No. 5 UVa Women's Lax Rallies to Beat No. 10 Loyola 12-9
University of Virginia Athletics Media Release
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 5 Virginia women’s lacrosse team (7-2) outscored No. 10 Loyola (3-3) 8-2 in the second half to comeback for the 12-9 win on Wednesday night at Klöckner Stadium.
UVA finished the game on a 6-0 run, with senior Avery Shoemaker (Wyndmoor, Pa.) and junior Sammy Mueller (Pelham, N.Y.) each scoring two goals in that span. The Cavaliers held the Greyhounds without a goal for the final 21:55 of the game.
Mueller led Virginia with four goals, while Shoemaker finished with three for another hat trick. Senior Maggie Jackson (Alexandria, Va.) had two goals with one assist and a team-high seven draw controls. Freshman Lillie Kloak (Ridgewood, N.J.) scored two goals and junior Nora Bowen (Lovettsville, Va.) had one goal.
Virginia had the edge in draw controls (13-10), shots (27-23), caused turnovers (10-5) and free position goals (4-0). UVA also had just 11 turnovers to 16 for Loyola. Three players finished with two goals for the Greyhounds.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Virginia was on the board first with a goal by Bowen, but Loyola scored the next five goals to take a 5-1 lead with 11:00 to go in the first. UVA cut the lead to two twice, but Loyola took a 7-4 lead into halftime. Loyola jumped on the board first in the second half, but Virginia responded with back-to-back goals by Jackson and Shoemaker. Loyola scored its final goal of the game at 21:55 in the second half. Virginia closed the game on a 6-0 run to take the win.
FROM HEAD COACH JULIE MYERS
“Such an important win. Loyola is such a great team, and I thought in the first half they did a phenomenal job with draw controls and then really controlling their way when they went and played offense. They could drive very well and then all their feeds were open as well, so that really gave us fits in the first half. We came out stronger in the second half but really made a difference just winning that draw and giving our team a few more opportunities to go to goal. Our big players made huge plays all over the field, so when it was their turn to shine, they really stepped up and took advantage of their opportunity. The whole team was able to pull through and come up with a win.”
- Mueller and Shoemaker each had their fifth hat tricks of the season.
- Mueller had a team-high three caused turnovers and added two ground balls.
- Jackson led UVA with seven draws and added a caused turnover and two ground balls.
- Junior Charlie Campbell (Lloyd Harbor, N.Y.) had eight saves, including four in the final 20 minutes of the game. Campbell also led the Cavaliers with four ground balls and added two caused turnovers.
- It was the fourth multiple-goal game for Kloak.
Virginia remains home to host No. 20 Notre Dame on Saturday, March 16 at noon at Klöckner Stadium.