The Virginia women's lacrosse team posted a 12-6 victory over Penn Friday afternoon at Georgetown University's Multi-Sport Field in the first round of the 2013 NCAA Division I Women's Lacrosse Championship.
Casey Bocklet scored four goals to lead the Cavaliers, who used an 8-0 that spanned both halves to earn the win.
With the win, UVa advances to the second round of the 2013 NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championship and will face host and No. 6-seed Georgetown Sunday at 1:00 p.m. at Multi-Sport Field.
“This victory is a huge relief,” said head coach Julie Myers. “You do so many things to try to get to May and keep May going for as long as you can. The players have done a great job stepping up to challenges and playing well as a team. We are super-excited to have beaten the Ivy League champion. Penn is a great team, so that is great confidence and momentum for us heading into Sunday’s Georgetown game.”
The Cavaliers took an early 2-0 lead on goals by Caroline McTiernan and Liza Blue in the game's first two minutes.
Penn tied it at 2-2 on a free position shot by junior Tory Bensen at the 15:42 mark in the first half and held its first and only lead of the game at 4-3 when senior Caroline Bunting scored off a helper from freshman Nina Corcoran.
Virginia closed out the half with three goals, including scoring a pair in the final minute, totake a 6-4 lead at halftime.
The Cavaliers would run off another five goals, the first two by Blue, to open the second half as part of an 8-0 run that spanned 28:31.
Bunting ended the Quakers' scoreless drought with 4:30 remaining netting her second goal of the game to score her 100th career point. After suffering a hard foul from Virginia senior goalie Kim Kolarik, she notched her fourthpoint of the game finding Corcoran at the top of the 12-meter fan for the uncontested tally with 39 seconds remaining.
Virginia held a 30-20 edge in shots and a 13-7 advantage in draw controls, including 7-2 in the decisive second half. Courtney Swan won seven drawcontrols.
“It was really exciting,” Bocklet said. “We played really well all over the field. Our defense played awesome and was able to capitalize on Penn mistakes and our offense was finishing. It was a great effort. I think we are playing so well together when it matters, so it is exciting. We are looking forward to Sunday.”
Virginia holds a 7-3 edge in the all-time series against Georgetown and is 2-0 in NCAA Tournament games against the Hoyas. The Cavaliers lost the last meeting, 8-7, in Charlottesville, Va. on Apr. 9, 2008.
The Cavaliers and Hoyas last met in the NCAA Tournament on May 21, 2004 in the national semifinals with Virginia prevailing 12-9 in Princeton, N.J. and went on to win the national championship.