The No. 16 Virginia women's lacrosse team is suddenly surging, thanks to strong play from a couple of seniors on Senior Night.
The Cavaliers (8-6, 2-3 ACC) upset No. 6 Boston College 16-14 Thursday for their fourth-straight win.
“It was really nice to see us start strong, jump out to an early lead and be able to control the tempo of the game,” said Virginia head coach Julie Myers. “We played a little slower than we typically do, but we wanted to beat BC at their own game. They usually average about three minutes per possession. We wanted to make sure we weren’t playing defense for that long, so we wanted to frustrate their attackers by them simply not having the ball. I think it rattled their attack just enough, though they were able to rattle off those goals to end that first half. I think our team really rallied around the fourth-years, who all had big performances.”
Keeshan, one of eight Cavalier seniors honored before the game as part of the annual Senior Night celebration, scored four goals. Fellow senior Blue scored three goals with three assists while also winning five draw controls. Junior Courtney Swan scored four goals with two assists, winning six draws.
Virginia held a 7-2 lead with five minutes left in the first half, but Boston College scored four goals before the break, including scoring with 3.8 seconds left in the period, to go into the break trailing by a point, 7-6.
They then knotted the game 7-7 with 24:11 remaining, the first of four ties in the game. With the score tied 12-12, Blue started a string of four-straight Cavalier goals by scoring off a feed from junior Casey Bocklet with 10:02 remaining. BC cut it to 16-14 late, but senior goalkeeper Liz Colgan made a save on a restart and was able to hold onto the ball until time expired. Colgan finished the game with 10 saves.
The victory was Virginia’s fourth win in a row and second-straight victory over a top-10 team. Virginia earned a 13-8 victory at No. 9 Notre Dame last Saturday.
The Cavaliers finish off the regular season with back-to-back ACC road games beginning with a Sunday, April 13 game at No. 2 Maryland. First draw is scheduled for 1 p.m. Virginia closes out the regular season on Wednesday, April 16 in a 6 p.m. game at Virginia Tech.