heels scored the next two goals to pull within one at 3-2, but Peggy Boutilier scored unassisted to push the margin back to 4-2. From there, UNC's Amy Fine staged a rally with three stright goals in a seven minute span to help the T ar Heels take a 5-4 lead. From there the Cavalier defense stepped up and did not allow the Tar Heels to score for 27 minutes. The Virginia offense scored three goals in the final three minutes of the first half to take a 7-5 lead at halftime.

Kara Ariza scored ten minutes into the second period to give Virginia a three-goal lead again at 8-5. Carolina pulled within two again on a goal with 7 minute remaining, but Boutilier's second goal with just over two minutes remaining closed the door on the Heels as the Cavaliers held on for the win at 9-6.

Lori Pasquantonio, an attack player for the Tar Heels, is the former roommate of current Cavalier captains Heather Patton and Carolyn Papa. She transferred to UNC after her sophomore year. Line Score for the April 19 North Carolina-UVa game

                    1   2   Final
North Carolina      5   1   6 (13-2)    
Virginia            7   2   9 (12-3)    
Goals:          V:  Hull 2, Taylor 2, Boutilier 2, Ariza, Papa, Evans   
Assists:        V:  Potter, Ariza
                N:  Fine 3, McGinnis 2, Falk                    
                N:  none
Saves:          V:   7 (Castle 7)                        
Shots:          V:  30
                N:  11 (Castine 11)                     
                N:  14
Ground Balls:   V:  32      
Turnovers:      V:  14      
Draws:          V:  12
                N:  27              
                N:  18              
                N:   5
Line Score for the March 29 North Carolina-UVa game
                    1   2   Final
Virginia            2   2   4 (6-2)
North Carolina      2   3   5 (8-1
Goals:          V:  Potter 2, Taylor, Evans        
Assists:        V:  Evans
                N:  Fine 2, McGinnis, Off, Dacey            
                N:  McGinnis, Fine, Mohler
Saves:          V:   8 (Castle 8)                        
Shots:          V:  22
                N:  12 (Castine 12)                     
                N:  18
Ground Balls:   V:  30      
Turnovers:      V:  21      
Draws:          V:   7
                N:  31              
                N:  20              
                N:   4

Notes on Coaches
Virginia Head Coach Julie Myers won her 25th game in her career with the 7-6 sudden victory game against Loyola. She now stands at 28-8 overall. She has reached the 25-game milestone faster than any other lacrosse coach, men's or women's, in Virginia history. Myers won her first game with a 9-3 victory over Georgetown in the 1996 opener. Myers is only the third person in NCAA history to win a title as a player and as a coach. She is also the first rookie coach to take her team to the championship. Myers is the current active leader in winning percentage among coaches in the NCAA tournament.

Virginia assistant Heather Dow has rejoined the team following a World Championship campaign with the USA women's lacrosse team. The USA squad, for which Dow is an assistant coach, successfully defended their world title with a thrilling 3-2 sudden-victory defeat of previously undefeated Australia. The Americans lost to Australia in the first game of the tournament but rebounded to win six straight, including the gold medal game. Former Cavalier Cherie Greer was named tournament MVP. It is Dow's fourth world title (1982, 1986, 1993, 1997).

Charting the Cavaliers
Beth Ann Potter is having quite a season. Currently the team's leading scorer (30g, 18a), Potter was named ACC player of the week (April 7) for her performances against then-seventh-ranked James Madison (3g, 2a) and ACC-rival Duke (3g, 1a). Her two hat tricks give her ten for her career. Potter also scored the game-winning goal with a blast on the crease that knocked off previously undefeated and second-ranked Loyola 1:42 into the sudden-victory period. Potter's second goal of the game was a low shot past the Greyhound keeper that vaulted the Cavaliers to the victory. Potter's play this year has rocketed her up the scoring charts and she currently stands in 10th place all-time on the Cavalier points list with 121. She is seven points away from moving into ninth place all-time. Potter is also poised to move into second-place all-time in career assists. She is third currently with 49 assists. She trails second place (Anna Yates, 70) by 21. Potter ranks third all-time in assists as a junior, tied with current UNC coach Jenny Slingluff. The all-time Virginia leader is Lindsey Sheehan, who ranks second in the NCAA all-time in assists. Last year Potter scored 27 goals and chipped in 27 assists. She has already surpassed her goal production from last year. She is a member of the 1997 All-Conference team and the South Regional All-American First Team.

