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Virginia Women: 11 April 2007


Virginia’s Brittany Kalkstein won nine draws in the game, leading the No. 6 Cavaliers to a 14-7 win over No. 9 Georgetown (7-4) in rainy Charlottesville. The ‘Hoos (11-2) controlled 17 of the 23 draws to gain valuable possessions as Virginia sent the fourth-year class off with a victory. Before the game the Virginia lacrosse program honored the Class of 2007 with a brief ceremony as the team got set to play its final regular-season game at home. Fourth-year Kate Breslin went out in style, scoring four goals and adding three assists; fourth-years Megan Havrilla, Kaitlin Swagart and Jess Wasilewski also scored, while fellow fourth-year Jessy Morgan helped the Virginia defense hold the Hoyas to four goals below their season average.

Kaitlin Duff won the opening draw and Virginia settled its offense before Kalkstein drove from the right of the cage, scoring at 28:33. The Hoyas won the draw but Kendall McBrearty made a pair of saves to keep Georgetown off the board, and Virginia transitioned the ball upfield where Breslin stuck back the rebound of her shot to put UVa up 2-0 just over four minutes into the game. Brittany Baschuk scored off an assist from Coco Stanwick three minutes later to cut the deficit in half for the Hoyas.

A missed catch by Georgetown was picked up by Kalkstein, and Virginia settled the ball before Breslin dumped the ball to a cutting Wasilewski to move the margin back to two. A goal circle violation by Georgetown gave the ball to McBrearty, and Virginia ran a fast break that saw Breslin dump the ball to Weymouth, who drove from the top and scored, putting UVa up 4-1. Jordan Trautman cut the deficit back to two four minutes later at 4-2.

Kalkstein won another draw and got the ball to Weymouth, who scored 50 seconds after Trautman to give UVa a 5-2 lead. After an overthrow gave the ball to Georgetown, Havrilla checked the ball loose on the clear and McCulloch was there to pick up the loose ball. McCulloch got the ball back to Havrilla, who worked a give-and-go with Breslin for a goal at 8:15, putting the Cavailers up 6-2. A Stanwick conversion of an 8-meter attempt pulled the Hoyas within three with 5:59 to play in the half.

Kalkstein won the ensuing draw and the Cavaliers settled before Wasilewski fed Kalkstein for a goal at 4:31 for a 7-2 lead. Virginia then scored twice in the final 32 seconds of the half. Wasilewski caused a turnover in the midfield and Virginia set up a weave at the top, finishing as Breslin drove from the top of the 12. Kalkstein won her fifth draw of the night and got the ball to Weymouth, who drove and drew a shooting space foul with 16 seconds to play. Weymouth converted the 8-meter and Virginia led 9-3 at halftime.

The Hoyas got on the board first in the second half as Stanwick converted a pass from Schuyler Sutton four minutes into the stanza, but the Cavaliers answered as Ashley McCulloch caused a turnover in the offensive zone on a Georgetown clear and Swagart scooped up the loose ball. Havrilla shot from the 8; her shot was saved but Swagart was there to stick in the loose ball on the rebound for a 10-4 lead for UVa.

A wide shot by Georgetown was collected by Morgan, and the Cavaliers started a transition that allowed Virginia to spread out its offense. Kalkstein fed Breslin at 19:17 for an 11-4 lead. Alice Hughey then caused a turnover and scooped up the ground ball at the restraining line after the Hoyas had tried to set up their offense. At the other end of the field Virginia again spread its offense before Wasilewski fed Havrilla, who drove in from the right and scored the Cavaliers’ 12th goal of the night at 16:42. The Hoyas then scored back-to-back goals for the only time in the game as Stanwick scored her third goal followed by a goal by Megan Bloomer five minutes later for a 12-6 lead.

A broken Georgetown clear gave the ball back to the Cavaliers, and Breslin snaked in a shot along the ground to notch her fourth goal of the game. Havrilla won the ensuing draw and McCulloch found Duff at a low angle; the first-year converted the shot 43 seconds after Breslin for a 14-6 lead. Sutton’s goal two minutes later for GU accounted for the final of 14-7.

Kendall McBrearty made eight saves for the Cavaliers, while Maggie Koch stopped 13 shots for the Hoyas. Georgetown had entered the game averaging 11 draws a game, and Stanwick ranked among the national leaders with 4.3 per game; Virginia held the Hoyas to six draws and allowed Stanwick only three draws on the night.

The Cavaliers return to action on Saturday as they travel to Baltimore to face the Blue Jays of Johns Hopkins from the American Lacrosse Conference. The game will be televised by ESPNU and the opening draw is set for noon at Homewood Field.