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Virginia sophomore Blair Weymouth (2) is unfazed by the aggressive defense of Princeton senior Kathleen Miller, Sunday, May 13, 2007. (Click for a larger image, 68K) The Cavaliers breezed past the Tigers, 19-10.



Virginia Women: 13 May 2007 (NCAA Round 1)
Princeton (10-7)
Virginia (17-3)


After allowing the visiting Tigers two goals in the first 90 seconds, the No. 3 Cavaliers gave their mothers a present for Mothers’ Day as the ‘Hoos (17-3) outscored Princeton 8-1 over the remainder of the first half and then won 13 of the 19 draws in the second half to claim the NCAA first round victory 19-10 today in Charlottesville. The win avenged Virginia’s 2006 defeat in NCAA Tournament at the hands of Princeton. Kate Breslin and Blair Weymouth both had eight points to lead the Cavalier offense while Brittany Kalkstein had six draws. Princeton’s Katie Lewis-Lamonica had five goals to lead the Tigers (10-7).

The Cavaliers won the opening draw but an early turnover gave the ball to Princeton, and Kristin Schwab found Alex Gangler on a fast break to stake the Tigers to the 1-0 lead. Kathleen Miller won the draw and Lewis-Lamonica rolled the crease for a 2-0 lead 27 seconds later. Marie McKenna won the ensuing draw, and things looked bad for the hosts.

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Princeton midfielder Katie Lewis-Lamonica (10) beats Megan O’Malley (28), and fires at Virginia keeper Kendall McBrearty (4), Sunday, May 13, 2007. (Click for a larger image, 120K) The goal drew first blood in the second half, narrowing the score to 8-4.



But Jessy Morgan intercepted a pass just outside the top of the fan, and the Cavaliers cleared the ball upfield where Weymouth took a pass from Kalkstein from the top and scored at 25:27 to get the Cavaliers on the scoreboard. Kalkstein won the ensuing draw and got the ball to McCulloch, whose point-blank shot was saved, but it popped out in front of the cage and Kalkstein was there to bat it in the cage, tying the game in a span of 17 seconds. Lewis-Lamonica rolled the crease again for a Princeton lead of 3-2 two minutes later.

Kalkstein won the draw again, and Virginia settled the ball briefly before Weymouth drove in from the top to tie the game at 22:14. A Princeton draw was taken downfield where a shot ricocheted off the pipe and came to the restraining line, where Breslin was fouled trying to pick it up. On the restart, she took off upfield and fed the ball to a streaking Jess Wasilewski, who sprinted 70 yards, caught the ball in stride at the opposite restraining line, and fired in a shot to give Virginia the lead at 20:55.

An errant Princeton pass was picked up by Breslin, and the Cavaliers took the ball upfield where the fourth-year drew a shooting space foul. She converted the shot for a 6-4 lead. A Jen Holden caused turnover in the arc started a clear that saw Kaitlin Duff hit Breslin across the arc at the other end, and the Manhasset native scored her second goal in a row, five minutes after her first, to give UVa a 6-3 lead, forcing the Tigers to take a timeout.

Weymouth won the draw and the Cavaliers set up their attack; Duff was detained on a cut and she was awarded an 8-meter on the center hash. She converted the shot and the Cavaliers led 7-3. After a UVa turnover in their offensive fan gave the ball to Princeton, Ashley McCulloch caused a turnover while redefending and Weymouth scooped up the loose ball. Virginia reset and Duff drove in before dumping to a wide-open Breslin, who scored her third goal of the game 90 seconds after Duff’s goal for an 8-3 lead. Virginia led at the break 8-3 after holding Princeton scoreless over the final 23:11 of the first period.

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Cavalier first-year midfielder Kaitlin Duff (10) beats Tiger defender Marie McKenna (8) on a break in first-round NCAA action, Sunday, May 13, 2007. (Click for a larger image, 88K)



Princeton got on the board first in the second half as Lewis-Lamonica again drove in and scored, cutting the deficit to 8-4 one minute into the period. A Kendall McBrearty save started the next scoring sequence as Claire Bordley cleared the ball upfield and Virginia settled the ball before Weymouth took a pass from Megan O’Malley and scored at 26:33. Another McBrearty save led to a fast break that saw Weymouth lead Breslin into the arc, who in turn fed McCulloch on the doorstep. McCulloch’s goal came one minute after Weymouth’s and moved Virginia into double digits on the scoreboard. Bordley won the draw and got the ball Breslin, whose goal less than a minute later gave UVa three goals in 1:55 and an 11-4 lead, forcing the Tigers to take their final timeout.

