No. 20 James Madison Visits Klockner Stadium on Wednesday
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 5 Virginia women’s lacrosse team will host its third in-state rival this week, as No. 20 James Madison will visit Klöckner Stadium for a 7 p.m. contest Wednesday evening. Live statistics will be available at VirginiaSports.com.
The Dukes will be the seventh-straight nationally ranked opponent the Cavaliers will face this season, and the eighth in their first nine games. Virginia has won its last four games against ranked teams and is 2-0 against in-state opponents this year.
The Cavaliers (6-2) are coming off two wins over nationally ranked opponents this past week. Virginia defeated No. 18 William & Mary on Wednesday, before snapping a two-game losing streak to No. 13 Princeton on Saturday. The Cavaliers won both games by scores of 14-7.
Senior All-American Brittany Kalkstein led the Cavaliers in the two games and was named the ACC Player of the Week for her performance. The midfielder tallied five goals and two assists, while also collecting a team-high seven caused turnovers and four draw controls. She also added five ground balls.
Kalkstein leads the team defensively this season, winning 41 draw controls and causing 14 turnovers. She is also among seven Cavaliers who have registered double-digit goals this season, scoring 13. Senior All-American Kaitlin Duff leads the team with 29 points on a team-best 17 goals and 11 assists.
In goal, redshirt junior Lauren Benner has compiled a 4-0 record by stopping 53.4 percent of shots faced, while allowing just 8.30 goals per game.
James Madison is coming off its first loss of the season, a 12-8 setback to No. 17 Loyola on Saturday. The Dukes (6-1) are led by Kim Griffin, who has scored 19 goals and tallied six assists. She also has a team-high 15 ground balls. Mary Kate Lomady has contributed 17 goals for JMU, while Morgan Kelly has started all seven contests in goal, recording a 7.08 goal against average and is stopping 50 percent of shots faced.
In the all-time series between the two programs, the squads have met at least once every season since 1977, with the Cavaliers holding a 27-10-1 advantage. Virginia has won the last eight games in the series and holds an overall record of 13-3-1 when playing in Charlottesville.
No. 3 Duke awaits Virginia following the match. The Cavaliers will head to Durham, N.C., for a 1 p.m. contest on Saturday.