Virginia's Game at James Madison on Wednesday Moved to 4 p.m. Start
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The women’s lacrosse game between No. 11 Virginia and No. 12 James Madison on Wednesday, April 27 has been moved to a 4 p.m., start time, due to the threat of inclement weather. The game was originally scheduled for 7 p.m.
James Madison will provide free live audio for the game and live statistics will be available. In addition, a video archive of the game can be viewed beginning on Thursday, April 28 for On Demand access. Links to this coverage can be found at VirginiaSports.com.
The contest was originally scheduled for March 23, but lightning in the area stopped play at the 4:11 mark of the first half, with the score tied at five. The game will be restarted from the beginning and results from the prior contest will not count.
Virginia enters its final regular-season road game with a 9-6 record this year. The Cavaliers are led by junior Julie Gardner’s 53 points on 30 goals and a team-high 23 assists. Juniors Charlie Finnigan and Josie Owen have also reached the 50-point mark, with Finnigan contributing 51 points on a team-best 38 goals and 13 assists. Owen has 36 goals and 14 helpers for 50 points.
Senior All-American Liz Downs paces the defense with 28 ground balls, while Megan Dunleavy and Bailey Fogarty each have 25. In goal, sophomore Kim Kolarik has stopped 112 shots and holds a .407 save percentage.
James Madison (12-3) is coming off a 9-8 win over Drexel on Sunday. Casey Ancarrow leads the Dukes with 36 goals and 13 assists this season, while Mary Kate Lomady has recorded 44 points on 31 goals and 13 assists. Monica Zabel leads the squad in assists, marking 21 on the season.
Defensively, Annie Brophy leads the team with 26 ground balls, while 10 other Dukes have reached double digits in the category. Cally Chakrian has won a team-best 36 draw controls, while Brophy has 15 caused turnovers.
In goal, Alex Menghetti has posted an 8.33 goals-against average and has stopped 40.8 percent of shots faced.
Virginia leads the all-time series with its in-state opponent, 27-11-1, but James Madison owns the most recent victory. Last season, the Dukes used a game-winning goal with 11 seconds remaining at Klöckner Stadium to earn an upset win, 10-9, over the Cavaliers. The win snapped an eight-game winning streak for Virginia in the series.
On the road, the Cavaliers are 11-6 against the Dukes. The last time Virginia dropped a game at James Madison was a 12-5 decision in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament in 2000. The Cavaliers’ last regular-season loss in Harrisonburg came in 1995, an 11-2 contest to then-No. 3 JMU.
Virginia will close out the regular season on Saturday as it returns home to host Northwestern in the first game of a doubleheader with Virginia’s men’s lacrosse team. Opening draw is slated for noon, while the Cavalier men will host Penn at 3 p.m.
Prior to the women’s game against Northwestern, Virginia will honor its senior class – Ainsley Baker, Liz Downs, Molly McClintic, Boyd Vicars and Marghi Walters.