ELON, N.C. – The Virginia women’s lacrosse team (2-0) picked up an 11-4 victory over Elon (1-1) on Saturday (February 16) at Rudd Field in Elon, N.C.
Sophomore attacker Ashlyn McGovern (Phoenix, Md.) led the Cavaliers with three goals. Senior midfielder Maggie Jackson (Alexandria, Va.) had five points on a goal and four assists. Junior goalkeeper Charlie Campbell (Lloyd Harbor, N.Y.) made five saves. Mae Mcglynn scored three of Elon’s four goals.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Virginia scored two goals, on shots by junior attacker Nora Bowen (Lovettsville, Va.) and junior midfielder Sammy Mueller (Pelham, N.Y.), in the first 1:14 of the game, building up a 7-1 lead in the first half. McGovern and freshman midfielder Annie Dyson (Alexandria, Va.) scored two goals in the first 2:30 of the second half to give the Cavaliers a 9-1 advantage. Both team’s offenses stalled, with neither the Cavaliers nor the Phoenix finding the net again until Kaley Thompson scored for the home team with 9:28 remaining in the game. Mcglynn scored her second goal 2:30 later, cutting the UVA advantage to 9-3. Back-to-back goals in the span of a minute from Maggie Jackson and Dyson built Virginia’s advantage back up to 11-3. Mcglynn scored on a free position shot with two minutes remaining to close out the scoring.
QUOTE FROM HEAD COACH JULIE MYERS
“This was an important win to pick up here on the road, playing in some nasty and really crummy conditions. The girls did enough to come out with a pretty decisive win. There were some examples of things that we need to work on and things we need to get better at moving forward, but we are in a decent spot and I know it is only going to get better.”
- Senior defender Allison Shields (Phoenix, Md.) caused three turnovers and had four ground balls
- Ashlyn Mc Govern scored her first career goal with 6:11 remaining in the first half. She went on to tally her first career hat trick
- Maggie Jackson has seven assists through the first two games of the season
- Annie Dyson, junior Nora Bowen (Lovettsville, Pa.) and senior Avery Shoemaker (Wyndmoor, Pa.) each scored two goals. Dyson also had two assists
- Virginia scored on its first four shots
- Virginia scored seven goals on 14 shots in the first half and four on 15 shots in the second half
- Virginia caused 16 turnovers with Elon committing a total of 21
- Elon’s goalkeeper, Paulina Difatta, made eight saves in the second half (10 total in the game)
- Virginia had a 9-8 edge in draw controls. Sammy Mueller and Annie Dyson each won four
On the Horizon
- Virginia will remain on the road for a mid-week matchup at Richmond on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 5 p.m. at Robins Stadium in Richmond, Va.
- The Cavaliers return to Klöckner Stadium on Saturday, Feb. 23, hosting Princeton at 1 p.m.