Women’s lacrosse sweeps weekend opponents

Cavaliers advance to 3-0 after wins over Stanford and California

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Nine different Cavaliers scored against California Sunday afternoon.

Courtesy Virginia Athletics

Virginia women’s lacrosse had a big weekend, beating two teams on the road. The No. 8 Cavaliers (3-0, 0-0 ACC) beat No. 20 Stanford (1-2, 0-0 PAC-12) 12-11 Friday and then defeated California (0-2, 0-0 PAC-12) 17-7 Sunday afternoon. 

The Cavaliers and the Cardinal battled back and forth throughout Virginia’s first game of the weekend. The Cavaliers were led by strong performances from senior midfielder Sammy Mueller and sophomore midfielder Courtlynne Caskin. 

“Sammy Mueller had a huge day,” Coach Julie Myers said. “Sammy led the way in so many hustle plays but then even running the clock out in the end.”

Virginia gained the early 2-1 edge with goals from Caskin and sophomore midfielder Annie Dyson. However, Stanford used a 3-0 run to take the lead in the first half. Virginia answered with four goals in a row, including three from Mueller.

Despite taking a two-goal lead with less than 14 minutes to go in the first half, the Cardinal regained the lead thanks to five straight goals to lead 9-5 going into halftime. Stanford junior attacker Ali Baiocco scored the final goal of the half with just four seconds left on the clock.

Virginia rallied in the second half, scoring five goals of its own to take a 10-9 lead before slowing down and maintaining control of the game. Two came from Mueller, two from sophomore midfielder Lillie Kloak and one from Caskin. 

Stanford responded through a pair of scores and, with 11:09 left to play, the Cardinal took the lead at 11-10, though Mueller quickly tied the game with her sixth goal. Caskin followed up with a game-winning goal at the 3:15 mark. Neither team scored in the final minutes as Virginia held on for the win.

A couple of days after the big win over Stanford, Virginia beat another team from the same state when the Cavaliers trounced California in a comfortable 17-7 win. The victory against the Golden Bears saw remarkable performances from multiple Cavaliers, as nine different Virginia players scored during the game. 

Mueller and Caskin continued their dominant weekend with three goals and two assists and two goals and five draw controls, respectively, while junior midfielder Ashlyn McGovern led the team with four goals.

Mueller opened the match with a goal off of an assist from Kloak, and soon after, Caskin assisted junior attacker Olivia Schildmeyer for another Virginia goal.

Freshman midfielder Kiki Shaw then scored her first collegiate goal, though the Golden Bears responded with two consecutive goals to make the score 3-2. The two teams went back and forth for much of the opening half of the game. 

After Mueller scored with 21 seconds remaining, Virginia went into halftime with a 7-4 lead.

The Cavaliers came out firing on all cylinders in the second half, using a 6-0 run to take a dominant 13-4 lead with 21:42 left in the game. Virginia also finished the game with three straight goals in the last 4:07 to make the final score 17-7 in its favor.

In addition to Mueller, Caskin, McGovern, Schildmeyer and Shaw, senior attacker Nora Bowen, junior attacker Taylor Regan, junior attacker Lila Barker and Kloak also scored.

The game marked a notable season-high 10 saves for Campbell. Overall, the weekend included back-to-back hat tricks for Mueller and the second game of the season where McGovern had four or more goals. 

Up next, Virginia will play Princeton on the road at Sherrerd Field in Princeton, N.J. Saturday. The game is set to begin at 1 p.m.

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