No. 8 Virginia women's lacrosse fell to No. 1 North Carolina, 14-10, Saturday in a Top-10 matchup at Klöckner Stadium. The loss dropped Virginia to 2-4 overall and 0-2 in the ACC.
“A lot of credit goes to Carolina,” said Virginia head coach Julie Myers. “They are a great team and are really deep. They ran us hard. They just played a really fast game and were able to execute better than we did.”
The defending-national champion Tar Heels opened up an 8-6 game by going on a 7-1 run in the second half to hold a 14-7 advantage with 6:42 remaining. The Cavaliers scored the final three goals of the game, including a pair in the final 2:08, to make it a 14-10 deficit.
“In the second half, North Carolina got a lot of momentum and discovered some holes in our defense and finally got their shots to go in,” Myers said. “Our defense and our goalkeeper, Liz, in particular, did a great job really holding them back for much of the game, but they had a short span where they actually found the back of the net. Our energy kind of deflated a little bit when they did that. It was nice to see that we sort of dug in deep after their run and we were able to score the last three of the game, so ending on a high note is a small consolation.”
Virginia senior goalkeeper Liz Colgan made a career-high 22 saves.
Senior Liza Blue and junior Casey Bocklet each logged a hat trick for the Cavaliers, with Bocklet also adding an assist.
At halftime of the matchup, UVa honored the 2004 National Championship team, which was also coached by Myers.
Former attacker Morgan Gill said it was a great chance to bring the team back together, although she says they've all remained closed since their championship season.
"We still are best of friends," Gill said. "Of course, winning the national championship doesn't hurt, but it was such a fun experience and we have so many great friends to take from it."
The 2004 Cavaliers are the last to win a title in women's lacrosse, and Lauren Daue hopes to see UVa bring another title home soon.
"We hope that we're not the last forever," she said. "But we obviously are excited and it's something that it's such a rare and awesome experience, and we'll never forget it. It's meant even more to all of us as we've gotten older."
The current Cavaliers will play a pair of road games next week, taking on William & Mary on Wednesday, March 12 at 7 p.m. in Williamsburg, Va. before heading to Princeton, N.J. to face the Princeton Tigers on Saturday, March 15 at 12 p.m.
The Cavaliers return to Klöckner Stadium on Wednesday, March 19 when they host James Madison at 7 p.m.