April 23, 2009

Courtesy of The ACC

BLACKSBURG, VA. (theACC.com) – No. 4 seed Virginia rolled to a 13-5 win over No. 5 seed Virginia Tech in the opening game of the 2009 ACC Women’s Lacrosse Championship on Thursday afternoon at Virginia Tech’s Thompson Field.   The Cavaliers advance to the semifinals with the win and will face top-seeded Maryland on Friday afternoon at 4:00 p.m.


The Cavaliers (12-6) sprinted out to a 4-0 lead before Virginia Tech (7-11) got on the board with just under 9:08 left in the first period.  The Cavaliers then scored three goals in just over thirty seconds to raise the lead to 7-1 entering the intermission.


“We really wanted to go with ball movement today,” said Virginia head coach Julie Myers.  “Virginia Tech is good but we thought that the faster we could move the ball, the more open looks we would get. “


The Hokies opened the second half with a goal only a minute into the period.  Virginia replied with two goals in less than five minutes to take a 9-3 lead.  Both teams exchanged goals over the final 22 minutes to give Virginia the final margin of 13-5.


Senior attacker Ashley McCulloch led Virginia with four goals and two assists.  Fellow senior Jenny Hauser posted three goals and an assist for the Cavaliers.  


Virginia Tech’s Caitlyn Wier paced the Hokies with two goals while Rachel Culp scored a goal and an assist as the Hokies are eliminated from the Championship.


Virginia’s goalkeeper Sara Hairfield improved to 3-0 on the season and made five saves in the win.  Kari Morrison took the loss between the pipes for Virginia Tech with 11 saves.  She falls to 7-10 on the season


“We’re excited that this one is behind us,” added coach Myers.  “Maryland is an awesome team and we’ll have our hands full tomorrow.  We need to make sure that we are on top of our game tomorrow night.”


The 2009 ACC Women’s Lacrosse Championship continues on Friday as Virginia will move on to play No. 1 seed Maryland at 4:00 p.m.  The semifinal match will be broadcast for free on ACC Select.  For more information and other future broadcasts, please visit www.ACCSelect.com.


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