CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 7 Virginia women’s lacrosse team (11-5, 2-4 ACC) picked up a 16-12 win over Louisville (5-11, 0-6 ACC) on Saturday afternoon at Klöckner Stadium.
Junior Sammy Mueller (Pelham, N.Y.) finished with a career-high eight points on six goals and two assists. Senior Maggie Jackson (Alexandria, Va.) had six points with four assists and two goals and junior Nora Bowen had four points on three goals and one assist.
Virginia led in shots (33-27), ground balls (17-12), draw controls (16-14) and saves (9-7). Both teams finished with three free position goals. Sarah Blalock led the Cardinals with four goals.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Virginia scored first just 10 seconds into the game when senior Avery Shoemaker (Wyndmoor, Pa.) found Jackson for a goal. Louisville tied it up, but UVA would use a 3-0 run to take a 4-1 lead. Louisville scored two straight goals to make it 4-3. Mueller then scored back-to-back goals to begin a 5-0 run by the Cavaliers. Shoemaker scored with the assist from Muller, freshman Lillie Kloak (Ridgewood, N.J.) added a goal and Mueller scored her third as UVA took a 9-3 lead with 9:03 to go in the first half. Louisville would score four consecutive goals over the end of the first half and beginning of the second. Sophomore Ashlyn McGovern (Phoenix, Md.) scored to halt the run, then Jackson added a goal with the assist from Kloak. The teams traded goals before the Cavaliers stretched their lead to 15-9 with a 3-0 run that included two goals by Bowen. Louisville closed the game on a 3-1 run.
- Mueller had a career high eight points, going 3-for-4 on free positions, and had four draw controls and three ground balls.
- Jackson matched a career high with four assists and had a game-high eight draw controls.
- It was the third hat trick of the season for Bowen.
- Kloak finished with two goals and one assist.
- Shoemaker had one goal and one assist.
- McGovern and senior Angie Loynaz (Cos Cobb, Conn.) each added one goal.
- Junior Charlie Campbell (Lloyd Harbor, N.Y.) had nine saves.
FROM HEAD COACH JULIE MYERS
“Overall it was a really important win to pick up as we go into the last part of our season. It was a great performance from Sammy Mueller in terms of six goals, two assists. When you score 18 and she is part of more than half. Maggie did a good job with draw controls. We did enough. I think we got a little bit better today, but we need to make sure we are focused for an entire game. That is something that we have not done in the last few games so that will be a major focus for us in practice.”
Virginia closes out the regular season on Saturday, April 20 hosting No. 21 Virginia Tech in a Commonwealth Clash at noon at Klöckner Stadium for Senior Day.