#9 UVa Women's Lacrosse Drops ACC Opener against #2 Syracuse
Maddy Keeshan scored 3 goals against Syracuse
Second-ranked Syracuse went on two 4-0 scoring runs to beat #9 Virginia 18-14 in each team's ACC opener Sunday afternoon at Klockner Stadium.
UVa head Coach Julie Myers said, "I do think competing against the best early on and never being able to take a break, or your mind off the target, can play to our advantage, as long as we coach it right, and we stay positive. As tough as it is right now to be 1-3, we need to make sure that we're solution oriented and positive, and that we keep believing in ourselves and in our team."
Virginia junior Courtney Swan, racked up six point for the 'Hoos, with four goals and a pair of assists.
Swan has scored at least a hat trick in all four games this season.
All three of the 'Hoos losses this season were against teams ranked in the Top-10.
"It's crazy," said Swan. "I think we have the toughest schedule in the nation. It's a tough schedule, but that's why we all came here. We have great players, and I'd rather play the best teams week in and week out."
Senior captain Maddy Keeshan also had a hat trick with three goals.
Syracuse won the battles of shots (34-32), ground balls (26-22) and fouls (29-2).
UVa won the matchups in draw controls (19-15) and saves (9-7).
The Cavaliers (1-3, 0-1 ACC) will host #8 Penn State at Klockner Stadium next Sunday at noon.
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