Tough Road Schedule Ahead for Cavaliers


CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. The No. 2 Virginia women’s lacrosse team will travel to College Park, Md., for a 7 p.m. ACC contest against the Maryland Terrapins on Tuesday, March 4. The game will be televised by CSTV.

The Terrapins are 29-16 all-time against Virginia, and of the Cavaliers’ 45 opponents, Maryland is one of only three that holds a winning record against the Cavs. New Hampshire, 2-0, is the only team that Virginia has faced yet never beat, while West Chester holds a 2-1 edge against the Cavaliers.

When the Terrapin series is played in College Park, Maryland is 11-4. And although the Terrapins account for one-fifth of Virginia’s all-time losses, the Cavaliers currently hold a seven-game win streak against Maryland, all in the past four years.

The two squads met twice last season, with Virginia coming out on top of both contests. Maryland visited Charlottesville in March, a match-up that saw the Cavaliers come out on top 15-4. The third-seeded Cavaliers then upset top-seeded Maryland in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament in April.

Maryland most recently dropped a tough 14-13 loss to No. 3 Duke, in Durham. The Blue Devils scored the game-winner with just three ticks left on the clock to beat the then-No. 5 Terrapins. Kelly Kasper leads Maryland with 12 goals and seven assists this season. Lauren Cohen has also tallied 12 goals, while Dana Dobbie has 10 scores and 16 draw controls.

In cage for the Terrapins, Allie Buote is letting in 9.96 goals per game and stopping .370 percent of shots faced.

For the Cavaliers, junior Ashley McCulloch leads the attack with 14 points. She’s tallied five goals and distributed nine assists. Both senior Megan O’Malley and sophomore Brittany Kalkstein have notched eight goals.

Senior Kendall McBrearty leads the defense with 6.99 GAA and a .524 save percentage. Kalkstein has won 11 draw controls and scooped up nine ground balls, both team-highs

In Virginia’s 13-8 victory over then No. 4 Syracuse, junior Blair Weymouth, playing in her 2008 debut, notched five goals to lead the Hoos. Kalkstein scored four to mark her 50th career goal, while McCulloch dished out four assists.

The Cavaliers (3-0, 1-0 ACC) are currently beginning a three-game road tilt, which will see them play at Penn State and William & Mary next. Virginia will face the Nittany Lions in State College, Pa., on March 7 at 5 p.m., before visiting Williamsburg, Va., to take on the Tribe in a 7 p.m. contest on March 12.