May 15, 1998
BALTIMORE, Md. - The Virginia Cavaliers (17-2) showed why they are the stingiest defense in the country as they advanced to the 1998 NCAA Finals with a 10-7 win over Dartmouth (13-3). The Big Green led the nation in scoring with 14.61 goals per game but the Cavaliers, who allow only 5.67 goals per game, held Dartmouth to their lowest goal total this season. Offensively the Cavaliers were led by freshman Lacey Aumiller (Baltimore, Md/Notre Dame Prep) who tied her career high with four goals.
Virginia jumped out on top just over a minute into the game when Jess Hull (Arnold, Md/Broadneck) made an unassisted drive to the cage. Kara Ariza (Lansdowne, Pa./Penn Wood) quick sticked an Aumiller pass 80 seconds later to put UVa up 2-0. Senior captain Peggy Boutilier (Baltimore, Md./Roland Park Country) won the draw and took it down for a goal 22 seconds later to put UVa up 3-0, forcing Dartmouth to call a time out.
Dartmouth got on the board as Jacque Weitzel converted a free position 10:29 into the half. Aumiller and Hall both scored for the Cavaliers in 83 seconds to give Virginia a 5-1 lead with 13:55 to go. Dartmouth's Kate Grew scored twice in a minute to cut the deficit to 5-3 and Weitzel's second free position brought the Big Green within one at 6:23.
But with under two minutes to go, Mills Hook (Lutherville, Md./St. Paul's) was called for a crease violation and the ball was awarded to the Dartmouth goalie. While trying to clear the ball, she tripped and the ball rolled outside the crease. Hooks alertly picked up the ball and deposited it in the empty net to give UVa a 6-4 lead which they took into the break.
Dartmouth's Weitzel scored unassisted three minutes into the second half to move within one. Graw then seemingly scored four minutes later but was instead given a yellow card for a dangerous follow through as she hit Melissa Hayes (Chevy Chase, Md./Georgetown Visitation) in the face.
With just under 20 minutes to go Stephy Samaras (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis) intercepted a pass and raced down field where she passed the ball to Meredith Elwell (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) who fed it back to Samaras who scored. Ariza won the ensuing draw and fed Aumiller, who was standing on the crease, whose goal gave the Cavaliers an 8-5 lead.
Aumiller scored again at 11:50 to give Virginia a 9-5 lead, forcing Dartmouth to take a time out. After the time out Weitzel scored on a free position to cut the lead to 9-6. Aumiller scored her fourth goal on a charge to the cage and from there the Cavaliers played possession ball to run out the clock. Dartmouth's Julia Miller scored with 13 seconds remaining to make the final score 10-7.
The UVa defense was led by senior goalie Heather Castle's seven saves. Virginia was also led by Samm Taylor (Springfield, Va./Robinson) and her four caused turnovers and Boutilier's six ground balls.
Virginia will now face Maryland, who defeated North Carolina 14-9, game in the National Championship on Sunday, (May 17) at 3:00 p.m.
Goals: Weitzel 4, Graw 2, Morrill 1.
Saves: Carlson 18.
Goals: Aumiller 4, Hull 2, Kook, Boutilier, Ariza, Samaras.
Assists: Ariza, Elwell, Aumiller,
Saves: Castle 7.