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PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Virginia head coach Michele Madison collected her 250th career victory Friday as the Cavaliers (3-0) defeated Providence 2-1. Freshman Tara Puffenberger scored both goals for the Orange and Blue to mark her first career collegiate goal.

Madison, now in her 21st season in the college ranks, is in the midst of her fourth year at Virginia.

“We are building this program one brick at a time,” Madison said. “I am proud of this team and 250 wins is a nice milestone to have. It just shows what a great staff and great players I have to work with. It’s all about teamwork in my mind.”

Providence scored its only goal 7:02 into game, marking the first time the Cavalier defense has allowed a goal this season. Nellie Poulin got by UVa’s Kim Kastuk on a breakaway to put the Friars up 1-0. Teammate Adrienne Marois contributed the assist.

Virginia outshot Providence 10-4 in the first half but trailed after 35 minutes of play.

In the second half, the offense continued a strong pace and Puffenberger, a native of Dallas, Pa., knotted the game at one with her goal just 1:24 into the second half. Michelle Vittese tallied the assist after a deflection.

Puffenberger then tipped in the game-winner at 51:36 on a penalty corner. Floor Vogels was credited with the assist.

The Cavaliers finished the game with 20 shots to Providence’s eight. UVa also had an 8-2 advantage on penalty corners.

All-American goalkeeper Rachel Chamberlin tallied eight saves in goal for the Friars, while Kastuk finished with one save.

“We knew it was going to have to be a team effort,” Madison said. “The team that played the best defense was going to win the game. Their keeper (Chamberlin) was phenomenal. She made one save after another.”

Virginia returns to action at noon Monday on the road against No. 16 Old Dominion.

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