No. 11 Virginia Travels to No. 1 Maryland Wednesday
April 19, 2016
|No. 11 Virginia at No. 1 Maryland|
|Date/Time||Wednesday, April 19, 8 p.m.|
|Multimedia/Game Info||Livestats – Big Ten Network|
|Location||College Park, Md. | Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex|
|Additional Information||Ticket Info | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram|
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 11 Virginia women’s lacrosse team (8-6, 2-4 ACC) continues play on the road Wednesday at No. 1 Maryland (14-0, 6-0 Big Ten) with an 8 p.m. opening draw at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex in College Park, Md.
The game will be streamed live on the Big Ten Network with Mark Dixon (play-by-play) and Sheehan Stanwick Burch (analyst) on the call. Live stats will be available on VirginiaSports.com.
Virginia has won three-straight contests, with two of those coming on the road. UVA most recently topped then No. 5 Louisville, 10-9. UVA is 4-3 in games against teams ranked in the IWLCA top-10.
The Cavaliers were leading 10-9 when Louisville had one last shot that was saved by sophomore Rachel Vander Kolk (Severna Park, Md.) to secure the upset. Four players had two goals and six different players scored for Virginia. Senior Kelly Boyd (Baltimore, Md.) and junior Kelly Reese (Severna Park, Md.) each finished with two goals and two assists. Reese netted the eventual game-winner.
Sophomore Kasey Behr (Northport, N.Y.) has scored multiple goals in five consecutive matches and leads UVA with 35 points (32 goals, 3 assists) on the season. Vander Kolk picked up 10 saves in the win at Louisville to earn her third ACC Defensive Player of the Week honor, and has double-digit saves in five games this season. Junior Maggie Preas (Baltimore, Md.) leads the Cavaliers with 31 draw controls and senior Mary Alati (Glen Ridge, N.J.) has 32 ground balls and 20 caused turnovers.
Maryland enters Wednesday’s contest undefeated this season. The Terrapins are averaging 15.36 goals per game to lead the nation in scoring offense, while only allowing 6.36. Taylor Cummings leads the team with 53 points (39 goals, 14 assists) and Megan Whittle has a team-best 48 goals on the season. Cummings also leads the Terrapins in draw controls (89), ground balls (44) and caused turnovers (35).
Virginia and Maryland are meeting for the 58th time in the series. The two teams did not play in 2015, making it the first time in 32 years. Maryland leads the series 40-17 and is 16-4 in games played in College Park. Virginia’s last win in the series came on April 27, 2008, when the Cavaliers topped the Terrapins 10-9 in overtime in the ACC Tournament.
Virginia will close out its regular season at Virginia Tech on Friday, April 22 at 7 p.m. in Blacksburg, Va. Friday’s game is a Commonwealth Clash game as Virginia has a chance to clinch for the second-straight year with one point at stake. The Commonwealth Clash presented by Virginia529 is a head-to-head, points-based competition between the athletic teams at University of Virginia and Virginia Tech. The Commonwealth Clash encourages a friendly, statewide rivalry between the two schools across all school-sponsored sports with 21 individual event points on the line. The school that accumulates 11 points or more will be crowned the winner and take home the Virginia529 Commonwealth Clash trophy. This year’s current score is UVA – 10 and VT – 5.