Women's Lacrosse Handles #10 Duke 13-3

Cavaliers advance to ACC Finals.

April 18, 1998

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The third-ranked Virginia women's lacrosse team used a total team effort and a 4-0 burst in 70 seconds to defeat the #10 Duke Blue Devils for the second week in a row by a score of 13-3. Six different Cavaliers scored as Virginia scored four times in 70 seconds with the last three coming in a 42 second span to take a 4-0 lead in the first five minutes of the game. With the win, the Cavaliers advance to the 1998 ACC Women' s Lacrosse Championships for the second consecutive year. Their opponents will be the North Carolina Tar Heels who defeated the defending champion Maryland Terrapins 12-10 in the first semifinal.

Senior captain Kara Ariza (Lansdowne, Pa./Penn Wood) got the Cavs on the board with a blast from Jess Hull (Arnold, Md./Broadneck) 3:43 into the game. Samm Taylor (Springfield, Va./Robinson) won the ensuing draw and flipped the ball to Kelly Allenbach (West Chester, Pa./W. C. Henderson), who scored 22 seconds later. The Cavaliers controlled the next draw and 1998 ACC Player of the Year Peggy Boutilier (Baltimore, Md./Roland Park Country) made a dodge to the cage and slipped a high bounce shot in to the net 31 seconds later, giving Virginia a 3-0 lead and forcing Duke to call a time out. However, Taylor controlled the next draw and got the ball to ACC Rookie of the Year Mills Hook (Lutherville, Md./St. Paul' s), who connected 17 seconds later to give the Cavaliers the 4-0 lead.

Duke answered with a Tricia Martin blast from the right side halfway through the first period, but Hull and Boutilier both made runs at the cage to put the Cavaliers up 6-1 with just under four minutes to go in the half. Duke' s Karen Sutton added a Duke tally a minute later as she ran in from the restraining line to cut the deficit to 6-2 at the half.

Hull scored her second goal of the game seven minutes into the second half as she drove to the cage. Duke' s Kate Soulier answered for the Blue Devils as she took a Sutton pass to the cage, but that would be all the scoring Duke would get for the game. Virginia ran off the last seven goals of the game, including four on free positions, to ice the victory. Mia Mooney (Penn Valley, Pa./Shipley) kept her goal-scoring strak alive with a pair of goals in the final 83 seconds of the game, both coming off free positions.

Defensively, the Cavaliers were led by Heather Castle (Timonium, Md./Notre Dame Prep) who made three saves on the day and contributed two caused turnovers. Taylor had four caused turnovers to lead the Cavaliers and Amy Fromal (Folsom, Pa./Ridley) and Meredith Elwell (Moorestown, NJ/Moorestown) ieach added two caused turnovers. Ariza led the Hoos with six ground balls while Allenbach added five ground balls and Hull and Elwell each added four.

The Cavaliers will face the top-seeded North Carolina Tar Heels on Sunday, April 19 at 1:15 pm. The game will be televised live by Fox Sports South and shown via tape-delay on HTS at 6:00 that day.

                   1   2   Final (Records)
Duke   (#10)       2   1     3 (8-5)
Virginia    (#3)   6   7    13 (11-2)

Scoring: Goals (V): Hull 3, Boutilier 2, Mooney 2, Hook 2, Taylor , Ariza, Allenbach, Aumiller (D): Soulier,, Martin, Sutton Assists: (V): Taylor 2, Hull (D): Sutton Clearing (V): 11-14; (D): 11-19 Caused Turnovers: V: 14; D: 10 Turnovers: V: 18; D: 19 Draw controls: V: 13; D: 4 Grraused Turnovers: V: 12; D: 11 Turnovers: V: 15; D: 17 Draw controls: V: 13; D: 4 Ground balls: V:34; D: 14 Fouls: V: 11; D: 13 Shots: V: 32; D: 11 Free Positions: V: 12; D: 1 Saves: V: 3 (Castle 3); D: 10 (Chaney 10)