CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 7 Virginia women’s lacrosse team (4-1) suffered its first loss of the season 13-12 to Richmond (5-0) in overtime on Wednesday evening at Klöckner Stadium.
Virginia trailed until the 1:51 mark in the second half when it took its only lead of the game. Richmond scored the final two goals, with the game-winner coming with four seconds remaining in double-overtime.
Olivia Schildmeyer (Upper Arlington, Ohio), Sammy Mueller (Pelham, N.Y.) and Courtlynne Caskin (Potomac, Md.) each had three goals to lead the Cavaliers. Taylor Regan (Larchmont, N.Y.) had three assists. Sam Geiersbach led Richmond with six points on three goals and three assists.
Richmond led in shots (37-21), draw controls (16-11) and ground balls (23-12). Virginia had 10 saves to three for the Spiders.
Richmond scored the first three goals of the game. Virginia got on the board at the 19:25 mark as Schildmeyer had her first of the day. The teams traded goals until two-straight for Richmond as UVA trailed 7-3 with 19 seconds left in the first half. Mueller scored as time expired to make it 7-4 at the half.
UVA scored first in the second half as Caskin netted a goal just 37 seconds in. The teams traded goals again, then Virginia was down 11-7 with 15:32 to play. The Cavaliers went on a 5-0 run to take their first lead of the day. Schildmeyer had two, including the go-ahead, while Ashlyn McGovern (Phoenix, Md.), Mueller and Kiki Shaw (Owings Mills, Md.) each added goals.
Richmond scored to tie the game with 52 seconds left in the first half and send it to overtime. Richmond scored the game-winner with four seconds left in the second overtime period.
“Richmond came to play hard, to compete and put a winning performance out there. I thought they did a great job from the opening whistle to the end. We were somewhat fortunate to climb our way back in and get that lead there down the stretch. Clearly Richmond came hungrier and wanted it a little bit more than we did. Credit to Richmond, they did a great job.”
Virginia hosts No. 1 North Carolina on Saturday (Feb. 29) in its ACC opener. The game is set to begin at noon at Klöckner Stadium.