Chasney back in form for Virginia

Return home for ACC play thrill for N.D. Prep alumna

Women's notebook

College Lacrosse

April 28, 2005|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

A year ago, Cary Chasney had to watch from the sidelines as Virginia made its run through the Atlantic Coast Conference women's lacrosse tournament and went on to win the national championship.

A knee injury in just the second game of the season landed her on the sidelines with a medical redshirt for the remainder of her junior year.

Now, however, the Notre Dame Prep graduate is fully recovered from that torn anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee and is back in the thick of things. Her 28 goals and 10 assists rank third on the Cavaliers' scoring chart.

"[The injury] has definitely made me cherish playing so much more because I could not be a part of such a successful season," said the 2003 All-America midfielder.

"At the beginning of this season, I was tentative and hadn't hit my stride, but now going into postseason, personally and as a team, we're here to blossom. This is what we've been waiting for. This is why you play the whole season."

Chasney can't wait to play before the hometown crowd at M&T Bank Stadium when the No. 7 Cavaliers meet No. 8 Maryland in tomorrow's ACC tournament semifinals.

"This is anyone's tournament to win," said Chasney. "The ACC teams are so strong and there's such a great rivalry there. The fact that it's in Baltimore at [the] Ravens' stadium, the environment's going to be so charged."

Terps want No. 6

Maryland appears to be peaking just in time to make a run at its sixth ACC title in the nine-year history of the tournament.

The Terrapins followed last week's victory over North Carolina with their third straight win, a 20-4 pounding of then-No. 13 Syracuse on Sunday.

A boost could come for the tournament with the expected return of veteran midfielder Acacia Walker, who missed the Syracuse game and most of the Carolina game after suffering a knee injury during warm-ups in Chapel Hill.

Walker would give more power to a Terps offense that has scored 46 goals in its last three games - all against ranked teams.

Still, Maryland will have to end Virginia's four-game winning streak against the Terps to move on to Sunday's ACC final. The Cavaliers won the regular-season meeting, 15-8, in Charlottesville, Va., as the Terps could not overcome a 13-3 lead despite a late rally.

Only once have Maryland and Virginia not met in the ACC tournament. The Terps won their fifth ACC crown in 2003 with an 11-6 win over the Cavaliers, but Virginia turned the tables last season, winning the final, 9-7.

Chrest ties Duke mark

Duke's Katie Chrest has tied the Blue Devils' record for goals in a season with 54, matching Tricia Martin's total from 1998.

Chrest, The Sun's 2002 All-Metro Player of the Year at Maryvale, scored three goals in Friday's 20-7 win over ACC newcomer Virginia Tech to reach 54 goals in 15 games. She leads the No. 3 Blue Devils in goals, assists (16) and points this season while also ranking among the team's best in draw controls and ground balls.

The junior continues to rise on the Blue Devils' all-time scoring lists, as well. She ranks third in points (178) and fourth in goals (136) and assists (42).

The Blue Devils (12-3) wrapped up the top seed for the ACC tournament with the win over Virginia Tech, which also got three goals and two assists from Mount Hebron graduate Kristen Waagbo, The Sun's 2003 Player of the Year.

History of closeness

There was no runaway winner in the ACC regular season, so don't expect one in the tournament. History points to that.

Five of the eight championship games have been decided by three goals or fewer.

Duke and Virginia tied at 3-1 in the conference; Maryland and North Carolina tied at 2-2.

Head-to-head competition broke the ties. The Blue Devils got the top seed with a 16-12 win over Virginia, and the Terps ended up third after a 14-7 win at North Carolina.

The Tar Heels dropped into the tournament's first-ever play-in game and will meet Virginia Tech today at 5 p.m.

Virginia Tech finished 0-4, but the Hokies weren't that far off the pack, falling to North Carolina, 12-10. Carolina dealt Duke its only loss, 12-11.

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