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No. 8 women’s lacrosse uses big run to knock off No. 22 James Madison

The Cavaliers went on a 7-0 run midway through the game to pull away from the Dukes

<p>Kloak scored multiple goals for the ninth time this season — further proving the immense impact she's had on the team.</p>

Kloak scored multiple goals for the ninth time this season — further proving the immense impact she's had on the team.

The No. 8 Virginia women’s lacrosse team defeated No. 22 James Madison 15-12 Friday night at Sentara Park in Harrisonburg, Va. The Dukes (4-3, 0-1 CAA) held an early lead, but the Cavaliers (8-2, 3-2 ACC) used a big run to rally and claim the victory.

Freshman midfielder Mackenzie Hoeg opened the scoring for the Cavaliers from a free position shot less than a minute into the game, but freshman midfielder Taylor Marchetti equalized for the Dukes just a few minutes later. Virginia answered with goals from senior attacker Taylor Regan and sophomore midfielder Kiki Shaw to take a 3-1 lead midway through the first half.

Over the next 10 minutes, James Madison went on a 6-1 run to get ahead 7-4. Freshman attacker Isabella Peterson was the catalyst for the Dukes, as she recorded a hat trick during that time period.

In the final few minutes of the half, Regan and freshman midfielder Maggie Bostain each scored for the Cavaliers to cut the Dukes’ halftime lead to 7-6.

The Cavaliers carried that momentum over into the second half, as they scored five unanswered goals in the first 10 minutes. Freshman attacker Morgan Schwab led the way with three goals, while Regan and junior attacker Lillie Kloak each added a goal. In total, Virginia went on a 7-0 run, turning a 7-4 deficit into an 11-7 lead with less than 20 minutes remaining in the game.

After the two teams traded goals, junior attacker Daria Lucchesi scored two consecutive goals for the Dukes to make it 12-10. However, Virginia scored three consecutive goals to extend its lead to five with less than five minutes remaining. James Madison scored two goals in the final minutes, but it was too late at that point, and Virginia held on for the win.

Schwab and Regan each recorded hat tricks, while Kloak added two goals to extend her season tally to a team-high 24 goals. Peterson scored four goals for James Madison in the loss.

Virginia returns to action next Saturday with a home game against No. 4 Notre Dame. The match is set to begin at 12:00 p.m. and will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra.