CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 5 Virginia women’s lacrosse team (7-3, 0-3 ACC) fell 10-9 to No. 20 Notre Dame (8-0, 2-0 ACC) on Saturday afternoon at Klöckner Stadium.
Junior Sammy Mueller (Pelham, N.Y.) scored a team-high four goals and added an assist. Senior Maggie Jackson (Alexandria, Va.) finished with five points on two goals and three assists. Senior Avery Shoemaker scored a goal with two assists, and junior Nora Bowen (Lovettsville, Va.) and sophomore Chloe Jones (Slingerlands, N.Y.) each had one goal.
Virginia led Notre Dame in draw controls (13-8), but the Irish had the advantage in shots (28-24), ground balls (19-11) and free position goals (2-0). Both teams notched 10 saves. UVA had 14 turnovers to nine for Notre Dame. Andie Aldave led Notre Dame with five points.
Notre Dame had a 4-1 lead with 4:35 to go in the half. UVA cut it to 4-2 with a goal by Mueller with 20 seconds to go in the half. The Cavaliers scored first out of the break when Shoemaker found Mueller for a score. Notre Dame scored just 37 seconds later to lead 5-3. UVA then used a 5-0 run to take an 8-5 lead with 14:29 to go. The Irish regained the lead on a 4-0 run, before Mueller tied it up with a goal with 4:27 remaining. The Irish scored with 1:30 to play and held on for the win.
“It is a game I would love to play again. We didn’t play particularly well, then suddenly found ourselves with the lead and we squandered it. We were not consistent from the first half to the second. We had moments that we thought were going to okay, but it wasn’t enough. Almost doesn’t get you that far, it turns out. We have a lot to work on and a lot of season left to be able to do that.”

  • Mueller had five points (four goals, one assist), team-highs in ground balls (5) and caused turnovers (3) and added five draw controls
  • Jackson had a team-high six draw controls
  • Junior Charlie Campbell (Lloyd Harbor, N.Y.) made 10 saves
  • UVA held Notre Dame to its lowest score this season

Virginia is back on the road for a midweek matchup at No. 7 James Madison on Wednesday, March 20 at 7:30 p.m. at Sentara Park in Harrisonburg, Va.