No. 11 Virginia held off a late charge by No. 18 Princeton to earn a 13-11 victory in the second round of the 2014 NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Championship. The sixth-seeded Cavaliers (11-8) advance to face third-seeded North Carolina in a quarterfinal game next Saturday in Chapel Hill, N.C.
“We are so excited,” said Virginia head coach Julie Myers. “I think we played a pretty clean game and made our opportunities count just enough against a really, really well-coached, feisty and very aggressive Princeton team. I think they made us work incredibly hard today and really made a game of it. Our draw controls were clutch at key moments. We were able to shoot just accurately enough. I think our defense gave some good Princeton attackers a hard time today.”
Junior Courtney Swan had six points, scoring four goals with a pair of assists. Seniors Maddy Keeshan and Liza Blue each scored a hat trick. Junior Casey Bocklet scored two goals with an assist.
Virginia jumped out to a 4-0 lead with Swan scoring a hat trick in the first ten minutes of the game. The Cavaliers took an 8-4 advantage into halftime after Keeshan scored a free position goal with 33 seconds remaining in the period.
Princeton scored the first two goals of the second half to cut the deficit to two, 8-6. Virginia had four different players score during a 4-0 run that gave the squad a 12-6 lead heading into the final 14 minutes of play. Princeton countered with a 4-0 run of its own.
Keeshan then scored an empty-net goal with 1:42 remaining to give Virginia a three-goal edge and the 'Hoos would hang on from there.
“Princeton, they always come back,” Blue said. “We knew that we needed to keep our composure at the end. We played pretty hard, under the hot conditions, and we were very happy to come out with the win.”