Women's Lacrosse ACCtion: Saturday, March 27

March 27, 2010

No. 5 Cavaliers Top No. 3 Duke, 8-7

DURHAM, N.C. - The No. 5 Virginia women's lacrosse team scored the first goal of the day, and despite three tie scores throughout the game, held off the No. 3 Duke Blue Devils Saturday afternoon at Koskinen Stadium, en route to an 8-7 victory. The outcome marked the sixth-straight year, and 12th time in the 15 year regular season series history, that the road team came away victorious.

Three Cavaliers notched two scores for Virginia - senior All-American Brittany Kalkstein, sophomore Julie Gardner and freshman Caroline McTiernan - while sophomore Charlie Finnigan recorded a goal and an assist. Senior Caity Whiteley rounded out the scoring with one goal.

For Duke (9-2), three Blue Devils recorded two scores - Sarah Bullard, Lindsay Gilbride and Kim Wenger.

Virginia's defense was the first to be tested, but anchored by three saves by redshirt junior Lauren Benner, the Cavaliers' offense was the first to score. Gardner converted a free position shot at 26:24 to give Virginia the 1-0 lead.

Twenty four seconds later, the Blue Devils broke through and knotted the score at one all.

Tar Heels Dominate Second Half, Win at BC, 15-6

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - The University of North Carolina women's lacrosse team team rallied from a 4-0 deficit in the opening 22 minutes to dominate the remainder of the game with a 13-0 scoring run and defeat Boston College, 15-6, on Saturday afternoon in Chestnut Hill, Mass. The fourth-ranked Tar Heels (8-1, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) scored 15 of the game's final 17 goals to down the 18th-ranked Eagles (7-2, 1-2 ACC).

Corey Donohoe led Carolina with four goals while Jenn Russell scored three times and Kristen Taylor had two goals and one assist. Kira Cannizzaro and Jessica Griffin each scored twice for UNC, Laura Zimmerman had a goal and an assist and Megan Bosica and Becky Lynch dished out two assists apiece. Emily Garrity also scored a goal for the Tar Heels.

Kristin Igoe led BC with two goals and an assist.

BC opened the game with a strong showing, tallying the first four goals of the game by the 8:32 mark. Igoe, Hannah Alley, Brittany Wilton and Brooke Blue each put the ball in the net for the Eagles to give BC a 4-0 lead.

The Tar Heels bounced back and scored four goals of their own before the halftime whistle blew, sending the two teams into the second period tied at four. Donohoe scored the last two first-half goals with Taylor and Russell scoring as well.

Nonn's Late Heroics Propel Virginia Tech Past Old Dominion, 13-12

NORFOLK, Va. - The Virginia Tech lacrosse team earned its first-ever road win over Old Dominion as a late free position goal from sophomore Jessica Nonn earned Tech the, 13-12, victory. Nonn also paced the Hokie offense in the game with four goals, while Ashely Kellogg and Lisa Bernardini also tallied four apiece for Old Dominion.

After allowing the Lady Monarchs (2-3) to get on the board first, the Hokies (4-7) got out to an early, 3-1, lead with goals from Allie Emala, Caitlyn Wier and Morgan Widlake. Tech let the lead go, allowing ODU to score two in a row before back-and-forth scoring took over the half.

Just inside the halfway mark of the first period, Ryan Rotanz would spark a four-goal run for the Hokies. The stretch was broken up, with two minutes remaining, when Kellogg and Bernardini buried two quick ones for the Lady Monarchs.

Scharzmann Lifts No. 2 Terps Past No. 20 JMU

HARRISONBURG, Va. - Freshman Katie Schwarzmann scored the most important goal of her young collegiate career Saturday when she nailed the game-winner with 5:56 remaining to lift No. 2 Maryland over No. 20 James Madison, 8-7.

Schwarzmann's third goal of the match came via an assist from Brandi Jones who joined the freshman with a team-high three points on the day. Sarah Mollison, Caitlyn McFadden, Karri Ellen Johnson, and Kristy Black also tallied a goal to move Maryland to 10-0 on the year.

The Terps, playing in their second match in three days, were put to the test by a JMU squad that dropped No. 5 Virginia on the road in its last outing. The Dukes opened the match with three unanswered scores before Johnson extended her goal-scoring streak to 32 games with Maryland's first goal at 24:03. Following another Duke score, Maryland rallied for a 2-0 run with scores by McFadden and Schwarzmann to shrink JMU's lead to one with 3:38 remaining in the first half. The two teams exchanged goals to end the period at 5-4 heading into the locker room.