For the second straight year, the Virginia women's lacrosse team has been eliminated by an ACC opponent in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.
On Sunday, the Cavaliers' season ended with an 11-9 loss to seventh-seed Duke in Durham. Virginia's season ends with an 11-8 record.
The Cavaliers led by as many three goals midway through the first half, before Duke rallied to tie the game 7-7 at half. Virginia was able to erase a two-goal deficit early in the second half to tie it 9-9, but Maddy Morrison's go-ahead goal with 15:44 on the clock proved to be the game winner.
The Blue Devils held Virginia scoreless for the game's final 17 minutes, and added an insurance goal from Kim Wenger with 2:47 to play.
Duke held Virginia's leading scorer, senior attacker Josie Owen, to just one goal in her final college game. The Cavaliers were led by attacker Katie Slater, who finished with a game-high four goals.
Virginia has played in 17 consecutive NCAA Tournaments, but this marks the second straight year the Cavaliers were eliminated in the first round. Last year they lost their NCAA opener 15-7 at North Carolina.
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