CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia junior goalkeeper Kim Kolarik made 10 saves to lead No. 10 Virginia team to a 9-7 victory against No. 12 Syracuse in front of 1,011 fans at Klöckner Stadium on Sunday.
With the win, the Cavaliers improved to 3-0, while the Orange fell to 1-1. Kolarik picked up her third win of the season, while Alyssa Constantino took the loss.
Reigning WomensLax.com Rookie of the Week Liza Blue scored her first collegiate hat trick, while Charlie Finnigan added two free position goals for the Cavaliers.
Syracuse scored back-to-back goals to cut the Cavalier lead to 9-7 with 5:40 left, but Kolarik made two saves from point-blank range with under five minutes to go to break the Orange’s momentum.
The Cavaliers led in ground balls 17-14, while draw controls were tied at nine apiece.
Kailah Kempney scored two goals and Alyssa Murray added a goal with two assists to lead the Orange.
Katie Webster opened the scoring for the Orange at the 28:07 mark of the first period after intercepting a pass in the Cavalier zone. The Cavaliers responded with Ainsley Baker’s seventh goal of the season off a feed from Josie Owen at 22:26.
After a near 14-minute stretch without a goal, UVa struck with goals from Blue and Morgan Stephens just more than a minute apart to take the lead at 3-2.
Syracuse pulled within one at 4-3 with 1:53 left in the half, but Owen started a 5-2 run for the Cavaliers with a goal with 21 seconds left in the period.
Kolarik made another two big saves in the second half during a 12-minute stretch where the Cavaliers held the Orange scoreless.