Kate Evans, one of the 1997 tri-captains, is second on the team in points (35) and goals scored (29). Her four goals against top-ranked Maryland in the finals of the ACC tournament tied a season-high for the team. A second-team All-American in 1996, Evans had 41 goals wich ranked in the top-ten all-time for goals in a season. With the extra attention, Evans has been drawing more of a crowd around her but she has been able to pick up her distribution pace. Evans' 6 assists this year is more than she has had in her entire career, not including this season. She is stands alone in 13th place all-time in career goals. Evans was named a second team South Regional All-American in 1997. She was a member of Virginia's second NCAA Championship in 1993.

Heather Patton was the first-ever ACC player of the week with 2 four-goal performances against UMBC and then-10th-ranked Old Dominion. Patton also scored goals against then-sixth-ranked Georgetown and then-seventh-ranked Princeton. She has scored two game-winning goals this year, including the crusher against Princeton for the second year in a row. She ranks third on the team in goals (23), assists (7), and fourth in points (30). Her 99 points ranks 16th all-time at Virginia, and her next point will put her at the century mark in scoring. She scored the first two goals against Virginia Tech.

On the Run
Virginia has put together a number of long scoring runs on the offensive end. The Cavaliers have put together runs of 6 or more goals 11 times this season:

11-0     UMBC
10-0     Villanova
 9-0     Georgetown
 9-0     Virginia Tech
 8-0     Virginia Tech
 8-0     James Madison
 7-0     Richmond
 7-0     Yale
 6-0     Duke
 6-0     Old Dominion
 6-0     Yale
Records when Virginia
is ahead at half               12-2
is tied at half                 1-1
is behind at half               1-1
outshoots opponents            13-2
shoots the same as opponents    0-1
is outshot by opponents         1-1
picks up more ground balls     14-1
picks up less ground balls      0-3
controls more draws             9-3
controls less draws             5-1
has more turnovers              0-3
has less turnovers             14-1
Virginia in History Records
Overall       231-89-5  71.8%   
at home       121-30-2  79.7%
on Saturday      65-29  69.1%
in May           11-11  50.0%
in NCAA's          9-7  56.2%

Carolyn Papa is having a stellar year at defense. As the director of the defense at point, she has captained a squad that is fourth in the country in scoring defense (5.87 goals per game). She is consistently matched against the opponent's best line attack and has kept opponents who are ranked nationally in points per game well below their averages. She was named to the 1997 South Regional All-American Second Team.

Kara Ariza plays at defensive midfield but is involved heavily in the offensive output of the team. She is the team's third-leading scorer (34 points) and ranks third in goals scored (23) and is second in assists (11). Her 23 goals this year is more than she had in her first two years combined (17) and she has surpassed her assist contribution from last year. She has moved into the top-20 at Virginia in career assists with 24 (17th) and currently ranks 25th all-time at Virginia in scoring with 64 points. She is a member of the 1997 All-Conference team as well as the 1997 South Regional First-Team All-American. Ariza is also a member of the Virginia field hockey team.

Peggy Boutilier is one of Virginia's most consistent players. She plays center for the Cavaliers and is leading the team in ground balls with 78 (4.3 gbpg) for the second year in a row. Her hat trick against James Madison tied a personal high for goals in a game. She is a member of the 1997 All-Conference team and the 1997 South Regional First Team All-American. Boutilier was named the 1997 lacrosse MVP and is the recipient of the prestigious Ralph Sampson Scholarship at the University. Boutilier has started every game in both sports (field hockey and lacrosse) in her collegiate career.

