Virginia Takes on Penn in the NCAA Tournament
|NCAA Tournament First Round: Virginia (9-9) vs Penn (11-5)|
Date and Time Friday, May 10, 2013, 3:00 p.m.
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May 8, 2013
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia Cavalier women’s lacrosse team opens up the 2013 NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Championship by taking on Penn on Friday, May 10 at 3 p.m. The game will be played at Multi-Sport Field on the campus of Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., with the winner advancing to face the Hoyas on Sunday, May 12 at 1 p.m.
Georgetown earned the No. 6 national seed in the tournament and a first-round bye.
The Cavaliers will be making their 18th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and 26th overall trip to the postseason. Virginia has won the National Championship three times, including a 2004 title under head coach Julie Myers. Virginia has made 13 trips to the Final Four, topped only by Maryland’s 19 appearances.
Penn is making its seventh consecutive and ninth overall NCAA Tournament appearance. The Quakers have played in three Final Fours under head coach Karin Corbett (2007-09).
In each of the last five years, Virginia has been eliminated from the NCAA Tournament by an ACC team and holds a 1-5 record in NCAA Tournament games. The Cavaliers have a 29-22 overall record in NCAA Tournament games.
This will be the first official meeting between the Quakers and the Cavaliers, though they did play in a preseason scrimmage at Penn on February 9.
Virginia was 1-0 this year against Ivy League schools this year with a 9-7 victory over Princeton. Since 2010, Virginia is 6-1 against Ivy League teams, with the only loss being a 9-7 game at Princeton in 2011. Virginia is 4-4 against Ivy League teams in the NCAA Tournament and 40-18 all-time against the Ivys.
Penn is 0-2 this year against ACC schools, falling 11-5 to North Carolina and 15-10 to Maryland.
Virginia is currently ranked No. 12 in the IWLCA poll. Penn is ranked No. 14 and Georgetown is currently ranked sixth.
Virginia is 3-8 this season against teams ranked in the top-20. Penn is 2-3 against top-20 teams with overtime victories over No. 10 Cornell and No. 17 Princeton.
Virginia is averaging 10.50 goals per game, ranking sixth in the ACC, while Penn averages 10.12, ranking sixth in the Ivy League. Penn’s goalie, Lucy Furguson, leads the Ivy League with a .472 save percentage. The Quakers allow 8.88 goals per game to Virginia’s 9.22.
Casey Bocklet (So., South Salem, N.Y.) earned a spot on the All-ACC Tournament Team with five goals and two assists, including scoring her team-leading sixth hat trick of the season in the victory over Duke. Bocklet, who leads the team in points (57), goals (37) and assists (20), was also just named to the IWLCA All-South Region second team.
Morgan Stephens (So., Olney, Md.) also earned IWLCA All-South Region second team honors. Despite playing defense instead of the midfield in the last five games, Stephens has still managed to score two goals with an assist. She is fourth on the team with 29 points (23 goals, six assists) and tied for the team lead with 22 ground balls.
Courtney Swan (so., Vero Beach, Fla.), one of three Virginia players to be named to the All-ACC team, had a season-high seven draw controls in the ACC Tournament semifinal game against Maryland. Swan is averaging 4.83 draw controls per game in her last six contests and has risen to third in the ACC and 21st in the nation in draw controls per game. Swan also ranks third on the team in scoring with 24 goals and has scored at least one goal in all but two games this season.
Ashlee Warner (Jr., Corning, N.Y.) is the only Cavalier to have either a goal or an assist in every game this season. Warner also has the team’s longest active goal-scoring streak, having scored in each of the last 12 games. Warner scored two goals against Maryland and one against Duke in the ACC Tournament.
Tickets for Friday’s game are $8.00 for guests ages 18+ and $5.00 for guests ages 3-17. All guests 2 and under are free. Tickets are available for sale in advance as well as on the day of the game at the ticket tents located at the gate to the field. The ticket tents will open an hour before first draw. The same ticket prices and policies will also be applicable for Sunday’s game.
Seating at Multi-Sport Field, located in the middle of the Georgetown campus, is general admission and first-come, first-served. Tickets and locations are subject to availability. All fans ages 3 and older must have a ticket for admission.All information regarding ticket prices, how to purchase tickets in advance, parking, directions, etc. can be found at http://WeAreGeorgetown.com/tickets/womens-lacrosse/.
For the latest information on the NCAA First and Second Round games being hosted by Georgetown visit: NCAA Tournament Central.