By Asma Khan, Wahoo Wire
The No. 9 Cavalier women’s lacrosse team claimed another victory Saturday afternoon against the Eagles 12-10. This improved their record to 8-4 overall and 2-2 in the ACC. Boston College fell to 1-3 in the ACC and 5-6 overall.
Although Virginia came through in the end, Boston College dominated possession throughout most of the game and out-shot the Cavaliers 23-19. With 23:22 minutes remaining in the second half, Virginia went on a 5-0 run to bring the score up to 10-8, leaving less than 11 minutes in the game. The two teams took turns scoring points until the Cavaliers totaled 12 points and took the home win.
Sophomore attacker Katie Slater and redshirt senior attacker Ainsley Baker led the Cavaliers with three goals apiece. Freshman attacker Sloan Warren and senior midfielder Julie Gardner were also important contributors to the game with two goals and one assist each. Midfielder Kristin Igoe, a graduate student, had the best performance for the Eagles, tallying three goals on seven shots and adding one assist. Attacker Brooke Blue added three points to the game for Boston College and her and Igoe kept their team in the lead for the first half.
The Eagles had 17 draw controls in the game and the Cavaliers had only seven, showing how much better the opposing team was at controlling starts and possession during the game. The Cavaliers made four saves, three of them by junior goalkeeper Kim Kolarik and one by sophomore Liz Colgan. Kolarik holds the second-best average for saves in the ACC at 6.8 per game. Boston College had five saves, all by freshman Emily Mata. Boston College’s defense formed a difficult barrier for Virginia to cross and forced 11 turnovers, but also committed 22 team fouls over the course of the game.
Virginia moved up from the fourth to the third position in the ACC and stands behind only the nation’s No. 5 and No. 3 teams, North Carolina and Maryland, respectively.
The Cavaliers look to increase their winning streak to five as they takes on Harvard this Monday at Klockner stadium at 7 p.m.