Virginia Seniors Deliver 12-10 Victory Over No. 20 Boston College
CHARLOTTESVILLE – The ninth-ranked Virginia women’s lacrosse team won its fourth-consecutive game on Saturday (March 31), a 12-10 decision over No. 20 Boston College. After celebrating its five-player senior class of Ainsley Baker, Charlie Finnigan, Julie Gardner, Josie Owen and Annie Taylor prior to the game, Virginia improved to 8-4 overall and 2-2 in Atlantic Coast Conference play.
The loss dropped Boston College’s record to 5-6 overall and 1-3 in league play.
Senior Ainsley Baker (Corning, N.Y.) scored three goals, including the eventual game-winner with 5:31 remaining in the game, to fuel the Cavalier offense. Classmates Julie Gardner (Severna Park, Md.) and Josie Owen (Gibson Island, Md.) contributed two goals and an assist and one goal and one assist, respectively, while junior Katie Slater (Kensington, Md.) had a hat trick with three goals.
Sloan Warren (Philadelphia, Pa.) notched two goals and an assist and fellow freshman Morgan Stephens (Olney, Md.) tallied one goal to round out the Virginia scoring.
Virginia trailed 5-1 at the 17:11 mark of the first half after Eagle attacker Kristin Igoe’s unassisted goal. The Cavaliers rallied with three-straight goals but gave up one more before halftime as Boston College led, 6-4.
In the second half, Virginia used a five-goal run from 23:22 to 10:49 to take its first lead of the game.
Baker converted back-to-back free position goals at 16:50 and 14:40 that gave Virginia a 9-8 lead. Gardner finished a pass from Warren at 10:49 to give Virginia its first two-goal lead of the day, 10-8, and the Cavaliers never looked back.
Sophomore goalkeeper Liz Colgan (Hunt Valley, Md.) replaced starter Kim Kolarik (Riva, Md.) midway through the first half and finished with three saves, including two from point-blank range in the last five minutes to earn the victory.
Igoe scored for BC with 4:12 remaining to make it a one-goal game but Maddy Keeshan (Greenwich, Conn.) came up with the draw control after the score to give UVa possession and shut the door on the Eagles.
In Klöckner Stadium this year, Virginia improved to 6-1. In the all-time series with Boston College, UVa improved to 10-1.
For Boston College, Igoe finished with three goals, as did teammate Brooke Blue. Covie Stanwick, whose brother Steele is a senior on the UVa men’s lacrosse team, tallied one goal and one assist.
Keeshan led Virginia in ground balls with three.
Boston College held advantages in shots (23-19), ground balls (11-10) and draw controls (17-7).
It will be a quick turnaround for the ‘Hoos, as they host Harvard on Monday (April 2) at 7 p.m.