Cavaliers Set to Face Duke in NCAA First Round Action
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 10 Virginia women’s lacrosse team will head to Durham, N.C., to face No. 4 Duke on Sunday, May 10 at 2 p.m., in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Game time is slated for 2 p.m. in Koskinen Stadium. Live stats will be available on VirginiaSports.com.
The Cavaliers (11-7) are led by senior All-ACC honorees Jenny Hauser, Ashley McCulloch and Blair Weymouth. Weymouth has tallied 49 goals and 66 points this season, and is nine goals away from becoming the third Cavalier to break the 200-goals plateau, while McCulloch became the fourth Cavalier to ever reach the 100 assists mark, and is currently one point shy of 200 and three goals short of 100.
Hauser sits second on the team in goals, with 35, and third in points at 50, while junior All-ACC selection Kaitllin Duff is fourth in points. Duff also leads the team with 41 caused turnovers and 47 ground balls – ranking in the top-10 nationally in both categories.
Junior Brittany Kalkstein has won 68 draw controls to rank seventh nationally and is one shy of tying her own single-season record set in 2007.
Duke (14-5) is led by Tewaaraton Trophy Finalist Carolyn Davis’ 59 goals and 15 assists, while Caroline Cryer has 40 goals and 32 assists. Emma Hamm and Cryer have both won at least 40 draw controls, with Hamm earning 44 and Cryer 42.
In the all-time series between the two programs, Virginia leads 17-7, but dropped a 13-12 contest to the Blue Devils earlier this season. In Durham, the Cavaliers have won five of the six meetings, with their only loss coming in 2004.
In NCAA Tournament meetings, the two teams have faced three times – each contest being a semifinal match-up – with the Cavaliers winning all three games.
This marks the 14th-straight year the Cavaliers have participated in the NCAA Tournament, and 22nd overall. Virginia is 28-18 all-time in tournament games and has played the second-most of any other team in the NCAA.
The winner of the game will advance to the quarterfinal round to face the winner of the fourth-seed Penn/Fairfield game on Saturday, May 16. The game will be played at the home site of the higher seed.