From Media Releases; Photos: cville-lax.com

Photo copyright (c) 2007 Tom McCrystal
Virginia’s Ashley McCulloch (16) restarts Virginia’s offense, Wednesday, February 21, 2007.

The Virginia women’s lacrosse team held Virginia Tech (0-2, 0-1 ACC) scoreless for the final 37:14 of the contest, outscoring the visitors 6-0 in that time to defeat its in-state rival 15-2 Wednesday night in Charlottesville. After Tech tied the game in the eighth minute, the Cavaliers (1-0, 1-0 ACC) won five consecutive draws, including three by Brittany Kalkstein, to take control of the game. Virginia scored three goals in three minutes, with Kate Breslin scoring twice and assisting once in that run, to start the run. Breslin finished the game with six goals and an assist, while Ashley McCulloch had two goals and four assists. The Virginia defense allowed the Hokies only seven shots in the game, including only three in the first half. The Cavaliers controlled the draws, holding a 12-7 advantage as McCulloch had five to lead the home team.

The Cavaliers won the opening draw of the game, but the teams traded possession and were unable to get off a shot for the first five minutes. First-year Kaitlin Duff gained control on a missed catch at the offensive restraining line for Virginia and got the ball to Blair Weymouth, who fed the ball up to Breslin, who scored her first goal of the night at 24:18. Tech answered two minutes later as Kady McBrearty finished a fast break, converting a pass from Faith Richards to tie the game at 22:25.

The Hokies controlled the ensuing draw, but in their offensive set threw the ball away over the restraining line, where it was picked up by Weymouth, who took it 50 yards upfield before dishing it off to Breslin, who scored 77 seconds after McBrearty to give Virginia the 2-1 lead. Brittany Kalkstein won the ensuing draw to herself, but the Cavaliers lost the ball and Virginia Tech set up in their offensive zone. Kendall McBrearty came out to challenge a pass and gained the ball for the Cavaliers. At the other end of the field, Breslin fed McCulloch out of an offensive set and put Virginia up 3-1. Kalkstein won her second consecutive draw and got the ball up to McCulloch, who fed Breslin, who put the ball right under the crossbar for a goal 13 seconds after McCulloch for a 4-1 lead.

Photo copyright (c) 2007 Tom McCrystal
Ashley McCulloch (16) and Kate Breslin (20) confer with teammates before a draw against Virginia Tech, Wednesday, February 21, 2007.

A loose ball in the midfield was corralled by Duff minutes later, Virginia was able to set their offense where Jess Wasilewski was able to convert a pass from Kalkstein to give UVa a 5-1 lead at 13:26. Whitaker Hagerman won the next draw for the Cavaliers, and Virginia was able to work the ball back around to her, from which she was able to drive to the cage and score 63 seconds after Wasilewski. Kalkstein controlled her third draw of the evening and Virginia set its offense briefly before Breslin quicksticked a McCulloch pass on the crease to up UVa’s lead 36 seconds after Hagerman’s goal. Another overthrow by Tech over the restraining line was picked up by Weymouth seconds after the Hokies won the draw, and at the other end of the field, Duff dumped the ball into Wasilewski, who scored at 10:07 for an 8-1 lead. McCulloch caused a turnover in the midfield and in Virginia’s offensive zone, Weymouth drew a shooting space foul that she converted, giving UVa a 9-1 lead at 8:27. Tech stopped the 8-0 run with an 8-meter goal by McBrearty at 7:14, but that would prove to be the final goal of the game for Tech. The Hokies had possession in the Virginia defensive zone under two minutes to go in the half, but a boundary violation at the endline gave possession to the Cavaliers, and Virginia used a fast break to get the ball to McCulloch, who spun around in the arc and scored at 0:55 for Virginia’s 10th goal of the game. The Cavaliers took a 10-2 lead into the intermission.

Weymouth won the opening draw of the second half, and in Virginia’s offensive set Breslin drew a foul that she converted from the 8-meter at 25:14. Two minutes later Breslin and McCulloch connected again after the Cavaliers gained possession in the midfield and McCulloch fed Breslin for her sixth goal of the evening and giving UVa a 12-2 advantage. The Hokies gained control, but in their offensive zone lost the ball as Duff corralled the loose ball on the goal circle, and at the other end of the field Wasilewski fed the ball into the arc to Kalkstein, who scored her first career collegiate goal at 16:10 of the second half. The teams traded possessions over the next eight minutes, including a Cavalier possession that resulted from a missed catch at the endline. Virginia brought the ball upfield where Megan O’Malley attacked the cage and scored at 8:08. McCulloch won her fifth draw of the night and the Cavaliers set up an offense that saw McCulloch cross the ball to Yeardley Love, who quicksticked the ball into the cage for her first career collegiate goal at 2:03, giving UVa a 15-2 lead.

The Cavalier defense allowed only one 8-meter attempt and only six field shots; McBrearty made two saves in the contest. The six goals for Breslin is a career high.

The victory gave Virginia one point in the Commonwealth Challenge, presented by Comcast. The Cavaliers now lead the all-sports competition 8.5. – 4.5. The next three points will be determined this weekend at the ACC Indoor Track and Field Championships as well as the ACC Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships.

Virginia returns to action this Sunday (Feb. 25) as they travel to Philadelphia to take on the Temple Owls, who are coached by Virginia alum Bonnie Rosen (’92). Opening draw for the contest is slated for 1 p.m.