No. 4 Virginia Uses Balanced Attack to Cruise Past Old Dominion, 22-7
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 4 Virginia women’s lacrosse team used a balanced team effort, highlighted by 11 different Cavaliers who contributed a point to the attack, to defeat in-state rival Old Dominion, 22-7, Wednesday evening in Klöckner Stadium. The scoring output marks the most goals Virginia has scored in a single contest under head coach Julie Myers, and the most since the Cavaliers defeated in-state rival Richmond, 22-7, on April 5, 1994.
The Cavaliers were led offensively by senior All-American Kaitlin Duff’s career-high six goals and seven points, while senior All-American Brittany Kalkstein added a career-high four goals. Redshirt senior Whitaker Hagerman added three scores for the Cavaliers, while freshman Anne Thomas contributed a personal-best two goals and one assist.
Old Dominion (2-4) was led by Saratu Dodo’s three goals.
Virginia (8-3, 2-1 ACC) recorded the first goal of the contest, a score from Whiteley – assisted by Kalkstein, at 29:05. Duff then gave the Cavaliers a 2-0 lead with 27:52 on the clock, before Old Dominion rallied for three-straight to take a 3-2 lead with 22 minutes remaining.
The Cavaliers called a timeout to regroup, and that would be the only advantage the Monarchs would hold as Virginia received eight goals from six different players to string together an 8-0 run and take a 10-3 lead with 12:05 left in the half. Kalkstein and Whiteley recorded dual scores for Virginia in the streak, while Hagerman, Duff and sophomores Charlie Finnigan and Josie Owen each contributed one goal.
Old Dominion snapped Virginia’s streak at 8:50 and made it two-straight scores with another goal at 6:35, but the Cavaliers would answer with two more goals – from Duff and Thomas – to take a 12-5 lead into halftime.
Virginia tacked on another six goals to open play in the second half. Finnigan assisted the first to Kalkstein and followed that up by assisting Owen at 28:31. Duff then contributed back-to-back goals before junior Marghi Walters caused a turnover on a clear attempt by the Monarchs and heaved the ball up field and into the goal for her first career point at 19:48.
Whiteley assisted Thomas at 18:49 to cap off the run for the Cavaliers.
Old Dominion notched a sixth score at 16:39, before another 4-0 run for Virginia pushed the home team ahead 22-6. Those four goals were scored by McTiernan, Kalkstein and two from Hagerman – both assisted by senior Marye Kellermann.
The Monarchs finished the scoring in the game, notching a goal with just 25 seconds remaining.
Defensively, redshirt junior Lauren Benner stopped seven shots for the Cavaliers, while freshman Kim Kolarik stopped two.
Sophomore Bailey Fogarty won a career-high six draw controls and McTiernan collected a personal-best four to lead the Cavaliers to a 21-10 edge over the Monarchs in the category, a season-best for Virginia.
Up next, the Cavaliers will host their second contest of a three-game homestand. No. 19 Boston College will visit Klöckner Stadium on Saturday for a 1 p.m. tilt. Virginia’s seniors will be honored prior to the start of the game as a part of Senior Day.