RICHMOND, Va. – Three players finished with hat tricks to lead the No. 12 Virginia women’s lacrosse team (9-4) to an 18-12 win at VCU (6-7) on Wednesday afternoon at Cary Street Field in Richmond, Va.
UVA opened up the game with a 7-0 run during which it held VCU scoreless for 13 minutes. Sophomore Rachel Clark had three goals during the run and finished with six to lead the Cavaliers. Graduate student Ashlyn McGovern scored five goals and junior Mackenzie Hoeg added three. Junior Morgan Schwab and sophomore Kate Miller both had three assists for UVA.
Junior Aubrey Williams matched a career-high with 15 draw controls. Williams now owns the UVA record in career draws with 304. The Cavaliers led 19-16 in the draw circle.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Virginia took a 2-1 lead after back-to-back goals from Hoeg and sophomore Abby Manalang.
- Clark scored her first before a 3-0 run game VCU a 5-3 edge with 1:00 to go in the first quarter.
- The Cavaliers took just 25 seconds to make it 5-4 with a goal from sophomore Maureen Duffy and 17 seconds later Clark added her second to tie it up 5-5 at the end of the first.
- Those two goals led into the 7-0 run that continued in the second quarter.
Make it a 4⃣-0⃣ run
and a 🎩 trick for Clark 💪
— Virginia Women’s Lacrosse (@UVAWomensLax) April 5, 2023
- Clark had two more goals and Hoeg, Miller and McGovern each had one in the run to put UVA up 10-5 with 4:47 to go in the first half.
- Hoeg added another goal as the Cavaliers led 11-7 at the break.
- Virginia opened the second half with a 3-0 run with goals from Clark, McGovern and graduate student Taylor Mullen.
- McGovern scored three of UVA’s last four goals and Clark tacked on her sixth as UVA cruised to the win.
- McGovern moved into 10th all-time at UVA with 208 career points and is currently fifth all-time with 189 career goals.
- Schwab now has 84 career assists, moving into sixth all-time in UVA history.
- The Cavaliers led in shots (31-28) and ground balls (13-9). Both teams finished with nine saves.
Virginia hosts No. 24 Duke on Saturday, April 8 at 2 p.m. at Klöckner Stadium for Senior Day.