No. 19 Virginia Hosts No. 17 Duke Saturday
March 24, 2017
|No. 19 Virginia hosts No. 17 Duke|
|Date/Time||Saturday, March 25, 1 p.m.|
|Multimedia/Game Info||– ACC Network Extra|
|Location||Charlottesville, Va. | KlÃƒÂ¶ckner Stadium|
|Additional Information||Ticket Info | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram|
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 19 Virginia women’s lacrosse team (5-4, 1-2 ACC) is back home to host No. 17 Duke (5-4, 0-3 ACC) on Saturday (March 25) at 1 p.m. at KlÃƒÂ¶ckner Stadium.
The game will be streamed live on ACC Network Extra and can be viewed through ESPN3 or the WatchESPN app. Links for the stream, as well as live stats, are available on VirginiaSports.com.
Virginia has won three-straight games heading into Saturday, most recently picking up a 9-6 win at James Madison on Wednesday. The Cavaliers trailed 2-0 early, but went on a 4-1 run to take the lead. After a 5-4 lead at halftime, seniors Besser Dyson (Alexandria, Va.) and Kelly Reese (Severna Park, Md.) each scored two goals in the second half to lead UVA to the win.
Senior Maggie Preas (Rockville, Md.) was the leader of UVA’s defense that held JMU to just six goals, finishing with six caused turnovers and seven ground balls. Junior Rachel Vander Kolk (Severna Park, Md.) had seven saves in goal as Virginia held its third-straight opponent to single-digits.
Virginia and Duke are meeting for the 37th time in a series that began in 1996. UVA has a 22-14 advantage overall. The two teams met twice in 2016, with the Blue Devils winning both games. Duke won last year’s regular season matchup, 11-8, in Durham, N.C. on March 26. Duke won that game, 11-8. The teams then met in the ACC Championship Quarterfinal. Virginia trailed early, but came back to cut it to 8-7. Duke went ahead 9-7 when senior Posey Valis (Baltimore, Md.) scored the final goal with 12 seconds left as the Blue Devils held on for the win. Virginia is 8-7 against Duke in Charlottesville, which includes a 13-10 win back in 2015.
Duke started the season 4-0 before dropping four of its last five games. The Blue Devils most recently fell to Penn, 16-6, on March 18. Kyra Harney leads Duke with 30 points (17 goals, 13 assists). Maddie Crutchfield has a team-high 18 goals. Olivia Jenner leads the way with 59 draw controls and Jamie Lockwood has a team-leading 26 ground balls.
Virginia will remain at home to host Oregon in a mid-week game on Wednesday, March 29 before returning to ACC play at Boston College on Saturday, April 1.