PRINCETON, N.J. -- Virginia defeated two-time defending
champion Princeton 10-4 to win the NCAA women's lacrosse
championship Sunday behind four goals by Amy Appelt and three by
Virginia (19-3) ended Princeton's 28-game winning streak to earn
its third NCAA title. It was the Cavaliers' first championship
since beating Princeton in the 1993 finals and avenged an overtime
loss to the Tigers in last year's championship game.
Appelt's third goal was the 200th of her career and gave the
junior her 20th hat trick of the season.
Princeton (19-1) was seeking its fourth national crown and
became the fourth team to lose a title game it entered with an
undefeated record. The Tigers beat the Cavaliers 12-9 during the
regular season on March 14.
Virginia goalie Andrea Pfeiffer made 19 saves. The Tigers' four
goals tied the lowest total in a championship game, equaling
Maryland's mark in a 6-4 loss to Temple in 1984.
Princeton applied constant pressure midway through the first
half with nine consecutive shots, but Elizabeth Pillion scored the
only goal in that time to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead.
With 11:10 remaining, Tyler Leachman scored on a free possession
to spark a three-goal outburst by the Cavaliers during the next
1:26. Appelt scored off a spin move from the right side and
Leachman converted a centering pass from Banks.
Virginia added goals from Leachman and Appelt with under five
minutes left to take a 5-1 lead. Virginia's halftime advantage was
the biggest held by any team this year against the Tigers. The
Cavaliers became the first team to score more than three
consecutive goals against Princeton this season.
In the second half, Princeton drew to 5-2 and 6-3 before
Virginia responded with two goals by Appelt and one by Banks for a
9-3 lead with 4:43 remaining.
Pillion had two goals and an assist for Princeton while Kathleen
Miller and Lindsey Biles had one goal each. Kim Connors had two
assists while Leachman, Appelt and Banks each had one assist for