April 28, 2017
RICHMOND, Va. – The third-seeded Virginia women’s lacrosse team (11-8) fell 15-12 to second-seed Syracuse (15-5) on Friday night in the 2017 ACC Championship Semifinals at Sports Backers Stadium in Richmond, Va.
The Cavaliers had an early 3-0 lead, but Syracuse scored five consecutive goals to take a 5-3 lead. UVA tied it up, but back-to-back goals by Syracuse sent UVA into halftime down 7-5. The Orange extended its lead with the first two goals in the second half. The teams then traded goals over the next 10 minutes as Syracuse held a 14-9 lead. UVA scored two-straight to cut it to 14-11 with 4:49 to play. After another goal by the Orange, the Cavaliers scored with 1:27 to cut tit to 15-12 but could not get any closer as Syracuse held on.
“That was a tough game to lose,” head coach Julie Myers said. “I feel like we competed pretty consistently throughout. We had a couple of lapses where we just took our eye off the slide and off the ball a little bit, but all in all we played a pretty solid game for about 53 minutes. Good teams like Syracuse are able to capitalize when we did lose our focus a little bit. I love our battle and I love our resiliency. There was a moment we could have broken, but we bent and came right back to score a couple of goals. This is a game I wish we could replay again, but proud of our girls for their effort.”
Virginia took a 3-0 lead early over Syracuse. Junior Kasey Behr (Northport, N.Y.) continued her strong play from last night’s game with the opening goal to put the Cavaliers in front 1-0. Just a minute later, Mueller scored after senior Besser Dyson (Alexandria, Va.) found her in the middle of the eight-meter. UVA extended its lead to 3-0 when a turnover caused by Behr led to a goal for Shoemaker at the 23:56 mark.
Syracuse responded with a 5-0 run over the next 12 minutes to take a 5-3 lead with 11:53 to go in the first half. The Cavaliers cut the Orange lead to one when Shoemaker connected on her second of the night. Jackson tied the game after converting a free position with 6:19 left in the first. Syracuse scored two goals to take a 7-5 lead into halftime.
The Orange extended its lead to 9-5 after scoring the first two goals of the second period. Virginia was on the board at the 18:44 mark when Shoemaker completed her hat trick to make it 9-6. Syracuse responded quickly with a free position goal to lead 10-6 with 17:52 to play.
Virginia cut it back to three, 10-7, when Jackson found Dyson cutting through the middle for a goal. After back-to-back goals, Syracuse took its largest lead of the game, 12-7, with 14:38 remaining. Jackson ripped a shot into the net on the assist from senior Kelly Reese (Severna Park, Md.) as UVA cut it to 12-8 with 9:35 to play. The Cavaliers made it two-straight when Jackson found Dyson for the second time to cut it to 12-9. Syracuse scored two-straight to go up 14-9 with 6:23 left.
UVA kept it close with two-straight goals. Junior Lilly DiNardo () scored with the assist from Shoemaker and then Reese found the net to make it 14-11 Syracuse with 4:29 to play. The Orange halted the Cavaliers’ run once again, with a free position goal at 1:39 to lead 15-11. Shoemaker picked up the draw and Jackson nailed a quick shot as Virginia cut it back to three, 15-12, with 1:27 left. Syracuse won the final draw to hold on for the win.
Virginia led with 16 draw controls to 13, while Syracuse had the advantage in shots (29-28), ground balls (18-16) and saves (6-5). The Orange finished 6-of-8 from the eight-meter, while UVA was 1-of-3.
The 2017 NCAA Women’s Lacrosse selection show will air on Sunday, May 7 at 9 p.m. ET on NCAA.com.