Cavaliers Open Three-Game Homestand with In-State Rival Old Dominion
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 4 Virginia women’s lacrosse team will open a three-game homestand on Wednesday, hosting in-state rival Old Dominion at 7 p.m. in Klöckner Stadium. Live statistics will be available at VirginiaSports.com.
The Cavaliers (7-3, 2-1 ACC) are coming off an upset win over then-No. 3 Duke, 8-7, on Saturday at Koskinen Stadium. A trio of Cavaliers – senior All-American Brittany Kalkstein, sophomore Julie Gardner and freshman Caroline McTiernan – scored two goals each to lead Virginia past its conference foe.
Seven attackers have contributed double-digit goals to the Cavaliers’ offense this season – led by senior All-American Kaitlin Duff. Duff has notched 19 scores to go with 11 assists, while sophomore Josie Owen has tallied 15 goals and a team-high 13 assists. Kalkstein and Gardner have each contributed 17 scores, while sophomore Charlie Finnigan has 16, redshirt sophomore Ainsley Baker has 15 and senior Caity Whiteley has added 14.
Duff and Kalkstein also lead the team defensively. Kalkstein has a team-best 47 draw controls, 21 ground balls and 17 caused turnovers, while Duff has 17 ground balls and 16 caused turnovers.
In goal, redshirt junior Lauren Benner is allowing 8.36 goals per game, while stopping 49.6 percent of shots faced. She has also collected 19 ground balls.
Old Dominion (2-3) is coming off a last minute loss to in-state rival Virginia Tech, 13-12, on Saturday, as the Hokies scored the game-winner with nine seconds remaining in regulation.
The Monarchs are led by Ashley Kellogg this season, as she has tallied 18 goals. Lisa Bernardini is second on the team in goals with 16 and leads the squad with 11 assists, 15 ground balls and 14 draw controls. Saratu Dodo has caused 13 turnovers.
In goal for the Monarchs, Sarah Geary is allowing 12.81 goals per game and has a save percentage of .466.
Old Dominion earned its first-ever win against Virginia last season, a 13-10 affair in Norfolk. Prior to the meeting, the Cavaliers had won all 32 meetings, dating back to 1980.
Virginia will remain home to host two more contests, vs. No. 19 Boston College at 1 p.m. on Saturday and vs. Harvard at 7 p.m. on Monday. Prior to Saturday’s ACC contest with the Eagles, Virginia will honor this year’s seniors as part of Senior Day.