CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The No. 15 Virginia women’s lacrosse team (10-10) ended its season with a 24-2 loss at 1-seed North Carolina (19-0) on Sunday afternoon at Dorrance Field.
Sophomore Mackenzie Hoeg scored both of Virginia’s goals at the end of the first half. Junior Kiki Shaw had an assist.
UNC led in shots (37-19), draw controls (17-11), ground balls (10-5) and saves (7-2).
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Virginia scored its first goal of the game with three minutes to go in the first half. Hoeg scored on the assist from junior Kiki Shaw.
- Hoeg scored again, this time off a free position, to send UVA into the half down 13-2.
- UNC opened the game on a 13-0 run and closed it on an 11-0 run.
- Graduate student Megan Gordon had two caused turnovers and two ground balls.
- Sophomore Morgan Schwab finished with a career-high four draw controls.
- Virginia is 39-31 all-time in the NCAA Tournament.
- The Cavaliers extended their NCAA Tournament appearances to 26-straight seasons.
- UVA advanced to the NCAA Second Round for the third consecutive time.
FROM HEAD COACH JULIE MYERS
“Today was obviously not the game that anyone expected. North Carolina is clearly an awesome team, and they did the damage to us, but we didn’t play well in any aspect today. It is hard to end on a game like that because it doesn’t reflect our season, our competitiveness or our talent. My heart hurts four our fourth years that aren’t coming back because it does not reflect their fight and the team they have credited and been such a big part of.
“This season was filled with different challenges, and this was a new one to be so cold against a team that is so hot. There were a lot of different times that we could have caved with injuries, obstacles on the field, tough stretches of unbelievable opponents coming through. There were a lot of times we could have thrown in the towel. I have a lot of respect for my players and staff, they never quit, never gave up. They always showed up and gave their best effort and that is why we were able to play in May. I am grateful we got to play in the NCAA Tournament and got to the second round. I think you get a lot out of sports and our fourth years that are moving on to the professional world are ready to compete and I am super proud of that.”