April 16, 2013
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The No. 16 Virginia women's lacrosse team (7-8, 0-4 ACC) closes out the regular season hosting Virginia Tech (8-5, 0-3 ACC) on Wednesday, April 17 at 7 p.m. at Klöckner Stadium in Charlottesville.
Note: Due to the Big Auto Roundup event at John Paul Jones Arena, parking will not be available in the JPJA surface lot or garage. Parking will be available in the U-Hall South & Cage Lots, McCue East Lot, and Emmet/Ivy Garage. Parking Map
Virginia has only lost once to Virginia Tech, a 10-9 overtime game last season in Blacksburg. The Cavaliers hold a 17-1 record in the series and are a perfect 9-0 against the Hokies in Charlottesville.
Both teams are looking for their first ACC victory of the season, but Virginia Tech still has one more conference game left this season. The Hokies host Maryland on April 20. Virginia only has one season in its history when the team failed to win at least one ACC contest, going 0-3 in conference games in 2001. The Cavaliers were 1-4 in the ACC two years ago during the 2011 campaign when they finished the season 9-9 after losing in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
The winner of the Virginia/Virginia Tech game will be the No. 5 seed in the tournament and will take on the No. 4 seed, Duke, in the opening round game on Thursday, April 25. The loser between UVa/Va Tech will earn the No. 6 seed, taking on No. 3 Boston College in the first-round game.
Since 2010, Virginia is 24-2 against unranked opponents. In addition to the loss last season against unranked Virginia Tech, UVa lost at then-unranked Boston College earlier this season.
Virginia Tech is 0-3 this season against ranked opponents. Since 2010, the Hokies are 2-22 against ranked teams, with 22 of the 24 games being contests against ACC opponents. In addition to the OT win over No. 7 Virginia last year, Tech also had an upset win over No. 16 Boston College in 2011 in Blacksburg. The last time Virginia Tech upset a ranked opponent on the road was a 5-4 victory at No. 18 George Mason in 2004.
Virginia Tech comes into the game having won five of its last six games while UVa is 2-4 in its last six games. Virginia is coming off a 9-8 loss to No. 20 Johns Hopkins the fourth one-goal loss of the season for the Cavaliers. Virginia Tech had been slated to play Delaware State on Saturday, April 13, but the game was cancelled.
The game will be the fifth time that Virginia has played a game on a Wednesday evening this year, with the Cavaliers a perfect 4-0 record. Virginia Tech is 3-1 this season in Wednesday games, including a 15-6 win over Liberty on April 3 and a 14-8 victory over Longwood on April 10.
Virginia is averaging 10.67 goals per game while Virginia Tech scores 12.08 per game. Virginia averages 9.8 turnovers per game, the lowest average among ACC teams. Virginia Tech is fifth in the ACC, averaging 12.54 per game. Virginia Tech is second in the ACC, averaging 15.69 groundballs per game while UVa averages 13.20 per game.
Virginia Tech's Megan Will is third in the ACC in goals per game (2.92) and the Hokies' Brooke Martin is eighth, averaging 2.38 per game. Casey Bocklet (So., South Salem, N.Y.) is ninth in goals per game (2.07). VT's Kelly Naslonski is third in the ACC, averaging 1.30 assists per game while Bocklet is sixth at 1.13 and Ashlee Warner (Jr., Corning, N.Y.) ranks eighth (1.07).
Bocklet, who had an assist against Johns Hopkins, continues to lead UVa in goals (31), assists (17) and points (48).
Courtney Swan (So., Vero Beach, Fla.) won five draw controls against Hopkins. Swan is ranked third in the ACC and 30th in the NCAA, averaging 3.73 per game. In the last three games, Swan is averaging 5.0 draws per game.
Swan, who knocked the ball out of the Johns Hopkins goalie's stick to pick up a caused turnover, a ground ball and score a goal, has caused at least one turnover in each of the last four games. Swan now leads the team in ground balls with 20 this season.
Swan is third on the team in scoring with 22 goals. She has scored two goals in each of the last three games and has scored at least one goal in all but two games this season.
Morgan Stephens (So., Olney, Md.) snapped her season-long points streak against Hopkins. Stephens has picked up at least one ground ball in each of the last five games. Seven of her 14 ground balls this season have come during that span.
Maddy Keeshan (Jr., Greenwich, Ct.) caused four turnovers against Johns Hopkins. She has caused seven turnovers in the last two games.
Single-game tickets to Virginia lacrosse games are $8 (adult general admission) and $6 (youth, senior, faculty/staff general admission). Tickets may be ordered in person at Bryant Hall with a major credit card, by phone at (800) 542-8821 or online. Advance ticket sales end three hours prior to the game. Tickets are also available on game day at the Klöckner Stadium ticket windows beginning one hour prior to the game.