Liz Blumthal
Senior defender Liz Blumthal crosses midfield during the Pirates' previous game, a win over Furman.

After a strong performance in the season opener, the East Carolina University women’s lacrosse team (1-1, 0-0 American Athletic Conference) dropped a non-conference road game against the No. 13 University of Virginia (1-0, 0-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) 21-6 on Feb. 15.

The Pirates began their season with a 16-14 victory at home over the University of Furman (0-2, 0-0 Southern Conference) on Feb. 12. In that game, ECU was led by senior attacker Megan Pallozzi, who ended the game with five goals and seven shots, five of which were on goal.

Pallozzi led ECU in points scored again against the Cavaliers, as she tallied three goals and four shots, all of which were on goal. She was joined in the goal column by junior attacker Megan Tryniski, sophomore attacker Frances Kimel and junior midfielder Camryn Pennypacker, who all scored one goal apiece.

According to, UVA controlled the game for the first half, as they rolled up to a 14-1 lead by halftime. Despite a more balanced second half in which the Pirates were only outscored 7-5, the Cavaliers’ lead was too large for ECU to overcome.

UVA was led in the game by redshirt junior attacker Ashlyn McGovern, who tallied four goals on six total shots, five of which were on goal. Junior attacker Lillie Kloak finished second in goals for the Cavaliers. She converted all three of her shots for goals.

The Cavaliers had several other players join McGovern and Kloak in the high-scoring effort. Freshman midfielder Mackenzie Hoeg, junior midfielder Annie Dyson, sophomore midfielder Jaime Biskup and senior midfielder Chloe Jones each scored twice in the contest.

Additionally, freshman attacker Morgan Schwab, sophomore midfielder Kiki Shaw, senior attacker Katie Railey, freshman midfielder Aubrey Williams, freshman midfielder Maggie Bostain and junior attacker Braiden Dial each had one goal in the game.

After the setback at UVA, the Pirates will hit the road again for a matchup against the Davidson University Wildcats (1-1, 0-0 Atlantic 10 Conference) on Feb. 19. The game will not be available to stream.

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