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Streak of losses to ranked foes ends against Dukes

The No. 10 Virginia women’s lacrosse team topped No. 18 JMU 18-9 last night in Harrisonburg, Va., ending a three-game losing streak against ranked opponents.

The Cavaliers (7-3, 1-2 ACC) scored 12 goals in the second half and were led by senior midfielders Blair Weymouth and Ashley McCulloch, along with junior attack Whitaker Hagerman, who each scored a hat trick. McCulloch also led the team with three assists.

Virginia played impressive offense and defense against the Dukes (4-4). The Cavaliers limited JMU to 21 shots in the game, compared to 38 for the Cavaliers, including 22 in the second half.

The Cavaliers also dominated draw controls — an area both teams have performed well in throughout the season. Junior midfielder Brittany Kalkstein, who ranks as one of the top draw control players in the nation, grabbed a game-high five.

Senior attack Jaime Dardine and sophomore midfielder Mary Kate Lomady, meanwhile, both led JMU. Dardine and Lomady each scored two goals and notched an assist.

With the win, Virginia improved to 2-3 against ranked opponents this season. The Cavaliers defeated No. 8 Syracuse Feb. 27, then fell to No. 2 Maryland March 6, No. 4 North Carolina March 14 and No. 7 Princeton Saturday.

Virginia continues play Saturday at 3:30 p.m., when No. 5 Duke comes to Klöckner Stadium for Virginia’s last  conference game of the regular season.

—compiled by Dan Stalcup

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