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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia’s underclassmen stepped up to lead the fourth-ranked Cavaliers past conference-foe No. 19 Boston College, 12-6, on Saturday in Klöckner Stadium. The game marked the women’s lacrosse team’s Senior Day with its seven seniors being recognized prior to the start of the contest.

Freshman Caroline McTiernan led the Cavaliers with four scores, while sophomore Charlie Finnigan added three. Sophomore Josie Owen added another goal to help the underclassmen account for eight of Virginia’s 12 goals. Senior Caity Whiteley added two goals, while redshirt senior Whitaker Hagerman and senior All-American Brittany Kalkstein rounded out the scoring with a goal each.

For Boston College (7-3, 1-3 ACC), Kristin Igoe had four goals, while Sheila Serafino stopped seven goals in cage.

Kalkstein started the scoring in the game, notching her 115th career goal at the 27:14 mark, assisted by Whiteley. Boston College would rally for the next two scores though, taking a 2-1 lead at 22:51.

McTiernan put Virginia back ahead, recording back-to-back goals at 18:07 and 16:43 to give the Cavaliers a 3-2 edge.

Finnigan then made it 4-2 in favor of the home team with a goal at 11:48, before McTiernan completed the first hat trick of her career at 11:26, firing a shot into the net from Finnigan.

Boston College called a timeout following the goal. Out of the break, Igoe had two-unanswered goals for the Eagles to cut Virginia’s lead to one, 5-4, with 10:08 left in the half.

Following almost five minutes of scoreless action, Finnigan sandwich goals around one from Whiteley to give the Cavaliers an 8-4 lead heading into halftime.

Owen and Hagerman each contributed goals out of the break to extend Virginia’s run to five-straight goals, giving the Cavaliers a 10-4 lead with 23:53 to play.

Igoe would respond for the Eagles once again though, firing another pair goals into the net to cut Virginia’s lead to four, 10-6, at the 14:15 mark. The goals would prove to be the last from the Eagles, as McTiernan and Whiteley – flinging a behind the back shot from sophomore Julie Gardner into the goal with 40 seconds remaining– rounded out the scoring and brought the final score to 12-6.

Kalkstein fired up the Cavaliers’ attack, winning eight of Virginia’s 11 draw controls. Duff added four ground balls, while junior Marghi Walters caused two turnovers.

Virginia (9-3, 3-1) will be back in action on Monday, hosting Harvard at 7 p.m.

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