Cavaliers Face Quick Turn Around, Head to No. 13 Princeton Saturday
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 6 Virginia women’s lacrosse team will face a quick turnaround and head north to Princeton, N.J., to play the No. 13 Tigers on Saturday at noon. The game will be played at Princeton Stadium with live statistics and a live web stream available at VirginiaSports.com.
The Cavaliers (5-2) are coming off a 14-7 win over in-state rival No. 18 William & Mary Wednesday night. Virginia had a season-high 10 Cavaliers contribute to the offense, led by redshirt sophomore Ainsley Baker and sophomore Charlie Finnigan – who each notched three scores. Freshman Caroline McTiernan recorded her first collegiate goal in the contest, while classmate Erin Laschinger dished out her first career assist.
Senior All-American Kaitlin Duff leads seven Cavaliers in double-digit scoring this season with a team-high 15 goals and 25 points. Sophomore Josie Owen has distributed a team-best 11 assists.
Senior All-American Brittany Kalkstein leads the defense, collecting 15 ground balls and 13 caused turnovers. She has also won 39 draw controls, ranking second nationally.
Redshirt junior Lauren Benner has earned three-straight wins in cage for the Cavaliers and has stopped .514 percent of shots faced, while giving up 8.64 goals per game.
The Tigers (2-3) are coming off a double overtime loss, 13-12, to James Madison on Wednesday night. The Tigers are led by Lizzy Drumm, who has tallied 18 goals this season. Kristen Morrison has notched nine goals and five assists, while collecting a team-high 10 ground balls.
In goal, Erin Tochihara has stopped .467 percent of shots faced, but is allowing 11.20 goals per game.
Princeton knotted the all-time series at 14 with a narrow 8-7 win over the Cavaliers last season. The one-goal margin marked the second-straight season the Tigers escaped with a one-point win, and the 13th time in series history that the game has been decided by one goal.
This season, the Cavaliers head to Princeton, N.J., where they hold an overall record of 4-7 against the Tigers, and will look to break a two-game losing skid against Princeton. The last time Virginia won at Princeton was in 2006, when the Cavaliers used a lopsided 16-3 victory to defeat the Tigers.
Following the contest, Virginia will return home to host James Madison in a midweek game. Opening draw is slated for Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Klöckner Stadium.