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Virginia‚??s Ashley McCulloch (16) moves against pressure William & Mary, Wednesday, March 21, 2007.


The Cavaliers held William & Mary to six shots in the game, including only two in the second half, and defeated the Tribe 12-3 tonight (March 21) in Charlottesville. Virginia scored on its first four shots of the game and led 5-0 nine minutes into the game. Kaitlin Duff led all players with five ground balls; she added two caused turnovers to lead Virginia. Brittany Kalkstein added four goals, four ground balls and three draw controls.

Kalkstein won the opening draw of the game and the Cavaliers settled the ball briefly before the ball worked back to Kalkstein, who fed Megan O’Malley, who was cutting down the arc. O’Malley scored at 28:59 to give UVa the 1-0 lead. Kate Breslin won the ensuing draw and again Virginia settled the ball briefly before Megan Havrilla fed the ball down low to Kalkstein, who quicksticked the ball into the cage just over a minute after feeding O’Malley.

Breslin won her second consecutive draw and the teams traded possessions after Duff chased down an overthrown ball near the endline. The Cavaliers cleared the ball and in their offensive end Ashley McCulloch, who leads the team in assists, notched another one as she fed Havrilla in the middle of the fan, who scored at 25:44 for a 3-0 lead. Havrilla won the draw and again the teams traded possessions, with Jen Holden picking up a ground ball at the top of the arc to give the Cavaliers the ball. At the other end of the field, Breslin dumped the ball into Kalkstein in the arc, who scored her second goal of the game at 24:22, forcing the Tribe to take a timeout.

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William & Mary senior Kristen Wong (15) defends against Virginia’s Brittany Kalkstein (17). Wong tallied one assist on the night while Kalkstein added 4 goals to her single assist. Wednesday, March 21, 2007.


Kalkstein, however, won the draw and Virginia started its attack. The Cavaliers lost the ball briefly but as William & Mary tried to clear, a dropped ball was scooped up by Kalkstein and the Cavaliers re-attacked. Weymouth got the ball and rolled the crease, scoring at 21:14 and putting the ‘Hoos up 5-0. Jamie Sellers won the draw and the Tribe attacked, with Clare Dennis drawing a shooting space call. She converted to stop the run at 20:44. Five minutes later Kristen Wong fed Katherine Rees for a goal, pulling the Tribe within three at 5-2.

McBrearty made a save on the next shot from the Tribe and the Cavaliers cleared the ball upfield where Weymouth drove in from the top, scoring at 6:49 and giving UVa a four-goal cushion again at 6-2, a lead the ‘Hoos carried into halftime.

Sellers pulled the Tribe back within three as she scored an unassisted goal 90 seconds into the second half, and William & Mary held possession to cut into the lead further, but Duff caused a turnover and scooped up the ground ball to give UVa the ball. As Virginia advanced the ball upfield, Kalkstein was fouled in the arc trying to pick up a loose ball. She scored from the center hash at 23:05 to put Virginia up 7-3.

A Cavalier shot was saved by Beckstead, and the attempted clear was broken up with a missed catch that was controlled by Jessy Morgan at the restraining line. Morgan brought the ball into the attack zone where she fed Breslin, who scored at 18:13 for an 8-3 lead.

McBrearty made a save on what would be the last shot for the Tribe, and the Cavaliers transitioned the ball upfield where they attacked the cage repeatedly before O’Malley was able to dump the ball into Breslin, who scored her second consecutive goal. Jess Wasilewski won the draw and Virginia held the ball before Weymouth dumped the ball into Kalkstein, who scored her fourth goal of the game at 10:53.

Duff again chased down a loose ball on a broken William & Mary clear to give the Cavaliers possession with under seven minutes to play, and the ‘Hoos settled their attack before Breslin rolled the crease to score at 4:10. The Cavaliers scored the last goal of the game as the attack tackled back after a Beckstead save and Swagart gained possession at the top of the fan and drove to the goal, scoring at 2:04.

The Cavalier defense, which is ranked fourth in the nation in scoring defense at 7.00 goals per game, allowed less than half of that tonight by limiting the Tribe to only six shots.

Virginia returns to action on Saturday (March 24) as it hosts the Tigers of Princeton as the two schools resume one of the most exciting rivalries in women’s collegiate lacrosse. Draw is slated for 1 pm at Klockner Stadium.

  Photo copyright (c) 2007 Tom McCrystal  

Kate Breslin (20) sets up a play against Williame & Mary, March 21, 2007. Breslin’s three goals marked her fifth hat trick of the 2007 season.

Women’s Lacrosse: 20 March 2007
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