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Karin Corbett Post-Game Interview
WASHINGTON, D. C. – A close game for the first 27 minutes quickly slipped away from Penn in the first round of the NCAA Tournament as Virginia broke open the game with a dominant run of offense in a 12-6 loss for the Quakers.
A big run for the Cavaliers after Penn took a 4-3 lead with 3:12 left in the first half was the key to Virginia’s rally. Casey Bocklet scored the second of three goals in the first half just 11 seconds after Penn took its only lead of the game, and UVA would go on to score the game’s next eight goals. After Bocklet tied the game, it was two free position goals 48 seconds apart in the final minute of the first half that did the most damage. Maddy Keeshan netted the first with 52 seconds to play in the opening period, and Bocklet connected with four seconds left to give the ‘Hoos a two-goal lead at the break.
The Quakers had chances in the second half to break the drought and get back in the game, but were 0-for-9 on shots while the Cavaliers were building their large cushion. Virginia goalie Kim Kolarik made four saves and caused one turnover while Penn was held off the scoreboard.
Caroline Bunting had two goals and two assists for the Quakers in her final game as a collegian, scoring with 3:12 left in the first half to give Penn its only advantage of the afternoon and tallying her 100th career point with Penn’s fifth goal of the game with 4:30 left in the game. She finished the game – and her career – tied with Becca Edwards for 18th on Penn’s career scoring chart with 101 points. Nina Corcoran had two goals and two assists in her first NCAA Tournament game, assisting on both of Bunting’s goals.
Virginia was 3-for-7 on free position shots, beginning the first half just at it ended the period with an eight-meter goal. Caroline McTiernan struck first for UVA just 50 seconds into the game after a Penn foul. 2:07 into the affair, Liza Blue scored the first three in the game to give Virginia a 2-0 lead.
Moments later, Lucy Ferguson made a point-blank save to give Penn its first true offensive look of the afternoons. Shortly thereafter, Caroline Bunting was double-teamed, but found a streaking Meredith Cain who one-touched a shot by Kolarik to get Penn in the game. Just under seven minutes later, Tory Bensen connected on a free position to tie the game, 2-2.
Bocklet – who finished with four goals in the game – gave Virginia a 3-2 lead with a goal at 20:01 from down the left side. 1:17 later, Nina Corcoran dodged past a defender and fired a low bouncer inside the right post to again knot the game. Five and a half minutes later, Bunting would finish a Corcoran pass moments after the Quakers killed a UVA man-advantage to give Penn a 4-3 lead and seemingly take momentum over to Penn’s side.
The good feeling was fleeting, however, gone in just 11 seconds. Virginia won the draw, and Lelan Bailey took off down field. She fed an open Bocklet who tied the game at 4-4 to send UVA on its game-clinching run.
The second half saw UVA utilize a draw control advantage to deny Penn possession and continue to add to its lead. The Cavaliers scored the first five goals of the second period, building an 11-4 lead before Bunting scored with 4:30 to play. Bunting’s final goal as a Quaker ended a scoreless drought of 28:42 for Penn and left too little time to mount a comeback. Corcoran capped Penn’s day with her second of the game with 0:39 left, scoring into an open net after Kolarik had fouled Bunting away from the cage in a battle for a loose ball.
The Quakers end their season with an 11-6 record, winners in 11 of their last 14 games. The Class of 2013 will graduate with 46 career wins, four Ivy League championships, two Ivy League Tournament titles and four NCAA Tournament appearances.
Notes: Today was the first-ever meeting between Penn and Virginia … Penn is 9-9 all-time in NCAA Tournament games … The Quakers are 3-3 against ACC teams in the NCAA Tournament … Meredith Cain finishes her career tied for 12th all-time on Penn’s scoring list with 115 points … Caroline Bunting is tied for 18th with 101 … Cain is 11th all-time in goals with 87 … Nina Corcoran nearly matched her season output in scoring with her two goals and two assists, she entered the day with two goals and three assists … Caroline Bunting set a career-high in goals in a season with 25 … Lucy Ferguson made 10 saves, her fifth game with 10+ saves this season – Penn had won the first four.