Virginia Cavaliers women's lacrosse

The Virginia Cavaliers women's lacrosse team is a NCAA Division I college lacrosse team representing the University of Virginia as part of the Atlantic Coast Conference. They play their home games at Klöckner Stadium in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Virginia Cavaliers women's lacrosse
Founded1976
UniversityUniversity of Virginia
Head coachJulie Myers (since 1996 season)
StadiumKlöckner Stadium (capacity: 8000)
LocationCharlottesville, Virginia
ConferenceAtlantic Coast Conference
NicknameCavaliers
ColorsOrange and Blue[1]
         
NCAA Tournament championships
1991, 1993, 2004
NCAA Tournament Runner-Up
1996, 1998, 1999, 2003, 2005, 2007
NCAA Tournament Final Fours
1986, 1987, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2014
NCAA Tournament appearances
1986, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Conference Tournament championships
1998, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008
Conference regular season championships
2002, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010

History

In its over 40-year history, Virginia has only had three head coaches: Linda Southworth, Jane Miller, and Julie Myers.

Linda Southworth era (1976-83)

Linda Southworth was hired as the Cavaliers' first head coach in 1975, with the first team fielded the following year. She had been a part of Longwood's first women's lacrosse team, then taught and coached at Huguenot High School, before taking the position at Virginia. In her eight-year tenure, the team went 58-37-5. She guided the program into the NCAA era, and during her time in Charlottesville, she also coached field hockey at UVa and started a local girls' middle school lacrosse league. After leaving the University of Virginia, she became the Athletics Director at St. Catherine's School in Richmond. In 2005 she was inducted into the Virginia Lacrosse Hall of Fame.[2] As of 2012, she is still coaching girls' JV lacrosse at St. Catherine's.[3]

Jane Miller era (1984-95)

In 1984, Jane Miller was hired as the program's second coach. Miller was a 1973 graduate of Northeastern University, where she had been a standout in basketball, field hockey, and lacrosse. In her twelve seasons, Miller compiled a record of 145-44, including six final fours and national championships in 1991 and 1993. She was awarded the IWLCA Coach of the Year in 1991 for her efforts in bringing home the program's first national title. She left after the 1995 season to accept a full-time administrative role. The next year, she was inducted into the Virginia Lacrosse Hall of Fame, and was also voted into the U.S. Lacrosse National Hall of Fame in 2003. Since 2001, she has served as the senior associate director of athletics for programs and senior woman administrator. In 2014 she was appointed to the NCAA Division I Board of Directors.[4]

Julie Myers era (1996-)

Julie Myers, a 1990 graduate of Virginia, returned to her alma mater six years later to assume the head coaching position. She has led the Cavaliers to a postseason berth in all 22 of her seasons in Charlottesville, a feat unmatched by any other coach at the Division I level. Virginia's 22 straight appearances are also the second-most behind Maryland. As of the conclusion of the 2018 season, Myers has led the Cavs to a 30-22 postseason record and the 2004 national title, in addition to championship game appearances in 1996, 1998, 1999, 2003, 2005, and 2007. The Cavaliers have been ranked in the IWLCA Coaches' Poll for all but four weeks of Myers' tenure. In 2017, Myers won her 300th game, becoming just the fourth Division I coach to reach that mark.[5]

In 2010, the women's lacrosse program garnered national attention after one of its players, Yeardley Love, was beaten to death by her ex-boyfriend, men's lacrosse player George Huguely, on May 3.[6] Huguely was arrested later that day and charged with second-degree murder. He was sentenced to prison in 2012 and is scheduled to be released in 2029. In September 2010, Love's family created the One Love Foundation, which aims to raise awareness about relationship violence.[7]

Awards

Reference:[8]

NCAA awards

National Hall of Fame

  • Julie Williams - 2002
  • Heather Dow - 2002
  • Jane Miller - 2003
  • Cherie Greer - 2009
  • Bonnie Rosen - 2010

NCAA Woman of the Year

  • Peggy Boutilier - 1998

Honda Sports Award

  • Amy Appelt - 2003-04

NCAA Top VIII

  • Peggy Boutilier - 1999

Tewaaraton Trophy

  • Amy Appelt - 2004

NCAA Elite 89 Award

  • Courtney Swan - 2014

IWLCA awards

Coach of the Year

  • Jane Miller - 1991
  • Julie Myers - 2004

Assistant Coach of the Year

  • Colleen Shearer - 2010

Offensive Player of the Year

  • Jenny Slingluff - 1992
  • Amy Appelt - 2004

Defensive Player of the Year

  • Robyn Nye - 1991
  • Cherie Greer - 1994
  • Peggy Boutilier - 1997, 1998

Goalkeeper of the Year

  • Michelle Cusimano - 1995, 1996

ACC awards

Reference:[9]

