No. 5 Virginia Hosts Penn State at Klockner Stadium Sunday at 1 p.m.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 5 Virginia women’s lacrosse team will host Penn State Sunday at 1 p.m., at Klöckner Stadium. The game will be played at Klöckner Stadium despite the rain in Charlottesville today. In a ceremony prior to the start of the game, the women’s lacrosse program will permanently retire the number one worn by Yeardley Love, in honor and remembrance of her life, commitment and dedication to the program and the University.
Virginia Sports Online Radio will have the audio broadcast for Sunday’s game at VirginiaSports.com (subscription fee required). Live statistics will also be available at VirginiaSports.com.
The Cavaliers (2-2, 0-1 ACC) come into the game after dropping their home opener to No. 1 Maryland Friday night, 18-6. Four Cavaliers scored for Virginia, led by redshirt junior Ainsley Baker and junior Julie Gardner – who each had two goals.
Gardner leads Virginia’s attack this season with 17 points, while junior Charlie Finnigan has a team-best 12 goals. Junior Josie Owen has tacked on nine goals and six assists for 15 points, while Baker has 11 scores.
Penn State (1-2) is coming off a 22-2 routing of Bucknell on Wednesday. The Nittany Lions are led this year by Jen Steadman and Laura Lesnick. Steadman has a team-high seven points on two goals and five assists, while Lesnick has a team-best six goals. Jackie Eastman leads the team with seven ground balls, seven caused turnovers and five draw controls.
In goal for the Nittany Lions, Dana Cahill has posted an 8.80 goals-against average and is stopping 50 percent of shots faced.
In the all-time series with Penn State, Virginia holds a slight advantage, 17-14. The Nittany Lions dominated the series early, winning nine-straight contests from 1983-91, but the Cavaliers have won 13 of the last 14 meetings.
Up next, the Cavaliers will head to No. 3 North Carolina for a 1 p.m., contest on Saturday, March 12.