April 4, 2009

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Kalkstein Helps No. 9 UVA Draw Up Victory

from press release

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - The No. 9 Virginia women's lacrosse team defeated Boston College 11-9 in an Atlantic Coast Conference game played on Saturday afternoon at the Newton Campus Field. The win improves the Cavaliers to 8-5 on the season and gives them a 2-3 mark in ACC play, while Boston College falls to 7-5 and 0-4 in league action.

Senior Blair Weymouth led the attack with four goals and junior Brittany Kalkstein notched three. Senior Ashley McCulloch and junior Kaitlin Duff each had a goal and an assist, while senior Jenny Hauser and freshman Julie Gardner each had a goal.

Maura Mahoney had four goals for the Eagles, while Jenna McCabe tallied three scores. In goal, Katie Monaghan stopped 10 shots.

The Cavaliers came out with something to prove, tallying four of the first five goals in the opening five minutes of the game. Kalkstein jumpstarted the offense, winning six draw controls on the day - moving her into a tie for third on Virginia's single season records with 54 this year - while Gardner got the scoring starting 30 seconds into play. Kalkstein then converted a free position goal, before Boston College got on the board at 27:47.

Duff kept the Eagles from knotting the score at 2-2, notching a goal at 26:10, before Kalkstein tallied her second at 25:37 to push Virginia ahead 4-1.

Boston College scored a second at 17:39 and Weymouth converted a free position shot at 15:57 to make it 5-2 in favor of Virginia.

The Eagles went on to score two of the next three goals - sandwiching two around an unassisted score from McCulloch at 12:15 - but after a misfire from the Cavaliers, Weymouth recovered to find the back of the net as time expired to give Virginia a 7-4 halftime advantage.

Weymouth opened the second half converting a free position shot for her second-consecutive goal at 26:29, but Mahoney would match the Cavaliers, scoring back-to-back goals within a minute to pull the Eagles to two, at 8-6, by the 20:42 mark, and then tacked on a third at 15:33.

The Cavaliers answered when Duff intercepted a clear attempt of the Eagles' in Boston College's defensive end and found Kalkstein, who converted the pass for a score at 14:37 to halt the run.

Boston College would find the back of the net again, though, at 9:55, but Hauser and Weymouth would fire unassisted goals into the cage to extend Virginia's lead back to three with 4:03 to play. The Eagles would mark one final score with one minute remaining to account for the final
score of 11-9.

Sophomore Liz Downs won three draw controls for Virginia, while Duff scooped up three ground balls and caused two turnovers.

The Cavaliers will return to action tomorrow playing at Harvard at 1 p.m.


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