LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The No. 16 Virginia women’s lacrosse team (6-6, 2-3 ACC) held on for a 12-11 win at Louisville (5-6, 1-4 ACC) on Saturday afternoon at UofL Lacrosse Stadium.

Senior Ashlyn McGovern and freshman Rachel Clark each had hat tricks to lead the Cavaliers. Senior Braeden Dial scored a career-high four points with two goals and two assists and freshman Kate Miller had two goals and an assist.

Junior Ashley Vernon matched a career-high with 12 saves for UVA. Louisville led in shots (33-26) and shots on goal (23-15), ground balls (17-8) and draw controls (14-13).


  • Virginia opened the game on a 3-0 run with back-to-back goals by McGovern and a goal from junior Kiki Shaw.
  • Louisville scored two straight before Clark hit her first of the afternoon as UVA led 4-2 at the end of the first quarter.
  • The Cavaliers were scoreless in the second quarter. Louisville took a 5-4 lead at the half.
  • The Cardinals scored to open the second half and take a 6-4 lead.
  • Dial scored her first goal of the afternoon to cut it to 6-5.
  • After another goal for Louisville, Virginia went on a 4-0 run to retake the lead and go ahead 9-7 with 5:05 to go in the third quarter. Dial had two assists in the run. Clark, Miller, McGovern and sophomore Mackenzie Hoeg scored in the run.
  • Louisville tied it up 9-9 at the end of the third quarter.
  • Clark scored just 49 seconds into the fourth quarter, then Miller had her second to put UVA up 11-9 with 5:49 remaining.
  • Louisville cut it to one, then Dial scored her second to keep UVA in front by two.
  • The Cardinals cut it to 12-11 and had a chance to tie it up but a false-start on an 8-meter attempt gave UVA the possession with 1:33 remaining as the Cavaliers held on for the win.


  • Sophomore Aubrey Williams had seven draw controls to lead UVA. Williams now has 100 draw controls on the season, setting a Virginia single-season record.
  • McGovern recorded her 11th multiple-goal game this season and eighth hat trick.
  • It was the ninth hat trick for Clark and 10th game with multiple goals.
  • Dial scored multiple goals for the first time in her UVA career and finished with a career-best four points.
  • Sophomore Morgan Schwab had two assists, her sixth multiple-assist game this season.
  • Sophomore Maggie Bostain led the Cavaliers with three ground balls.


Virginia remains on the road in ACC play at No. 8 Duke on Saturday, April 2 at 1 p.m. in Durham, N.C.