March 24, 2012
The 12th-ranked Virginia women's lacrosse team earned a 14-12 victory at sixth-ranked Duke on Saturday. The victory, UVa's second-consecutive, improved the Cavaliers' record to 6-4 overall and 1-2 in Atlantic Coast Conference play.
“It was a huge game and Duke is one of the best teams we face all year,” Virginia head coach Julie Myers said. “It was a matter of who had the will to win at the end and our second half was a different story than our first half. Our fourth years really were clutch. Julie Gardner and Josie Owen scored some big goals and Ainsley Baker chipped in as well. The whole team stepped up and rode the energy and emotion and it is a huge win for us.”
Josie Owen was held scoreless in the first half but scored two goals and added three assists in the second half – including on the game-winning goal – to lead UVa with five points.
Katie Slater led UVa with four goals, while Sloan Warren tallied two goals and one assist and Julie Gardner added two goals and an assist. Ainsley Baker scored two goals, including the game-winner with 5:59 left in the game. Liza Blue and Morgan Stephens rounded out Virginia’s scoring with one goal apiece.
Trailing 8-5 at halftime, Virginia opened the second half on a three-goal run and tied the game at 8-8 at the 23:24 mark on Blue’s goal.
The game was tied four more times, including the last tie at 12-12, until Baker broke free in front of the net and finished a pass from behind the goal from Owen for thegame-winning score at the 5:59 mark. Slater added an insurance goal with 5:01 left in the game off of an assist by Warren.
Duke’s Kim Wenger hit pipe on her shot on the other end of the field and UVa goalkeeper Kim Kolarik came up with a big save on another Blue Devil shot to preserve the Virginia lead.
A Virginia turnover with just over a minute to play gave Duke another chance, but the Blue Devils committed a turnover of their own on the other end. Virginia maintained possession and earned the 14-12 victory.