No. 11 Virginia Set to Face Virginia Tech Wednesday at Klockner Stadium
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 11 Virginia women’s lacrosse team will host in-state rival Virginia Tech Wednesday in its final regular-season Atlantic Coast Conference game of the season. Opening draw is slated for 7 p.m., at Klöckner Stadium. Live statistics will be available at VirginiaSports.com.
Virginia (7-5, 0-4 ACC) comes into the contest looking for its first ACC win of the season, as the Cavaliers are coming off a 12-6 loss at then-No. 19 Boston College on Saturday. Virginia followed that up with a 19-18 win at Harvard Sunday.
Juniors Charlie Finnigan and Julie Gardner lead the Cavaliers with 43 points each this season. Finnigan has a team-best 34 goals, while Gardner has notched 22 goals to go with a team-high 21 assists.
Defensively, two Cavaliers are ranked in the top five of the ACC in ground balls per game. Sophomore goalkeeper Kim Kolarik leads the league with 2.33 ground balls per game, while senior All-American Liz Downs is fourth with an average of 2.08 per game.
Junior Bailey Fogarty leads the ACC in caused turnovers, causing 1.67 per outing.
Virginia Tech (8-5, 1-3) is led by Allie Emala’s 45 points on 29 goals and 16 assists, while Jessica Nonn has notched a team-best 33 goals. The Hokies lead the ACC in ground balls per game, averaging 17.38 pickups a game.
In goal, Alex Gale has posted a 17.80 goals-against average and a .387 save percentage.
In the all-time series between the in-state rivals, Virginia holds an unblemished 16-0 record. The Cavaliers earned two victories last year, taking a 20-14 victory in Blacksburg on April 7 before knocking the Hokies out of the ACC Tournament, 18-6, in the first round.
Following Wednesday’s contest, Virginia will return to action next week, heading to Fairfax, Va., to face George Mason. The game is set for Wednesday, April 13 at 7 p.m.