CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – No. 9 Virginia held off a late charge by the Princeton Tigers to earn a 9-7 victory on Saturday at Klöckner Stadium.
“I think we played pretty tough and pretty consistently throughout the game,” head coach Julie Myers said. “A lot of credit goes to Princeton. They are a really well-coached team. They executed really well and never let us run away with anything and were able to close that gap at the end. It was a hard-earned win all around.”
Morgan Stephens set the tone early, staking the Cavaliers to a 1-0 lead on a free position goal 20 seconds into the game. Virginia built the lead to 4-1 on Stephens’ second goal 9:18 into the period. After Princeton made it 4-2, Virginia added two more scores in the final 10 minutes of the half, a free position shot from Dana Boyle with 6:04 remaining and an unassisted goal from Ashlee Warner with 1:34 left in the period, to go into the break up 6-2.
Casey Bocklet scored her team-leading 23rd goal of the season 1:41 into the second half, putting UVa up 7-2.
Trailing 8-4, Princeton scored two goals in a three-minute span to trail 8-6 with 16:15 remaining. Warner added an insurance goal with 9:28 remaining to push the UVa lead back to three at 9-6.
The Tigers, who outshot the Cavaliers 14-9 in the second half, netted a goal with 2:04 left in the game to again pull within two at 9-7.
Virginia won the ensuing draw control, but turned the ball over with 1:24 remaining. Princeton’s attack got the ball down field with Charlotte Davis getting a good look at the net with 42 seconds remaining. Kim Kolarik got the save with possession going to the Cavaliers.
Virginia again turned the ball over on the clear attempt, with Kolarik coming up with another big save with the seconds ticking down. Again, she retained the ball and this time was able to run out the final few seconds of the clock to secure the win.
Boyle, Warner, Bocklet and Stephens scored two goals apiece with Bocklet adding an assist. Caroline McTiernan scored UVa’s remaining goal.
Kolarik had 10 saves, the second time this season she logged double-digit saves. She also had seven ground balls. Courtney Swan had five of Virginia’s 10 draw controls.
“Even though it was spring break, we really prepared all week,” Boyle said. “This was a huge game for us. We focused on the draws and focused on high pressure. They are a skilled team. We knew that and just went really hard during practice.”
With the win, Virginia pulls back to an even 4-4 record (0-2 ACC). Princeton loses its second game of the season, falling to 3-2 (1-0 Ivy).