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Feb. 26, 2016

No. 7 Virginia hosts No. 6 Penn State
Date/Time Saturday, February 27, 12 p.m.
Multimedia/Game Info – Live Video ($)
Location Charlottesville, Va. | Klöckner Stadium
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 7 Virginia women’s lacrosse team (2-1) will face its second top-10 ranked team of the season when it welcomes No. 6 Penn State (2-0) on Saturday at Klöckner Stadium for a 12 p.m. opening draw.

Saturday’s tilt will be the first game of the season on UVA’s home field after Wednesday’s game was moved to University Hall Turf Field due to adverse field conditions.

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The Cavaliers won their home opener, 18-12, over Richmond. Virginia’s offense found its spark as three players netted four goals and six different players scored in the win. Virginia hit over 50 percent of its shots, finishing 18-of-32. Juniors Besser Dyson (Alexandria, Va.), Posey Valis (Baltimore, Md.) and Kelly Reese (Severna Park, Md.) each finished with a career-high four goals.

Dyson leads the team with 11 points (7 goals, 4 assists) and is shooting 63.6 percent through three games. Senior Mary Alait (Glen Ridge, N.J.) has a team-high 10 ground balls and sophomore Kasey Behr (Northport, N.Y.) has picked up 10 draw controls.

UVA is 1-1 this season against teams ranked in the top-20 after knocking off then No. 4 Northwestern, 10-8, in a neutral site contest to begin the season before falling to then-No. 12 Princeton, 14-7, on the road.

Virginia and Penn State are meeting for the 37th time in the series. The Cavaliers hold a slight 20-17 advantage, but the Nittany Lions lead the series 11-9 in games played in Charlottesville. Virginia has won the last two regular season meetings between the teams, however will look to avenge a 13-11 loss in the second round of the NCAA Championship last season.

Penn State has cruised to victories over Lehigh, 13-6, and Duquesne, 19-5, in its first two games of the season. This will be the second road game for the Nittany Lions, but first against a ranked opponent in 2016. Katie O’Donnell leads the team with six goals and Madison Cyr has dished out a team-best three assists. Emi Smith has allowed 10 goals (5.87 per game) with 14 saves for Penn State.

The Cavaliers continue play at home with William & Mary on Wednesday, March 2 at 7 p.m. and No. 2 Syracuse on Saturday, March 5 at 12 p.m. to begin ACC action.

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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