Big Second Half Helps Virginia Oust ODU
from press release
NORFOLK, Va. - The No. 9 Virginia women's lacrosse team played a dominant second half to earn a 16-12 victory at Old Dominion.
Leading by a single goal at the break, Virginia scored the first six goals of the second half to push out to a 14-7 lead.
Kelly Boyd (Fr., Baltimore, Md.) scored the first goal of her collegiate career with 8:41 left in the first half. She finished the game as one of four Cavaliers to register a hat trick in the contest.
Virginia took advantage of Old Dominion fouls, scoring three man-up goals and five free position goals on eight opportunities.
"Every time we come to Old Dominion, it is a good battle," said Virginia head coach Julie Myers. "The draw controls tonight were huge. Any time we can win that many extra possessions, I think it goes a long way."
Virginia won the first seven draw controls of the game, using the advantage to jump out to a 4-2 lead. After Old Dominion tied the game, 4-4, on a free position shot with 9:01 left in the first half, Boyd scored on a free position shot on the opposite end to give UVa a 5-4 advantage.
Old Dominion scored back-to-back goals to take a 6-5 lead with 6:12 remaining. A free position goal from Ashlee Warner (Jr., Corning, N.Y.) knotted the game, 6-6. Back-to-back goals from Boyd put the Cavaliers up, 8-6.
The Monarchs scored a goal with 9.3 seconds left in the half to go into the break trailing 8-7.
Morgan Stephens (So., Olney, Md.) scored back-to-back goals to start the second half. Casey Bocklet (So., South Salem, N.Y.) whipped in a shot from the left side with 22:54 left in the game to increase the Virginia lead to 11-7.
Courtney Swan (Vero Beach, Fla.) took a pass from Warner to score a man-up goal with 20:22 remaining. On the ensuing draw control, the Monarchs had another player earn a yellow card, setting up a second-straight man-up opportunity for the Cavaliers. Bocklet scored with an assist from Warner.
Trailing 14-7, Old Dominion scored its first goal of the second half with 8:23 remaining. Nine seconds later, Swan took a feed from Bocklet to push the Cavalier lead back out to seven.
In addition to Boyd, Warner, Bocklet and Swan each logged a hat trick. Bocklet and Warner also had two assists apiece in addition to their three-goals.
Goalkeeper Liz Colgan (Jr., Cockeysville, Md.), making her third start in place of the injured Kim Kolarik (Sr., Riva, Md.), logged 13 saves, including eight in the second half.
Virginia won the draw control battle, 21-9, with Stephens controlling six. Daniela Eppler (So., Baltimore, Md.) won five draw controls.
With the win, Virginia improves to 6-5 (0-3 ACC). Old Dominion falls to 3-7 (1-0 CAA).
The Cavaliers continue their current three-game road trip by traveling to Boston College for a game on Saturday, March 30 at 1 p.m. They close out the trip on Tuesday, April 2 at American at 4 p.m. in Washington, D.C.
The Cavaliers close out the regular-season with three home games against Northwestern (April 7), Johns Hopkins (April 11) and Virginia Tech (April 17).
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