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First-year midfielder Alex “A.J.” Jahnle and the eighth-ranked Virginia field hockey team open ACC play this weekend in Boston. The Cavaliers and 12th-ranked Eagles will battle at 4 p.m. Friday on the BC campus. On Sunday, UVa returns to Chestnut Hill to face Boston University.

Question: How does it feel to be 8-1?
It feels great, we have won all of our home games so far, and we are proud to keep this streak alive.

Question: The Ohio game was the second time the team has trailed at home, how do you maintain composure to get back on top?
When you stay in the right mindset and work hard to play the way you know how to play, you can do anything.

Question: This past weekend was the second time you have played overtime. What is the feeling of playing in that extra period?
It is both a scary and exciting experience, because overtime is sudden death.

Question: As a first-year, how do you describe the team’s chemistry?
I think the team has great chemistry. We work well together.

Question: As a high school athlete, you competed in the USFHA Disney Outdoor Classic and placed first. How have experiences like that helped you prepare for your college career?
That team played field hockey in a style that was similar to the way UVa plays. It was easy to transition.

Question: What do you plan on majoring in at UVa?
I am currently undecided but I am thinking about civil engineering.

Question: Just starting your college years at Virginia, what are you most excited about?
I am excited about meeting new people, learning new things and playing great field hockey.

Question: What made you choose UVa?
First of all, UVa is a great school academically, and on top of that, there is a great field hockey team with awesome coaches.

Question: What are the team’s goals for the season? What are your own personal goals?
We are focused on continuing to work hard. I want to work hard and understand more about the game.

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