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State of the Program - Women’s Lacrosse

Virginia hasn’t made Championship Weekend since 2014, but the Hoos have some promising returning talent.

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After four seasons of not making it out of the NCAA tournament second round, the Virginia Women’s Lacrosse team moved on to the quarterfinals this season before falling to North Carolina. The Hoos finished the 2018-19 season with a 13-7 (3-4 ACC) record, losing conference games to the hyper-talented No. 3 North Carolina and No. 1 Boston College, as well as a one-goal game to No. 20 Notre Dame and road loss to No. 4 Syracuse.

While the Hoos have been middle of the pack in the ACC — Virginia hasn’t finished better than third since 2010 — Coach Julie Myers has taken her squad to the postseason each of the 24 years she’s been at the helm.

Just outside the scope of the five year results below is the last time the Cavaliers moved beyond the NCAA tournament Quarterfinals. The Hoos made the semifinal game in 2014, the furthest they have been since winning it all in 2004.

UVA Women’s Lacrosse Five Year Results

Five Year Results

Year Record ACC Record; Rank Postseason Result
Year Record ACC Record; Rank Postseason Result
2018-2019 13-7 3-4; ACC Quarterfinals NCAA Quarterfinals
2017-2018 10-10 4-3; ACC Quarterfinals NCAA Second Round
2016-2017 13-9 4-3; ACC Semifinals NCAA Second Round
2015-2016 9-9 3-4; ACC Quarterfinal NCAA First Round
2014-2015 12-7 4-3; ACC Quarterfinal NCAA Second Round

2019 Recap

2019 Stars: Avery Shoemaker, Maggie Jackson, Sammy Mueller, Lillie Kloak, Chloe Jones, Charlie Campbell, Nora Bowen

As mentioned above, the Cavaliers finished with a 13-7 record and placed fifth in the ACC. One-goal losses at North Carolina and against Notre Dame hurt their conference standings, but no one was going to challenge Boston College for supremacy in the ACC.

The Hoos ran the commonwealth with wins over William & Mary, Richmond, JMU, George Mason, and Virginia Tech. Virginia earned the 6-seed in the NCAA tournament, but fell to third-seeded North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

Fourth year Avery Shoemaker led the Cavaliers in goals with 52, with third year Sammy Mueller close on her heels with a team-high 72 points thanks to 48 goals and 24 assists. Maggie Jackson dished 37 assists and added 34 goals on the season. That trio earned All-ACC honors, with Mueller and Jackson making the first team.

Charlie Campbell took over in cage, notching a 45% save percentage on the season, 6th in the ACC. While Virginia gave up an average of 11 goals per game, Campbell led the conference in saves per game with nine.

2020 Outlook

Key Returners: Sammy Mueller, Lillie Kloak, Chloe Jones, Charlie Campbell, Ashlyn McGovern, Lauren Martin, Kiki Shaw

This is Mueller’s team in 2020. Coach Meyers returns a player that earned a spot on the All-ACC First Team in a super competitive year in the conference. She was a Tewaaraton Award nominee, and led the ACC in ground balls (2.85 per game). Mueller also finished 8th in the ACC in draw controls last season, averaging 4.0 draw controls per game. Her performance on the circle will be huge for the Hoos as Jackson and her team-high 94 draw controls will be gone.

The defense will have holes to fill with the graduation of Sophie Alecce and Kaitlin Luzik, but Virginia can build around players like Lauren Martin and Ashley Stilo.

Myers brings in six new recruits, led by midfielder Kiki Shaw out of Maryland. Shaw is rated a five-star recruit by IL Women, and recently played in the Under Armour All-America game. Virginia’s 2019 class is ranked No. 19 nationally by ILWomen, and the 2020 class will bring in three more players that are currently five-star rated.