Cavaliers Seek 400th Program Victory in Final Regular-Season Road Tilt
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia women’s lacrosse team will search for it’s 400th program win on Wednesday afternoon in Washington, D.C. The fourth-ranked Cavaliers will travel to No. 6 Georgetown for a 3:30 p.m. match-up on Multi-Sport Field, in a game that will be tape delayed and aired on Verizon Fios at a date to be announced later. The game is also the final regular-season road contest for the Cavaliers this season.
The Cavaliers enter the contest with a 10-2 overall record, while the Hoyas come in at 8-3. Between the two, although Virginia holds the advantage in the all-time record, Georgetown has won two of the last three meetings. In 2005, the Hoyas defeated Virginia 13-11 in Charlottesville, before making it two straight, winning 8-4 at home the following year.
Last year, then-freshman Brittany Kalkstein won nine draw controls to help lead the Cavaliers to a 14-7 victory over the Hoyas in Virginia’s final regular-season home game.
Kalkstein, Virginia’s single-season record holder for draw controls, has added to her season total from a year ago and entered Virginia’s all-time top-10 career list for draw controls, winning four against Boston College. She has won 106 in just two seasons and ranks ninth all-time.
Leading the Cavaliers’ attack are juniors Ashley McCulloch and Jenny Hauser. McCulloch has 37 points on 13 goals and 24 assists, while Hauser holds the team lead with 27 goals. McCulloch leads the ACC in assists per game and ranks tied for 11th nationally.
Senior goalkeeper Kendall McBrearty led the Cavaliers’ defense last week. In allowing just six goals in two games and stopping 14 shots, McBrearty improved her season goals against average to 7.10 and her national ranking to fourth. Virginia’s defense is ranked third nationally in scoring defense, giving up 7.08 goals per game.
For Georgetown, Ashby Kaestner paces the attack with 47 goals. Molly Ford has added 25 with 12 assists and Jordy Kirr has dished out 21 assists. On the draw, Kaestner and Megan Bloomer have won 27 and 22 draw controls, respectively. Defensively, Jordan Trautman has 32 ground balls and in goal, Caitlin Formby is allowing 8.24 goals per game, while stopping .497 percent of shots faced.
The Cavaliers will return home for the remainder of their regular season games this year. Beginning on Sunday, Virginia will play host to No. 16 Johns Hopkins in a 1 p.m. game, before facing No. 12 George Mason on the following Wednesday at 7 p.m.