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No. 12 Virginia women’s lacrosse suffered a 25-13 loss to No. 7 Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Mass. Saturday. The Cavaliers (10-5, 5-3 ACC), led by junior midfielder Mackenzie Hoeg and sophomore attacker Rachel Clark with four goals apiece, kept the score close in the first half. They kept a three-goal lead in the first quarter and stayed within three goals through the third period until the Eagles (12-3, 7-1 ACC) recorded an eight-goal scoring run to secure the massive victory.
Virginia women’s lacrosse traveled to Richmond Wednesday to face VCU at Cary Street Field. The Cavaliers (9-4, 4-2 ACC) got ahead of the Rams (6-7, 2-3 Atlantic 10), scoring seven unanswered goals in the first and second quarters. Three of those goals were scored by sophomore attacker Rachel Clark who led the team with six goals. Graduate student attacker Ashlyn McGovern and junior midfielder Mackenzie Hoeg also tallied hat tricks, with five and three goals respectively.
No. 12 women’s lacrosse hosted ACC rival No. 11 Notre Dame Saturday after a four-game stretch away from home. The Cavaliers (8-3-0, 4-1-0 ACC) went 1-3 on their road trip but were able to dominate the Fighting Irish (6-3-0, 3-2-0 ACC) in their first game back to post a much-needed 16-13 win. Virginia led in shots 29-26 and in draw controls 18-14 to secure the victory.
No. 10 Virginia women’s lacrosse traveled to Robins Stadium in Richmond Wednesday to face in-state opponent Richmond. The Cavaliers (6-2-0, 2-1-0 ACC) built up a lead early in the match, leaving the first half with a slightlead. However, the team struggled to maintain the same level of defense in the second half of regulation, taking the Spiders (6-2-0, 0-1-0 CAA) into overtime and eventually losing 16-15 in the second extra period.
Virginia women’s lacrosse added two wins to their record this weekend. The No.10 Cavaliers (5-0-0, 2-0 ACC) hosted Clemson for the first time Friday. Graduate student attacker Ashlyn McGovern tallied seven goals to lead Virginia to a 16-7 victory over the Tigers (4-2-0, 0-2 ACC). The Cavaliers then took on Elon to close out the homestand, overtaking the Phoenix (3-3, 0-0 CAA) 18-12 to close the weekend Sunday.
No. 13 women’s lacrosse traveled to Princeton, N.J. Saturday to take on No. 16 Princeton. The Cavaliers (3-0-0, 0-0 ACC) fought hard to stay in the game for the first half but dominated in the second, scoring eight unanswered goals in the third quarter and defeating the Tigers (0-1-0, 0-0 Ivy League) with a final score of 20-11.
As Virginia women’s lacrosse enters its 48th season, the program looks to improve from the past two seasons to earn a winning record. With new additions on offense, defense and even the coaching staff supplementing an already solid roster, the Cavaliers look poised for a strong season, even in the face of a difficult schedule.
No. 5 Virginia field hockey traveled to Durham, N.C. for the ACC Tournament this week, competing against No. 12 Louisville, No. 8 Wake Forest and No. 1 North Carolina. The third-seeded Cavaliers (13-6, 3-3 ACC) edged the Cardinals (12-7, 1-5 ACC) 1-0 in the quarterfinals and came back against the Demon Deacons (15-5, 6-2 ACC) in the semifinals to win 3-2. This earned Virginia a 2021 ACC Championship rematch against the Tar Heels (17-0, 6-0 ACC). The contest ended similarly to last year’s, with North Carolina winning by a slim 3-2 margin.
No. 5 Virginia field hockey traveled to College Park, Md. to take on No. 2 Maryland for the final game of the regular season. The Cavaliers (11-6, 3-3 ACC) took the advantage over the Terrapins (16-2, 7-1 Big Ten) in shots and broke even on penalty corners, but were unable to capitalize on any strike, resulting in a 2-0 shutout.
No. 7 Virginia field hockey traveled to Lynchburg on Tuesday to take on No. 16 Liberty, winning 2-1. The Flames (10-6, 6-0 Big East) scored in the first quarter for an early lead, but the Cavaliers (10-5, 3-3 ACC) fought back fiercely, earning an 11-1 advantage in penalty corners and 13-7 advantage in shots. Ultimately, a deflection goal by senior midfielder Adele Iacobucci in the last five minutes of play gave Virginia the edge to pick up the road win.
Virginia field hockey made history as it stepped onto Nameless Field on Sept. 29, 1973, marking the first intercollegiate varsity sporting match played by female Virginia students. Today, as Virginia field hockey takes on its fiftieth season, Coach Michele Madison continues to push expectations for NCAA field hockey.
No. 6 Virginia field hockey traveled to Durham, N.C. Friday to face No. 25 Duke before taking on Miami on Turf Field in Charlottesville Sunday afternoon. The Cavaliers (9-3, 3-1 ACC) defeated the Blue Devils (5-8, 0-4 ACC) by a score of 3-2 and won against the RedHawks (7-6, 3-1 MAC) with a final score of 2-1, securing their fifth and sixth straight victories. Virginia is now second in ACC standings, behind only No. 1 ranked North Carolina.
No. 9 Virginia field hockey hosted No. 13 Saint Joseph’s Sunday in Charlottesville. Facing the Hawks (4-3, 1-0 A10) for the first time since 2012, the Cavaliers (4-3, 0-1 ACC) played a disappointing first half, but were able to rally and score three goals in the second half for an exciting 3-2 comeback win.
Virginia traveled to Evanston, Ill. Sunday, where they were edged 3-2 by the reigning NCAA champions, Northwestern. The Cavaliers (3-2, 0-0 ACC) fought hard against the formidable Wildcats (6-0, 0-0 Big Ten), but were outshot 11-17 and fell short of equalizing the game.
No. 12 Virginia field hockey hosted Temple Friday evening in its home opener at Turf Field before taking on in-state opponent James Madison Sunday afternoon. The Cavaliers (3-1, 0-0 ACC) defeated both the Owls (3-1, 0-0 AAC) and the Dukes (2-2, 0-0 SBC) by scores of 1-0 and 3-2, respectively.
With strong offensive and defensive returners, as well as a versatile incoming class, Virginia field hockey looks prepared to take on a highly competitive ACC, which has seven teams in the top 20 of the NFHCA Poll. As Coach Michele Madison’s seventeenth season approaches, utilization of the freshman class as well as cohesion with returning players are the keys to navigating a tricky schedule.
On the road this past weekend, the No. 8 Virginia women’s tennis team extended their winning streak to seven matches as they defeated No. 57 Clemson in a 7-0 sweep and No. 31 Georgia Tech 5-2. The Cavaliers (18-4, 10-3 ACC) started the weekend Friday in Clemson, S.C., with a 7-0 sweep against the Tigers (12-12, 3-10 ACC). They continued their streak Sunday with a 5-2 defeat of the Yellow Jackets (13-9, 8-5 ACC).
This past weekend, Virginia women’s tennis extended their winning streak to five matches as they defeated both Wake Forest and NC State. At the Virginia Tennis Facility at Boar’s Head Resort, the Cavaliers (16-4, 8-3 ACC) started the weekend with a 5-2 win against the Demon Deacons (15-4, 7-3 ACC) on their senior day. They continued their streak on Sunday with a 4-3 nailbiter, in which the match came down to sophomore Sara Ziodato on the last singles court.