The No. 11 Virginia women’s lacrosse team fell 9-8 to No. 20 Johns Hopkins on a last-second goal Thursday night at Klöckner Stadium.
After trailing 7-4, Virginia tied the game, 8-8, on a free position shot from Caroline McTiernan with 4:23 remaining in the game.
The Blue Jays’ Taylor D’Amore then found Jenna Reifler in front of the net, scoring with 19.5 seconds left on the clock for the game-winner.
Lelan Bailey won the ensuing draw control, but ended up turning the ball over before the Cavaliers could get down on the attack.
“I thought we had great momentum in the end of the second half,” said head coach Julie Myers. “I thought Hopkins played with their backs against the wall. We definitely had the momentum and the opportunities, but we failed to hit multiple shots. The eight meter tonight was not good to us.”
The defeat was Virginia’s fourth one-goal loss of the season and dropped the Wahoos to 7-8 on the year.
“It is really disappointing because I know this team has so much potential,” McTiernan said. “We fought. We really did. We came up short, but we fought to the very last minute. I just wish the outcome could have been different.”
McTiernan scored three goals, posting her first hat trick of the season and the third of her career. Courtney Swan and Dana Boyle each finished with a pair of goals.
Virginia has one game remaining in the regular season. They will host Virginia Tech on Wednesday, April 17 at 7 p.m. on Senior Night with a special ceremony honoring the six fourth-years on the Cavalier squad.