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Ashley McCulloch (16) takes on the Maryland defense, Tuesday, March 13, 2007. McCulloch had one goal and two assists on the game. (Click for a larger image: 102K)


It was supposed to be one of the “games of the season” as the Cavaliers took on #3 ranked Maryland, but Virginia’s Kendall McBrearty made a career-high 14 saves today to lead the Cavaliers to the upset of the previously undefeated Terrapins with a 15-4 victory.

The Terrapins had come into the contest averaging 18.8 goals a game, but the Virginia defense allowed them only 22 shots, less than half their average, and McBrearty had a career day between the pipes. On the offensive side of the pitch, Blair Weymouth had five goals and three assists, Brittany Kalkstein had four goals, and Kate Breslin had one goal and four assists to lead the Cavaliers in scoring. The Cavaliers had 24 ground balls, led by McBrearty’s five and Jessy Morgan’s four.

Claire Bordley won the opening draw for the Cavaliers, who settled their offense for the opening four minutes. Jess Wasilewski drove to the cage, but she was fouled, taking a crosse to the face. She had to leave the game as the athletic trainers came out to assist, and Whitaker Hagerman took the 8-meter in her stead. Hagerman scored off the reset, putting the ‘Hoos up 1-0. Kaitlin Duff won the draw but the Terps gained control and cleared the ball upfield. They turned the ball over in the arc and McBrearty came away with the ground ball. At the other end of the field Weymouth drove in from the top, scoring at 19:27 for a 2-0 lead. Bordley won the ensuing draw and got the ball to Weymouth, who fed a cutting Brittany Kalkstein for a goal 18 seconds after Weymouth’s goal, putting UVa up 3-0 at 19:09.

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Megan O’Malley (28) snares an errant pass against Maryland, Tuesday, March 13, 2007. (Click for a larger image: 82K)


The Virginia offense was a presence defensively as the next two goals were the result of the Cavalier line attackers tackling back. The Terps gained possession by the goal circle, but the Virginia pressure forced a dropped pass back by Maryland there. Breslin picked it up, rolled around the circle, and fed Weymouth for a goal at 12:39. Three minutes later Megan Havrilla lost the ball but tackled back immediately and caused the turnover, scooped up the ground ball, and the ‘Hoos got the ball to Breslin, who fed Kalkstein for a goal at 9:15. The Terps broke the scoring drought as Caitlyn McFadden fed Casey Magor on a fast break with 5:52 to go in the half.

The Cavaliers answered right back as Kalkstein won the draw, her second of the game, and Weymouth took the ball behind before setting up O’Malley, who scored 16 seconds after Magor to push the margin back to five.

Virginia closed the half with two goals in the final minute as Jen Holden came up with a turnover in the Virginia defensive arc and started a transition that saw Breslin score her first goal of the game as she cut down from the top. Weymouth won the draw control and got off a shot that was wide, but Havrilla controlled the loose ball and Virginia worked the ball back to Weymouth, who scored with ten seconds to go before the break to take an 8-1 lead at halftime.

Maryland won the opening draw but the teams traded possessions before McBrearty made the first of 13 second-half saves to start a Virginia scoring run. Kalkstein scored on a drive to put UVa up 9-1. Breslin won the draw control and flipped it to Weymouth, who scored 11 seconds after Kalkstein for Virginia’s tenth goal. O’Malley won the next draw out of a muddle and the Cavaliers got the ball to Weymouth, who scored her fifth goal of the game 57 seconds after her fourth and gave Virginia a running clock on the Terps.

Jen Holden won the ensuing draw, and the ‘Hoos possessed the ball patiently before McCulloch fed Kalkstein on the doorstep, who scored her fourth goal of the game at 18:24. The Terps won the draw but McBrearty again made the save, and in the transition Weymouth fed McCulloch for a goal, scoring on the fast break for a 13-1 lead. The Terps won the draw again but lost the ball and Virginia brought the ball upfield where they lost it. On the clear, Breslin stole the ball in the midfield from the lowest Maryland player and raced uncontested to the cage, feeding Havrilla at the last minute for a riser that put the ‘Hoos up 14-1, forcing the Terps to take a timeout. Off the timeout, Maryland won the draw and Dana Dobbie scored to break the eight-goal, 22-minute drought. A Casey Magor goal four minutes later was the first two-goal run for Maryland, but a quickstick goal by Kaitlin Duff from McCulloch stopped the run. Krista Pellizzi scored unassisted with 2:15 to play for the final score of 15-2.

The victory was the seventh in a row for the Cavaliers in the series and was the largest margin of victory over the Terrapins in school history.

The Cavaliers return action as they travel to face top-ranked UNC on Saturday (March 17) in Chapel Hill.