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Virginia blitz leads ACC seven into round of 16
by Paul Kennedy, November 16th, 2009 8:45AM



Led by unseeded Virginia, which had one of the biggest comeback victories in school history, the ACC sent seven teams to the round of 16 of the NCAA Division I Women's Tournament.

No. 1 seeds North Carolina and Florida State, No. 2 Boston College, No. 3 Virginia Tech and No. 3 Wake Forest and No. 4 Maryland all advanced to the third round. The seven teams won by a margin of 22-3 on Sunday. The only ACC team to lose in the NCAA Tournament is Duke, a 2-0 loser to Rutgers on Friday.

Virginia scored six unanswered goals in a 20-minute span of the second half against All-American goalie Alyssa Naeher to post a 6-2 win over No. 9 Penn State. The win sent the Cavaliers into the round of 16 for the fifth consecutive season.

"To come in here and get this result, especially how we did it, I couldn't be prouder of this team," said Virginia coach Steve Swanson. "What a performance in the second half. "

After going down, 2-0, in the first half, the Cavaliers pressured the Penn State defense before breaking through in the 60th minute of play on a goal by Lauren Alwine. They drew even five minutes later when Cailtin Miskel found Sinead Farrelly in the box for the tying goal. Virginia won on a pair of goals by Caroline Miller and goals by Erica Hollenberg and Meghan Lenczyk.

"We have all the respect in the world for Alyssa Naeher," said Swanson. "She is a great keeper and we knew if we were going to get goals past her we needed to be precise. Those were some great shots, I am not sure if anyone could have stopped those. They were hit hard and they were hit in the corners."

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