April 25, 2018
|2018 ACC Women’s Lacrosse Chamionship
Four-seed Virginia vs. Five-seed Notre Dame
|Date/Time||Thursday, April 26, 2 p.m.|
|Multimedia/Game Info||Livestats | RSN | ACC Network Extra
ACC Championship Central
|Location||Durham, N.C. | Koskinen Stadium|
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 4 seed Virginia women’s lacrosse team (9-8, 4-3 ACC) will begin play at the 2018 Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Lacrosse Championship against five-seed Notre Dame (9-8, 3-4 ACC) on Thursday (April 26) at 2 p.m. at Koskinen Stadium in Durham, N.C.
FOLLOW THE ACTION
All seven of the 2018 ACC Championship games will be televised on the ACC’s Regional Sports Networks (RSN) and will also be available on ACC Network Extra. Live stats can be found through links on the ACC Championship Central page.
- Virginia closed out the regular season with a 16-12 loss at Virginia Tech.
- UVA’s regular-season schedule featured 13 teams ranked in the IWLCA Top 25 this season. The Cavaliers were 5-8 in those games.
- Senior Kasey Behr (Northport, N.Y.) scored a career-high five goals in the regular-season finale at Virginia Tech. Behr has recorded multiple goals in 14 games and a hat trick in 10 of those.
- Sophomore Sammy Mueller (Pelham, N.Y.) leads UVA with 62 points on 48 goals and 14 assists. Mueller has recorded multiple goals in a team-high 15 games this season, while also leading with 11 hat tricks.
- Junior Avery Shoemaker (Wyndmoor, Pa.) is second on the team with 56 points on 45 goals and 11 assists. Shoemaker has 14 multiple goal games and 10 hat tricks this season.
UVA IN THE ACC CHAMPIONSHIP
Virginia is 20-17 all-time in the ACC tournament. The Cavaliers have won the ACC title five times (1998, 2004, 2006, 2007 & 2008). Virginia is 7-3 in the ACC Quarterfinals. Last season UVA defeated Louisville 13-12 in overtime in the quarterfinals, before falling to Syracuse in the semifinals, 15-12. UVA has played Notre Dame once in the ACC tournament, falling 14-4 in the 2015 quarterfinals. Virginia is the No. 4 seed for the sixth time. UVA is 5-4 all-time as the four seed. The Cavaliers won the 2007 ACC Championship as the four seed.
Notre Dame earned the No. 5 seed in the ACC tournament. The Fighting Irish closed out the regular season with a 16-7 win over San Diego State. Notre Dame is averaging 11.76 goals per game, while allowing 10.65 goals against. Maddie Howe leads the Irish with 53 points on 38 goals and 15 assists. Andie Aldave leads the team with 96 draw controls, ranking fourth in the ACC with 5.63 per game. Goalkeeper Samantha Giacolone is third in the ACC with 7.88 saves per game and has a team-high 40 ground balls.
UVA and Notre Dame are meeting for the second time this season. The Cavaliers won the first meeting, 17-10, in South Bend, Ind., on March 17. The all-time series between the teams is tied 3-3 after this year’s regular-season win for UVA. The teams have not played in a neutral site game. Notre Dame won the only meeting in the 2015 ACC Quarterfinals hosted by Virginia, with a 14-4 decision on April 23 in Charlottesville.
All session tickets are $20 and single session tickets are $8. Students and youth (18 and under) and current students of ACC schools (with college I.D.) can enter free.
The winner of the Notre Dame/Virginia game will advance to the semifinals to play the winner of No. 1 Boston College/No. 8 Louisville at 5 p.m. on Friday, April 27. The winner of Friday’s semifinal games will advance to the championship on Sunday, April 29 at 1 p.m.