Monday, October 6, 2014

Lady Cavs Split Home Opener

The Women's Hockey Club at the University of Virginia kicked off their 2014 season with a pair of games versus the North Jersey Phoenix this past weekend at the Main Street Arena in Charlottesville, VA. UVa dropped the first game 3-2 on Saturday and won, in dramatic fashion, 4-3 on Sunday.

On Saturday night, the new and improved Blue and Orange squad (twelve skaters, including six new players and two veteran netminders) got off to a great start. They dominated time-of-possession and outshot Phoenix almost 2-to-1 in the first period. UVa got solid goal-tending from Hannah Latham as the first period closed in a 0-0 tie.

At 9:07 in the second period, UVa's captain Carly Buckholz streaked down the right side of the OZ and ripped a shot that beat Phoenix's goaltender Lauren Solski longside. Buckholz was assisted by blueliner Erin Lyons. Two minutes later, Cav's tenacious center Jen Morgan fired a well placed shot from the high slot that beat Solski 5-hole to put the Hoos up by two.

NJP took advantage of a PP opportunity early in the third to pull within one goal. Phoenix continued to buzz and repeatedly crashed the net with an unconventional 4-1 press. They would score two more, unanswered goals and defeat the Lady Cavs 3-2.

Coach Ford had this to say about Game One:

"The Phoenix are a good team. We out-skated them for two periods and outshot them 31-21 in the game. We got a solid performance from Hannah (Latham) and our D. Our forechecking and backchecking by our forwards looked good. I think we lost focus during the break and came out flat in the third - we didn't match their intensity. One too many penalties and the wheels fell off. We have to stay focused, stay disciplined, and play three periods."

UVa and NJP met again on Sunday morning at the Main Street Arena. The Hoos got on the board at 8:22 in the first when center Shannon O'Donnell whipped a 15-foot wrister that just squeaked by Solski's blocker. O'Donnell was assisted by rookie winger Hayley Aubin. UVa would tally again at 6:15 of the first when Buckholz, from behind the opposition's net, bounced a shot off Solski and in. Morgan assisted on the tally. The frame ended 2-0 in favor of the Cavs.

NJP scored on a breakaway at 12:47 in the second period. Nine seconds later, UVa speedster Aubin sprung loose on a breakaway and jooked Solski to put the Cavs up by two again. The period ended 3-1 in favor of the Blue and Orange.

Play went back and forth in the third as each team attacked and countered with growing intensity. NJP would battle back, scoring at 15:58 and tying the contest at 9:10. With the period winding down, and OT looming, Buckholz streaked down the left-hand side. An NJP defender tried to keep Buckholz to the outside, but Carly got a step on the defender and cut across the crease. NJP's center, Christina Evans, read the play, charged Buckholz, and sent UVa's captain flying into the air, across the crease. Buckholz' skate inadvertently flew up and popped Solski in the mask. NJP's goalie collapsed, face-down on the ice. The referee raised his arm for a delayed penalty on Evans for a trip as UVa's Morgan lifted the loose puck up and in for the game-winning goal with 76 ticks left on the clock. Buckholz was credited with helper. UVa held on to win 4-3 over the Phoenix.

The Lady Cavs outshot NJP 34-23 in the contest. UVa was 1/1 on the PK and 0/3 on the PP.

The University of Virginia is on fall break and play continues Saturday, October 18th when the Lady Cavs takes on the Liberty Lady Flames at the MSA. The puck drops at 6PM.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Four Represent UVa at DVCHC All-Star Games

On Saturday, April 19th, four players from the Women's Ice Hockey Club at UVa traveled to Hershey, Pennsylvania to participate in the 2014 DVCHC All-Star Games.  The players skated on pro ice at the Giant Center, home of the Hershey Bears.

UVa rookies Tasy Novopachennaia and Hannah Latham skated AGAINST one another in the New Stars GameNovopachennaia scored two goals in the 8-1 win over their opponents.

UVa defensive pair Allie Griswold and Erin Lyons played in the DVCHC All-Star Game later that afternoon.  Lyons assisted on two goals in the 4-4 tie. 