Player of the Year

  • Peggy Boutilier - 1998
  • Amy Appelt - 2004

Freshman of the Year

  • Amy Fromal - 1997
  • Mills Hook - 1998
  • Caitlin Banks - 2001
  • Amy Appelt - 2002
  • Blair Weymouth - 2006
  • Brittany Kalkstein - 2007
  • Rachel Vander Kolk - 2015

Coach of the Year

  • Julie Myers - 2002, 2008

Tournament MVP

  • Kara Ariza - 1998
  • Ashleigh Haas - 2004
  • Tyler Leachman - 2006
  • Kendall McBrearty - 2007, 2008

Individual career records

Reference:[10]

Record Number Player Years
Goals258Amy Appelt2001-05
Assists129Lindsay Sheehan1984-86
Points373Amy Appelt2001-05
Ground balls404Elaine Maddox1984-87
Draw controls287Brittany Kalkstein2007-10
Caused turnovers127Tiffany Schummer
Kaitlin Duff
2000-03
2007-10
Saves681Michelle Cusimano1993-97
Save %.659Heather Dow1980-82
GAA5.12Kim Prendergast1990-93

Individual single-season records

Record Number Player Year
Goals90Amy Appelt2004
Assists66Lindsay Sheehan1986
Points125Lindsay Sheehan1986
Ground balls108Elaine Maddox1986
Draw controls97Brittany Kalkstein2010
Caused turnovers56Samm Taylor1998
Saves225Michelle Cusimano1994
Save %.741Heather Dow1981
GAA4.97Heather Dow1981

Seasons

Season Coach Overall Conference Standing Postseason
AIAW (1976–1982)
1976 Linda Southworth 8-4-1
1977 Linda Southworth 8-2-1
1978 Linda Southworth 7-4-1
1979 Linda Southworth 5-6-1
1980 Linda Southworth 10-6
1981 Linda Southworth 9-3
1982 Linda Southworth 7-5
NCAA Division I Independent (1983–1996)
1983 Linda Southworth 4-7-1
1984 Jane Miller 6-7
1985 Jane Miller 11-2
1986 Jane Miller 14-2NCAA Semifinal
1987 Jane Miller 13-3NCAA Semifinal
1988 Jane Miller 11-5
1989 Jane Miller 12-5NCAA Quarterfinal
1990 Jane Miller 12-4NCAA Quarterfinal
1991 Jane Miller 17-1NCAA Champions
1992 Jane Miller 14-3NCAA Semifinal
1993 Jane Miller 15-1NCAA Champions
1994 Jane Miller 13-4NCAA Semifinal
1995 Jane Miller 7-7
1996 Julie Myers 14-4NCAA Runner-up
NCAA Division I (Atlantic Coast Conference) (1997–present)
1997 Julie Myers 14-51-23rdNCAA Quarterfinal
1998 Julie Myers 17-31-2T-2ndNCAA Runner-up
1999 Julie Myers 15-61-2T-2ndNCAA Runner-up
2000 Julie Myers 13-61-2T-3rdNCAA Quarterfinal
2001 Julie Myers 11-70-34thNCAA First Round
2002 Julie Myers 15-43-01stNCAA Quarterfinal
2003 Julie Myers 17-51-23rdNCAA Runner-up
2004 Julie Myers 19-32-12ndNCAA Champions
2005 Julie Myers 17-53-1T-1stNCAA Runner-up
2006 Julie Myers 15-44-1T-1stNCAA First Round
2007 Julie Myers 19-43-2T-3rdNCAA Runner-up
2008 Julie Myers 14-44-1T-1stNCAA First Round
2009 Julie Myers 11-82-34thNCAA First Round
2010 Julie Myers 14-64-1T-1stNCAA Quarterfinal
2011 Julie Myers 9-91-4T-4thNCAA First Round
2012 Julie Myers 11-82-34thNCAA First Round
2013 Julie Myers 11-101-45thNCAA Quarterfinal
2014 Julie Myers 12-93-4T-4thNCAA Semifinal
2015 Julie Myers 12-74-34thNCAA Second Round
2016 Julie Myers 9-93-4T-5thNCAA First Round
2017 Julie Myers 12-94-3T-3rdNCAA Second Round
2018 Julie Myers 10-104-34thNCAA Second Round
Total:502-217-5 (.698)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

Postseason Results

The Cavaliers have appeared in 31 NCAA tournaments. Their postseason record is 36-28.[11]

