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Oct. 20, 2006

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The Virginia field hockey team did not surrender a short corner in the game, and in the extra session first-year center forward Traci Ragukas took a pass from Sara Confer, drove the baseline, and scored 65 seconds into the extra session to help Virginia (12-4) defeat Stanford 3-2 tonight (20 Oct) in Charlottesville. The Cavaliers allowed the Cardinal (6-9) only two shots on the night while taking 12 of their own, and surrendered only five circle penetrations to the visitors as Virginia opened up Family Weekend with a win.

The Cavaliers jumped on top early, scoring as Lucy Meyers intercepted a clearing pass at the 25, and she sent the ball to Mia Link just outside the D. Link drove into the circle and shot, but her shot was deflected high by a Stanford defender and into the cage at 7:36. The Cardinal answered back seven minutes later as a ball coming out of the defense was tipped at midfield and laid forward to Rachel Mozenter, who collected it at the 25, gained the circle, and shot the ball to the far post where it went in the side boards for the equalizer at 14:45. The teams entered the break tied at 1-1.

Virginia had possession to start the second half and drew a corner in the first minute of play, but Stanford’s Madison Bell made the save to keep the game knotted. The Cavaliers, however, capitalized on their second short corner of the half. The initial shot was blocked by the fly, but Inge Kaars Sijpesteijn controlled the ball and sent it over to Lindsay O’Bannon. O’Bannon crossed the ball to Erin Hayes, who slotted it in the cage for the go-head goal at 43:20. Again Stanford answered quickly, as an attack up the left side of the pitch by Jess Zutz sprung Jamie Hais in the middle, who took Zutz’s cross and put it in the cage at 45:37 for the equalizer.

The Cavaliers had five more shots in regulation, including two on a pair of short corners, but Bell stopped all five shots to send the game into the extra session.

The Cardinal took passback to start the extra time, but the Cavaliers were able to get possession and attacked the circle before surrendering a free hit at the 25. The free hit by Stanford sailed across the field and wide over the left sideline in the upper corner. Ragukas took the quick free hit to Confer, who passed it right back. Ragukas drove the baseline and slotted a shot to the far boards, ending the game at 71:05.

“We played an emotional team tonight,” said Virginia head coach Michele Madison. “They came out and played aggressively. We showed resiliency and came out with the win.”

Ragukas’ goal is her 14th of the season and her sixth in as many games. She is now tied with Su Cox for fifth all-time at Virginia with 14 goals in their rookie campaigns.

The Cavaliers continue Family Weekend with a game against Wake Forest on Sunday, Oct. 22. Game time against the Demon Deacons is 12:00. Virginia will honor the Class of 2007 with a ceremony as this game is the last regular-season game at home.

Linescore	1	2	et	F	(records)Stanford	1	1	0	2	(6-9)Virginia	1	1	1	3	(12-4)

Scoring summary:7:36 UVa, Link, fg14:45 Stanford, Mozenter, fg43:20 UVa, Hayes, pc (O’Bannon)45:37 Stanford, Hais, fg (Zutz)71:05 UVa, Ragukas, fg (Confer)

Keepers: UVA: Katherine Blair (71 mins, 0 saves, 2 GA) Stan: Madison Bell (71 mins, 8 saves,3 GA)

Shots: UVA 12, Stan 2Short corners: VA 6, Stan 0

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