Juniors Charlie Finnigan, Julie Gardner and Ainsley Baker had two goals a piece for the Cavaliers, but that was not enough to take on an experienced Loyola squad Saturday afternoon, as Virginia dropped its season opener, 15-8.
Loyola jumped off to an early 1-0 lead just 37 seconds into play, before the Cavaliers scored two unanswered goals to take a 2-1 lead. Unfortunately for the Hoos, it would be their only lead of the game, as the Greyhounds would go on to score three straight.
"That was about what we expected in terms of opening a season against a great opponent," head coach Julie Myers said. "I think Loyola did a great job and their seniors really played like seniors that had a lot of experience under their belts. When the time was right to rip a shot, they nailed their fair share of them."
Worth noting for curiosity's sake rather than as an excuse is that both teams had to face 50 mph winds on Saturday, as Loyola's Ridley Athletic Complex is sitting atop a hill. At one point, a gust of wind blew one of the goal cages out of position. Players were coached to shorten passes so as to keep the balls under control.