Senior Caroline McTiernan played her final game for UVa Saturday
The season came to an end for the Virginia women's lacrosse team Saturday, as the Cavaliers fell 13-9 against #3 North Carolina in the NCAA tournament quarterfinals.
UVa outscored the Tar Heels 7-3 in the second half, and shut out their-high powered attack over the final eighteen minutes, but the 10-2 halftime deficit proved to be too much to overcome.
On the plus side for Virginia, every player who had a goal or an assist in the season finale will be back next year.
Sophomore's Courtney Swan and Liza Blue each scored twice, while freshman Kelly Boyd came off the bench to score three goals on three shots.
Head coach Julie Myers says, "She plays because she doesn't miss very often. In practice, she did a great job. She catches most everything, and is a great shooter. Super-excited to see Kelly, just a first-year, go out with three goals on three shots. Definitely proud of what she's done, and she's going to have a lot of work to do again next year."
"I think it's really upsetting to see the season end, but I had a great experience so far," says Boyd. "It's going to be sad saying goodbye to all the fourth-years, but I think we showed we're capable of a lot, and I'm hopeful for the future."
Coach Myers says the strong second half against UNC was a microcosm of the Cavaliers' season.
"We got our Virginia Sprit back," says Myers. "I think we had kind of gone through the motions a little bit, probably a little more than we realized we were doing. I feel like midway through April, when our backs were really against the wall, we said, 'What are we made of? What do we stand for? What do we want to be known for?' We challenged the fourth-year's in particular to lead in a different direction, and they did just that."
Senior defenseman Megan Dunleavy says, "The team is really your family, through thick and thin. I call Virginia lacrosse my family away from home. I think that's something I'll really cherish, and think back on. I just love UVa."