No. 7 women’s lacrosse defeats No. 22 Virginia Tech on Senior Day

The Cavaliers close out the regular season with a 13-10 win over the Hokies

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Senior attacker Avery Shoemaker led the Cavaliers with five points against Virginia Tech.

Courtesy Virginia Athletics

The No. 7 Virginia women’s lacrosse team defeated No. 22 Virginia Tech 13-10 at Klöckner Stadium Saturday afternoon.

Virginia Tech (8-9, 1-6 ACC) opened the scoring a little over five minutes into the game, but Virginia (12-5, 3-4 ACC) answered just 33 seconds later. The two teams proceeded to trade goals until it was 4-4 with 4:35 remaining in the first half. Virginia Tech closed the half on a 3-0 run to take a 7-4 lead heading into the break.

The Hokies opened the second half with an early goal to extend their lead to four. Freshman midfielder Lillie Kloak scored for the Cavaliers to cut the deficit to three, but the Hokies responded with another goal to go up 9-5. 

Virginia scored two goals followed by another goal from Virginia Tech, making the score 10-7 with 19:47 remaining. Senior attacker Avery Shoemaker scored less than two minutes later to make the score 10-8. 

Neither team was able to score for a long stretch, and the Cavaliers still trailed by two with fewer than 10 minutes remaining. 

Senior midfielder Maggie Jackson notched a goal to break the scoring drought, and junior midfielder Nora Bowen added another to tie the game with 8:48 remaining. Bowen scored again with 5:27 left to give the Cavaliers their first lead of the game, and Virginia added two more goals to seal the victory. Virginia closed the game on a 6-0 run, holding Virginia Tech scoreless for the final 19:47.

Shoemaker and Bowen led the Cavaliers with four goals each. Senior attacker Angie Loynaz scored two goals, and Jackson, Kloak and sophomore attacker Lila Barker each scored a goal. Jackson finished with a team-high five assists. Junior goalkeeper Charlie Campbell stopped 10 of 20 shots from Virginia Tech.

It was a successful Senior Day for the Cavaliers, who conclude their regular season with a three-game winning streak. Virginia will now take part in the ACC Tournament in Chestnut Hill, Mass. The quarterfinals will begin Wednesday at Alumni Stadium, and the No. 5 seed Cavaliers will play against No. 4 seed Syracuse at 2 p.m.  

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