Via Virginia Sports Information; Photo: cville-lax.com

Photo copyright (c) 2007 Tom McCrystal
Senior captain Jessy Morgan (23) works a clear against Temple. Wednesday, March 7, 2007. (Click for a larger version: 66K)

#5 Virginia and #3 Maryland — both undefeated in 5 starts each — meet up in the 44th version of the nation’s most storied rivalry in women’s lacrosse as the Terrapins draw against the Cavaliers on Tuesday (March 13) at 5 p.m. in Virginia’s Klockner Stadium. The Cavaliers, the 2006 ACC Champions and winners of two of the last three conference titles, have won six consecutive games against their archrivals.

Virginia and Maryland have staged epic contests in the past, and these two have combined for 13 national titles. They are two of only seven schools that have played in over 500 games and they rank 1-2 all-time in winning percentage and 1-3 in all-time wins at the Division I level. Alumna of these two giants have populated the US national teams and have won multiple world titles. Maryland and Virginia consistently produce national players of the year, and tonight’s game is the first in history that features two Tewaaraton Trophy recipients coaching against each other as Jenni Adams won in 2001 and Amy Appelt won in 2004.

Tonight’s game features stingy Virginia defense against an explosive Maryland offense. The Cavaliers have not allowed opponents to reach double digits on the scoreboard in 2007, thanks in large part to a defense that allows only 14 shots per game. Captain Jessy Morgan and fellow veterans Jen Holden and Claire Bordley have organized a tight defense in front of Kendall McBrearty, and the addition of first-year Kaitlin Duff has made the Cavalier backline even stronger. Duff has already earned National Rookie of the Week honors and she leads Virginia in ground balls and caused turnovers. Maryland has scored 15 goals or more in each contest
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