CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The No. 9 Virginia women’s lacrosse team (6-1, 2-1 ACC) pulled within one with just under five minutes to play but No. 1 North Carolina (6-0, 3-0 ACC) came back with four straight goals to take the game 17-12 on Saturday afternoon at Dorrance Field.
Virginia was down 13-8 after UNC opened the second half with the first three goals. The Cavaliers went on a 4-0 run to cut it to 13-12 and force a Tar Heel timeout with 4:52 remaining in the game but North Carolina closed out the game with four straight.
Graduate student Ashlyn McGovern and sophomore Rachel Clark both led the Cavaliers with four goals. Seniors Jaime Biskup and Kiki Shaw added two goals.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- UVA took an early lead, going up 3-2 after back-to-back goals by Clark.
- UNC went back up with two straight goals to lead 4-3 in the first.
- The Cavaliers responded with a 3-0 run to lead 6-4. Clark, Shaw and McGovern each scored to push UVA in the lead.
- UNC at the end of the first period as UVA led 6-5.
- North Carolina outscored the Cavaliers 5-2 in the second quarter and took a 10-8 lead into the half.
- Virginia trailed 13-8 after a 3-0 run for UNC to start the second half.
- Shaw sparked UVA’s 4-0 run over the third and fourth periods to make it a one-goal game. Clark also scored and McGovern and back-to-back goals to cap off the run.
- McGovern and Clark had hat tricks for the fifth time this season.
- UVA trailed in shots (36-29) and draw controls (24-9).
- The Cavalier had the edge in ground balls (10-7) and saves (9-8).
- Senior Ashley Vernon (4) and sophomore Abby Jansen (5) split time in goal for UVA.
Virginia remains on the road, playing at Richmond on Wednesday (March 15).