Virginia’s Kaitlin Duff won the first two draws of the game and the Cavaliers scored the opening two goals, but top-ranked UNC closed the first half with a 6-0 run to take a 7-3 lead at the break. After Virginia (6-1, 2-1 ACC) scored the opening goal of the second half, UNC again went on a run, scoring five goals in five minutes and held on for the 16-7 win. Duff led all players with five draw controls, and Ashley McCulloch had a hat trick for the Cavaliers, who suffered their first defeat of 2007. UNC (8-0, 1-0 ACC) was led by Kristen Taylor’s five goals while Jess Allen added two draws, three ground balls, and a hat trick.

Duff won the opening draw but the Tar Heels gained possession after Virginia set up its offense. UNC worked for a clear but lost the ball at their restraining line, and Claire Bordley scooped up the ground ball and the ‘Hoos brought the ball the other way. Virginia reset their offense and got the ball to McCulloch, who took from the top and scored to put UVa on top 1-0. Again Duff won the draw but the teams traded possessions before an overthrow on a UNC clear went out of bounds. Jen Holden gained control and Virginia worked the ball upfield where Kate Breslin fed Brittany Kalkstin, who scored at 18:22 to give UVa a 2-0 lead. UNC answered right back as Kristen Taylor scored on a fast break off a pass from Megan Bosica to cut the deficit in half 63 seconds after Virginia’s second goal.

Kendall McBrearty made a save to stop UNC from tying the game, and the Cavaliers brought the ball to the other end where Blair Weymouth fed the ball into Breslin, who scored on a quickstick to move the ‘Hoos back in front by two at 13:40. From there, the Tar Heels exploded for a 6-0 run to close out the first half. Allen scored one minute after Breslin as UNC won the ensuing draw. Erica LaGrow scored on an eight and Taylor scored her second two minutes later, and Allen scored her second two minutes after that. LaGrow and Taylor scored in the final 1:13 to stake the Tar Heels to a 7-3 lead at the break.

Holden caused a turnover and Duff scooped up the ground ball to open up the second half, and at the other end of the field Kalkstein scored on a drive to stop the run. The Tar Heels, however, exploded for another run, scoring five goals in five minutes, led by two goals from Chrissy Rude just under two minutes apart to start the run. Allen scored on a rebound of a Juras shot and Russell won the draw and fed Taylor for a goal 12 seconds later; Juras then fed Bosica for a goal less than a minute after that for a quick 12-4 lead.

Virginia answered with a pair of goals in 13 seconds. Kalkstein tackled back and won the ball at the Virginia defensive restraining line. The Cavaliers worked the ball over to McCulloch, who was fouled on the drive. She scored her second goal off an 8-meter, and Duff won the draw and took it right to the cage for a goal, scoring 12 seconds after McCulloch at 15:42. The Cavaliers won the draw but UNC gained possession and Juras scored off a fast break.

Weymouth won the draw and Virginia possessed the ball before drawing a 3-seconds call, and McCulloch notched her hat trick on a second 8-meter shot to cut the deficit to 13-7 at 12:18. UNC, however, closed out the game as Juras sandwiched a pair of goals around Taylor’s fifth goal for the final score of 16-7.

McBrearty recorded her second consecutive double-digit save total with 13, while her counterpart Kristen Hordy had four saves.

The Cavaliers return to action with a game on Wednesday, March 21 as they host the Tribe of William and Mary. Game time is slated for 7 p.m.