RICHMOND, Va. –  The No. 10 Virginia women’s lacrosse team (6-2) suffered a 16-15 loss in double overtime against Richmond (6-2) on Wednesday (March 15) at Robbins Stadium in Richmond, Va.

Virginia built up a four-point lead in the first half, but the game was tied 11-11 at the end of the third quarter. Richmond manufactured a 15-12 advantage with 6:37 remaining. Ashlyn McGovern scored two goals in the final two minutes of play, including the game-tying goal with 26.7 seconds remaining to force overtime. Richmond’s Arden Tierney scored the game-winner 1:12 into the second overtime.

Virginia had a goal waived off with 3:23 remaining in regulation due to a broken stick.

Three Cavaliers tallied hat tricks in the game, led by a five-goal performance from McGovern. Jaime Biskup and Mackenzie Hoeg scored three goals apiece. Morgan Schwab had a goal and six assists.

Sophomore Abby Jansen made her first career start in the cage for the Cavaliers, allowing 11 goals with four saves. Senior Ashley Vernon took over in goal with 5:06 remaining in the third quarter. Jansen returned for the final three minutes of regulation with Vernon playing the overtime period. Emilie Boyer made seven saves for Richmond.

McGovern opened the scoring with a goal 4:08 into the contest. Richmond answered a minute later, tying the game. Biskup put the Cavaliers back ahead by wrapping a shot around the post and into the net. Three minutes later, McGovern scored her second goal to give UVA a 3-1 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Schwab set up a goal by Hoeg 47 seconds into the second quarter to build the advantage to 4-1. After a Richmond goal, Biskup scored her second on a free position shot with 9:08 left in the half. Kiki Shaw converted a pass from Maureen Duffy with 8:39 remaining to make it 6-3 UVA. A Kate Miller free position shot built the Cavalier lead to 7-3, but then Richmond countered with back-to-back scores. McGovern scored her third of the half on a pass from Schwab with 3:56 remaining.  Richmond again scored back-to-back goals, the second coming with 1:33 remaining in the half. Virginia held on to take an 8-7 lead into the break.

After a pair of saves from Jansen, including one on a free position attempt, Hoeg converted a pass from Schwab to give UVA a 9-7 edge with 12:58 left in the third quarter. Biskup added her third goal of the game 2:30 later on Schwab’s fourth assist of the contest. Richmond scored three-straight goals, tying the game on a score from Sarah Roycroft with 7:02 remaining in the period. The Spiders took their first lead of the game on a free position goal from Grace Muldoon with 5:06 left in the quarter. Miller tied the game, 11-11, with 3.6 seconds left in the period.

After Richmond took a 12-11 lead, Hoeg scored her third goal of the game to tie it at 12 with 11:07 remaining. Richmond scored back-to-back goals to take a 14-12 lead with 9:12 remaining. Schwab scored her first goal of the game with 5:18 remaining. Shaw scored a goal to pull the Cavaliers to within one with 3:23 remaining, but the goal was disallowed for a broken stick call. Virginia trailed 15-13 heading into the final three minutes of play. McGovern scored a free position goal with 1:59 remaining to make it 15-14. Virginia won the ensuing draw control, setting up McGovern’s game-tying goal with 26.7 seconds remaining. Virginia won the next draw with Hoeg firing off a shot with 15.6 seconds remaining, but it was saved. Richmond took the final shot of regulation with a save by Jansen.

Virginia won the draw for the first half of the first overtime, but neither team scored. Richmond won the draw for the second half, but Virginia’s defense held. Shaw had a free position attempt with 52 seconds remaining, but it was saved by Richmond, the fourth save of the overtime period. The Spiders turned the ball over in the final seconds to send the game to a second overtime.

Arden Tierney scored 1:12 into the second overtime to end the game.

“It was a game that had everything from amazing moments to pretty low lows. But it was a really competitive game from start to finish. I give a lot of credit to Richmond. Their key kids really stepped up and made it hard for us to compete and win that game. We were resilient. We showed fight. When we tied it, I really thought we had a chance. I’ve never seen quite so many saves in an overtime period for both goalkeepers. This is obviously a huge disappointment to come up empty and not be able to get the job done today.”


  • This was Ashlyn McGovern’s sixth game scoring three or more goals
  • This was Jaime Biskup’s fifth game scoring three or more goals
  • This was Mackenzie Hoeg’s fourth game scoring three or more goals
  • This was Abby Jansen’s fifth appearance in goal this season and 14th of her career. She played 41:12
  • Ashley Vernon took the loss, allowing five goals and making three saves. She played 30:48
  • Morgan Schwab’s six assists are her season high
  • Aubrey Williams won nine draw controls


  • Virginia returns to ACC play on Saturday, March 18 at Pitt for a noon opening draw at Highmark Stadium in Pittsburgh, Pa.