April 23, 2009

UVA Coasts Past Va. Tech in ACC Tourney

from press releases

BLACKSBURG, Va. - The No. 9 Virginia women's lacrosse team got its postseason started off right Thursday afternoon against Virginia Tech in the opening round of the 2009 Atlantic Coast Conference, defeating the Hokies on their home field, 13-5, to advance to tomorrow's semifinal match against top-seed No. 2 Maryland.

The Cavaliers started things off winning seven of the first nine draw controls and tallying the game's first four goals. Junior Kaitlin Duff got the scoring starting before seniors Jenny Hauser and Ashley McCulloch, and freshman Julie Gardner each added scores, respectively, to put Virginia up 4-0, before the Hokies got on the board with a goal at 9:08.

The goal didn't slow up the Cavaliers, though; as they went on to add three more scores within a minute of each other to take a 7-1 lead into the intermission. McCulloch, Gardner and Hauser each notched their second score of the day in the run.

Virginia Tech rallied in the beginning of the second half, converting a shot for a score one minute into play. But Kalkstein and Weymouth found the back of the net for Virginia to give the Cavaliers a 9-2 lead with 23:39 remaining.

Tech sandwiched two scores around one from Hauser, before McCulloch rallied to score two of the next three to push the Cavaliers to 12-5 with 11:03 on the clock.

Redshirt freshman Ainsley Baker recorded an assisted goal - from freshman Josie Owen - with 3:46 remaining to close out the scoring in the game.

McCulloch led the attack with a game-high six points on four goals and two assists, while Hauser had three goals and an assist. Gardner notched two goals for the Cavaliers, while Baker, Duff, Gardner and Kalkstein rounded out the scoring with a goal each. Kalkstein also won five draw controls, while Own contributed a career-high three assists.

For the Hokies, Caitlin Wier had two goals, while Allie Emala had five draw controls.

The win bumps the Cavaliers to 11-6 on the season and 16-7 in ACC Tournament play, while Virginia Tech falls to 7-10 in what marked its season finale.

Virginia will return to action tomorrow, facing Maryland at 4 p.m. at Thompson Field.

"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."

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