Virginia Claims 2006 ACC Women's Lacrosse Championship over Duke, 13-8
April 30, 2006
BALTIMORE - Virginia outscored Duke 8-4 in the second half, breaking open a close game and claiming its third Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Lacrosse Championship at M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday, 13-8.
ACC Freshman of the Year Blair Weymouth matched the championship-game record with six goals for the Cavaliers, while Tyler Leachman added four to push her two-game total to a championship-record 11 goals. Nikki Lieb, Megan O'Malley and Kim Connors also scored for Virginia, which beat the top-ranked and top-seeded Blue Devils for the second time this season.
ACC Player of the Year Katie Chrest scored three goals for Duke (15-2), while Carolyn Davis and Megan Del Monte both added two. Leigh Jester rounded out the scoring for the Blue Devils.
The second-seeded and fourth-ranked Cavaliers (15-3) blew open a tight game with a 6-0 run to open the second half. Weymouth scored three goals in the spurt, helping Virginia turn a 5-4 halftime advantage into a seven-point bulge with 10:19 to play.
Del Monte and Leachman traded goals twice over the next six minutes, before Davis and Jester scored in the final minute for Duke for the final margin.
Weymouth opened the scoring in the game with her goal less than three minutes into play. Davis would counter for Duke at the 25:14 mark, and Chrest would give the Blue Devils their only lead of the afternoon with a goal off a Davis pass with just under 20 minutes to play in the half.
O'Malley converted a Leachman pass at the 15:06 mark to tie the score, and Weymouth scored the Cavaliers' next two on free position shots to give Virginia a two-goal cushion. Duke would force another tie, however, as Chrest answered with a free position score of her own and, with just 44 seconds left in the half, scored off a Kristen Waagbo pass to make the score 4-4.
With the teams seemingly headed to the locker rooms deadlocked at four goals apiece, Leachman scored her first goal of the day with only 10 seconds left on the clock to give Virginia the lead.
Leachman was named the tournament's MVP, and was joined on the All-Tournament team by teammates Weymouth, Lieb, Ginger Miles and Julie Hauser. Chrest, Waagbo, Davis and Rachel Sanford earned spots on the team for Duke, while North Carolina's Brooke Dieringer, Maryland's Delia Cox and Virginia Tech's Lindsay Pieper rounded out the team.