March 24, 2009

No. 9 'Hoos Suffocate No. 19 James Madison

from press releases

HARRISONBURG, Va. - The No. 9 Virginia women's lacrosse team used six-consecutive goals midway through the second half to take control of a close contest with No. 19 James Madison, en route to an 18-9 victory at the JMU Lacrosse Complex on Tuesday evening. The win gets the Cavaliers back on track, moving them to 7-3 on the season, while James Madison falls to 4-4.

Nine Cavaliers tallied goals for the Cavaliers, led by senior All-Americans Ashley McCulloch, Blair Weymouth and redshirt junior Whit Hagerman - who each tallied three scores. Senior All-American Jenny Hauser, junior Kaitlin Duff and freshman Josie Owen each contributed two goals, while junior Brittany Kalkstein, junior Caity Whiteley and freshman Julie Gardner rounded out the scoring with a goal each.

Three Dukes notched two goals each for James Madison.

Kalkstein led the Cavaliers with five draw controls, while senior Katie Shannon won four, enabling Virginia to dominate the category 20-9. Shannon also scooped up three ground balls and caused two turnovers, while classmate Jen Holden had two caused turnovers.

The Cavaliers came out firing in the game, notching three goals in the opening three minutes of the contest. Hagerman started the scoring at 28:39, finishing a feed from Kalkstein, before Hauser made it two straight at 27:27. Nineteen seconds later, Weymouth found an open McCulloch - who pushed Virginia ahead 3-0 with a score, forcing James Madison to call a timeout.

Weymouth fired her first goal at 22:08, off a fast break, before notching a second-consecutive goal for the Cavaliers at 16:41.

The Dukes halted the streak with a goal at 7:46 before Hagerman made it 6-1 at 6:15. But James Madison would score the final two scores of the half to cut the Cavaliers' lead to three at 6-3 at halftime.

James Madison came out and put together a bit of a run in the second half, scoring three of the first four goals to cut the Cavaliers' lead to one, at 7-6, with 19:20 to play, but McCulloch finished a pass from Hagerman to snap the streak at 17:02, sparking a 6-0 run for the Cavaliers.

Hagerman tallied the second score of the run, from Hauser, at 14:35 before Hauser fired a rebound from a shot into the net to give Virginia a 10-6 lead with 13:27 on the clock.

Whiteley recorded her second goal of the season about three minutes later and Gardner followed it up with her first of the game at 10:03 to push the Cavaliers ahead 12-6. Owen then notched her first of the game on a fast break, firing a shot into the top corner of the cage - assisted by McCulloch - at 7:21, to cap the run.

The Dukes won the ensuing draw control and raced down the field to win a one-on-one battle with redshirt junior goalkeeper Lauren Benner - who collected five saves on the day - to halt the streak, but the Cavaliers responded with three goals, from Kalkstein, Owen and McCulloch, in a 30-second span to pull ahead 16-7. Duff tacked another at 4:30 to give the Cavaliers a 10-goal advantage.

JMU would go on to score two of the final three goals of the game, accounting for the final score of 18-9.

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