April 29, 2005
BALTIMORE, Md. - Senior midfielder Cary Chasney scored five goals and added an assist as the University of Virginia (13-3) advanced to the Atlantic Coast Conference women's lacrosse championship game with a 15-11 victory over the University of Maryland (10-5) in the ACC semifinals at M&T Bank Stadium on Friday afternoon.
Chasney scored three of her five goals in the first half as the Cavaliers took an 8-4 advantage in the opening 30 minutes and held on for the victory.
"I thought we played tough today, but we just couldn't overcome our rough start," head coach Cindy Timchal said. "Every time we would get a run going, they would respond. But we kept sticking with it and fighting, we just came up a bit short."
With the win, Virginia advances to the ACC Finals where they will take on Duke, who was an 11-9 winner over UNC later in the afternoon.
The Cavaliers jumped out to a quick 4-1 lead in the first 7:13 of the game with sophomore Kate Breslin sparking the spurt with two goals. The Terrapins cut the deficit to 4-3 with back-to-back goals from senior Annie Collins and freshman Kelly Kasper.
Nikki Lieb scored her 12th goal of the season with 20:32 remaining in the first half to ignite another 4-1 run by the Cavaliers, giving Virginia the four-goal lead at intermission.
Kasper teamed up with junior Delia Cox for consecutive goals to start the second half, narrowing the Maryland deficit to 8-6, but that was the closest the Terrapins would get as Virginia held on for its fifth straight win over the Terps.
Chasney led all scorers with her five goals, while senior attacker Amy Appelt added three goals with an assist. Kasper led the Terrapins with three goals and one assist in a losing effort. Junior goalkeeper Ginger Miles made 10 saves for the Cavaliers.
Becky Clipp was stellar for Maryland on defense with a game-high five caused turnovers for the Terps to go with seven ground balls. Kirah Miles had eight saves in the game. Cox, Doolittle and Pellizzi each netted a pair of goals for Maryland.
The Terps will get back in action on Wednesday, May 4, at 7 p.m., against Princeton.