CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 7 Virginia women’s lacrosse team (12-5, 3-4 ACC) closed the game on a 6-0 run to win 13-10 over No. 22 Virginia Tech (8-9, 1-6 ACC) on Senior Day in the Commonwealth Clash Saturday at Klöckner Stadium.
Senior Maggie Jackson (Alexandria, Va.) had six points on a career-high five assists and one goal, while adding a season-best 10 draw controls. Senior Avery Shoemaker (Wyndmoor, Pa.) had four goals and one assist to finish with five points. Junior Nora Bowen (Lovettsville, Pa.) added four goals, including three of the last four.
Virginia led in shots (32-29), ground balls (22-15) and draw controls (16-9). The Cavaliers had 25 turnovers to 12 for Virginia Tech. Both teams finished with 10 saves. Virginia held the Hokies scoreless for the final 19:47 minutes of the game. Emma Harden led VT with four goals.
The teams traded goals early with four ties to start the game. With the game tied 4-4, Virginia Tech closed the first half on a 3-0 run to lead 7-4 at the break. The Hokies scored first out of halftime to lead 8-4 with 27:44 to play. Freshman Lillie Kloak (Ridgewood, N.J.) scored to cut it back to three but VT responded right back to take a 9-5 lead. Shoemaker scored then sophomore Lila Barker (Bryn Mawr, Pa.) scored her first career goal to close the gap to 9-7 with 21:17 on the clock. The Hokies scored their final goal of the game at 19:47. Shoemaker reached a hat trick to begin the 6-0 run. Jackson scored on a free position, then assisted Bowen on back-to-back goals to give UVA its first lead of the game, 11-10. Shoemaker scored another then Bowen and Jackson combined for another score to close the run.