Jessica Hull is the team's sharpshooter. She has 18 goals on only 30 shots for an outstanding 60% accuracy. She ranks fifth on the team in scoring with 22 points and fifth in goals with 18. She was named to the 1997 South Regional All-American Second team.

Amy Fromal, the only true freshman to start for the Cavaliers in 1997, plays defensive midfield. She scored her first collegiate goal against Penn State and had her first multi-point game against the Nittany Lions with 1 goal and 1 assist. Her highest scoring game was her 2 goal and 1 assist performance against Villanova. Her seven assists ties her for fifth all-time for assists as a freshman. She is the 1997 ACC Rookie of the Year.

Quick Feet
UVa has scored within a minute of the previous goal 41 times this season. Of those 41 occurrences, 11 have taken place after the opponent has scored. The 15 quickest goals for the Cavaliers:

0:09    Patton, UMBC, from 6-1 to 7-1
0:09    Hull, Yale, from 5-0 to 6-0
0:14    Potter, JMU, from 11-5 to 12-5
0:14    Fromal, Villanova, from 2-0 to 3-0
0:15    Ariza, Maryland, from 2-3 to 3-3
0:15    Hull, UNC #2, from 6-5 to 7-5
0:18    Patton, Maryland, from 1-1 to 2-1
0:19    Evans, Richmond, from 6-0 to 7-0
0:21    Fromal, Maryland #2, from 5-2 to 6-2
0:22    Ariza, JMU, from 6-1 to 7-1
0:24    Elwell, Va Tech, from 8-1 to 9-1
0:26    Ariza, Penn State, from 6-4 to 7-4
0:28    Potter, UMBC, from 4-0 to 5-0 
0:32    Mooney, UMBC, from 1-0 to 2-0
0:32    Evans, Duke, from 4-1 to 5-1

No Goal for You!
Virginia ranks fourth in the NCAA for scoring defense, allowing only 5.21 goals per game. The Cavaliers have kept teams scoreless for long stretches of time:

39:23   UMBC
38:37   Richmond
32:22   Georgetown
26:38   North Carolina
25:46   James Madison
25:35   Duke
22:55   Virginia Tech
21:21   Loyola
20:36   Villanova
19:20   Virginia Tech
19:09   Old Dominion
18:52   James Madison
18:49   Princeton
17:45   Virginia Tech
1997 Brine Poll
School           Rec.  M5   A  28 A21 A14  A7 M30 M23 M16 M10 PS
Maryland        18-1    1   1   1   1   1   1   1   1   1   1       
Virginia        14-4    2   2   2   4   5   3   2   2   2   2       
Loyola          13-2    3   3   4   2   2   2   3   3   3   3       
James Madison   12-4    4   4   3   8   7   4   4   4   8   8       
Temple          13-2    5   5   8   7   4   7   7   9   9   9       
William & Mary  10-5    6   8   6   5   6   6   5   6   5   5       
Penn State      10-5    7   6   7   6   9  10   6   5   4   4       
North Carolina  13-3    8   7   5   3   3   5  13  12  12  12      
Dartmouth       10-4    9   9  11   9  10   9  11  13  13  13      
Princeton        7-7   10  10  10  10  11  12   8   8   7   7       
Brown           10-4   11  11  10  12  12  11  15      15  15      
Georgetown       9-8   12  12  12  13  15      12   7   6   6       
Yale            12-5   13  13  13  11   8   8  10  11  11  11  
Rutgers         12-5   14  15  15  14                              
Delaware        12-6   15                          15          
Towson          10-5       14  14  15                              
Harvard          4-8                       15  14  14  14  14      
Old Dominion    7-10                   14  14  9   10  10  10      
Pennsylvania     5-7                   13  13


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