CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 7 Virginia women’s lacrosse team (12-5, 3-4 ACC) closed the game on a 6-0 run to win 13-10 over No. 22 Virginia Tech (8-9, 1-6 ACC) on Senior Day in the Commonwealth Clash Saturday at Klöckner Stadium.
Senior Maggie Jackson (Alexandria, Va.) had six points on a career-high five assists and one goal, while adding a season-best 10 draw controls. Senior Avery Shoemaker (Wyndmoor, Pa.) had four goals and one assist to finish with five points. Junior Nora Bowen (Lovettsville, Pa.) added four goals, including three of the last four.
Virginia led in shots (32-29), ground balls (22-15) and draw controls (16-9). The Cavaliers had 25 turnovers to 12 for Virginia Tech. Both teams finished with 10 saves. Virginia held the Hokies scoreless for the final 19:47 minutes of the game. Emma Harden led VT with four goals.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The teams traded goals early with four ties to start the game. With the game tied 4-4, Virginia Tech closed the first half on a 3-0 run to lead 7-4 at the break. The Hokies scored first out of halftime to lead 8-4 with 27:44 to play. Freshman Lillie Kloak (Ridgewood, N.J.) scored to cut it back to three but VT responded right back to take a 9-5 lead. Shoemaker scored then sophomore Lila Barker (Bryn Mawr, Pa.) scored her first career goal to close the gap to 9-7 with 21:17 on the clock. The Hokies scored their final goal of the game at 19:47. Shoemaker reached a hat trick to begin the 6-0 run. Jackson scored on a free position, then assisted Bowen on back-to-back goals to give UVA its first lead of the game, 11-10. Shoemaker scored another then Bowen and Jackson combined for another score to close the run.
- Jackson’s 10 draw controls today give her 292 for her career to set the new Virginia school record.
- Jackson had a career-high five assists, recording multiple assists in nine games.
- Shoemaker notched her eighth hat trick of the season.
- Bowen’s four goals were a career-high, marking her fourth hat trick of the season.
- Senior Angie Loynaz (Cos Cobb, Conn.) had two goals.
- Barker scored her first collegiate goal at the 21:17 mark in the second half.
- Kloak extended her goal streak to seven games.
- Junior Sammy Mueller (Pelham, N.Y.) had three ground balls and four draw controls.
- Senior Sophie Alecce (Baltimore, Md.) had two caused turnovers.
- Seniors Kaitlin Luzik (Alexandria, Va.) and Allison Shields (Phoenix, Md.) each had caused turnovers.
FROM HEAD COACH JULIE MYERS
“We definitely didn’t make it easy. I think VT did a great job of being really consistent and making plays throughout the game. They made it hard, we turned the ball over a lot of times. When it really counted, we just chipped away to score the last six goals and put the game away. It was important for our fourth years, but also great to finish the regular-season on that note and go into the ACC Tournament with another win under our belt.”
The game was part of the Commonwealth Clash presented by Virginia529, a head-to-head, points-based competition between the athletic teams at University of Virginia and Virginia Tech. The Commonwealth Clash encourages a friendly, statewide rivalry between the two schools across all school-sponsored sports with 21 individual event points on the line. The school that accumulates 11 points or more will be crowned the winner and take home the Virginia529 Commonwealth Clash trophy. Visit www.TheCommonwealthClash.com for more information. With today’s win and UVA’s wins for men’s and women’s golf, Virginia now leads Virginia Tech 10.5-8.5.
Virginia will head to the 2019 ACC Tournament in Chestnut Hill, Mass., April 24-28. Seeds for the tournament will be announced following the conclusion of games tonight.