Virginia Hosts Richmond Wednesday at UHall Turf Field
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 12 Virginia women’s lacrosse team hosts in-state rival Richmond on Wednesday in a 7 p.m. contest at the University Hall Turf Field. Live stats for the contest will be available at VirginiaSports.com.
The Cavaliers (0-1) are coming off a 15-11 loss to No. 14 Loyola in their season opener on Saturday. Senior Caity Whiteley led Virginia in the contest, tallying a career-high four goals, while sophomore Josie Owen contributed two goals and dished out a personal-best four assists. Defensively, sophomore Bailey Fogarty scooped up six ground balls.
In addition, senior All-American Brittany Kalkstein won a career-high nine draw controls to break the program’s all-time career record in the category. Kalkstein’s total replaces former Cavalier All-American Lauren Aumiller’s 190 draw controls from 2000-03 atop the record book, as she improved her career total to 199. She is just seven shy of breaking the ACC’s all-time mark held by Maryland’s Dana Dobbie (2007-08) at 205.
Richmond enters the contest seeking its first win this season. With an 0-3 record, the Spiders have dropped contests to three top-five ACC teams – No. 2 Maryland, No. 5 Duke and No. 4 North Carolina. Mary Flowers leads the attack with five goals and two assists, while Gabi Wiegand has four goals and three assists.
Defensively, Bria Eulitt has 11 ground balls and six caused turnovers. Erica Marrocco tends goal for the Spiders and is allowing 17.78 goals per game, while stopping .404 percent of shots faced.
At the helm of the Spiders’ program is Stephy Samaras – a two-time All-American defender for the Cavaliers from 1997-2000.
In the all-time series between the two programs, Virginia leads 29-3-1 thanks to 21-straight victories between 1984-2005. Richmond used an 8-7 win over the Cavaliers in 2006 to snap the streak, but the Cavaliers have won the last three straight, including a 16-7 win at Richmond last year.
Following the contest, the Cavaliers will wrap up a three-match homestand to open the season. Virginia hosts No. 6 Syracuse on Saturday at noon at the UHall Turf Field.