No. 6 UVA Outlasted by No. 10 Penn State in Thriller
The No. 6 Virginia women’s lacrosse team (2-3) couldn’t fulfill a late rally and fell 14-15 to No. 10 Penn State (3-1) in a back and forth clash on Sunday afternoon. UVA has faced four top 10 opponents in their first five games of the season.
The game opened with Dana Boyle connecting on a pair of back-to-back goals in the first five minutes. Penn State responded with a goal, but Morgan Stephens countered with an impressive weak-side blast.
The Nittany Lions bounced back to sink two shots and tie the game. Courtney Swan fired a goal in the upper net to once again give the Cavs a lead. Penn State reacted with two quick scores before the Cavaliers burst for a 4-0 run to end the half.
Caroline McTiernan netted two goals, while Ashlee Warner and Daniela Eppler had one apiece. The first half ended with a UVA lead of 8-5 and a clear hold on the momentum.
However, the second half began with a revitalized Penn State exploding for 6 straight goals in the first ten minutes, to give the Nittany Lions an 11-8 lead. UVA was finally able to get on the board in the second half after Anne Thomas notched a goal with a pass from Dana Boyle, to commence a four goal spurt from the Cavs.
Ashlee Warner wrapped around the crease to bring the Cavs within one, and Casey Bocklet tied the game at 11-all with a crease roll of her own. Courtney Swan fed Ashlee Warner to help the Cavs finally regain the lead.
Penn State then surged for another rally, scoring four fast goals to expand their lead to 15-12 with 5 minutes left. Dana Boyle netted her third goal of the day with 3 minutes left to try to start a late comeback. Casey Bocklet connected with less than 2 minutes left to bring the Cavaliers within one goal, but UVA was not able to keep possession and the Nittany Lions held the ball to end the game with a final score of 14-15.
Dana Boyle and Ashlee Warner led the scoring with 3 goals each. Casey Bocklet and Caroline McTiernan added 2, while Morgan Stephens, Courtney Swan, Anne Thomas, and Daniela Eppler rounded out the scoring with a goal apiece.
Casey Bocklet commanded the assists’ column with 3, with Dana Boyle, Morgan Stephens, and Courtney Swan each tallying one.
Virginia controlled the shot attempts 36-30, while narrowly gaining an edge in ground balls 17-15 and draw controls 16-15.
The Cavaliers next take on No. 3 UNC on March 9th in Chapel Hill.
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