Tigers to host Cavaliers in Top-Five Showdown Saturday


CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The second-ranked Cavaliers travel to Princeton, N.J., for a 1 p.m. contest against the No. 4 Princeton Tigers Saturday afternoon. The contest will be the third time this season that Virginia (6-1, 2-1 ACC) has been involved in a top-five match-up, the second of such on the road.

Virginia opened its home season hosting No. 4 Syracuse, who brought an unblemished record into the contest, but left with a 13-8 loss. Three days later the Cavaliers dropped a 5-8 decision to No. 5 Maryland in College Park.

Princeton brings an undefeated 5-0 record to the Class of 1952 Stadium. Virginia is 4-6 all-time when the two teams face-off in Princeton, N.J., but the Cavaliers hold the all-time advantage in the series at 14-12, thanks to two wins last season.

Despite dropping a 19-10 decision to the Cavaliers in the first round of last season’s NCAA Tournament, the Tigers opened this season ranked eighth nationally. Wins over Johns Hopkins, Rutgers, Duke, Penn State and James Madison helped move the Tigers up to No. 4 nationally.

Ashley Amo leads the attack with 17 points on six goals and a team-high 11 assists. Holly McGarvie leads the midfield with 10 goals, 15 ground balls and 10 caused turnovers. In goal, Kaitlyn Perrelle is allowing 9.74 goals per game, while stopping .455 percent of shots faced.

Katie Lewis-Lamonica was named the WomensLax.com Player of the Week this week, as she scored two goals in the Tigers’ 7-6 victory over Penn State, including the go-ahead goal with just over 15 minutes remaining in the contest. She also notched seven goals in Princeton’s upset win over No. 3 Duke.

Junior Blair Weymouth was also honored for her contributions on the field last week. Weymouth was named the ACC Player of the Week after tallying a season-high seven points on four goals and three assists in Virginia’s 16-5 win over No. 7 North Carolina.

Junior Ashley McCulloch leads the Cavaliers and the league in assists this season. She is averaging 2.43 helpers per game. Senior Kendall McBrearty also tops the league in statistical categories. The goalie is stopping .514 percent of shots faced while only letting in 7.43 goals per game, a conference best in both categories.

Virginia is coming off its best performance of the season, in a 16-5 victory over the Tar Heels. McBrearty stopped 10 shots in the final 30 minutes to lead Virginia to the dominating win.

Up next, the Cavaliers will return to Charlottesville to host James Madison in a 7 p.m. contest on Wednesday evening, before traveling to Durham, N.C., for an ACC match-up on Saturday at 1 p.m., with Duke.

Livestats to the Princeton game can be found here, while a link to a webcast will be made available here at the beginning of the game.