No. 16 William & Mary Visits Klockner Stadium for Midweek Match-up
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 8 Virginia women’s lacrosse team will welcome No. 16 William & Mary to Klöckner Stadium Wednesday evening for a 7 p.m., contest. Live statistics will be available at VirginiaSports.com.
This will mark the second in-state competition for both the Cavaliers (3-3) and Tribe (3-1), as both defeated Richmond earlier this season. Virginia earned a 23-13 decision on Feb. 23, while William & Mary won, 18-13, on Feb. 27.
Juniors Ainsley Baker, Charlie Finnigan, Julie Gardner and Josie Owen lead Virginia’s attack this year. The quartet has scored in each of the Cavaliers’ games, with Finnigan and Gardner sharing a team-high 23 points. Finnigan has a team-high 18 goals, while Gardner has a team-high 10 assists to go with 13 scores. Baker has tacked on 16 goals, while Owen has 11 and a team-high 22 draw controls.
Defensively, junior Bailey Fogarty has 12 ground balls and 13 draw controls, while senior All-American Liz Downs has 10 ground balls and six caused turnovers.
In goal for Virginia, sophomore Kim Kolarik is allowing 11.25 goals per game, while stopping 41.6 percent of shots faced.
William & Mary is led by Grace Golden, who has tallied 18 scores, 12 ground balls, 10 draw controls and 12 caused turnovers. Maggie Anderson has also helped offensively, notching 11 goals.
In goal, Emily Geary leads the way with an 11.50 goals-against average and a .418 save percentage.
The all-time series between the two programs dates back to 1976, as William & Mary was Virginia’s first opponent in its inaugural varsity season. The Tribe won that contest, 10-7, in Charlottesville, but the Cavaliers have rallied to earn an overall record of 26-17-1 in the series. Under head coach Julie Myers, the Cavaliers are 14-1 when playing W&M, with the Tribe’s last win coming in 2001.
At home, Virginia is 14-7 against William & Mary, with the Tribe’s last victory in Charlottesville coming in 1990. The Cavaliers are currently on an 11-game win streak over W&M at home and are 8-0 under Myers.
Virginia will remain home following the contest, hosting No. 15 Princeton on Saturday at noon. The game will be the first in a doubleheader at Klöckner Stadium, as UVa’s second-ranked men’s lacrosse team hosts No. 20 Ohio State at 3 p.m.