Virginia surge downs Loyola women, 13-10

Cavaliers get final 6 goals in upending No. 4 'Hounds

College Lacrosse

April 25, 2002|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Fourth-ranked Loyola and No. 5 Virginia played two different women's lacrosse games last night, but the Cavaliers put on their best show in the second half.

Virginia scored the final six goals of the game to grab a 13-10 victory from the Greyhounds, who appeared in control until the last 12 minutes.

Loyola, Division I's top defensive team, had not given up more than 10 goals in a game this season and had held opponents to an average of 6.33 per game.

Loyola (13-3) took a 10-7 lead with 13:31 left, when Jaclyn Borrone scored on a feed from Talia Shacklock. Goalie Tricia Dabrowski, who finished with 11 saves, made four big stops early in the second half to keep the Greyhounds in the lead as their attack began to stall.

The Greyhounds took 21 shots in the first half but managed just six in the second half as Virginia (13-3) applied heavy defensive pressure and forced nine Loyola turnovers, many of them at the Greyhounds' attacking end.

"It's happened a few times this year where we just haven't capitalized on the opportunities that we've had," said Loyola senior Stacey Morlang. "It's not that we're not getting them, and it's not that we're not good enough. We've got to be more patient and have a good look around."

After Borrone's goal, the Greyhounds only took one more shot. The Cavaliers, who lead Division I in scoring with a 15-goal average, scored on six of their last seven shots.

Lauren Aumiller, who finished with five goals, started the comeback at 11:19, and then Cary Chasney fed Molly Cangemi 12 seconds later to close to 10-9.

Cangemi tied the game on a free-position shot with 6:35 to go and Amy Appelt, who became the Cavaliers' all-time freshman goal scorer, got the game winner, rolling into the crease and getting an open lane to the goal when defender Marianne Gioffre slipped.

The Cavaliers, who won five of the last six draws, got another quick goal when Aumiller fed Appelt off the draw control to run the lead to 12-10 with 4:36 to go.

"That was a pivotal point in our surge," said Virginia coach Julie Myers, after the 300th win in the history of the Cavaliers' program.

"It's nice to see our team, which the last couple games has really been struggling with the draw, come up with the draw when we really needed it and be able to create that fast break."

For Loyola, other than Dabrowski's efforts, almost all of the highlights came in the first half when Suzanne Eyler scored the team's first three goals and her teammates reeled off five of the last six of the half to take a 9-6 lead.

Virginia's defense upped the ante in the second half, pressuring on every possession and forcing key turnovers. Cavaliers sophomore goalie Andrea Pfeiffer finished with 15 saves.

Aumiller, a Notre Dame Prep graduate, scored her 200th career point last night and set a Cavaliers record by running her consecutive-game scoring streak to 18. Although only a junior, she also set a record for career draw controls with 134 after four last night.

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