No. 9 Virginia Welcomes Old Dominion To Klockner Stadium on Wednesday
CHARLOTTESVILLE – The Virginia women’s lacrosse team hosts Old Dominion on Wednesday (March 28) at 7 p.m. at Klockner Stadium. Live statistics can be accessed at VirginiaSports.com.
Virginia (6-4, 1-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) is ranked No. 9 in the March 27 IWLCA coaches poll and No. 11 in the deBeer media poll.
The Cavaliers are coming off a 2-0 week in which Virginia defeated James Madison at home, 13-9, and then-No. 6 Duke on the road, 14-12. UVa has posted a 4-1 record within the friendly confines of Klöckner Stadium this season, with the only blemish on its record coming at the hands on No. 2 North Carolina (14-9 on March 10).
Senior attacker Josie Owen (Gibson Island, Md.) was named the ACC Offensive Player of the Week on Tuesday (March 27) after totaling eight goals, four assists, six ground balls and eight draw controls in the Cavaliers’ victories last week.
With 20 goals and 26 assists, Owen leads UVa with 46 points – the sixth-best total in the country. She ranks fourth nationally in assists and 12th in points per game (4.6).
Three other Cavaliers are in double digits for goals – Sloan Warren (Philadelphia, Pa.) has 16 goals and three assists, Liza Blue (Butler, Md.) has 14 goals and two assists and Ainsley Baker (Corning, N.Y.) has 14 goals.
Defensively, goalkeeper Kim Kolarik (Riva, Md.) has started each of the Cavaliers’ 10 games and has allowed 98 goals for a 9.80 goals-against average. She leads UVa with 28 ground balls.
Julie Gardner (Severna Park, Md.) has also reached double figures for ground balls, notching 10, while adding nine goals and seve assists. UVa’s leader in caused turnovers is freshmen Kelsey Gahan (Towson, Md.) with nine, followed by junior Megan Dunleavy (Fairfax Station, Va.) with eight.
Old Dominion (3-6, 0-0 Colonial Athletic Association) suffered a narrow defeat against Virginia Tech in its last outing (March 24), 13-12. Lisa Bernardini leads the squad with 20 goals and eight assists for 28 points, followed by Rebecca Hartrum with 18 goals and six assists for 24 points.
Two different goalkeepers have seen action between the pipes for Old Dominion, with Sarah Geary playing a team-high 447 minutes. The goalkeeper of record in eight of ODU’s nine games (3-5), she has allowed 95 goals for a 12.75 goals-against average.
UVa leads the all-time series with ODU, 34-1. The lone Monarch victory in the series was in 2009 when the Cavaliers lost, 13-10, on the road in Norfolk, Va. Last season, UVa secured a 9-5 victory.
Following Wednesday’s game, Virginia remains home for a Saturday (March 31) contest against Boston College at 1 p.m. The senior class of Owen, Baker, Charlie Finnigan (Twickenham, Middlesex, England), Gardner and Anne Taylor (Alexandria, Va.) will be honored prior to the game.