With one regular season game to go before the start of the ACC Tournament, it is time to look back at the season the Virginia Women's lacrosse team has had so far and what still lies ahead.
Through fifteen games, the Cavaliers sit at 7-8, with all but one of their losses coming to ranked opponents. After opening the season with an upset of then no. 6 Loyola (Maryland), Virginia followed it up with another victory, this time over in state rival Richmond.
The next four games did not fare as well for the Wahoos, as they faced the number 1, 2, 3, and 10th ranked teams in the nation in Maryland, Syracuse, North Carolina, and Penn State. In the matches with Syracuse (10-9), Penn State (15-14), and North Carolina (8-7), the Cavaliers were ahead or tied late in the second half before losing one-goal heart breakers.
Virginia righted the ship and won their next three before losing to Duke and Boston College in ACC play. The Cavaliers occupy the bottom spot in the ACC standings with a 0-4 record in conference. Virginia Tech is the only other team to have no wins in conference play, resting at 0-3. The two Commonwealth squads will battle this coming Wednesday for seeding for the upcoming ACC Tournament Quarterfinals.
Last week, the Wahoos lost to perennial powerhouse Northwestern at home and dropped another one goal heart breaker to Johns Hopkins. Despite their losing record, Virginia still sits at no. 15 in the deBeer Women's Media Poll.
Second year Casey Bocklet leads the Cavaliers in points with 31 goals and 17 assists. Bocklet, a transfer from Northwestern, is in fact the little sister of former Wahoo Chris Bocklet of Virginia Men's Lacrosse fame.
Third year attacker Ashlee Warner has contributed 29 goals and 16 assists this season, after seeing playing time in only three games and notching zero points in her first two years. She was sidelined with injury after only one game last season.
Midfielder Courtney Swan has been fantastic for possession this year with a team leading 56 draw controls and 20 ground balls.
Goalies Kim Kolarik and Liz Colgan have seen similar amounts of playing time over the course of the season, but third year Colgan has started the last seven games. She has an 8.51 goals against average and carries a 45.8% save percentage.
This year's match up with Virginia Tech is bigger than most, not only because of Virginia's need for an all important conference win. Last year, the Hokies snagged their first ever victory over the Wahoos, in a dramatic overtime finish, so expect the home team to come out looking for vengeance when the two meet this Wednesday at Klockner field at 7pm.
Stay tuned for another recap during the ACC Tournament, and check out Virginia's stats and schedule here.