Virginia Plays Host to Richmond on Wednesday
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 4 Virginia women’s lacrosse team returns home to host in-state rival Richmond in a 7 p.m. contest on Wednesday in Klckner Stadium. Live stats for the game will be available at www.VirginiaSports.com.
The Cavaliers (2-0) enter the contest after winning their second-consecutive game. Virginia defeated Virginia Tech, 19-3, in its season opener and Loyola, 19-8, on the road over the weekend. Senior All-American Ashley McCulloch led the Cavaliers in both contests, collecting a career-high eight points in both outings and earned ACC Player of the Week honors for her accomplishments.
McCulloch leads the Cavaliers with nine goals and seven assists this season. Senior All-American Blair Weymouth has seven goals and four assists, while junior Kaitlin Duff has five goals, four assists and leads the team with six draw controls and five caused turnovers. Freshman Josie Owen leads the team with six ground balls.
In goal, redshirt sophomore Lauren Benner is allowing a league-best 5.67 goals per game, while stopping .526 percent of shots.
Richmond brings an 0-3 record into the game, as the Spiders have been winless against ACC opponents this season. Richmond opened its season falling to No. 6 Maryland, 17-6, at home, before facing No. 3 Duke (14-9) and No. 9 North Carolina (15-8) on the road.
Allison Furstenburg led the Spiders in their loss at UNC, scoring five goals. In the cage, Erica Marrocco recorded 10 saves against both Duke and North Carolina.
Thanks to 21-straight victories between 1984-2005, the Cavaliers own an overall 28-3-1 all-time record over the Spiders. Richmond used an 8-7 win over Virginia in 2006 to break the streak, but the Cavaliers have rebounded with 13-5 and 16-7 victories over Richmond the past two seasons, respectively.
The Cavaliers will head on the road to face their first ranked opponent this season in No. 2 Syracuse on Friday. The game is slated to begin at 4 p.m. in the Carrier Dome, with Virginia’s men’s team facing No. 1 Syracuse following the contest.