March 19, 2013
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - For the second time in as many weeks, the No. 9 Virginia women's lacrosse team (4-4, 0-2 ACC) will play a Wednesday night game against a Colonial Athletic Association opponent, taking on No. 19/17 James Madison (5-1, 0-0 CAA) on March 20 at 7 p.m. in Harrisonburg, Va.
Last Wednesday, Virginia defeated William & Mary, 18-5, and closed out the weekend with a 9-7 victory over Princeton on Saturday.
James Madison is coming off a 9-8 overtime victory at Loyola on Saturday (March 16). The Dukes rallied from a 4-0 halftime deficit to trail 7-6 late in the game. Amy Roguski scored the game-tying goal with 15 seconds remaining in regulation. JMU's Ali Curwin scored the game-winning goal with nine seconds remaining in the second overtime period. Loyola had a shot to tie the game with one second remaining, but Schylar Healy made the save to secure the victory.
The victory over No. 11 Loyola was JMU's second game this season against a top-20-ranked team. The Dukes fell 13-12 at No. 7 Penn State on March 6.
The victory at Loyola also helped James Madison earn a top-20 ranking for the first time this season. The Dukes have gone from earning votes to being ranked No. 17 in the deBeer/ Inside Lacrosse media poll and 19 in the IWLCA poll. Virginia moved up to No. 9 in this week's deBeer/Inside Lacrosse media poll after being ranked No. 11 last week and remained at No. 9 in the IWLCA poll for a second-straight week.
Virginia holds a 28-12-1 advantage in the series and has won 10 of the last 12 games between the two teams, but the Dukes have won two of the last three. JMU won 10-9 in Charlottesville in 2010 when the Dukes were ranked No. 20 and Virginia ranked No. 5. The No. 11 Dukes defeated the No. 12 Cavaliers, 16-14, in 2011, UVa's last trip to Harrisonburg.
Since 2010, the Cavaliers are 10-2 against CAA teams, with both losses coming at the hands of James Madison.
The Dukes and Cavaliers also scrimmaged against one another on Oct. 3 during 2012 "fall ball" training.
This will be the fifth game for the Cavaliers this season against a ranked opponent. Virginia is 1-4 against teams ranked in the top-20 with its sole win coming at then-No. 6 Loyola, 10-9.
Casey Bocklet (So., South Salem, N.Y.) leads Virginia in points (32), goals (23) and assists (9). She is fourth among all ACC players in points and 25th in the NCAA rankings. She ranks third in the ACC goals per game (2.88) and fifth in assists per game (1.12). Among all NCAA Division I players, she is 29th in goals per game and 56th in total assists.
Bocklet has scored no fewer than two goals in every game this season and has logged an assist in each of the last four games. She had a season-high six points against William & Mary with five goals and an assist. She has a team-leading four hat tricks this season. She is shooting .500 with her 23 goals coming on 46 shots.
Ashlee Warner (Jr., Corning, N.Y.) also ranks in the top-10 in the ACC in points per game, averaging 2.88.
Courtney Swan (So., Vero Beach, Fla.) ranks 34th in the NCAA and third in the ACC in draw controls per game. Swan scored at least one goal in Virginia's first seven games, but snapped the streak against Princeton on a pair of shots. Swan scored a season-high four goals against William & Mary.
Despite starting just one game this season, Dana Boyle (Jr., Londonderry, N.H.), is third on the team in points with 16. Boyle has scored in each of the last four games, including logging hat tricks against Penn State and William & Mary. She has made the game-winning goal against Loyola and Princeton.
Caroline McTiernan (Sr., Garden City, N.Y.) has scored in seven of Virginia's eight games this season, netting nine goals. McTiernan scored the game-winner against Richmond and William & Mary.
Kim Kolarik (Sr., Riva, Md.) logged 10 saves against Princeton, the second time this season she has tallied double-digit saves in a game. In the last three games, Kolarik has a 7.0 goals-against average. For the season, she is allowing 10.3 per game.
Liz Colgan (Jr., Cockeysville, Md.) played 30 minutes against William & Mary, allowing two goals while making five saves.
Virginia will be back at Klöckner Stadium on Saturday, March 23 when it hosts No. 6 Duke at 1 p.m.
Single-game tickets to Virginia lacrosse games are $8 (adult general admission) and $6 (youth, senior, faculty/staff general admission). Tickets may be ordered in person at Bryant Hall with a major credit card, by phone at (800) 542-8821 or online. Advance ticket sales end three hours prior to the game. Tickets are also available on game day at the Klöckner Stadium ticket windows, subject to availability, beginning one hour prior to the game.