February 18, 2012
The No. 10 Virginia women's lacrosse team opened its 2012 season with a victory over No. 7 Loyola, 14-9, Saturday afternoon at Klöckner Stadium. Senior attacker Ainsley Baker matched a career-high with five goals and fellow senior Josie Owen added one goal and set a career-high with six assists.
"Really lots of players made big plays, the defense made some big stops there and then we just chipped away and really stayed composed throughout the course of the game and that was something we really needed to see," Head Coach Julie Myers said.
Virginia won its season-opening game for the first time since the 2009 season and avenged two-consecutive losses at the hands of the Greyhounds in the 2010 and 2011 season-openers.
Freshman Courtney Swan scored her first collegiate goal and the Cavaliers’ first of the season 57 seconds into the contest to put Virginia up 1-0.
Loyola took a 5-4 lead but in the remaining 10 minutes of the first half, UVa out-scored the Greyounds 3-1 and took a 6-5 lead into the halftime break.
In the second half, Baker and Owen connected on back-to-back-to-back Virginia scores to give UVa a commanding 9-5 lead at the 19:50 mark. Virginia scored six unanswered goals to essentially close the door on Loyola with 10:07 left in the game.
"We always knew they were our first game of the season and we've lost to them the last two years so it was really, really, really good to win today and especially coming out and scoring 14 goals," Baker said.
Virginia held a 29-27 advantage in shots. The Cavaliers next host Richmond on Wednesday.
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