CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 12 Virginia women’s lacrosse team (5-2) closed the game on an 8-0 run to win 14-8 against George Mason (3-2) on Wednesday night at Klöckner Stadium.
Nora Bowen (Lovettsville, Va.) led the Cavaliers with four goals. Lillie Kloak (Ridgewood, N.J.) had a hat trick in the second half, all during UVA’s run. Sammy Mueller (Pelham, N.Y.) and Ashlyn McGovern (Phoenix, Md.) each had two goals with one assist.
Myla Grace Barnett (Bryn Mawr, Pa.) had a career-high five draw controls. Mueller and Ashley Stilo (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) each had two caused turnovers. Charlie Campbell (Lloyd Harbor, N.Y.) made nine saves.
HOW IT HAPPENED
George Mason scored two goals to start the game before UVA tied it up with goals by Bowen and Halle Graham (Rockville, Md.). UVA took its first lead after back-to-back goals by Bowen to make it 4-3 at the 12:59 mark. The Patriots added two more goals before the teams traded goals as it was tied 6-6 at the half.
After going down 8-6 to begin the second half, Virginia scored eight consecutive goals and held the Patriots scoreless for the final 23:19. Olivia Schildmeyer (Upper Arlington, Ohio) sparked the run on a free position shot. Kloak scored three of the goals, Mueller had two and McGovern and Courtlynne Caskin (Potomac, Md.) each added one.
• UVA led in shots (35-25), ground balls (20-11) with just eight turnovers to 17 for George Mason.
• It was the third hat trick for Bowen and second for Kloak this season.
• Virginia was 20-for-20 on clears.
• UVA scored five free position goals.
• The Cavaliers had seven different players score.
FROM HEAD COACH JULIE MYERS
“We did not start our first half well and George Mason came out with a game plan and they did a great job with that. The second half was much better for us, but i think it started with the draw control. We only won a couple in the first half but we were able to get a bunch more possessions off the draw in the second half. It was really by committee. Myla came in a took the draw, but it was a bunch of people getting invovled which took the pressure off our defense and let them settle in the second half.”
Virginia is on the road at Duke on Saturday (March 7) at 1 p.m. at Koskinen Stadium.