No. 6 Virginia Heads to No. 18 William & Mary for Midweek Contest
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 6 Virginia women’s lacrosse team will open a two-game road swing this week at No. 18 William & Mary on Wednesday. The Cavaliers will face the Tribe at 7 p.m. in Williamsburg, Va. William & Mary will mark the fifth-consecutive nationally ranked team the Cavaliers have faced this season, and the sixth in Virginia’s seven contests. Live statistics for the game will be available on VirginiaSports.com.
The Cavaliers are coming off a huge upset win over previously undefeated No. 3 North Carolina at home on Saturday. Led by redshirt sophomore Ainsley Baker’s five goals and game-winner in overtime, Virginia overcame an early five-goal deficit in the game and held on for the 13-12 win.
Virginia (4-2) is led this season by senior All-American Kaitlin Duff’s 14 goals. Three Cavaliers – senior Caity Whiteley, sophomore Charlie Finnigan and sophomore Julie Gardner – have each tallied 11 goals, while sophomore Josie Owen has distributed a team-high 10 assists.
Defensively, Duff has caused a team-high 10 turnovers, while senior All-American Brittany Kalkstein ranks second nationally with 37 draw controls and has collected a team-best 10 ground balls.
In the cage, redshirt junior Lauren Benner has earned two-straight wins and is allowing 9.52 goals per game.
William & Mary (3-2) is led by Mary Zulty’s 15 goals and six assists, while Molly Wannen has scored 10 times and won a team-best 22 draw controls. Ashley Holofcener has dished out 12 assists, while Sarah Jonson has collected 25 ground balls and caused 15 turnovers.
Tribe goalie Emily Geary is allowing 13.55 goals per game, while stopping .407 percent of shots faced.
In the all-time series between the two programs, the Cavaliers are 26-17-1, with the two meeting every year since 1976. William & Mary was Virginia’s first-ever varsity game, with the Tribe winning, 10-7, in Charlottesville in 1976.
With a 12-7-1 record on the road against the Tribe, the Cavaliers have not dropped a game in Williamsburg since their 2001 season opener. Virginia has won the last eight-straight games in the series and holds an overall record of 14-1 against William & Mary, under head coach Julie Myers.
Against in-state opponents this season, the Cavaliers are 1-0, as they defeated Richmond, 17-8, at the UHall Turf Field on Feb. 24.
Virginia will conclude its two-game road swing on Saturday afternoon, as the Cavaliers head to No. 13 Princeton for a noon contest.