April 23, 2013
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Virginia Cavalier women's lacrosse team (8-8, 1-4 ACC), the No. 5 seed in the 2013 Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Lacrosse Championship, will take on fourth-seeded Duke (11-4, 2-3 ACC) in the tournament quarterfinals on Thursday, April 25 at 1 p.m. in Chapel Hill, N.C.
The complete tournament will be broadcast by the league's Regional Sports Networks, which include FOX Sports South, FOX Sports Florida, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, and NESN. Mike Hogewood and Leah Secondo will call the action. The games will also be streamed online on ESPN3.
The winner of the Duke/Virginia game will advance to the semifinals to take on No. 1 Maryland at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 26. The winner of Friday's semifinals games will advance to the championship game on Sunday, April 28, at 5 p.m.
Virginia is looking for its sixth ACC Tournament Championship under head coach Julie Myers after winning the title in 1998, 2004, 2006, 2007, and 2008.
In the three times that the ACC Tournament has been held in Chapel Hill, Virginia has made three trips to the championship game, including winning the title the last two times (2004 and 2007).
This is the first time that Virginia has been the No. 5 seed in the tournament. The lowest seeding for the Cavaliers came in 2011 when they were a No. 6 seed and fell 16-5 in the first round to three-seed North Carolina.
Virginia is ranked No. 19 in the current IWLCA poll, the lowest ranking in the history of the program. Duke moved up to No. 7 in this week's poll after being ranked No. 9 last week. The Cavaliers are 17th in the RPI rankings, while the Blue Devils are ninth.
Virginia is 6-1 in ACC Tournament games against Duke, including victories over the Blue Devils in the 2004 and 2006 finals. UVa's only loss to Duke came in the 2005 Championship game.
Virginia leads the all-time series against Duke, 19-11. The two teams split a pair of games in 2012 with UVa winning 14-12 in the regular season and Duke ending UVa's season in an 11-9 NCAA Tournament first-round game in Durham. In this season's game on March 23, Virginia trailed by only a goal, 6-5, at halftime, but was outscored 7-2 in the final 30 minutes. Duke took 18 shots to Virginia's nine in the second half. Casey Bocklet (So., South Salem, N.Y.) scored two goals with an assist. Ashlee Warner (Jr., Corning, N.Y.) had a goal and an assist. Liz Colgan (Jr., Cockeysville, Md.) logged six saves. Virginia won 13 draw controls, including eight in the first half, while Duke won nine. Morgan Stephens (So., Olney, Md.) and Courtney Swan (So., Vero Beach, Fla.) each won four draws.
Virginia is averaging 10.62 goals per game this season while Duke scores 12.93 per game. The Cavaliers lead the ACC in fewest turnovers per game, 9.88, while the Blue Devils are fourth in the ACC, averaging 10.47 per game. The teams have very similar averages in ground balls, with Virginia averaging 13.31 and Duke 13.27, and draw controls where the Cavaliers average 12.62 to Duke's 12.40.
Warner has scored a goal or had an assist in every game this season and has the longest active goal-scoring streak on the team, having netted at least one goal in each of the last 10 games. Warner ranks seventh in the ACC in assists per game (1.06) and tenth in points per game (2.94).
Swan has scored at least one goal in each of the last four games, with three multi-goal contests, and has logged points in all but one game this season (March 16 vs Princeton). Swan also has won at least four draw controls in each of the last four games. Swan is ranked 4th in the ACC and 32nd in the NCAA in draw controls, averaging 3.64 per game.
She is third on the team in scoring with 23 goals and leads the Cavaliers with 20 ground balls.
Bocklet continues to lead the team in goals (32), assists (18) and points (50).
Maddy Keeshan (Jr., Greenwich, Ct.) caused four turnovers against Johns Hopkins and has caused seven total in the last three games. Keeshan leads the team with 13 caused turnovers this season. Swan and Daniela Eppler (So., Baltimore, Md.) each have 12.
Duke snapped a three-game losing streak with a pair of victories last week over Davidson, 14-6, and Ohio State, 15-9. Senior attacker Makenzie Hommel was named the ACC's Offensive Player of the Week after totaling nine points in two contests. She matched a career-high with five goals and six points overall in Saturday's 15-9 victory over Ohio State while also notching her eighth hat trick of the season.
Blue Devil freshman goalkeeper Kelsey Duryea picked up her third Defensive Player of the Week honor after the victories. Duryea continues to anchor a defensive unit that has held eight opponents to single-digit scoring on the year. She posted 16 saves in two contests last week. Duryea also ranks among the national and conference statistical leaders, coming in at second in the country in save percentage (.522) and third in saves per game (9.55).
All-session tickets, which include entry for all five women's lacrosse games at Fetzer Field and all three men's lacrosse games at Kenan Stadium, are available for $20, with individual session tickets selling for $10. Children six years and younger will be permitted free of charge, as will any ACC student with a valid student ID.