March 7, 2006
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Virginia used a 5-0 run spanning the first and second halves to pull away and defeat No. 4 Maryland, 14-9, Tuesday night at the Lacrosse & Field Hockey Complex. Krista Pellizzi scored four points on two goals and two assists and Delia Cox scored a hat trick to lead the Terp offense.
"We just need to play tougher," head coach Cindy Timchal said. "We need to take better care of the ball and hustle to make plays. We'll move on from this game and work on improving."
Whitaker Hagerman staked UVa out to an early 2-0 lead, but the Terps (3-3, 0-2 ACC) responded with a pair of goals from Cox and Casey Magor to tie the score at 2-2. The two teams then traded the game's next eight goals in a closely contested game, but the `Hoos tallied a pair of goals in the last 1:02 of action in the half to go up 7-5.
Virginia (4-1, 1-0 ACC) went on to score three more goals to open the second half, while holding the Terps scoreless for the first 15 minutes of the half. Trailing 10-5, the Terps tried to mount a run, but had every goal answered by the Cavaliers the rest of the way. Maryland out-drew UVa 7-5 in the second half, including the game's last five draws, but was plagued by 12 turnovers in the second half.
In addition to her four points, Pellizzi pulled down a team-leading four draw controls and scooped three groundballs for the Terps. Megan Cassara led Maryland with four groundballs. Allie Buote made eight saves in goal for the Terps.
UVa was paced by freshman Blair Weymouth who led all scorers with five goals and one assist. Hagerman netted four and Megan O'Malley scored a hat trick.
The Terps will look to bounce back this Saturday on the road at Brown.