No. 9 Virginia Hosts No. 20 Boston College Saturday on Senior Day
CHARLOTTESVILLE – The ninth-ranked Virginia women’s lacrosse team will look for its fourth-consecutive victory when it hosts No. 20 Boston College Saturday (March 31) at Klöckner Stadium. The match is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m., and the senior class of Ainsley Baker (Corning, N.Y.), Charlie Finnigan (Twickenham, Middlesex, England), Julie Gardner (Severna Park, Md.), Josie Owen (Gibson Island, Md.) and Anne Taylor (Alexandria, Va.) will be honored prior to first draw as part of Senior Day festivities.
The senior class will be recognized at approximately 12:45 p.m.
Live statistics will be available at VirginiaSports.com, as well as a live webcast through Cavaliers Live.
Virginia (7-4, 1-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) has won three-consecutive games dating back to March 21, including a 14-12 upset of then-No. 6 Duke on the road on March 24.
Most recently, the Cavaliers held off a late Old Dominion rally on Wednesday (March 28) to earn a 14-13 victory.
Inside Klöckner Stadium this season, Virginia is 5-1, with the only setback coming on March 10 vs. North Carolina (14-9).
Owen, an attacker, leads Virginia and the ACC with 49 points on 21 goals and 28 assists (4.45 points per game). She also leads the conference in assists per game (2.55) and leads Virginia with 28 draw controls. Owen was named the ACC’s Offensive Player of the Week on Tuesday (March 27) following her eight-goal, four-assist output vs. JMU and Duke.
Seven other Cavaliers have reached double figures for points, including freshman Sloan Warren (Philadelphia, Pa.) who has emerged as one of the top first-year players in the league. Warren has 19 goals and four assists and ranks third on the team with 18 draw controls. During Virginia’s current three-game win streak, Warren has earned the starting nod on attack.
Baker is third on the squad with 16 goals and tallied her first assist of the season against the Monarchs for 17 points.
Defensively, junior goalkeeper Kim Kolarik (Riva, Md.) has twice been named the ACC’s Defensive Player of the Week (Feb. 27 and March 20) and leads the ACC in ground balls per game (2.82). She ranks second in the conference in saves per game (6.82) and has allowed 111 goals for a 10.09 goals-against average.
Freshmen Daniela Eppler (Baltimore, Md.) and Kelsey Gahan (Towson, Md.) have joined juniors Megan Dunleavy (Fairfax Station, Va.) and Lelan Bailey (Millersville, Md.) as Cavalier defenders who have started all 11 of UVa’s games.
Boston College (5-5, 1-2 ACC) is coming off a 9-8 loss at home to North Carolina on March 24. The Eagles’ conference victory came against Virginia Tech (17-10) on March 10.
Covie Stanwick, whose brother Steele Stanwick is a senior on the UVa men’s lacrosse team, leads the Eagles with 33 points on 19 goals and 14 assists.
Emily Mata and Catherine Conway have split time in goal for BC, as Mata has earned four starts and Conway has earned six. Boston College is out-scoring its opponents, 125-118.
Virginia leads the all-time series with Boston College, 9-1, with the lone loss coming last season in Chestnut Hill, Mass. The Eagles defeated the Cavaliers, 12-6, in that contest.
In games played in Charlottesville, UVa is 6-0 all-time vs. Boston College.
It will be a quick turnaround for the ‘Hoos, as they host Harvard on Monday (April 2) at 7 p.m.