Out of the timeout the Tigers closed the gap to 11-6 with a pair of goals five minutes apart as Marie McKenna scored 48 seconds after the timeout and Lewis-Lamonica scored four minutes later. Weymouth answered with two goals in 29 seconds, starting with winning the draw and scoring a minute after Lewis-Lamionica. Kalkstein won the draw and Weymouth drew a shooting space foul to score her second, pushing the margin back to seven at 13-6. Ashley Amo scored off the draw as Casaceli won the draw, hit Kristin Morrison, who in turn fed a wide-open Amo on the goal circle.

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Virginia’s Brittany Kalkstein (17) looks to feed inside past Princeton’s Marie McKenna (8), Sunday, May 13, 2007. (Click for a larger image, 76K) Kalkstein scored twice and added an assist against the Tigers.



The Cavaliers went on a 5-0 run over the next six minutes, with five different ‘Hoos scoring and Weymouth adding two assists. Breslin won the draw and got the ball to Weymouth, who in turn found McCulloch on the goal circle, who scored 18 seconds after Amo for a 14-7 lead. Alice Hughey caused a turnover in the critical scoring area and picked up the ground ball, starting a clear where Wasilewski took the ball upfield and hit Breslin, who found Megan Havrilla in the eight. Havrilla’s riser hit right under the crossbar and gave UVa a 15-7 lead. Hughey won the draw control and the Cavaliers set up their offense in which Weymouth found Kalkstein across the arc; the rookie scored at 12:56 for a 16-7 lead. Weymouth won the draw control and got the ball to Wasilewski, who passed it across the arc to Breslin, who scored exactly one minute after Kalkstein to stake the Cavaliers to a 10-goal lead at 17-7 with 11:56 to play. Duff won the ensuing draw and took off to the goal, scoring less than a minute after Breslin for an 18-7 lead.

A Kathleen Miller drive to the goal stopped the run, and Holly McGarvie’s goal two minutes later cut the deficit to nine at 18-9. O’Malley caused a turnover and Wasilewski picked up the ground ball to give UVa possession, and at the other end of the field Breslin notched her sixth goal off an assist from Weymouth two minutes later, and Lewis-Lamonica closed out the scoring with her fifth goal of the afternoon at 3:22.

Kalkstein’s sixth draw control of the game not only led all players but also gave her 57 for the season, which ties Jamie Haas for the all-time record for draws in a season. Weymouth’s fifth goal of the game was the 100th of her storied career, and she becomes just the fourth person in school history to notch 50 goals as a second-year. Breslin now has 60 goals as a fourth-year; she is only the fourth person in school history to notch 60 as a fourth-year.

The win over Princeton was the second this year for the Cavaliers and ups Virginia’s record against the Tigers to 14-12, and it evens the record of the two schools in NCAA action at 4-4.

Virginia advances to play North Carolina, who defeated Richmond 14-7 in first-round action. Other first-round winners included Northwestern, Syracuse, Maryland, Penn, Johns Hopkins and Duke. The NCAA quarterfinal game will take place on Saturday, May 19. Game time is slated for 2 pm at Klockner Stadium.

Game statistics

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Princeton midefielder Kristin Schwab (32) sprints past Kaitlin Duff (10) after a turnover, but is picked up by Megan O’Malley (28), Sunday, May 13, 2007. (Click for a larger image, 108K) Schwab had one assist aganst the Cavaliers, finishing the season with 13 goals and 6 assists.



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Princeton attackers Kristin Morrison (5) and Ashley Amo (11) double team Virginia defenser Jen Holden (8) in an attempt to stop a Cavalier clear, Sunday, May 13, 2007. (Click for a larger image, 120K)