Virginia 10, Johns Hopkins 8

May 12, 2005

With the #6 Cavaliers staring at an 8-7 deficit in the 53rd minute of their first-round NCAA game against #10 Johns Hopkins, the vaunted Virginia defense held its ground and caused a turnover in their defensive third to give the Hoos possession of the ball, starting a three-goal run in a span of 2:08 to give Virginia the win over Johns Hopkins 10-8. Kate Breslin scored a pair of goals 47 seconds apart to put Virginia ahead for good in the 58th minute, and Meredith Lazarus won the draw and scored off a settled attack to send Virginia to the quarterfinals against Boston University on Sunday, May 15 at 2:00. Kim Connors led the Cavaliers with four ground balls in the game while Ginger Miles had nine saves.

The Blue Jays, fresh off their upset of Georgetown last week, scored three times in the opening 6:49 to take a 3-0 lead, forcing the Cavaliers to call a timeout. Mary Key finished a feed from Sarah Walsh, and then Kadie Stamper fed Meagan Voight three minutes later. Stamper then converted a feed from Mary Key 72 seconds later to put the Blue Jays up 3-0 and Virginia took the break.

Out of the timeout Nikki Lieb won the ensuing draw control and Virginia took the ball upfield but a Lauren Riddick save gave possession back to Hopkins. The Blue Jays' clear was broken, however, when Lazarus scooped up an errant pass and brought the ball back upfield where Amy Appelt drove from the top and scored, putting Virginia on the board at 8:45. The goal was Appelt's 50th of the season, making her the first Cavalier in history to notch 50 goals in each of her four seasons.

The Blue Jays won the draw but Breslin tackled back and caused a turnover at the restraining line, where it was picked up by Connors. At the other end of the field, Lieb danced her way through the arc and scored exactly two minutes after Appelt to pull the Cavaliers within one at 3-2. Stamper moved the margin back to two as she scored an unassisted goal on a drive from the top at 12:01, putting the Hop up 4-2.

Appelt won the ensuing draw and took the ball right to the cage but Hopkins checked her stick just as she was ready to shoot the ball. The ball, however, popped right into Cary Chasney's stick, who buried the ball in the Hopkins net for a goal 10 seconds after Stamper's to again pull Virginia within one. The Blue Jays recorded one of their seven first-half draw controls on the following draw and settled their attack, but Lazarus picked off a pass and Virginia settled their offense at the other end. A drive to the cage resulted in a scrum in the 8-meter arc, and Chasney was fouled as she tried to pick up the ball. She was placed on the 8 and Chasney scored on the attempt, tying the game at 4-4 in the 20th minute. Again the Blue Jays won the draw, but they lost control in the arc and Ashley Dodson scooped up the ground ball, giving the Cavaliers the possession at the end of the first half. In the Hoos' offensive zone, Appelt dumped the ball into Lieb, who scored with eight seconds to play in the half, giving Virginia their first lead in the game at 5-4, the score the teams took into halftime.

In the second half, it was the Cavaliers who got on the scoreboard first as Courtney Young beat out a Hopkins player to the ball on an errant pass, giving Virginia the key possession. The Hoos set their attack, and Tyler Leachman was fouled on her way to the cage. She converted the 8-meter shot to give Virginia a 6-4 lead at 38:17.

Voight then scored twice in the span of 1:44, twice finishing a draw-and-dump from Key to pull the Blue Jays even at 6-6 at the 42:14 mark of the game.

Lieb won the ensuing draw control, and the Cavaliers got the ball to Breslin, who took from the top, rolled, and scored just 46 seconds after Voight to give Virginia a little room. Key answered back, tying the game for the fourth time just 97 seconds after Breslin's goal on a move from the top of the arc.

The Blue Jays went ahead in the 53rd minute of the game as Voight scored her fourth goal of the game, quick-sticking a pass from Gallion into the net for an 8-7 Hopkins lead. The Cavaliers won the draw, but Hopkins gained possession and attempted a clear. Just after the Blue Jays brought the ball into their offensive zone, Connors caused a turnover and scooped up the ground ball, and Virginia brought the ball back upfield where Breslin again drove from the top, spun, and scored at 56:15 to tie the game. Chasney was awarded the next draw control after Hopkins drew early, and the Hoos worked the ball around to Breslin, who scored her third consecutive goal 47 seconds after tying the game up to give Virginia the lead at 57:02.

Lazarus won the draw control, and Virginia spread their offense, taking a minute off the clock before Lazarus found herself alone at the restraining line. She took off towards the cage and scored at 58:23, giving Virginia a 10-8 lead. Again Chasney was awarded the control after Hopkins drew early, and the Cavaliers were able to run some time off the clock. The Blue Jays gained possession and advanced the ball upfield but Miles made her ninth save of the game on a point-blank attempt from just outside the goal circle, and Virginia hung on for the final seconds to win 10-8.

With the win, the Cavaliers advance to host #3 Boston University, who defeated Colgate 12-6 today in Boston. Game time against the Terriers is 2:00 on Sunday, May 15. The Terriers are led by Jenny Hauser, the America East Rookie of the Year, who is the younger sister of Virginia's Julie Hauser.

Breslin's hat trick is her fourth consecutive, and she has scored 14 goals in Virginia's last four games.

The win was the 150th career win for head coach Julie Myers, all at Virginia.

At the team banquet at the conclusion of the game, Virginia athletic trainer Blair Putnam was awarded the Betty and Money Yates Award recognizing her service and dedication to the women's lacrosse program.

Virginia vs Johns Hopkins
May 12, 2005

Linescore          1       2       F       records
Johns Hopkins    4       4       8       (11-6)
Virginia          5       5       10      (15-4)

Scoring Summary:
   2:15   J       Key     Walsh   0-1
   5:37      J       Voight  Stamper 0-2
   6:49      J       Stamper Key     0-3
   8:45      V       Appelt  ---     1-3
 10:45       V       Lieb    ---     2-3
 12:01       J       Stamper ---     2-4
 12:11       V       Chasney ---     3-4
 19:42       V       Chasney 8m      4-4
 29:52       V       Lieb    Appelt  5-4
 38:17       V       Leachman        8m      6-4
 40:30       J       Voight  Key     6-5
 42:14       J       Voight  Key     6-6
 43:00       V       Breslin ---     7-6
 44:37       J       Key     ---     7-7
 52:14       J       Voight  Gallion 7-8
 56:15       V       Breslin ---     8-8
 57:02       V       Breslin ---     9-8
 58:23       V       Lazarus ---     10-8

Goals: V: Breslin 3, Lieb 2, Chasney 2, Leachman, Appelt, Lazarus
J: Voight 4, Stamper 2, Key 2

Assists: V: Appelt
J: Key 3, Stamper, Walsh, Gallion

Goalies: V: Miles (60 mins, 9 saves, 8 GA)
J: Lauren Riddick (60 mins, 8 saves, 10 GA)

Draws: V 10, J 10
Shots: V 23, J 20
Ground balls: V 19, J 19
Turnovers: V 17, J 18
Caused turnovers: V 8, J 6
8-meter attempts: V 6, J 5
8-meter shots: V 6, J 4
Fouls: V 10, J 11
Clearing: V 12-17, J 13-18

-- Courtesy Virginia