No. 13 Virginia Plays at No. 15 Duke Saturday
March 25, 2016
|No. 13 Virginia at No. 15 Duke|
|Date/Time||Saturday, March 26, 3:30 p.m.|
|Multimedia/Game Info||ESPN3 – Live Stats|
|Location||Durham, N.C. | Koskinen Stadium|
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA. – The No. 13 Virginia women’s lacrosse team (5-5, 0-3 ACC) travels to Durham, N.C., to take on No. 15 Duke (7-4, 2-0 ACC) in an ACC showdown on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at Koskinen Stadium.
Saturday’s game will be streamed live on ESPN3 with Ryan Craig (play-by-play analyst) and Debbie Taylor (color analyst) on the call. Live stats can be found linked on VirginiaSports.com.
This will be the sixth ranked opponent UVA has faced this season. The Cavaliers are 2-4 in those games, with wins over No. 4 Northwestern and No. 6 Penn State.
Virginia snapped a four-game losing skid with a 10-9 win over James Madison on Wednesday. The Cavaliers were down 6-3 at the half, but outscored JMU 7-3 in the second period to defeat the Dukes. Sophomore Kasey Behr (Northport, N.Y.) scored both of the go-ahead goals with the game tied in the final 12 minutes of play.
Behr and junior Besser Dyson (Alexandria, Va.) have each tallied at least one goal in every game this season. Behr has seven games with multiple goals and Dyson leads the team with seven assists. Junior Posey Valis (Baltimore, Md.) has a team-best 22 goals on the year.
It will be a battle in goal as UVA sophomore goalkeeper Rachel Vander Kolk (Severna Park, Md.) is second in the ACC with 8.25 saves per game, while Duke’s Kelsey Duryea leads the conference with 9.44 saves per game.
Duke has won three-straight games and five of its last six. The Blue Devils most recently topped Villanova, 7-4. Duke is outshooting its opponents 125-78, averaging 11.36 goals per game. Kyra Harney leads the team with 42 points (30g, 12a), while Kelci Smesko has 41 points with 27 goals and 14 assists.
Virginia leads Duke 22-12 in the series. The Cavaliers won the most recent meeting, topping the Blue Devils 13-10 at home last season. UVA is 7-4 in games played on the road against Duke and the last win for the Cavaliers in Durham came on March 24, 2012.
UVA will return home for this final home game of the season as it hosts Boston College for Senior Day at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 2. The Cavaliers will then begin a four-game road swing at Navy on Wednesday, April 6.