Year Seed Round Opponent Score
1986--SemifinalMarylandL, 7-12
1987--Quarterfinal
Semifinal
Maryland
Penn State
W, 10-5
L, 9-14
1989--QuarterfinalPrincetonL, 5-6
1990--QuarterfinalLoyola (MD)L, 7-13
1991--Semifinal
Final
Penn State
Maryland
W, 10-5
W, 8-6
1992--Quarterfinal
Semifinal
Penn State
Maryland
W, 11-5
L, 7-8 (ot)
1993--Semifinal
Final
Harvard
Princeton
W, 11-10 (ot)
W, 8-6 (ot)
1994--Quarterfinal
Semifinal
William & Mary
Princeton
W, 8-4
L, 13-14 (ot)
1996--Quarterfinal
Semifinal
Final
William & Mary
Loyola (MD)
Maryland
W, 8-6
W, 8-6
L, 5-10
1997--QuarterfinalNorth CarolinaL, 11-12 (ot)
1998#1Quarterfinal
Semifinal
Final
Princeton
#4 Dartmouth
#3 Maryland
W, 8-7
W, 10-7
L, 5-11
1999#2Quarterfinal
Semifinal
Final
Dartmouth
#3 Duke
#1 Maryland
W, 20-8
W, 9-8
L, 6-16
2000--First Round
Quarterfinal
Boston U.
#3 James Madison
W, 13-10
L, 5-12
2001#8First Round#9 James MadisonL, 8-11
2002--First Round
Quarterfinal
Temple
#3 North Carolina
W, 20-8
L, 13-14 (2ot)
2003#3First Round
Quarterfinal
Semifinal
Final
American
Georgetown
#2 Maryland
Princeton
W, 19-3
W, 16-9
W, 9-8
L, 7-8 (ot)
2004#2First Round
Quarterfinal
Semifinal
Final
Mount St. Mary's
Northwestern
Georgetown
#1 Princeton
W, 19-2
W, 15-11
W, 12-9
W, 10-4
2005#6First Round
Quarterfinal
Semifinal
Final
Johns Hopkins
#3 Boston U.
#2 Duke
#1 Northwestern
W, 10-8
W, 13-9
W, 15-13
L, 10-13
2006#2First RoundPrincetonL, 7-8
2007#3First Round
Quarterfinal
Semifinal
Final
Princeton
#6 North Carolina
#2 Duke
#1 Northwestern
W, 19-10
W, 14-8
W, 14-13
L, 13-15
2008#4First RoundNorth CarolinaL, 7-11
2009--First Round#5 DukeL, 13-15 (ot)
2010#6First Round
Quarterfinal
Towson
#3 North Carolina
W, 14-12
L, 7-17
2011--First Round#3 North CarolinaL, 7-15
2012--First Round#7 DukeL, 9-11
2013--First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinal
Penn
#6 Georgetown
#3 North Carolina
W, 12-6
W, 10-8
L, 9-13
2014#6Second Round
Quarterfinal
Semifinal
Princeton
#3 North Carolina
#2 Syracuse
W, 13-11
W, 10-9
L, 8-16
2015#7First Round
Second Round
Winthrop
Penn State
W, 18-6
L, 11-13
2016--First RoundJohns HopkinsL, 10-12
2017--First Round
Second Round
Elon
#2 North Carolina
W, 11-9
L, 12-23
2018--First Round
Second Round
Stanford
#3 James Madison
W, 12-3
L, 12-15

References

  1. University of Virginia Athletics Current Logo Sheet (PDF). July 10, 2017. Retrieved April 1, 2019.
  2. "Virginia Lacrosse Hall of Fame - 2005". Cville Lax. Retrieved October 13, 2017.
  3. "Richmond girls take shot at lacrosse". Richmond. Retrieved October 13, 2017.
  4. "Jane Miller". Virginia Sports. Retrieved October 16, 2017.
  5. "Julie Myers". Virginia Sports. Retrieved October 16, 2017.
  6. "Timeline of Events Surrounding the Death of Yeardley Love: May 2, 2010 – May 3, 2010". NBC29. Retrieved October 16, 2017.
  7. "About One Love". Join One Love. Retrieved October 16, 2017.
  8. "National Honors". Virginia Sports. Retrieved October 13, 2017.
  9. "ACC Record Book 2016-17" (PDF). ACC. Retrieved October 13, 2017.
  10. "2017 Record Book" (PDF). Virginia Sports. Retrieved October 8, 2017.
  11. "Division I Women's Lacrosse Championships Records Book" (PDF). NCAA. Retrieved October 8, 2017.
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