NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The Virginia women’s lacrosse team (9-8) had 11 different goal-scorers in its 19-13 win over UConn (12-7) in the NCAA First Round on Friday afternoon at Arlotta Stadium.
Virginia used a 7-0 run over 14 minutes in the second half to break the game open. Junior Annie Dyson (Alexandria, Va.) led the Cavaliers with a career-high four goals and had one assist, four draw controls, three ground balls and one caused turnover. Freshman Morgan Schwab (Fairport, N.Y.) also had five points, tying a career-high with three assists and adding two goals. Senior Taylor Regan (Larchmont, N.Y.) finished with a hat trick and added an assist. Redshirt junior Ashlyn McGovern (Phoenix, Md.) scored three goals.
Virginia led in shots (37-25), draw controls (18-13), ground balls (24-18) and caused turnovers (9-8). UConn had the edge in saves (13-5). Grace Coon led the Huskies with four goals.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Dyson opened the scoring with a goal to give UVA the first lead. UConn scored then Regan gave Virginia a 2-1 lead. The Huskies scored back-to-back goals to take their first lead. Schwab found Dyson to tie it up 3-3. UConn took a 4-3 lead at the 22:42 mark in the first half. Virginia went on a 3-0 run to take a 6-4 lead. Schwab assisted McGovern, then McGovern ripped one in on a free position and senior Olivia Schildmeyer (Upper Arlington, Ohio) scored to round out the run. UConn scored but Kloak connected with freshman Mackenzie Hoeg (Mattituck, N.Y.) then Dyson completed her hat trick in the first half to put UVA ahead 8-5 with 9:44 to go. After two goals for UConn, Regan scored to give the Cavaliers a 9-7 advantage at the half.
UVA started the scoring in the second half when Dyson found Schwab just 45 seconds into the half. UConn scored two goals to cut it to 10-9. Virginia responded with a goal by sophomore Jaime Biskup (Manorville, N.Y.) on the assist from Regan. The Cavaliers had a 7-0 run after a goal for UConn to break the game open and lead 18-10 with 8:20 to play. Kloak assisted Dyson to spark the run. Schwab scored her second and McGovern ripped it in on a free position. Freshman Maggie Bostain (Richmond, Va.) scored on the assist from Schwab, sophomore Kiki Shaw (Owings Mills, Md.) ran through the defense to score, sophomore Riley Hoeg (Mattituck, N.Y.) scored with the assist from sister M. Hoeg and senior Chloe Jones (Slingerlands, N.Y.) capped off the run with a free position goal. Regan tacked on one more goal to finish with a hat trick.
FROM HEAD COACH JULIE MYERS
“It was super important to come out today and start with a strong effort and to get a good performance. I think our girls were really revved up and excited to get a game day. They knew there was a lot of pressure to this moment as well, but at the end of the day they wore UConn out. UConn did a good job of staying in the game, pushing the tempo and making big saves. At the end of the day, I feel like we just had a few more attackers and a little bit more in the tank that we were able to pull away from them.”
- Virginia’s 11 goal-scorers were a season-best.
- Dyson’s four goals and five points were career-highs.
- It was the seventh hat trick of the season for McGovern and fifth for Regan.
- Schwab has multiple assists in two games.
- Junior Lillie Kloak (Ridgewood, N.J.) dished out a career-high two assists.
- Freshman Aubrey Williams (Purcellville, Va.) led UVA with six draw controls.
- Bostain led the Cavaliers with career-high four ground balls and career-best three caused turnovers.
Virginia moves on to the NCAA Second Round to face 5-seed Notre Dame on Sunday, May 16 at 1 p.m. at Arlotta Stadium.