The #11 Virginia women's lacrosse team beat Princeton 9-7 Saturday at Klockner Stadium.
UVA (4-4, 0-2 ACC) jumped out to a 3-0 lead on the Tigers, and were up 7-2 early in the 2nd half.
The Tigers scored four of the next five goals to cut the deficit to 8-6 with 16:15 left, but the Cavaliers were able to hang on behind ten saves from goalie Kim Kolarik.
UVA has now won back-to-back games, after losing four in a row to teams ranked in the Top 10.
Head coach Julie Myers says, "That was a definite advantage for us, having played so many of the Top 10's already. Our back's had been up against the wall before, and we finally had a chance to respond to it, and we did it today. We knew it was going to serve us well."
Sophomore Dana Boyle says, "We recognized how good we actually are as a team, and pulling together will really help us get those wins, and I think that's what we did."
Three of the Wahoos four losses this season were by one goal.
"As Princeton was coming back in the 2nd half, you can't help but wonder, 'Is this going to happen again?'" says Myers. "I think our girls were very resilient, and they all believed, as well as the coaches. We were like, 'Not this time, and not here.'"
Boyle adds, "Losing by one against UNC, and losing by one against Syracuse, really helps, because we know what it feels like to lose by one. That sense of calm, we know what we're doing, and it really helps us to pull through in tough games like this."
Boyle, Casey Bocklet, Morgan Stephens, and Ashlee Warner all scored two goals for Virginia.
UVA returns to action Wednesday at James Madison at 7pm.