April 5, 2009

Big Run Leads 'Hoos Past Harvard

from press releases

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The No. 9 Virginia women's lacrosse team rallied for a 9-0 run midway through Sunday afternoon's contest with Harvard to pull away from the Crimson, en route to a 13-9 win in Harvard Stadium.

Senior Jenny Hauser got the scoring started at 24:51, but after five scoreless minutes, the Crimson rallied for three unanswered goals to take a 3-1 lead by 15:13.

Senior Ashley McCulloch knotted the score at three all, with two-straight goals, before Hauser and junior Kaitlin Duff combined for the final four goals of the half to give Virginia a 7-3 advantage at halftime.

Virginia opened the second half with three goals in the first six minutes, before Harvard halted the Cavaliers' 9-0 run with a tally at 21:25. The Crimson notched a second-consecutive score at 17:45, before senior Blair Weymouth found the back of the net at 16:36 to mark the 22nd straight game she's scored a goal in - the ninth longest active streak in the NCAA.

Jess Halpern attempted to spark a comeback for the Crimson, recording two-straight goals, before Duff tallied her fourth of the contest at 9:26 to push Virginia ahead 12-7.

Halpern would fire another goal into the cage for Harvard, before Shannon Flynn capped the scoring for the day, tallying a goal at 1:10 to account for the final 13-9 score.

Overall, Duff led the Cavaliers with a career-high four goals and seven caused turnovers - moving her into Virginia's top-10 single season caused turnover records with 36 this season. Hauser and McCulloch each contributed three goals, while Weymouth had two goals and an assist. Gardner added a goal, while junior Brittany Kalkstein had an assist. Senior Katie Shannon also had an assist and won a career-high five draw controls.

In goal, senior Sara Hairfield made her first career start, recording a career-high 11 saves for her second win of the season.

For Harvard, Halpern led the way with four goals, five draw controls and three ground balls. Kerry Clark collected 10 saves in cage.

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