No. 4 Virginia Defeats Terriers 2-0
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 4 Virginia field hockey team (9-0) defeated Boston University (3-6) for the first time in program history with a 2-0 win Friday at the University Hall Turf Field. Sophomore Paige Selenski recorded both goals for the Cavaliers.
“BU did a great job of blocking up the circle,” Virginia head coach Michele Madison said. “We weren’t smart in how we were trying to attack. Once we made some adjustments we were able to penetrate, get the ball into the circle and make use of the opportunities we had to get corners or goals.”
Selenski quickly made it 1-0 just 1:45 into the game. Teammate Michelle Vittese dribbed the ball to the middle of the circle and dished it over to Seleski, who was sitting on the left post. The 2008 ACC Freshman of the Year blasted the bal in past BU goalkeeper Amanda Smith.
Virginia’s next goal game late in the second half with just under eight minutes to play in the game. On a penalty corner, Inga Stockel ripped a shot that was blocked by a BU defender and gathered up in the middle of the circle by Selenski, who put it through. Selenski leads the Cavaliers this season with nine scores.
Virginia outshot Boston University 13-3 for the game, including an 11-0 margin in the second half. It was the sixth shutout of the season for the Cavalier defense.
“The defense was stellar again,” Madison said. “There was one (BU) player who was floating laterally and they had great communication back there. BC will present a different kind of game for us on Sunday.”
The Cavaliers also had an 8-3 advantage on penalty corners. BU had its three corners in the first half and Virginia had all of its eight corners in the second half.
UVa is 1-4 all-time against Boston University.
Virginia opens ACC play with a 1 p.m. contest against Boston College at home on Sunday. A free fan tailgate will be held prior to the game (while supplies last) and a youth clinic for ages 13 and under will be held after the game at the U-Hall Turf Field.