CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 6 seed Virginia women’s lacrosse team (13-6) picked up a 15-12 win over No. 14 Navy (16-5) on Sunday afternoon at Klöckner Stadium to advance to the 2019 NCAA Quarterfinals.
Junior Sammy Mueller (Pelham, N.Y.) matched a career-high with eight points on six goals and two assists. Senior Maggie Jackson (Alexandria, Va.) had a hat trick with three goals, while junior Nora Bowen (Lovettsville, Va.) and freshman Courtlynne Caskin (Potomac, Md.) each added two goals.
UVA was solid on the defensive end with a 15-12 lead in ground balls and 10 caused turnovers to help force 18 turnovers by Navy. Junior goalkeeper Charlie Campbell (Lloyd Harbor, N.Y.) had nine saves. Navy led in shots (29-25) and draw controls (19-9).
HOW IT HAPPENED
Navy was on the board first, but Virginia jumped into the lead with a 3-0 run. Jackson scored with the assist from Mueller to spark the run. Freshman Lillie Kloak (Ridgewood, N.J.) connected with Caskin and Mueller scored to give UVA a 3-1 lead at the 20:01 mark in the first half. The Cavaliers used a 4-2 run to go ahead 7-3 with 9:38 to go in the first half. The teams traded points as UVA took a 9-5 lead into halftime.
Virginia scored the first two goals of the second half, with Bowen and senior Avery Shoemaker (Wyndmoor, Pa.) finding the net. Navy scored back-to-back goals, but Mueller responded with two-straight goals to keep UVA ahead 13-7. The Midshipmen used a 5-1 run to cut it to two, 14-12, with 3:20 remaining. Jackson won the ensuing draw and Mueller scored as UVA held on for the win.
- Junior Sammy Mueller matched a career-high with eight points. She scored a career-best six goals, including the game-winner, with two assists.
- Mueller also had four draw controls, three ground balls and two caused turnovers.
- Jackson had three goals and four draw controls, along with a team-high three caused turnovers.
- Six players scored goals for the Cavaliers: Mueller (6), Jackson (3), Bowen (2), Caskin (2), Kloak (1) and Shoemaker (1).
- Three players had assists: Mueller (2), Kloak (1) and Ashlyn McGovern (1).
- Senior Allison Shields (Phoenix, Md.) had two caused turnovers.
- This is the first time UVA has advanced to the NCAA quarterfinal since 2014.
“I think it is more of a hump for me, since am the one that has been her so long, but for the girls to be able to get into that round of eight is huge. There is pressure going in as a 6-seed and getting that bye. It had been a long time since we had played, so it was nice to see us start strong in that first half and built on the lead. For the girls to feel the elation of continuing on for another week, it is a time to play and have fun and find the excitement and energy in each other. We are excited for this next week.”
Virginia will travel to Chapel Hill, N.C., to face 3-seed North Carolina (16-3) on Saturday, May 18.