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The Virginia women’s lacrosse team dropped a tough 12 – 9 decision to No.15 Johns Hopkins today (April 14) in Baltimore. No.5 Virginia (11-3) was led offensively by Brittany Kalkstein (3g,1a) and Jess Wasilewski (3g). Jen Holden led the Hoos defensively with five ground balls and two caused turnovers.

Claire Bordley won the opening draw control and Virginia set up its attack. Megan Havrilla cut across the mouth of the cage and scored 50 seconds into the game for a 1-0 lead. Kadie Stamper won the draw for JHU and scored 39 seconds after Havrilla to tie the game. Wasilewski controlled the ensuing draw and the Cavaliers got the ball to Kalkstein, who drew a shooting space foul. The first-year converted the shot to put UVa up 2-1 three minutes into the game.

Sarah Walsh then assisted Alex Nolan and scored off a pass from Mary Key to give JHU a 3-2 lead in a two-minute span. Stamper’s second goal at 14:47 put the Blue Jays on top 4-2.

A Kendall McBrearty save popped out to the field and Holden scooped up the loose ball. The Cavaliers executed a fast break that saw Kate Breslin dump the ball to Wasilewski, who scored at 11:44 to cut the deficit to 4-3. Hopkins’ Lauren Schwarzmann, however, won the draw and took it right to the cage, scoring 12 seconds after Wasilewski to push the margin back to two at 5-3. A goal by Walsh three minutes later doubled up the Cavaliers, and then Schwarzmann’s second goal gave the Blue Jays a 7-3 lead at 5:23. Hop won the draw and the Blue Jays stalled for most of the remainder of the half, and with just over 30 seconds attacked the cage. A Schwarzmann shot was saved but Key was there to stick the loose ball back into the net with 13 ticks on the clock for an 8-3 lead.

On the ensuing draw, Kalkstein grabbed it at the restraining line and took off for the goal. She was fouled with one second to play, and she buried the 8-meter at the buzzer. Hopkins led 8-4 at halftime.

Ashley McCulloch won the draw to start the second half, and the Cavaliers got the ball to Kalkstein, who drew a shooting space foul right away. She scored her third goal 31 seconds into the half on the shot to help Virginia inch closer. After Hopkins gained possession in the next series and attempted a clear, Havrilla caused a turnover while riding and scooped up the loose ball. Virginia reset the offense and McCulloch fed a cutting Megan O’Malley, who scored five minutes into the second half to cut the deficit to two at 8-6.

Two goals by the Hop’s Kirby Houck started a four goal run in six minutes for the Blue Jays. Key scored her second goal off a Schwarzmann assist at 12:31, and a Stamper draw control and goal 23 seconds later pushed the margin up to six at 12-6 with 12:08 to play.

Virginia rallied, starting with a Kaitlin Duff caused turnover and ground ball Virginia’s defensive third. At the other end of the field the Cavaliers settled the ball briefly before Wasilewski was fouled as she was cutting through the arc. She scored off the 8-meter to stop the Hopkins run. The Blue Jays won the draw but Holden caused a turnover and Blair Weymouth collected the ground ball. Virginia again set its offense and Breslin got the ball behind the cage. She dumped the ball up to Wasilewski, who scored 77 seconds after her second goal to cut the deficit to four at 12-8.

Katie Shannon won the draw control and took the ball behind the cage; she worked the ball over to Kalkstein, who fed the ball down to Breslin, who scored 40 seconds after assisting Wasileski to pull within three. Kalkstein won the draw, but a Virginia shot was saved by Lizzie O’Farrell, and time ran out on the Cavaliers.

Virginia returns to action on Tuesday, April 17 as the Cavaliers travel to Fairfax to face the Patriots of George Mason. The opening draw will take place at 7 pm.