April 21, 2009

UVA, Va. Tech Renew Rivalry in ACCs

from press release

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The No. 9 Virginia women's lacrosse team will  head down the road to Blacksburg, Va., to compete against in-state rival  Virginia Tech in the first round of the 2009 Atlantic Coast Conference  Tournament. Opening draw is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Thursday; with the  game being broadcast live on ACCSelect.com, while live stats can be  found on VirginiaSports.com.

The Cavaliers (10-6, 2-3 ACC) enter the tournament as the fourth seed  and are coming off a regular-season finale loss to No. 1 Northwestern,  11-10, on Sunday. Senior Blair Weymouth leads the attack with 48 goals  and 63 points, while classmate Ashley McCulloch has dished out 28 assists.

The Hokies (7-9, 1-4 ACC) have dropped their last two contests and enter  as the fifth seed. Rachel Culp paces the offense with 53 goals and 15  assists.

In Virginia's season opener, the Cavaliers soundly defeated the Hokies,  19-3, in Klöckner Stadium. McCulloch led Virginia in the contest with  four goals and four assists, while Weymouth, redshirt junior Whitaker  Hagerman and freshman Josie Owen completed hat tricks.

For Tech, Jessica Nonn and Culp combined to score Tech's three goals,  while Kari Morrison had 13 saves in the contest.

Although this marks the first time that the in-state rivals will face  each other in the ACC Tournament, the Cavaliers hold a perfect 13-0  record against Tech in regular-season contests.

In conference tournament action, Virginia owns a 15-7 record in the  league's 12-year tournament history. Overall, the Cavaliers have won  five conference championships, including the last three-straight and  four of the past five.

The winner of the Virginia-Virginia Tech match-up will advance to face  top-seeded No. 2 Maryland on Friday at 4 p.m.

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