Cavaliers Upend Top Seed Maryland, 10-7, in ACC Women's Lacrosse Semifinals
April 27, 2007
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Down three goals in the second half, ACC defending champion Virginia rallied back with six unanswered goals for a 10-7 victory over top-seeded Maryland in the semifinal round of the 2007 ACC Women's Lacrosse Championship at Fetzer Field on Friday night. The Cavaliers advance to the title game for the fifth straight year to face No. 3 seed North Carolina.
Blair Weymouth and Kate Breslin led the UVa charge as the two paced the team with three goals each, while Maryland was led by juniors Kelly Kasper and Lauren Cohen with two goals apiece.
The first half was a low-scoring affair, but still a heated contest between No. 4 seed Virginia and top seed Maryland. The first five minutes of the game was a defensive battle, before the Terrapins broke through. Katie Princiotto took a feed from Katie Doolittle and fired it past Cavalier goalkeeper Kendall McBrearty to give Maryland a 1-0 lead.
UVa answered back when Megan Havrilla found the back of the net on a free position play to even the score, 1-1.
Both teams traded goals as Kelly Kasper, Lauren Cochen and Dana Dobbie each scored for Maryland. Blair Weymouth led the UVa offense with two goals and Kate Breslin added one with less than 30 seconds on the clock, as the two teams entered the break tied at 4-4.
Maryland jumped out in the second half with three straight goals as Kasper scored at the 26:01 mark and Krista Pellizzi followed suit on a free position play less than a minute later.
The tide would change heavily in Uva's favor after Lauren Cohen's goal pushed the Terps ahead 7-4 and forced the Cavs to call a timeout.
UVa then returned from timeout and rattled off six unanswered goals, including back-to-back goals by Breslin. The Cavs topped a surprised Maryland, 10-7.
"It was a tough loss," Maryland head coach Cathy Reese said. "With 15 minutes left, we were up three goals and let the game slip away from us by giving up six unanswered goals. We were up 7-4 and Virginia came out after the timeout and score right away. We tried to force it too much down the stretch and our team fell apart at the end. I'm disappointed."
UVa and North Carolina will meet in the ACC Women's Lacrosse Championship title game on Sunday, April 29. Sunday's game will be televised on Fox Sports South with face-off set for 1 p.m.