Players participated in the awards ceremony after the games and were invited to attend the AHL match-up between the Hershey Bears and the Adirondack Phantoms later that evening.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Interest Meeting April 22nd @8PM in Clark 156

Interested in playing or managing ice hockey? Come to the UVa Women’s Club Ice Hockey interest meeting on April 22nd at 8pm in Clark 156. Find out more about the program and meet the current players! Food will be available. For more information email Allie Griswold ( Go Hoos!

Friday, February 7, 2014

Ladys Cavs Defeat Flames in OT

The University of Virginia Women's Hockey Club defeated the Liberty University Flames 4-3 in overtime on Saturday night to give UVa its first win of the season. Despite tough defensive play, the Lady Cavs found themselves down 2-0 halfway through the first period. In the closing minutes of the period, UVa's second line, consisting of Carly Buckholz, Tasy Novopachennaia, and Hannah Shaps, crashed the net in search of a rebound from LU's goalie Leanne Niemi. Niemi did a great job down low against the initial shots, but the puck squirted loose to the open side where Shaps was waiting to tuck the puck home. The period ended 2-1 in the Flames' favor.

The Cavs came out buzzing in the second. Centers Carly Buckholz and Jen Morgan were dominating face-offs for their lines. Time-of-possession was easily in UVa's favor as they rang up 21 shots on goal in the period to Liberty's 4. On the PP, UVa's Adria Penatzer fought through a scrum in front of LU's net and snapped in a goal at 7:29 of the second to tie the game at 2. Penatzer was assisted by Morgan and blueliner Erin Lyons. Five minutes later, UVa's defenseman Allie Griswold pinched in and camped out on the far side of Niemi's net. Buckholz drew two defenders and slid a crisp pass to an open Griswold who punched home the loose puck to put the Cavs up by one.

Despite dominating TOP and SOGs, the Cavaliers could not get one past Niemi in the third. LU scored late in the third to tie the game and send it to a sudden death overtime period.

Due to a late regulation tripping penalty by LU's Tea Gaudet De Lestard, the Cavs had a 4-3 man advantage for 1:45 in OT. For 70 seconds, UVa pressured LU in the OZ and peppered Niemi with shots. At 1:10 in OT, UVa's captain Morgan stashed away the game-winner off a feed from Buckholz to end the game 4-3. The Cavaliers outshot the Flames 58-16 in the contest.  

UVa takes on Towson this weekend at 9PM Saturday night and again at 10AM Sunday morning. Both games are at the MSA in Charlottesville, VA.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Wildcats Claw Cavs

The UVa Women's Ice Hockey Club were defeated by the Villanova Lady Wildcats 7-4 on Sunday morning at the MSA in Charlottesville.

UVa's Carly Buckholz got the first goal for the Orange and Blue on a power-play when she streaked up the right side of the OZ and wristed a 30-footer that sailed past VU's goalie Rebecca Brown at 12:26 in the first.  Three minutes later, UVa's Jennifer Morgan scored from the slot with a quick wrister that beat Brown blocker-side at 15:56.  Morgan was assisted by Hoo rookie Sanchita Gupta.

Morgan only needed 34 seconds in the second period to continue her scoring touch.  She pushed the face-off drop into the Cats' OZ, won the race to the puck in the corner, went around the back of the VU net, and slid a shot past Brown, tying the game at 3.  The remainder of the second period saw defensive lapses by the Cavs in their zone as the Wildcats scored 3 unanswered goals.

Morgan would score again late in the third period, capping off her first hat-trick of the season, but it wasn't enough to contain the Cats.  SOGs were even at 20.  UVa was 1/2 on the PP.

"The score isn't indicative of how evenly-matched that game was," UVa's coach Ford said after the game.  "We out-hustled them in the first.  Our TOP in the first was outstanding and our PP looked solid.  We had defensive breakdowns in our zone in the second - wingers not covering the points, defensemen going after the same mark, skaters not lifting sticks in close - that led to quite a few quality shots for them.  All these are things we can work on and learn from.  We'll get them next time."

UVa plays Villanova again on Sunday, November 17th at the Oaks Ice Center in Oaks, PA.