Nov. 11, 1997

Cavaliers Play Host to JMU in NCAA First Round Game

THE GAME: NCAA Tournament First Round
James Madison (13-6-2) at No. 12 Virginia (13-4-2)
Kloeckner Stadium * November 15, 1996

VIRGINIA PROBABLE STARTERS:
No. Name Pos. Yr. Ht. Statistics
00 Megan Boehm G So. 5-11 1.04 GAA, 36 saves
4 Karem Esteva D Jr. 5-3 0 goals, 0 assists
5 Liz Botta D Jr. 5-5 1 goal, 1 assist
11 Carryn Weigand D Jr. 5-7 0 goals, 1 assist
21 Kelly McLaughlin D Sr. 5-7 3 goals, 1 assist
12 Tracey Lache M Fr. 5-5 4 goals, 4 assists
17 Jennifer Rawlings M Sr. 5-2 5 goals, 9 assists
20 Katie Tracy M Fr. 5-5 4 goals, 4 assists
24 Wendy Hartwig M Sr. 5-6 0 goals, 2 assists
6 Angela Hucles F So. 5-7 15 goals, 5 assists
8 Jill Maxwell F Jr. 5-8 4 goals, 7 assists

THE SERIES WITH JAMES MADISON: Today's game will be the 13th meeting between the Cavaliers and the Dukes, with Virginia leading the all-time series 10-0-2. Even though James Madison has never beaten the Cavaliers, each of the last two meetings has resulted in a tie (2-2 at Kloeckner Stadium in 1996 and 1-1 in Harrisonburg earlier this year). Virginia holds a 6-0-1 advantage in games played in Charlottesville, including a 2-0-1 record at Kloeckner. Today's meeting marks the first time the schools have ever played in the postseason.

VIRGINIA IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT: The Cavaliers are making their fourth straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament and their 10th in the last 11 years. In its previous nine appearances in the NCAAs, Virginia has an overall record of 1-9-0. The Cavaliers are 0-6-0 at home in NCAA Tournament games and 1-3-0 on the road. Virginia's only victory in NCAA action came in 1991, when it posted a 2-0 win at Connecticut.

THE CLEMSON RECAP: Libby King scored the game's only goal as No. 14 Clemson upset the ninth-ranked Cavaliers 1-0 in the first round of the ACC Tournament, played at Wake Forest. King redirected a shot by Alison Burpee into the goal at the 42:13 mark to give the Tigers the lead just before halftime. Meredith McCullen made six saves in goal for Clemson, while Megan Boehm had five saves for Virginia. The Tigers outshot the Cavaliers 12-11 in the game, with UVa holding a 5-4 edge in corner kicks.

VIRGINIA SCORING IN THE NCAAS: In its previous nine NCAA Tournament appearances, Virginia has totaled four goals. Three of those four goals were scored by Amanda Cromwell, a two-time All-American. Cromwell netted three unassisted goals in NCAA action, the first coming during the 2-1 loss to Massachusetts in 1989. Cromwell also had the game winner at Connecticut in 1991 (Virginia's only game-winning goal in NCAA Tournament play), and the team's lone goal during the 5-1 loss to North Carolina in the 1991 national semifinals. Virginia's only other goal in NCAA Tournament play came from Tracy DiMillio off a feed from Cindi Kunihiro, during the 2-0 win over Connecticut.

CAVALIERS TIE FOR THIRD IN ACC REGULAR SEASON: Virginia finished in a tie for third place in the ACC regular season standings. The Cavaliers went 4-3-0 in conference games this season, ending the year tied with Clemson and Maryland behind only North Carolina and Duke. Virginia has never finished lower than third in the ACC regular season standings. The Cavaliers have finished second four times, but have never won an ACC regular season title.

THREE CAVALIERS EARN ALL-ACC HONORS: Virginia placed three players on this year's All-Atlantic Coast Conference teams, with all of them earning first team honors. Sophomores Angela Hucles and Megan Boehm are both first team All-ACC selections for the second straight season, while junior Karen Esteva was a first team selection after earning second team honors in both her freshman and sophomore years. Esteva becomes only the the third player in school history to earn All-ACC honors at least three times, joining Tracey Kennedy (a four-time selection from 1987-90) and Amanda Cromwell (a four-time selection from 1988-91). Boehm and Hucles join Dina Padula and Wendy Hartwig (both named second team All-ACC in 1995 and '96) as the only other UVa players to earn all-conference honors more than once.

