No. 3 UVa Defeats Cornell 3-0
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The third-ranked Virginia field hockey team (12-1), coming off its first loss of the season last week, rebounded to defeat Cornell (8-2) by a score of 3-0 Saturday at the U-Hall Turf Field. Sophomore Paige Selenski scored twice for the Cavaliers while junior Kaitlyn Hiltz notched her first goal of the season.
“We were able to get a lot of people some playing time,” Virginia head coach Michele Madison said. “We were able to see different people running the press and on the attack, so that was positive.”
Virginia outshot the Big Red 24-4 in the contest. Selenski led the team with nine shots, including eight on goal. Inga Stöckel contributed four shots and Hiltz had three. The Cavaliers also recorded 10 penalty corners to one for Cornell.
All three of the Cavalier scores game in the first half.
Selenski scored her first goal of the game 10 minutes in, blasting a shot from the top of the circle past Cornell’s Melanie Jue. Hiltz then made it 2-0 at 28:55, sitting of the left post to hit in a pass from teammate Traci Ragukas.
Selenski’s second goal came after the Shavertown, Pa., native gathered the ball off the goalie’s pads from a previous shot, set her feet and fired it in.
Virginia sophomore Adrienne Ostroff made the start for the Orange and Blue. She played the first half and finished with one save. Teammate Kim Kastuk played the second half and also made a stop.
Jue finished with nine saves in the first half for Cornell, while Alex Botte came on in relief for six saves in the second stanza.
The Cavaliers return to action at 2 p.m. Sunday against No. 4 Wake Forest. In the first of two games with the Demon Deacons this season, Sunday’s contest will not count as a conference game. Admission to the Turf Field is free.