The No. 14 Virginia women’s lacrosse team fell 16-11 at No. 8 Duke on Saturday in Durham, N.C. The Cavaliers fell to 4-6 overall and 0-3 in the ACC with the loss.
In a back-and-forth game, Virginia broke the six tie of the contest on an unassisted goal by junior Morgan Stephens with 10:02 remaining, giving the Cavaliers an 11-10 edge, but Duke scored six goals in the final 7:28 of the game, including netting three goals in the last 1:33, to hand the Cavaliers their third conference loss of the season.
“It was another hard loss,” said Virginia head coach Julie Myers. “It was once again a matter of transition. We struggled to move the ball down the field and give our attackers opportunities, but our attackers also failed to capitalize on opportunities. We had some defensive glitches, too. We went in and out of hard pressure on the ball but also sometimes played a little tentative when we were pressuring. I think a little bit of fear and anxiety crept in and we blew an opportunity to pull away. There are lots of things we can work on, so we are looking forward to getting back to practice and fixing some things that are pretty glaringly obvious.”
Junior Liza Blue led the Cavaliers with four goals and five draw controls. Stephens tallied three ground balls and two caused-turnovers to go with her goal.
Next up, The Cavaliers play back-to-back midweek home games, returning to Klöckner Stadium on Wednesday, March 26 when they host Old Dominion at 7 p.m. followed by a Tuesday, April 1 game against American, also at 7 p.m.