With the score tied and 1: 39 left in overtime yesterday against No. 5 Loyola, Virginia's Jamie Haas saw an opening.
"I had the ball at the top [of the 8-meter arc]," said Haas, "and as soon as I saw the defender who was next to me turn away, I took it right towards her, because I knew that she wouldn't be able to drop on me."
The Cavaliers junior then slipped the ball into a low corner and the No. 9 Cavaliers held on for a 9-8 victory in a women's lacrosse showdown at Curley Field.
While the Greyhounds (13-3) held Virginia (11-5) to one of its lowest offensive outputs of the season, they couldn't do much to contain Haas and Lauren Aumiller, who scored three goals each and combined for a total of nine points.
On their third combination goal of the game, Haas fed Aumiller for a high shot to tie it at 8-8 with 10: 37 left in regulation.
That Cavaliers goal stopped a four-goal Greyhounds run, which had given the home team its first lead of the game.
Through the first 40 minutes, the Greyhounds had trouble sustaining any offensive momentum. Virginia, which stopped an 11-game Loyola win streak, dominated possession and patiently worked its attack.
The Greyhounds, on the other hand, struck quickly when they did score and otherwise had trouble holding onto the ball, turning it over 16 times in the game. Goalie Tricia Dabrowski kept Loyola in the game with eight of her 12 saves in the first half.
""To turn it around and even get to overtime, I don't know how we did that, because we were really flat. I think we had more turnovers than we have all season long."
Diane Geppi-Aikens, Loyola coach
Greyhounds coach Diane Geppi-Aikens said her team just came out flat.
"To turn it around and even get to overtime, I don't know how we did that, because we were really flat. I think we had more turnovers [yesterday] than we have all season long," said Geppi-Aikens.
Still, the Greyhounds did rally, but not until after Aumiller fed Haas to give the Cavaliers their biggest lead of the game, 7-4, on the first goal of the second half, Virginia's third straight.
Stacey Morlang began Loyola's run with a free-position goal before Lauren Peck and Jen Testrake scored.
Testrake then beat defender Amy Fromal and went in for the low shot to put the Greyhounds ahead, 8-7, with 11: 10 remaining in the regulation.
But the lead lasted just 33 seconds thanks to freshman center Aumiller's ability to control the draw.
The Cavaliers won 15 of 21 draws and had a 10-1 advantage in the first half. Aumiller, The Sun's 1999 All-Metro Player of the Year at Notre Dame Prep, controlled many of the draws herself, snatching several out of the air.
"[Aumiller] pretty much drew it right to herself," said Greyhounds midfielder Kory Miller, "and that made it tough to get, because even if you go after it, chances are you're going to foul her."
The Greyhounds managed to control two of the three draws in the six minutes of overtime, but they could get only one shot.
After Haas had given the Cavaliers the lead, Morlang had a chance to tie with 50 seconds to go, but she bounced her attempt wide and the Cavaliers defense did not allow another Loyola shot.