Virginia blitz leads ACC seven into round of 16
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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