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Feb. 12, 2016

No. 10 Virginia vs. No. 4 Northwestern
Date/Time Saturday, Feb. 13, 12 p.m.
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Location Kennesaw, Ga. | Fifth Third Bank Stadium
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – No. 10 Virginia women’s lacrosse (0-0) opens the 2016 season Saturday (Feb. 13) at 12 p.m. against No. 4 Northwestern (1-0) in a neutral site game at Fifth Third Bank Stadium in Kennesaw, Ga., as part of the Cobb County Classic.

This is the third consecutive year the Cavaliers and Wildcats have met in the Cobb County Classic. It will be the first game of the tournament with four games being played on Feb. 20.

In last season’s meeting, Northwestern edged UVA with a late free position shot to win 6-5. The Wildcats hold a 10-5 advantage in the series and have won the last nine games. Virginia’s last win over Northwestern was in the first round of the 2004 NCAA Tournament when UVA earned a 15-11 victory on its way to winning the National Championship.

Virginia returns six starters from last season, including ACC Freshman of the Year goalkeeper Rachel Vander Kolk (Severna Park, Md.) along with senior Kelly Boyd (Baltimore, Md.), who scored 35 goals last season. UVA also brought in 10 freshmen that will compete for playing time after losing six starters to graduation last May.

The Cavaliers hold an overall record of 31-9 in season openers. Under head coach Julie Myers, now in her 21st season, UVA is 14-6 in those games.

Northwestern began its season last weekend with an 11-8 win over No. 4 Duke on the road. Selena Lasota led the Wildcats with five goals. Lasota returned as the leading scorer from a season ago with 69 goals in 2015. Mallory Weisse made her debut in goal with eight saves. Lasota and Weisse were named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week and National Rookie of the Week, respectively.

Virginia will remain on the road on Saturday, Feb. 20 when it plays a 12 p.m. game at Princeton. Virginia will then host its home opener on Wednesday, Feb. 24 against Richmond at 5 p.m.

Single-game reserved seats are available for all women’s home games for $7. Single-game general admission adult tickets for women’s home games are $5, while youth (18 and under), seniors (60 and over), and UVA faculty and staff tickets are $4 each.

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