From media releases

With the Virginia women’s lacrosse team facing a 7-4 deficit midway through the second half of the ACC semifinal against top-seeded Maryland, the Cavaliers rallied, scoring the final six goals of the game to upset the No. 3 Terrapins 10-7 tonight. The Virginia defense allowed only three shots in the final 16 minutes of the game, and Kendall McBrearty made saves on all three of them, to hold off the Terrapins and advance to the ACC Finals.

Maryland scored first as Katie Doolittle led Katie Princiotto, who scored at 25:21 for the opener. Virginia answered as Megan O’Malley won the draw control and after she lost the ball briefly Claire Bordley was there to control the ball for the Hoos and Virginia set its offense. On a drive to the cage, Megan Havrilla was fouled, and she converted the 8-meter shot to tie the game at 1-1. Maryland went back ahead with a goal by Kelly Kasper off an assist from Dana Dobbie just over a minute later.

A McBrearty save, one of her nine of the day, started the next scoring sequence as Jessy Morgan collected the ground ball and started a clear that saw Weymouth fouled on a drive to the cage. She tied the game on an 8-meter at 16:03. The Terps again gained the advantage with a goal by Lauren Cohen off a pass from Casey Magor two minutes later.

A bad pass in the Maryland offensive zone was picked up by Havrllla at the restraining line, and she in turn fed Weymouth for a goal at 12:04, tying the game for a third time. The Terps surged ahead again as Dobbie scored off a pass from Princiotto at the 5:33 mark, giving Maryland a 4-3 lead.

The Cavaliers tied the game for a fourth time as Morgan collected a ground ball in the defensive arc and Virginia transitioned upfield where the Cavaliers settled the ball briefly before Breslin drove in from the top and scored with 26 seconds left in the half. Havrilla won the draw but the Cavaliers did not convert and the teams went into the break tied at 4-4.
In the second half the Terrapins opened up with three consecutive goals to take a 7- 4 lead with 16:25 to play. The Cavaliers called a timeout to regroup.

Breslin won the ensuing draw and got the ball to ACC Freshman of the Year Brittany Kalkstein, who drew a shooting space foul. She converted the shot to stop the Maryland run. Jess Wasilewski won the draw and a Maryland foul put Weymouth at the 8-meter. Her shot was saved but the Cavaliers regained possession and McCulloch fed Breslin for a goal at 14:43 to pull within one.

After the Terps gained possession in their defensive arc, Kalkstein tackled back and gained possession for the Cavaliers above the restraining line. Virginia reset its offense and Weymouth dumped the ball down to Breslin, who scored her third goal of the night at 11:25 to tie the game. The Terps called a timeout to stem the tide.

A save by McBrearty on the Terps’ next possession led to a clear that saw Weymouth take the ball in from the top, putting the Cavaliers on top for the first time in the game at 8:45. A McBrearty save on the next shot led to another clear, and this time Ashley McCulloch was fouled on a drive. She converted the shot for a 9-7 lead with 3:49 to play. Kalkstein won the draw and the Cavaliers spread their offense before Kaitlin Duff scored with 2:41 to play, putting UVa on top 10-7. Kalkstein won the draw, her 48th of the season, and the Cavaliers held on for the win.

The win over Maryland was the Cavaliers’ eighth in a row over the Terps. Breslin now has 122 career goals, which moves her into a tie for eighth on the all-time list at Virginia (Lindsey Sheehan ’86). Kalkstein improves her first-year record in draw controls; she also stands fourth on the all-time single-season list and is just two from third (Lauren Aumiller, 2002, 50dc).

Virginia will face North Carolina for the ACC title on Sunday, April 29 in Chapel Hill. The Tar Heels defeated Duke 11-10 in the first semifinal. The opening draw will take place at 1:00 and the game will be televised by RSN.