No. 8 women’s lacrosse secures win over No. 9 Princeton on the road

The match marked the 40th meeting of the two teams

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Sophomore midfielder Courtlynne Caskin scored four goals in the first half for the Cavaliers.

Courtesy Virginia Athletics

The No. 8 Virginia women’s lacrosse team defeated No. 9 Princeton 12-10 in Princeton, N.J. Saturday afternoon. With the win, Virginia extends its advantage in the series to 22-18. 

The Cavaliers (4-0, 0-0 ACC) started off fast with two consecutive fast-break goals by sophomore midfielder Lillie Kloak in the first six minutes of the game. The Tigers (1-1, 0-0 Ivy League) responded with two goals of their own to tie the score at 2-2 with 22:21 remaining in the first half. 

After a goal by sophomore midfielder Courtlynne Caskin put Virginia up 3-2, the Tigers responded with two goals within the span of 16 seconds. The teams traded possession for the remainder of the first half, with neither team being able to extend its lead beyond a point, until Princeton scored two goals in under a minute with 10:39 remaining in the first half. 

With the help of a strong first half performance from Caskin and a score from senior midfielder Sammy Mueller, the Cavaliers were able to tie the game at 7-7. The score remained there until the Tigers scored with 17 seconds remaining in the first half to put Princeton ahead 8-7 at halftime. 

Virginia started the second half off strong, scoring three consecutive goals to lead 10-8 with 12:47 left. Princeton was able to cut its deficit to one before the Cavaliers pulled away, scoring two more goals to extend the lead to 12-9. The Tigers scored a goal with 3:55 remaining in the game, but in the end, Virginia’s lead proved to be too much to overcome for the Tigers.

The winning effort was aided by a four-goal performance from Caskin — all coming in the first half — and a hat-trick from Kloak. Junior midfielder Ashlyn McGovern and freshman midfielder Kiki Shaw scored during the game as well, and Mueller led Virginia with 10 shots — five of which were on goal — and four ground balls.

Notably, junior goalkeeper Charlie Campbell recorded a season-high 16 saves, and through her strong performance in the second half, the Cavaliers were able to sustain and extend their lead while only allowing two additional goals. 

The win marks the third consecutive season that Virginia has started with at least four consecutive wins. Following the four-game road stretch, the team’s home opener against Richmond is set to start at 5 p.m. Wednesday in Klockner Stadium.

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