The No. 9 Virginia women’s lacrosse team (6-2, 2-2 ACC) fell 17-8 to No. 10 Duke (6-2, 2-2 ACC) on Friday night at Klöckner Stadium.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 9 Virginia women’s lacrosse team (6-2, 2-2 ACC) fell 17-8 to No. 10 Duke (6-2, 2-2 ACC) on Friday night at Klöckner Stadium.
Junior Lillie Kloak (Ridgewood, N.J.) led the Cavaliers with three goals. Senior Chloe Jones () had two assists, while five players added a goal.
Virginia had a 15-14 edge in ground balls and had just eight turnovers to 16 for Duke. The Blue Devils led in shots (28-24), draw controls (22-5) and saves (9-8).
HOW IT HAPPENED
Virginia took a 2-1 lead early after Jones found Kloak open in front of the goal and Maggie Bostain (Richmond, Va.) scored. Duke went on a 5-0 run before UVA halted it with a goal by Mackenzie Hoeg (Mattituck, N.Y.). Kiki Shaw (Owings Mills, Md.) scored and Kloak added a goal just before the half as UVA trailed 8-5 at the break.
Duke opened the second half with a 6-0 run. Kloak scored UVA’s first goal in the second half to complete her hat trick. Halle Graham (Rockville, Md.) and Morgan Schwab (Fairport, N.Y.) added goals in the second half.
FROM HEAD COACH JULIE MYERS
“Not the outcome we had worked for or prepared for. Credit goes to Duke for really doing a great job on the draw control and having the ball almost the entire game. It seemed much more competitive than that scoreboard. We battled, we had opportunities, we came up with stops, but we clearly need more stops and need to keep Duke off the 8-meter for little fouls. We gave them easy eights instead of earned eights and that seemed to make a difference. Not usual to be able to play the same team so quickly, but I told the team we are going to use this to our advantage. Our preparation for Sunday starts tonight with how we handled tonight’s outcome, sticking together as a team and sleeping well, going back to the drawing board tomorrow and believing that Sunday is a whole different game and anything can happen.”
Virginia hosts Duke on Sunday, March 21 at noon at Klöckner Stadium. The game will be broadcast on ACC Network.