No. 7 Virginia Travels to No. 5 North Carolina for Conference Match-up
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 7 Virginia women’s lacrosse team will head to No. 5 North Carolina for a conference match-up Saturday at 1 p.m., at Fetzer Field. A live video stream and live statistics will be available at VirginiaSports.com.
The Cavaliers (3-2, 0-1 ACC) enter the game coming off a 10-5 win over Penn State on Sunday. The game began at Klöckner Stadium before being moved to the University Hall Turf Field at the 22:29 mark of the second half due to poor field conditions caused by the rain. Redshirt junior Ainsley Baker led Virginia with four goals and one assist in the contest, while sophomore goalkeeper Kim Kolarik tied a career-high with 11 saves.
Virginia is led this season by its quartet of junior attackers – Baker, Charlie Finnigan, Julie Gardner and Josie Owen. Gardner has a team-high 21 points on 12 goals and nine assists, while Baker and Finnigan share a team-high with 15 goals each. Owen has tacked on 10 goals and seven assists and leads the team with 17 draw controls.
Defensively, junior Bailey Fogarty has caused six turnovers and scooped up nine ground balls. She has also won 11 draw controls, while senior All-American Liz downs shares the team lead with six caused turnovers.
North Carolina (4-2, 0-0 ACC) opened its season on a three-game win streak before dropping an overtime contest at No. 2 Northwestern, 7-6. The Tar Heels were then upset by No. 8 Penn, 10-7, but rebounded with a 13-3 rout at Denver Monday night.
Corey Donohoe leads UNC this year with 19 goals and four assists, while Becky Lynch is second on the squad with 12 points on seven goals and five assists. In goal for the Tar Heels, Lauren Maksym is allowing 7.66 goals per game, while stopping 50.5 percent of shots faced.
This will mark the 25th meeting all-time between the two programs, with both earning 12 wins apiece. The Cavaliers and Tar Heels split last year’s meetings, with Virginia earning a 13-12 overtime victory in the regular season in Charlottesville. North Carolina then knocked the Cavaliers out of the NCAA Tournament, handing Virginia a 17-7 loss at Fetzer Field.
Following the contest, Virginia will return home to host No. 18 William & Mary on Wednesday at 7 p.m.