DURHAM, N.C. — The No. 8 Virginia women’s lacrosse team (9-3, 3-3 ACC) suffered its first road defeat of the season after a 15-10 loss to Duke (8-5, 3-3 ACC) on Saturday afternoon (March 30) at Koskinen Stadium.

Kiki Shaw (2g, 1a) led the Cavaliers offensively while a total of four Virginia players found the back of the net on two occasions including Kate Galica, Mackenzie Hoeg, and Jenna Dinardo. Morgan Schwab (2a) and Katia Carnevale (1g, 2a) each dished out a pair of assists on the day.

How it Happened
After a slow start to the opening quarter, Virginia took a 2-0 lead over the Blue Devils as Kiki Shaw and Kate Miller opened the scoring with solo efforts. After a near five-minute scoring drought for both teams, Duke went on a three-goal run to take a lead into the second frame.

In the second period, it was Mackenzie Hoeg who leveled the game on an assist from Katia Carnevale. Two minutes later, Carnevale helped Virginia to regain the lead with just under nine minutes to play in the half. Duke, however, put together the largest scoring run of the game for either team netting five consecutive goals to end the half with Virginia trailing by a score of 8-4.

Jenna Dinardo found the back of the net to open the third quarter for Virginia, but Duke answered with three of its own to increase the lead to six. After Mackenzie Hoeg stopped the bleeding with just over a minute to play in the third quarter the Blue Devils responded with a pair to take its largest lead of the game at 13-6.

In the fourth quarter, the Cavaliers put together a three-goal run to trim the Blue Devil lead to just four, but ultimately came up short falling by a margin of 15-10.

From Head Coach Sonia LaMonica:
“I just think it’s a game of inches and we had a great battle on our hands. I thought Duke’s goalie played really strong today. We just failed to play our style for 60 minutes. Momentum was big and Duke rode that momentum pretty much throughout the entire game. We’ll regroup and revisit and keep building and growing. We’ve just got to be prepared to step out because it’s anyone’s game any given day. It’s game of inches and every inch matters, and we’ve got to find scrap for every single inch.”

Additional Notes

  • Virginia drops back-to-back games for the first time in 2024
  • The five-goal loss marks its largest margin of defeat for Virginia this season
  • UVA’s 10 goals marks its lowest total since a 10-9 overtime loss to North Carolina (2/23/24)
  • The loss marks Virginia’s first road defeat of the season
  • Duke’s total of 15 goals ties the highest total allowed by UVA this season (vs Syracuse, 3/23/24)

Up Next:
The Cavaliers will return to Klöckner Stadium on Wednesday (April 3) for its final non-conference matchup of the season with VCU. First draw is set for 6 p.m.