CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The No. 6 seed Virginia women’s lacrosse team (13-7) fell 14-7 to 3-seed North Carolina (17-3) in the 2019 NCAA Quarterfinals on Saturday afternoon at UNC Lacrosse & Soccer Stadium in Chapel Hill, N.C.
Senior Avery Shoemaker (Wyndmoor, Pa.) and junior Nora Bowen (Lovettsville, Va.) each had two goals, while senior Maggie Jackson (Alexandria, Va.) had two assists. Junior goalkeeper (Lloyd Harbor, N.Y.) had 12 saves for the Cavaliers.
Three players finished with hat tricks for North Carolina.
UVA led in ground balls, 13-9. North Carolina had the lead in shots (42-24) and draws (14-9). Both teams finished with 12 saves.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Virginia began the game with back-to-back goals by Bowen to lead 2-0 at the 24:51 mark. North Carolina scored its first goal at 21:11. UVA took a 3-1 lead on a goal by freshman Lillie Kloak (Ridgewood, N.J.). North Carolina had an 11-0 run that spanned the first and second halves. UVA halted the run with a goal by senior Angie Loynaz (Cos Cobb, Conn.) on a free position shot. Shoemaker scored her first goal of the game at 11:30 in the second half to cut it to 12-5. North Carolina scored, then Shoemaker had her second of the day. UNC responded again before junior Sammy Mueller (Pelham, N.Y.) scored the final goal of the game at 5:43.
- Senior Maggie Jackson had three draw controls to finish her career 301 draws, which is the UVA school record.
- Jackson ends her career ranked third all-time at UVA in assists (108) and sixth in points (232).
- Senior Avery Shoemaker finishes her career with 139 goals to rank 10th all-time in career goals.
- Senior Kaitlin Luzik closes her career with 91 caused turnovers to rank eighth all-time.
- Junior Sammy Mueller finished the season with a team-high 72 points (49 goals, 24 assists).
- Junior Charlie Campbell had 12 saves and led with four ground balls.
- Luzik added three ground balls.
- Mueller finished with two caused turnovers.
FROM HEAD COACH JULIE MYERS
“We had been focusing all week on starting the game strong and trying to win the first five minutes. We really wanted to do it 12 different times, but we only ended up doing it twice. Carolina is so good, so we knew if we could go up that was going to be important, but they weren’t going to go away. They moved the ball exceptionally well and we threw a bunch of different defenses at them. When they started scoring, our attack got sticky with the ball and we stopped executing our details and we became easy to defend. I give Carolina a lot of credit for that and how great they were at scoring.”
“Our seniors are so much more than the game. It is so hard that it ends on a game because what they have done on and off the field has been so exceptional from a leadership point of view within the community and on the team. It is a great example of how to lead and how to get people to follow in all of the right directions. I couldn’t be more grateful for who they are as people and what they were able to accomplish on the field. If we could, we would practice again tomorrow because this is not a group I want to let go of.”