No. 17 women’s lacrosse rallies to dominate Oregon in second half
No. 17 Virginia (7-4, 2-2 ACC) picked up their fifth-straight victory with a win against Oregon Wednesday night — finding enormous second half success and ultimately outscoring the Ducks, 15-6.
The Cavaliers, who struggled defensively early on to defend against three-consecutive goals by Oregon, were put back on track thanks to a free position goal by senior attacker Kelly Reese and a goal made by sophomore midfielder Maggie Jackson.
Following what looked like would be a close game early on, the Cavaliers were able to go on a 6-0 shooting run — dismantling the lead put on early by Oregon. Within this scoring run, sophomore attacker Avery Shoemaker put up a hat trick that contributed to the offensive pressure put forward by Virginia. Junior keeper Rachel Vander Kolk also had a big night — preventing the Ducks from finding the back of the net eight times.
Virginia — who led by just one at the half — was able to find their groove defensively in the second half. Virginia was able to dominate draw controls and ground balls and was incredibly effective in forcing turnovers. The Cavaliers allowed just two Oregon goals in the second half.
The Cavaliers also did an excellent job in sharing the ball and keeping the Oregon defense off balance — with six separate players from Virginia being able to score.
The fundamentals of Virginia women’s lacrosse will continue to be tested as they travel to Chestnut Hill, Mass. to face off against Boston College Saturday. The game is set to start at 1 p.m.