THE LAST MEETING WITH THE DUKES -- VIRGINIA 1, JAMES MADISON 1 (OT): Katie Tracy scored on a header at the 74:47 mark as the Cavaliers came from behind to salvage a 1-1 tie at James Madison on Oct. 7. The Dukes had taken a 1-0 lead at 66:45 when Tasha Ellis scored unassisted from 12 yards away in the right side of the box. Tracy tied up the game less than 10 minutes later, heading in a free kick by Lindsay Ritter from four yards out at the left post. Virginia outshot James Madison 16-13 in the game, including a 5-1 edge in the overtime periods. Megan Boehm made five saves in goal, while Stacy Bilodeau had eight saves for the Dukes.

HUCLES LEADING THE WAY: Once again this season, sophomore forward Angela Hucles is the leading scorer for the Cavaliers. Although she struggled to put the ball in the net during the month of October, she scored a huge goal in the 2-1 win over Maryland. After receiving a pass from Tracey Lache at the top of the penalty box, Hucles dribbled around Terrapin goalkeeper Rikki-Ann Serrins before scoring from 12 yards out in the left center. For the year, Hucles now has 35 points on 15 goals and five assists. She has now scored at least 15 goals in each of her first two seasons at Virginia, while no previous player had ever scored more than 13 goals.

RAWLINGS ASSISTS IN VICTORIES: Senior midfielder Jennifer Rawlings has been a key part in the Cavaliers' success this season. She has recorded nine assists on the year, with five of them coming on game-winning goals. In fact, Rawlings has had an assist on the game winner in each of Virginia's last five victories. For the year Rawlings stands second on the team in scoring with five goals and nine assists for 19 points, including the game-winning goal in UVa's victory at Portland. In addition, the Cavaliers stand 8-1-0 in games where Rawlings has recorded either a goal or an assist (the lone loss came at Duke).

LACHE COMING THROUGH IN THE CLUTCH: Although she has scored only four times this season, every one of freshman midfielder Tracey Lache's goals has won a game for the Cavaliers. Her last goal came against N.C. State, when she knocked in a corner kick by Jennifer Rawlings to open the scoring, as the Cavaliers went on to a 2-0 win. Lache also knocked in a pass from Angela Hucles with less than three minutes to play to give the Cavaliers' a 3-2 win at Wake Forest, and scored off a feed from Rawlings to give UVa a 3-2 victory over William & Mary in sudden death overtime. Lache's only other goal this season was the game winner in UVa's 5-2 victory at Penn State.

THE RECORD BREAKERS: Angela Hucles, the Cavaliers' leading scorer this season, has a good chance to break the school single season records for both goals and points. She currently has 15 goals and 35 points this year, placing her second on the UVa single season lists in both categories. Hucles stands only one point behind Andrea Rubio's single season record of 36 points (set in 1990), while needing two more goals to match her own school record of 17, set last season. In less than two full seasons, Hucles already ranks fifth on the UVa career list for goals scored (32) and seventh in points (69). Jennifer Rawlings is also closing in on some Cavalier records. She has nine assists on the season, needing only two more to match the single season record of 11 set by both Tania Jovanovic and Dina Padula in 1995. Rawlings also has 23 career assists, ranking second all-time at UVa behind only Rubio (30 assists / 1989-92).

BOEHM CONTINUES SOLID PLAY IN GOAL: Sophomore goalkeeper Megan Boehm is enjoying another outstanding season for the Cavaliers. She has played 16 games in goal this season and has a 1.04 goals against average with 36 saves. Boehm has a pair of solo shutouts on the year, including one on the road against third-ranked Portland. For her career, Boehm ranks fifth all-time at UVa with 75 saves. She had a career-high eight saves at Clemson earlier this season, and made five more saves against the Tigers in the ACC Tournament.

ESTEVA LEADS THE CAVALIER DEFENSE: Junior defender Karem Esteva, who has earned All-ACC honors in each of her three seasons, has been one of the main reasons for the success of the UVa defense this year. She has started every game at sweeper this season, playing more minutes than any other player on the squad (1,696). Esteva has played the entire game in 17 of Virginia's 19 contests this season, while leading the Cavalier defense to a team goals against average of 1.20 and five shutouts. During her career, Esteva has started all 61 of the team's games.

TRACY PLAYING SOLID IN THE MIDDLE: Freshman midfielder Katie Tracy has been among the top offensive threats for the Cavaliers this season. She has totaled four goals and four assists for 12 points, and is tied with Tracey Lache for fourth on the squad in scoring. Her last goal came in the win over Loyola (Md.), when she headed in a Jennifer Rawlings' corner kick for the game winner. On the season, Tracy is one of only four players on the squad to start every game, while she has played the fifth-most minutes (1,414).

