Kalkstein Breaks Career Draw Control Record in Loss to Loyola
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Senior All-American Brittany Kalkstein broke Virginia’s all-time career record for draw controls in the Cavaliers’ season opening loss to No. 14 Loyola at the UHall Turf Field on Saturday. Kalkstein’s nine draw controls marks a career-high and improves her career total to 199, surpassing Lauren Aumiller’s total of 190 from 2000-03.
With an 11-15 loss, the No. 10 Cavaliers start the year 0-1 for the first time since 2003, while Loyola improves to 1-1 on the season.
Sophomore Josie Owen led Virginia with six points, tallying two goals and a personal-best four assists, while senior Caity Whiteley finished with a career-high four goals. Sophomore Julie Gardner tacked on two more scores for Virginia, while Kalkstein, senior All-American Kaitlin Duff and sophomore Charlie Finnigan rounded out the scoring with a goal each. Kalkstein tacked on two assists, while Duff had one.
For Loyola, Emily Gibson led the way with a game-high five goals, while Grace Gavin added four. In goal, Kerry Stoothoff collected 15 saves for the Greyhounds.
The Cavaliers took no time getting started, as they converted their first three shots into scores, including the opening goal just 56 seconds into play. Kalkstein recorded the goal, from Owen, but Loyola notched two-straight to take a 2-1 lead with 26:03 on the clock.
Virginia responded with two more goals – one from Whiteley at 25:00, the other from Duff at 23:44, both assisted by Owen – before Whiteley added a second score at 22:31 to give Virginia a two goal lead and force Loyola to call a timeout.
Whiteley recorded the second hat trick of her career at the 17:01 mark, firing a goal past Loyola’s keeper off a fast break pass from Duff, but the Cavaliers would remain scoreless for the rest of the half, as the Greyhounds tacked on five-straight goals to take a 7-5 advantage into the intermission.
Coming out of the break, Loyola added another two scores to extend its streak to seven straight, before Finnigan converted a free position shot for the Cavaliers to cut the Greyhounds’ lead to three at 18:40.
Loyola found the back of the net at 11:29, before Virginia rallied for two of the next three – from Gardner and Owen. It wasn’t enough to quiet the Greyhounds though, as Loyola rattled off another three unanswered goals to take a six-goal lead with 1:56 to play.
The Cavaliers responded from the run, led by Kalkstein – who won four-straight draw controls in the final minute – to net three-straight scores from Whiteley, Gardner and Owen in a span of 25 seconds, but it wouldn’t be enough as Gibson capped off the scoring for Loyola, scoring with just 14 seconds remaining.
The Cavaliers will look to rebound next week, as they host in-state rival Richmond on Wednesday at 7 p.m. and Syracuse on Saturday at noon.