CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 14 Virginia women’s lacrosse team (5-5, 1-3) won 17-7 over Pitt (4-5, 0-4 ACC) on Friday night at Klöckner Stadium.
Senior Ashlyn McGovern led UVA with a career-high seven goals and freshman Rachel Clark had six points on four goals and two assists.
The Cavaliers outscored the Panthers 7-2 in the second quarter and 6-1 in the third quarter and held Pitt to just two second half goals. UVA out-shot Pitt, 40-18 and had 16 caused turnovers.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Virginia took a 3-1 lead over Pitt with back-to-back goals by McGovern and a goal from freshman Kate Miller to lead with 6:10 to go in the first quarter.
- McGovern had a hat trick in the first quarter, scoring her third of the game 12 minutes in as UVA led 4-3.
- The Cavaliers opened the second quarter with a 4-0 run to go ahead 8-3. UVA held Pitt without a goal for 10 minutes during that run.
- Virginia stretched its lead to 13-5 with a 4-0 run over between the last two minutes of the first half and the first three minutes of the second half.
- Clark had back-to-back goals to open the third quarter.
- Virginia went on another run late in the third, scoring four consecutive goals to lead 17-6 after three quarters.
- Pitt scored the lone goal in the fourth period.
FROM HEAD COACH JULIE MYERS
“Exciting to start 1-0 against a brand-new ACC team. One of my coaches said earlier, this is history. We have been playing for a long time, but Pitt hasn’t. This is the first ever matchup so nice to start off with a pretty convincing, consistent win. There are things we can still do better, but all-in-all it was a great team effort. They played with each other and for each other from the opening whistle to the end. I am excited with the result and excited for the next opportunity coming up Sunday.”
Virginia hosts James Madison on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Klöckner Stadium.