April 14, 2009

Balanced Attack Sends Virginia Past Mason

from press release

FAIRFAX, Va. - The No. 10 Virginia women's lacrosse team had it's largest scoring output of the season on Tuesday against George Mason, en route to a 21-8 victory at George Mason Stadium. Ten Cavaliers contributed to the scoring in the win, moving Virginia to 10-5 on the
season, while the Patriots fall to 5-8.

Senior Blair Weymouth and junior Kaitlin Duff each notched a game-high seven points - a season-high for Weymouth and a career-high for Duff - on four goals and three assists, while junior Brittany Kalkstein contributed four goals and an assist - tying a career-high. Junior Whitaker Hagerman had three goals, while junior Caity Whiteley had two goals. Senior Jenny Hauser had a goal and two assists, while senior Ashley McCulloch and freshman Julie Gardner added a goal and an assist. Freshmen Caroline Cochran and Josie Owen rounded out the scoring with a goal and an assist, respectively.

For George Mason, Emily Ellisen led the way with three goals, while Madaly Jamison had a goal and three assists.

The Patriots struck first at 29:43 - the quickest of any opponent this season - but the Cavaliers regrouped and rallied to score nine-unanswered goals to take an eight-point lead with 7:14 remaining in the opening half.

Hagerman sparked the run, getting Virginia on the board at 29:27 by finishing a feed from McCulloch - her 100th career assist - before Weymouth notched an unassisted goal to give the Cavaliers their first lead of the contest, at 2-1.

Hagerman then made it three-straight for the visitors with her second of the day, before Kalkstein, Weymouth and Duff worked to find the back of the net to give Virginia a 6-1 lead at 10:54, forcing George Mason to call a timeout.

McCulloch extended the Cavaliers' lead out of the short intermission with a score and Duff and Hauser tallied goals to cap the nine-goal run.

The Patriots scored their second goal at 5:34, before a goal from Whiteley at 3:09 and a third from George Mason at 2:34 gave the Cavaliers a 10-3 halftime advantage.

Virginia came out firing in the second half, notching seven-straight goals in the first 20 minutes - three from Kalkstein, two from Weymouth and one each from Hagerman and Gardner - to give Virginia a 17-3 lead before Mason snapped the run with a goal at 17:27.

Duff got the Cavaliers going again, though, with a goal at 15:21, before Whiteley notched her second of the day to mark her first multiple goal game of the season. Duff then converted a free position shot for her 25th goal of the season.

George Mason responded with back-to-back goals to bring the score to 20-6 before Cochran fired her second goal of the season into the net at 2:20.

The Patriots would score the final two goals of the game to bring the final score to 21-8, while the 21 goals marks the Cavaliers' largest scoring output since a 21-6 win over William & Mary in 2006.

Virginia had a balanced effort on the draw, having 12 Cavaliers win draw controls, led by Duff's three. She also scooped up four ground balls, while Kalkstein caused two turnovers.

McCulloch's 28th assist of the season was the 100th of her career, marking a feat accomplished by only three other Cavaliers in program history.

The Cavaliers will conclude their regular season on Sunday, hosting No. 1 Northwestern at noon on Sunday.

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