SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The No. 7 Virginia women’s lacrosse team (5-1, 0-1 ACC) suffered its first loss of the season, falling 16-11 at No. 4 Syracuse (6-1, 1-1 ACC) on Saturday afternoon at the Carrier Dome.
Senior Maggie Jackson (Alexandria, Va.) led the Cavaliers with six points on two goals and four assists. Junior Sammy Mueller (Pelham, N.Y.) had a team-high three goals and added four ground balls. Senior Avery Shoemaker (Wyndmoor, Pa.), junior Nora Bowen (Lovettesville, Va.) and sophomore Ashlyn McGovern (Phoenix, Md.) each added two goals.
UVA led in ground balls (24-21) and draw controls (16-13), but had 21 turnovers to 11 for the Orange.
Syracuse scored the first two goals, before Bowen put UVA on the board. The teams traded goals before a 7-1 run, spanning across the half, put Syracuse in the lead 12-5. Jackson scored a free position goal to halt the run. UVA was down 13-7, when it scored three consecutive goals with Mueller scoring and McGovern recorded back-to-back goals. Shoemaker and Bowen scored to cut it to 14-11 with 4:29 to play but UVA couldn’t complete the comeback as Syracuse scored two more goals to close the game.

  • Jackson matched her career high with four assists.
  • Freshman Grayson Offutt (Arlington, Va.) had a career-high eight ground balls.
  • Junior Ashley Stilo (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) led with two caused turnovers.
  • Freshman Lillie Kloak (Ridgewood, N.J.) had one assist.

“Syracuse played a really solid game from the opening whistle to the very end and we were streaky throughout the course of the game. We gave up some pretty easy goals and then we were trying to rally back. Syracuse did a great job of empowering all of their attackers, making sure everyone was a threat. Everyone seemed to contribute today, so it wasn’t one hot player that we had to shut down, it was a hot team. It was definitely a learning game for us, there are things we can do a whole lot better and that we are going to start to get better. They are the best opponent we have played to date and we came up short. We would have loved to win that game, but there is a lot of time to get better and a lot of opportunities to play against great teams.”
Virginia will be back home on Wednesday, March 6 when it hosts George Mason at 7 p.m. at Klöckner Stadium.