UVA women’s lacrosse comes up short to UNC

unc-uva2The No. 8 UVA women’s lacrosse team (3-3, 0-2 ACC) fell 10-7 at No. 2 North Carolina (6-1, 1-0 ACC) on Saturday (March 7) at Fetzer Field in Chapel Hill, N.C.

“It was a hard-fought game by both teams, but Carolina was just a little cleaner down the stretch and made their opportunities count more than we did,” said Virginia head coach Julie Myers. “I am proud of the girls for their fight in creating so many opportunities to win the game. What we need to work on is finishing those opportunities and being accountable to the mistakes that we are making. I think we have a lot of positives to work from in terms of our fight. We never gave up and made some great defensive stances and transitioned the ball really well. We are right there, right in the mix, but we need to find a way to win these games.”

Freshman Kasey Behr (Northport, N.Y.) scored three goals, her second-straight game with a hat trick. Junior Kelly Boyd (Baltimore, Md.) scored two goals. Seniors Liza Blue (Butler, Md.) and Casey Bocklet (South Salem, N.Y.) each had a goal and an assist.

North Carolina’s Molly Hendrick scored three goals.

With the game tied 1-1, UNC rattled off three-straight goals to take a 4-1 lead. Virginia twice pulled to within two, including a goal off a free position shot by Behr with 14 seconds remaining before halftime, but the Tar Heels opened the second half with a pair of early goals, putting Virginia in an 8-4 hole with 28:13 remaining.

North Carolina built its lead up to five, 10-5, on a goal with 6:22 remaining. Senior Daniela Eppler (Baltimore, Md.) won the ensuing draw control, passing the ball up ahead to Behr who sped through the defense for a quick score. Senior Courtney Swan (Vero Beach, Fla.) won the next draw, passed the ball up ahead to Blue. Blue juked her way through the defense, opening up a clear shot at goal to make it a 10-7 game with 5:41remaining.

North Carolina and Virginia traded possessions for the next two minutes, including a shot by Blue that sailed high of the net, but North Carolina got the ball back with just under four minutes remaining in the game and ran out the clock to secure the victory.

North Carolina was 3-of-5 on its free position shots. The Cavaliers were 2-of-8 including going 0-of-5 on the eight-meters in the second half. UNC held a 12-7 edge in draw controls, including 6-2 in the second half.

UNC’s goalies combined for 10 saves while Virginia freshman Rachel Vander Kolk (Severna Park, Md.) logged five.

Virginia will play three of its next four games at home at Klöckner Stadium, beginning by hosting No. 14 Loyola on Wednesday, March 11 at 7 p.m.

Single-game reserved seats are available for all women’s home games for $7. Single-game general admission adult tickets for women’s home games are $5, while youth (18 and under), seniors (60 and over), and UVa faculty and staff tickets are $4 each.