CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 14 Virginia women’s lacrosse team (4-5, 0-3 ACC) fell 17-11 to No. 3 Syracuse (6-1, 3-0 ACC) on a snowy Saturday in a game that was moved to Lower Turf.
Freshman Rachel Clark led UVA with four goals and senior Ashlyn McGovern added three. Senior Annie Dyson had one goal and two assists.
UVA trailed Syracuse in shots, 29-23, but led in ground balls (20-18) and saves (7-5). Both teams had 17 draw controls. The Cavaliers had 27 turnovers to 23 for the Orange. Meaghan Tyrrell led Syracuse with five goals.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Virginia scored first when junior Jaime Biskup found sophomore Mackenzie Hoeg for a goal.
- Syracuse scored two goals to take its first lead, 2-1, at the 8:20 mark in the first quarter.
- Clark scored on the assist from Dyson to tie the game at 2-2.
- Syracuse closed the first quarter on a 3-0 run to lead 5-2 15 minutes in.
- The Cavaliers scored back-to-back goals with McGovern and junior Kiki Shaw scoring to cut the deficit to 5-4 four minutes into the second quarter.
- The Orange had a 5-0 run to lead 10-4 with 3:45 remaining in the first half.
- Clark scored to end the half as UVA trailed 10-5 at the break.
- Just a minute into the second half, sophomore Morgan Schwab connected with Clark for her third goal of the game.
- UVA had a 3-1 run after two goals for Syracuse to make it 13-9 with 2:39 left in the third quarter. The Cavaliers outscored the Orange 4-3 in the third period with McGovern scoring two of those goals.
- Syracuse outscored UVA 4-2 in the fourth quarter for the 17-11 win.
FROM HEAD COACH JULIE MYERS
“Our play kind of mirrored the weather, it was inconsistent. Sometimes it was snowing hard, sometimes we were making mistakes and other times we were brilliant. I don’t think the weather was great, but we were just super inconsistent with decision making. Syracuse is a very good team, and they were more consistent from start to finish. We didn’t do enough to beat a top team. A lot of positives to take away and other things to fine-tune in March.”
- Sophomore Aubrey Williams had 10 draw controls.
- Hoeg had three caused turnovers, two ground balls and two draw controls with one goal and one assist.
- Senior Myla Grace Barnett and sophomore Ellena Schildmeyer led the Cavaliers with three ground balls apiece.
Virginia hosts Pitt on Friday, March 18 at 5 p.m. at Klöckner Stadium.