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  Photo copyright (c) 2007 Tom McCrystal  

Kate Breslin (20) looks to feed across the crease against Princeton, Saturday, March 24, 2007. (Click for a larger version: 92K.) Breslin, with 34 goals and 16 assists her senior year, plays her final regular-season home game at Klockner tonight against Georgetown.



The Cavalier women’s lacrosse team will host Georgetown on Wednesday, April 11 in a meeting of two South region teams both ranked in the top-10 nationally. The game is the final regular-season game to be played in Charlottesville, and prior to the game the program will honor the fourth-year class of Kate Breslin, Megan Havrilla, Jessy Morgan, Kaitlin Swagart, and Jess Wasilewski.

The No. 6 Cavaliers (10-2) boast the No. 8 scoring defense in the nation, allowing opponents just over eight goals a game (8.17). The No. 9 Hoyas (7-4) are almost as stingy, allowing opponents 8.55 goals per game. Both teams have faced tough schedules, with GU facing the No. 4 schedule in the nation and the Cavaliers facing the No. 6 schedule, according to Kendall McBrearty ranks eighth nationally in goals-against average, allowing 8.1 goals per game.

Defensively the Cavaliers will face 2006 Tewaaraton finalist Coco Stanwick, who ranks third in the nation in draw controls (4.27 per game) and seventh in scoring (4.91 ppg). A pair of first-years lead the Cavaliers in draw controls as Brittany Kalkstein has 29 and Kaitlin Duff has 24. Duff also leads Virginia in ground balls with 30. Virginia ranks 30th nationally in draw controls with 12.5 per game while the Hoyas pull down 11 per game.

Offensively, Virginia is averaging 13 goals per game, led by Kate Breslin’s 2.83, which ranks her 26th nationally. The fourth-year has set career-highs already this year with 35 goals and 17 assists; she leads the team in both categories. Five Cavaliers have already recorded 30 points this season.

The Virginia-Georgetown rivalry has taken a new twist since the Cavaliers won the first four games from 1995-1998. The two did not meet again until the NCAA quarterfinals in 2003, a game in which Lauren Aumiller tied the NCAA record with eight goals in a 16-9 win. The following year these two met in the semifinals, and Virginia went on to win the national championship. GU has turned the tables since then, winning the last two meetings.