#12 UVa. women’s lax tops JMU
Senior attacker Josie Owen (Gibson Island, Md.) set a career high with six goals, freshman attacker Sloan Warren (Philadelphia, Pa.) added five goals and the 12th-ranked Virginia women’s lacrosse team defeated James Madison 13-9 Wednesday (March 21) at Klöckner Stadium.
The win improved Virginia’s record to 5-4 overall and 4-1 at home this season. With the loss, James Madison’s record went to 4-4 on the season. The Cavalier win snapped a two-game JMU win streak in the series.
Owen totaled seven points as she tallied an assist to go with her six goals. Her previous career high was a five-goal effort against George Mason last season.
Warren, meanwhile, scored five goals on six shots. Rounding out the Virginia scoring was Morgan Stephens (Olney, Md.) and Jess Loizeaux (Mullica Hill, N.J.) with one goal apiece and Kelsey Gahan (Cockeysville, Md.) and Julie Gardner (Severna Park, Md.) with one assist each.
Virginia scored the first goal of the game 18 seconds into the game, as Owen was fouled headingtowards the goal and converted the ensuing free position attempt at the 29:42 mark. Warren followed up with a free position goal of her own less than a minute later to put Virginia up, 2-0.
James Madison scored six first-half goals but the Cavaliers were able to maintain that two-goal cushion and led 8-6 at halftime.
In the second half, Virginia out-scored the Dukes 5-3 and Owen and Warren each had two second-half goals. In the second half, James Madison did not get closer than the two goal deficit and UVa prevailed 13-9.
The Cavaliers out-shot JMU, 30-18, and held advantages in ground balls (12-8) and draw controls (15-9).
Owen filled the stat sheet by adding four ground balls and five draw controls – both team-highs.
In goal for Virginia, Kim Kolarik (Riva, Md.) allowed single-digit goals for the third-straight game. She finished with four saves, all in the second half.
Maddy Keeshan (Greenwich, Conn.) had four ground balls in the midfield, while defenders Megan Dunleavy (Fairfax Station, Va.) and Gahan each caused two turnovers.
Up next for Virginia is a road game on Saturday (March 24) at ACC rival Duke. That contest is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.