Virginia Women's Lax Comeback Falls Short at Princeton

March 17, 2012

The 10th-ranked Virginia women's lacrosse team was edged
on the road by No. 16 Princeton, 9-7, on Saturday at Sherrerd
Field. Senior attacker Josie Owen led the Cavaliers with two goals and two assists. The loss dropped Virginia's record to 4-4 overall.

In addition to Owen's four points, Virginia midfielder Julie Gardner had a goal and an assist, while Katie Slater, Ainsley Baker, Liza Blue and Kelsey Gahan each scored one goal for UVa.

The teams traded goals to open the first half, with Princeton striking first at the 27:34 mark on a Cassie Pyle goal. Virginia countered less than two minutes later, as Gardner found the back of the net off of a pass from behind the goal by Owen.

Virginia's second goal of the game was a free position goal by Gahan - her first collegiate goal. Slater and Blue also had goals for UVa while Owen added another assist but the Cavaliers and Tigers were knotted 4-4 at halftime.

Forced to play catch-up down 7-4, Virginia got a goal from Owen at the 19:32 mark on a free position shot to pull within two goals at 7-5.

After another Tiger goal, Virginia cut the deficit to two goals again with 4:07 to play on an Owen goal. On the ensuing draw control, freshman Morgan Stephens earned possession for the Cavaliers but Gardner's
point-blank shot was saved by Tiger goalkeeper Annie Woehling.

Virginia goalkeeper Kim Kolarik took the loss and registered four saves in defeat. Virginia out-shot Princeton, 27-21, and held a 20-19 advantage in ground balls.

Up next, Virginia returns home to host No. 20 James Madison on Wednesday.

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