Boyle Helps No. 7 Virginia Defeat Old Dominion

NORFOLK, Va. - Old Dominion University women's lacrosse stayed close to No. 7 Virginia all night, but dropped a 9-5 decision to Virginia Wednesday night at the Powhatan Sports Complex.

Virginia built up a 4-1 lead in the games first seven minutes but Tracy Reed got ODU within two with a goal off an assist from Lisa Bernardini to make the score 4-2. Josie Owens and Caroline McTiernan tallied their second goals of the game to give Virginia a 6-2 lead going into halftime.

ODU came out of the second half ready to play with an unassisted goal by Rebecca Harturm to close the gap to 6-3. After a UVa goal, Alyssa Dragon once ago brough ODU to within three with a goal as she brought the ball down the right side and beat the Virginia keeper for the goal.

The Cavaliers were able to bounce back with two more goals to stretch the lead to 9-4 with five minutes to play. Hartrum got ODU to within 9-5 just 28 seconds later as she charged down the left side and beat the goalie to the top left, but it would not be enough as UVa got the 9-5 win.

Hartrum led ODU with two goals, while Bernardini added a goal and an assist. Dana Boyle led UVa with three goals while Julie Gardner had a goal and three assists.

Sarah Geary made seven saves in goal for ODU, while Kim Kolarik had seven stops for UVa.

The Lady Monarchs are back in action Sunday afternoon when they head to North Carolina for a 1:00 p.m. contest.

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NORFOLK, Va. No. 7 Virginia defeated Old Dominion Wednesday evening, 9-5, to earn its third victory over an in-state opponent this year. With the win, the Cavaliers improve to 6-4 this season, while the Monarchs fall to 1-6.

Freshman Dana Boyle led Virginia's attack with a personal-best three goals, her first career hat trick, while junior Julie Gardner had a game-high four points on one goal and three assists. Sophomore Carolina McTiernan and junior Josie Owen each contributed three goals for the Cavaliers, while sophomore Annie Thomas had one score. McTiernan also recorded one assist.

For Old Dominion, Rebecca Hatrum recorded two goals, while Lisa Bernardini, Alyssa Dragon and Tracy Reed each had one score.

Boyle got the scoring started at 28:38, before Old Dominion evened the score at one at the 27:37 mark. The Cavaliers then rattled off a three-goal spurt, sparked by a goal from Thomas, assisted by Gardner, at 26:19. Owen then extended her scoring streak to 14-straight games with a goal from McTiernan at 25:07. McTiernan then notched a score of her own at 23:11 to push Virginia ahead, 4-1.

The Monarch's halted UVa's streak with a goal at 17:06, before back-to-back scores from Owen and McTiernan gave Virginia a 6-2 halftime lead.

Old Dominion scored the first goal out of the intermission at 26:40, but Boyle tallied her second score at 25:24. Another goal from the Monarchs cut Virginia's lead back to three, 7-4, at 23:38, before Gardner got on the board at 14:07.

After almost nine minutes of scoreless action, Boyle notched her first career hat trick, with a goal at 5:25 and ODU closed out the scoring in the game with a goal at 4:58, bringing the final score to 9-5.

Defensively, the Cavaliers were led by sophomore goalkeeper Kim Kolarik's seven saves, while junior Bailey Fogarty caused a team-high four turnovers. Freshman Maddy Keeshan scooped up three groundballs.

Virginia will remain on the road and head to Boston this weekend to face No. 19 Boston College (Saturday, 1:00 p.m.) and Harvard (Sunday, noon).


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