HEINRICHS HAS ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL SEASON: Now is her second season as the head coach at Virginia, April Heinrichs has led the Cavaliers to another outstanding year this fall. UVa currently has an overall record of 13-4-2, needing only one more win to tie for the third-most victories in school history. In her two years at Virginia, Heinrichs has led the Cavaliers to an overall record of 25-11-4. Over her eight-year career as a collegiate head coach, she now has a career record of 89-57-12.

MAXWELL STILL A THREAT: Junior forward Jill Maxwell, one of the top scorers for the Cavaliers, returned to the starting lineup in the ACC Tournament after missing the previous three games due to injury. She currently ranks third on the team in scoring with 15 points on four goals and seven assists. Maxwell's biggest game of the year came against Washington, when she put in the Cavaliers first goal and later scored the game winner. For the year Maxwell has played in 16 games and totaled 1,203 minutes, after missing the first year and a half of her career with a knee injury and totaling only 391 minutes prior to this season.

DATE OPPONENT TIME / SCORE
Sept. 2 at #18 George Mason T, 0-0
Sept. 5 at #17 Penn State W, 5-2
Sept. 9 Old Dominion W, 2-1

adidas / Lady Footlocker Classic (at Portland, Ore.)
Sept. 13 Washington W, 4-2
Sept. 14 at #3 Portland W, 1-0

Coca-Cola Classic
Sept. 19 Kansas W, 4-0
Sept. 20 Princeton W, 3-0

Sept. 23 GEORGE Washington W, 4-1
Sept. 26 at #9 Duke * L, 2-3
Sept. 28 at #12 Wake Forest * W, 3-2
Oct. 1 #16 WILLIAM & Mary W, 3-2 (OT)
Oct. 7 at James Madison T, 1-1 (OT)
Oct. 10 N.C. State * W, 2-0
Oct. 15 Loyola (Md.) W, 2-1
Oct. 18 Florida State * W, 2-1
Oct. 24 at #17 Clemson * L, 0-2
Oct. 29 #16 Maryland * W, 2-1
Nov. 2 #1 North Carolina * L, 0-3

ACC Tournament (at Winston-Salem, N.C.)
Nov. 6 #14 Clemson L, 0-1

NCAA Tournament
Nov. 15 JAMES MADISON TBA
Nov. 21-23 Second Round
Nov. 28-30 Third Round
Dec. 5-7 Semifinals and Finals (at Greensboro, N.C.)

* Atlantic Coast Conference games
Home games played at Kloeckner Stadium
Rankings listed are by Soccer America on day of game

UVa in the NCAAs
Overall Record: 1-9-0
Year Round Site Opponent Score
1987 First H William & Mary L, 0-1
1988 First A Central Florida L, 0-2
1989 First H Massachusetts L, 1-2
1990 Second H Connecticut L, 0-1
1991 Second A Connecticut W, 2-0
Semis A North Carolina L, 1-5
1992 Second H Duke L, 0-2
1994 First H George Mason L, 0-3
1995 Second H Santa Clara L, 0-1
1996 First A Duke L, 0-1

1997 ACC Standings
School          ACC     Pct.    Overall Pct.
North Carolina  7-0-0   1.000   22-0-1  .975
Duke            6-1-0   .857    14-5-1  .778
Maryland        4-3-0   .571    12-8-3  .600
Virginia        4-3-0   .571    13-4-2  .778
Clemson         4-3-0   .571    13-6-0  .706
N.C. State      2-5-0   .286    9-11-1  .450
Wake Forest     1-6-0   .143    11-7-2  .605
Florida State   0-7-0   .000    8-12-0  .421

ALL-ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE TEAMS
FIRST TEAM
Name School Pos. Yr.
Megan Boehm Virginia G So.
Karem Esteva Virginia D Jr.
Lorrie Fair North Carolina D So.
Nel Fettig North Carolina D Sr.
Sara Burkett Clemson M Jr.
Tiffany Roberts North Carolina M Jr.
Laurie Schwoy North Carolina M So.
Robin Confer North Carolina F Sr.
Angela Hucles Virginia F So.
Andi Melde Duke F Sr.
Cindy Parlow North Carolina F Jr.

SECOND TEAM
Name School Pos. Yr.
Meredith McCullen Clemson G Jr.
Lauren Cyran Duke D Sr.
Emily Janss Maryland D So.
Lindsay Massengale Clemson D Jr.
Staci Wilson North Carolina D Sr.
Stefanie Mathews Wake Forest M Fr.
Robin McCullough Maryland M Jr.
Kristy Whelchel Duke M Jr.
Samantha Baggett Duke F Sr.
Sheri Bueter Clemson F Jr.
Keri Sarver Maryland F Jr.

Player of the Year: Andi Melde, Duke
Rookie of the Year: Isis Dallis, Duke
Coach of the Year: Bill Hempen, Duke