April 17, 2007
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The Virginia women's lacrosse team spotted the George Mason Patriots two early goals but rallied to take a 4-3 lead at halftime, and then pulled away with four goals in the first ten minutes of the second half to break open the game. The No. 7 Cavaliers (12-3) won the first five draws of the second half, with Duff controlling three of them, to take charge of the game and hold on for the win over the Patriots (5-8). Duff led all players with five draw controls and added two ground balls and a caused turnover; Kendall McBrearty had ten saves to keep down the Patriots' attack. At the other end of the field Blair Weymouth had two goals and added three assists; Brittany Kalkstein and Kate Breslin both had a hat trick for the Cavaliers.
After a pair of goals by Mason and four saves by Sara Longobucco, the Patriots led 2-0 for the first 18 minutes of the game. Virginia was able to break the drought after a McBrearty save and the Cavaliers cleared the ball where a pair of shots failed to fall, but Jess Wasilewski got control of the ball behind the net and fed Kate Breslin for a goal to put Virginia on the scoreboard. Goals by Ashley McCulloch and Brittany Kalkstein just over a minute apart pushed Virginia ahead 3-2, but Mason tied the game a minute later on Megan Udovich's first goal. A Duff caused turnover led to Megan O'Malley's only goal of the game, but it was enough to put UVa ahead 4-3 at halftime.
Duff won the draw to open the second half and found Megan Havrilla
, who fed Weymouth for a goal 32 seconds into the second half. The Patriots pulled back within one three minutes later, but a Breslin goal off the draw and a Wasilewski goal 65 seconds later pushed the margin up to three at 7-4. Laura King's only goal of the night pulled the Patriots to within two, but Kalkstein scored twice in 79 seconds to give Virginia a 10-5 lead. Breslin and Weymouth sandwiched goals around a strike by Kelly Davis to account for the final score of 12-6.
Duff led all players with five draw controls; Virginia caused eight of Mason's turnovers with Jessy Morgan, Havrilla and Kalkstein notching two each. McBrearty corralled three ground balls in addition to her 10 saves.
The Cavaliers return to action as they travel to Chestnut Hill, Mass. to take on ACC-rival Boston College on Saturday, April 21. Opening draw against the Eagles is 1 p.m. at the Newton Athletic Complex.
Linescore 1 2 F (records)
Virginia 4 8 12 (12-3)
Geo. Mason 3 3 6 (5-8)
Scoring: VA Weymouth 2-3=5; Kalkstein 3-0=3; Breslin 3-0=3; McCulloch 1-2=3; Wasilewski 1-1=2; Duff 1-0=1; O'Malley 1-0=1; Havrilla 0-1=1
GMU: Udovich 2-0=3; Curry 1-0=1; King 1-0=1; Davis 1-0=1; Venturi 1-0=1; Berger 0-1=1
Keepers: VA: McBrearty (56 mins, 10 saves, 5 GA); Benner (4 mins, 0 saves, 1 GA)
GM: Longobucco (60 mins, 13 saves, 12 GA)
Draws: VA 14, GMU 6
Total shots: VA 34, GM 23
Field shots: VA 28, GM 22
Ground balls: VA 22, GM 16
Caused turnovers: VA 11, GM 7
Turnovers: VA 19, GM 22
Clearing: VA 13/17, GM 17/19
Fouls: VA 8, GM 9
8-meter attempts: VA 6, GM 1
8-meter shots: VA 6, GM 1