No. 6 Virginia Hosts Richmond Wednesday at 5 p.m.
CHARLOTTESVILLE – The sixth-ranked Virginia women’s lacrosse team hosts in-state opponent Richmond on Wednesday (Feb. 22). The game is set to begin at 5 p.m. at Klöckner Stadium and live statistics can be accessed at VirginiaSports.com.
Parking for the contest will be available in the University Hall lots. No parking will be available in the John Paul Jones Arena lots because of the Celtic Woman – Believe show Wednesday evening.
Virginia (1-0) moved up to No. 6 in the deBeer media poll after a 14-9 season-opening win over then-No. 7 Loyola on Saturday (Feb. 18). The Cavaliers got five goals from senior attacker Ainsley Baker (Corning, N.Y.), which tied a career-high. For her efforts, Baker was recognized as the Atlantic Coast Conference Offensive Player of the Week.
Fellow senior Josie Owen (Gibson Island, Md.) tallied seven points on a goal and six assists for Virginia, while Liza Blue (Butler, Md.), Charlie Finnigan (Twickenham, Middlesex, England) and Jess Loizeaux (Mullica Hill, N.J.) each added two goals apiece.
Blue was named the WomensLax.com Rookie of the Week for her performance vs. the Greyhounds, which included an assist, five draw controls, two ground balls and a caused turnover in addition to her two goals.
Junior goalkeeper Kim Kolarik (Riva, Md.) got the start between the pipes for UVa in its season-opener and saved 11 shots while gathering a team-high tying three ground balls.
The Virginia defense included first-time starters Lelan Bailey (Millersville, Md.), Kelsey Gahan (Cockeysville, Md.) and Daniela Eppler (Baltimore, Md.). Eppler registered three ground balls in her collegiate debut while Bailey tallied a ground ball and a caused turnover.
Richmond (0-2) enters Wednesday’s contest preparing for its third-consecutive ACC opponent. The Spiders fell to Duke (17-13 on Feb. 17) and North Carolina (17-6 on Feb. 19).
The Cavaliers lead the all-time series with Richmond, 31-3-1, including an 18-1 advantage at home. Last season, Virginia won on the road, 23-13. The last Spider victory in the series was in 2006 in Richmond, Va., 7-6.
Following Wednesday’s game, Virginia wraps up its three-game homestand with a noon match-up against No. 12 Syracuse on Sunday (Feb. 26). The Virginia women’s lacrosse program will retire the No. 24, worn by former Cavalier Robyn Nye Wood, during a halftime ceremony.