The Lady Cavaliers of Virginia (10-9) utilized a seven goal run to get the best of the USC Lady Trojans (13-5),13-11 to earn a match with the juggernaut North Carolina team, Sunday, May 15 at 12 noon here in the East.
Kevin M. Neibauer.
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To the Contest:
USC would hit net first to open the scoring at 12:31. Redshirt Freshman Isabelle Vitale (4g) jumpstarted her big day boosting USC to a 1-0 edge. That caught the attention of the Lady Cavs who took over with Rachel Clark (4g,1a), Morgan Schwab (7 helpers) took center stage with assists on Kate Miller (3g), at 9:30 and again at 7:35. Schwab continued her generosity assisting on a MacKenzie Hoeg (1g,1a) marker just over a minute to play. Rachel Clark took over the playmaking with :21 on the clock on a Ashlyn McGovern (3g) tally.
End of First, 5-1 Virginia.
The Run Continues:
Virginia stayed with pressure and reaped the rewards with a pair of Jaime Biskup (2g) markers. The first came at 14:18 with the second just fifty nine seconds later. Schwab assisted on each for a five helper half. The five apples came in just 16:41.
Unimpressed, USC took a sip of coffee and went on their own run. Madison Waters (1g), Ella Heaney (2g), Kelsey Huff (2g), Vitale and Heaney hit rope just over seven minutes to end the half
End of Two, 7-6 Cavs.
On to Half Two:
The USC deluge continued with Claudia Shevitz (1g) getting things even. Schwab went back to work on Miller’s hat-trick with Hoeg helping McGovern on a power play goal. Vitale would strike again with 4:09 remaining to end the third
After Three, 9-8 Virginia.
To the Climax:
Schwab picked up helper seven on Rachel Clark stretching it to a two goal edge at 11:45. Clark struck again a minute sixteen later. Katie Ramsay (1g) with McGovern matching at 8:12 and it appeared this one was in the bag. USC refused to go quietly into the night with Huff cutting it back to a two goal disadvantage with 3:56 on the clock. USC could not muster an equalizer and, with 2:28 to play, Clark effectively ended things. Vitale picked up her 4th with :03 left to close the book on the upset and the 13-11 game.
Dis and Dat:
• Shots favored Virginia, 30-25 as well as Shots on Goal, 20-19. Ashley Vernon made 8 saves for the win with Kait Devir stopping 7 for USC.
• Turnovers also went the Cavs way, 12-11 with Ground balls being even at 11-11. Keeping things close, Draw Controls went the USC direction at 14-13. Catherine Lord scooped 8 for the Last Trojans while Kiki Shaw snagged 5 for the Cavs.
Lady Cavs Move On.
Kevin has followed and promoted the game of lacrosse since May 19, 1974.
The same day the Philadelphia Flyers won the Cup, the Philadelphia Wings were introduced to Neibauer and Philadelphia.
Kevin has covered many sports, including baseball, football, basketball, and.. lacrosse. A former licensed football referee and baseball umpire, Kevin brings a unique insight to his game coverage.
A published writer in JustHockey Magazine, Kevin covered the American Hockey League as well as a monthly story on a pugilist where Kevin used the pen name, The Rink Rat. Neibauer turned his attentions to lacrosse for a few years and does his part, whether podcasting or writing to grow the game. Kevin branched out to his roots and currently provides insight for all Philadelphia teams for Edge of Philly as well as his full-time duties with LaxPhilly.