SPARKS, Md. — Behind its strongest offensive output of the season, the No. 15 Virginia women’s lacrosse team (4-1, 0-1 ACC) came back from an early two-goal deficit and rolled to a 20-11 victory over Cornell (2-1) on a sunny Sunday afternoon (Feb. 25) at USA Lacrosse Headquarters’ Tierney Field.

Morgan Schwab (1g, 6a) led the Cavaliers in points featuring a season-high six assists. Katia Carnevale (4g, 2a) recorded her best offensive game in a Cavalier uniform with six points as Carnevale, Mackenzie Hoeg (4g, 1a), Madison Alaimo (4g) and Kate Miller all recorded hat tricks.

UVA freshman Kate Galica had another impressive outing as she picked up eight draw controls while scoring a goal and assisting another. She also contributed a pair of caused turnovers to the Cavalier defensive effort. Maggie Bostain was instrumental in the draws as she picked up six in a game where Virginia won the battle in the circle by a margin of 18-16.

How it Happened
Cornell jumped out to a quick lead from the game’s first whistle as the Maggie Pons scored a quick pair of goals to give the Big Red a two-goal lead. The Cavaliers responded quickly as Morgan Schwab picked out Katia Carnevale to get Virginia on the scoreboard and ignite a 5-2 Cavalier run to end the quarter. When it looked like Cornell had scored to tie the game heading into the second quarter, Kiki Shaw found the back of the net in the final 30 seconds of the opening period to give the Cavaliers a 5-4 advantage.

The Cavalier offense exploded in the second quarter as the team hung nine goals on Cornell. Carnevale led the way scoring the first of her three second-quarter goals with less than 30 seconds gone in the second period. After Cornell answered with a goal of its own, Virginia responded with its second of three four-goal runs as Madison Alaimo scored back-to-back goals for UVA.

Keeping with their early season trend, the Cavalier defense was stout in the third quarter. Virginia allowed just one goal in the period and while scoring five of its own. Virginia controlled play in the final period as Schwab found Galica to score Virginia’s 20th of the game, its highest scoring game of the season.

From The Locker Room


  • With six assists on the day, Morgan Schwab moves her career total to 114, just one shy of the second-highest career total at Virginia
  • Schwab’s six assists are a season high and just one shy of her career-high and single-game UVA record of seven
  • Virginia outscored Cornell 5-1 in the third quarter and has outscored its 2024 opponents by a margin of 21-6
  • Kate Galica scored in her third-consecutive game and matched a career-high in points with two on the day
  • Galica also recoded a career high in draw controls with eight
  • Three different Cavaliers scored four goals on the day including Hoeg, Alaimo, and Carnevale—Alaimo’s total sets a career-high
  • Freshman Jenna Dinardo set a career-high with four points on the day
  • Three different Cavaliers picked up a pair of ground balls including Kate Demark, Alaimo and Kacy Hogarth
  • The Cavaliers won the ground ball battle picking up 18 compared to Cornell’s 16

Up Next:

The Cavaliers will hit the road on Saturday (March 2) for ACC action against Clemson. First draw from Clemson, S.C. is set for 1 p.m.